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In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic of moderation. Participation is completely voluntary. I am working with the candidates to find a time that allows the most participation.

Click here to join the Town Hall chat room

The Town Hall Chat will take place Sunday the 30th at 7pm UTC, or 2pm EST.

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Here are the details so far:

  • I have coordinated with the candidates and done the best I could with a best fit match. I would like to schedule this towards the beginning of the election phase. there are not enough candidates for a primary phase which means you'll jump right to the election phase. This means that I am looking at the 28th-30th. As soon as I coordinate with the existing moderators and candidates to find a best fit based on availability, I will edit this post with details on the "when".
  • The Town Hall Chat will be a one-hour event using our chat platform. You can register for the event here.
  • You must have 20 rep on a SE site to speak in the chat room.
  • The format will be an open discussion. Users are encouraged to pose questions to the candidate regarding their thoughts on moderation.
  • After the chat session, the transcript of the event will be permanently linked here.
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    $\begingroup$ I'm excited :) Chat has been one of the most inactive parts of this community, and I hope that people actively participate in this event. $\endgroup$ Jan 26 '11 at 20:32
  • $\begingroup$ sounds like a great idea. $\endgroup$ Jan 26 '11 at 21:53
  • $\begingroup$ I'm at POPL right now, so I'm not sure I'll be able to participate in a chat, at least until the 3rd. $\endgroup$ Jan 27 '11 at 5:37
  • $\begingroup$ I can certainly be in the chatroom whenever my computer is on. EU project deliverables are due on Feb 1, so I'll be at my computer 12-14 hours a day. $\endgroup$ Jan 27 '11 at 6:19
  • $\begingroup$ I have to say sorry but I may not be able to attend the chat, because of the timezone issue. I'll join the chat if I'm still awake by that time... $\endgroup$ Jan 29 '11 at 15:24
  • $\begingroup$ Why do we need to "register" for an online chat? Who needs to register – the candidates or all participants? What does registration mean here? What happens if I just try to join the chat without registering first? $\endgroup$ Jan 30 '11 at 11:30
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    $\begingroup$ @JukkaSuomela, Registering just means you'll get a reminder notification. $\endgroup$ Jan 30 '11 at 16:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Rebecca Still waiting for our transcript :(. the SO transcript is up, and they started after us !! $\endgroup$ Feb 1 '11 at 7:28
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    $\begingroup$ I could have sworn I posted it. HRM ): I'll get on that right now, sorry. $\endgroup$ Feb 1 '11 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ @Rebecca thanks ! $\endgroup$ Feb 1 '11 at 22:59
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Thank you to everyone who participated, particularly the candidates!

The full transcript to the Town Hall Chat can be found here.

Whether you were able to attend or are just reading the transcript now, I hope this helps get to know the candidates before you vote. (:


The following questions were asked (click to be taken directly to that point in the transcript):

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  • $\begingroup$ For those who wonder: SOIS stands for Stack Overflow Internet Services, Inc. $\endgroup$ Feb 1 '11 at 22:32
  • $\begingroup$ @TsuyoshiIto, sorry about that - thanks for clarifying! $\endgroup$ Feb 1 '11 at 22:48
  • $\begingroup$ You’re welcome, and no need to be sorry. Thanks for the summary of the questions! $\endgroup$ Feb 1 '11 at 22:49

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