Congratulations! You've met the participation and engagement expectations for an active private beta site, and will be moving into public beta on 21 April!
While the gap between announcing that a site has cleared the private beta stage and it moving into public beta is usually not this long, we feel that this ongoing discussion about changing the site's scope (and potentially its name) would benefit from being resolved before we make the site public — if the community lands on a decision to change the site's name, doing so after the site's indexed by search engines could negatively impact SEO, for instance, which is something we'd like to avoid. So between now and the 21st, we'd like to see an active discussion on that post, and the community to land on a consensus.
In the extension notice, we gave y'all some recommendations of the type of activity we'd usually like to see happen in private betas — and we were pleased to see you excelling on some of the activities there, such as inviting fellow experts to the site and doing a lot more voting. While we would like to have seen a bit more discussion on Meta surrounding the site's scope, we understand that not all sites have a perfectly defined scope upon ending their private beta phase, and think the discussion surrounding the site's name is a good starting point to get that conversation going.
As we’re getting ready to wrap up the private beta for Substrate Stack Exchange, that means it’s time to start thinking about what comes next: the election to choose your first pro-tem moderators.
What does it take to be a Moderator?
Prior to 2018, pro-tem moderators were picked by staff, and the Community Management team would look for users 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.
- Have an eye for content that should be flagged, closed or removed and act on that within the expectations of the community and Stack Exchange generally.
Electing your moderators
In 2018, however, we started experimenting with hosting elections for beta sites to choose their pro-tem moderators, in addition to the community-elected moderators in sites not in Beta, in the rest of the network. The process is mostly the same, but if you’re interested in the full details, see the announcement on Meta Stack Exchange.
In accordance with that, I’m here today to announce this site’s first pro-tem election and invite users interested in nominating to state their intention to do so here. Additionally, if you feel someone would be a good fit as a moderator on this site, feel free to use an answer to this question to support them and encourage them to run.
We understand that many of the site's top users are somehow associated with Parity, the company developing Substrate. We have no issues with having representation from the company on the site in general, and on the moderation team in particular — however, we'd like to highlight that ideally, the moderation team should be composed of a variety of individuals, including those not affiliated with Parity, to avoid conflicts of interest. The pool of nominees that the community can choose from will hopefully bring a good mix of skills to the table: folks who are experienced in the SE network, folks are who good subject-matter experts, folks who are skilled at community building, etc.
Starting on 25 April, users can nominate themselves on the election page. Users can also ask questions on meta for potential moderators to answer. (Use the discussion and election tags.)
On 2 May, if there are 4 or more candidates, we'll run an election. If not, I'll extend the nomination period for a week. If, at the end of that extension period there are still less than 4 candidates, I'll simply appoint the candidates. (There's a small chance we'll need to remove a nomination.)
If there is an election, I'll announce the results on meta on 10 May (or 17 May, if we need to extend the nomination period).
- This is not an official election nomination thread. It’s just a space to get some conversation about potential nominees going and a notion of who would be willing to step up, so you don't have to put up your whole election nomination here.
If you have any questions about the process, please stick them in an answer here.