This is one of the "real" essential questions of every [public] beta:
1. Who should the moderators be?
Moderators in Stack Exchange perform dual roles. Beside the normal activities of a Moderator, part of their function is to act as liaison — a role which links the Stack Exchange team with the individual communities. Discussing the criteria of a great moderator is important and picking out potential candidates is a great way to introduce outstanding contributors to your community. Stack Exchange is completely open to appointing temporary Moderators when someone’s contribution makes them a standout choice for your community’s human exception handler. If your meta site does not have a post to nominate Moderators, start one now! Pro Tem appointments will begin about two weeks after the site goes public. The more guidance the Community Team receives, the more informed is their choice.
For more information about what the pro tempore moderators do, see the blog post Moderator Pro Tempore.
This question will serve as a "nomination" thread (but keep in mind that the community managers have the final say). If you wish to nominate a user (including yourself) for the position of pro tempore moderator, please obey the following guidelines [adapted from meta.datascience]:
- Each nomination should be a separate answer. Link to the user’s profile (main site and meta) so we can see their activity.
- The nominee should indicate their acceptance in a comment, stating that they accept the nomination. Optionally, the nominee can also write something about themselves in the comments.
- Self nominations are okay, and even encouraged. Most sites have not had sufficient time for many users to stand out. Self nomination is simply a way to say, “I’m interested. Let my record speak for itself.” Links to other activities may be helpful: Area 51 participation, participation in other sites, blog posts reviewing or announcing the site, etc.
We're looking for members of this site who:
- Have a reasonably high reputation score to indicate active, consistent participation.
- Show an interest in their meta’s community-building activities.
- Lead by example, showing patience and respect for their fellow community members in everything they write.
- Exhibit those intangible traits discussed in A Theory of Moderation.
It's also good if the moderators:
- Participated in Area 51, generate social network referrals, or blog about the site.
- Are members who have already shown an interest or ability to promote their community.
For the moderator announcement, see: Moderators Pro Tempore announcement