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Paul White: We allow questions about all sorts of databases, such as Traditional RDBMSs; both commercial and open-source (e.g. SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, Postgres), slightly non-traditional databases (e.g. MySQL), NoSQL and NewSQL databases and document stores (e.g. BDB, MongoDB). As a community, we sometimes come across as looking down on all but the ...


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I sincerely apologize for the delay in wrapping up the moderator elections. I've been sick this week and this didn't get picked up. Congratulations to JNK on becoming our newest mod! (: The election page has been updated to reflect this.


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My name is Max Vernon, and I'd love to be entrusted to be your next moderator. It's been my pleasure to answer the questions below, and will attempt to answer comments as quickly as possible. We allow questions about all sorts of databases, such as Traditional RDBMSs; both commercial and open-source (e.g. SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, Postgres), slightly ...


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We allow questions about all sorts of databases, such as: Traditional RDBMSs; both commercial and open-source (e.g. SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, Postgres) Slightly non-traditional databases (e.g. MySQL) NoSQL and NewSQL databases and document stores (e.g. BDB, MongoDB) As a community, we sometimes come across as looking down on all but the first group; MySQL ...


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What do you think is the biggest benefit of dba.se to the world of database professionals, and how can will you help make the site an even more valuable resource when elected?


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Quite many newcomers face the situation their question is not fit in for the rules of community: Details are lacking No sources are provided Several other down vote reasons arise What is your opinion on this phenomenom of welcoming newcomer with seven down votes? Is the situation just part of the game or could you help in some way?


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Should SE make Jake Feasel (owner/author of SQLFiddle) an offer he can't refuse?


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Thanks. I apologise in advance for the newbie mistakes I will make. And thanks to @mrdenny for his service. Converting this from a comment to an answer, in response to a highly amusing flag :)


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What do you feel about content that includes vital info in a link to an external site? eg Gist or SQLFiddle? Should we treat either or both as 'permanent', or insist that a question or answer should be useful whether or not they disappear?


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According to the ballot file from the election page, Nick Chammas is the winner. However, as mentioned in the comments, it seems like he'll be unable to step in as moderator. Based on this, it's likely that the runner-up, JNK, is your new moderator. I'm not sure why the page doesn't indicate that at the moment, though it probably has something to do with ...


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How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments? I would encourage the user to choose their words carefully; content online can sometimes be misinterpreted and this is a site for professionals. If encouraging the user to be mindful of their words ...


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How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments? I would start with a few casual observations about controversial comments that are visible to the public. If after a few comments the message isn't being heard (or if we're only talking about flags that ...


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What's your opinion on taking out trash, washing dishes, doing windows, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping and washing down the blackboards? That's what moderators do. The gun is just for show, there's no glamour to being a mod. All the fun stuff can be done by someone with a few hundred rep (edit, comment) so at this point you're literally scraping the crud and ...


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How would you handle a user who routinely deletes their own content because they feel it wasn't valued by the community, even tho it was a very helpful content that absolutely contributed to the greater good of the internet, it just wasn't seen by those who would have upvoted it?


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Mechanically speaking, a candidate can technically just leave the site right after posting their nomination for the duration of the election, to address what kind of required things are needed of them. Which is none. The times that it would be handy to be around, however, are: There's a chatroom for the election. While there are no official events there, ...


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Candidate: Kin Shah We allow questions about all sorts of databases, such as Traditional RDBMSs; both commercial and open-source (e.g. SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, Postgres), slightly non-traditional databases (e.g. MySQL), NoSQL and NewSQL databases and document stores (e.g. BDB, MongoDB). As a community, we sometimes come across as looking down on all ...


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Here is a set of general questions, gathered as very common questions asked every election. As mentioned in the instructions, the first two questions are guaranteed to show up in the Q&A, while the others are if there aren't enough questions (or, if you like one enough, you may split it off as a separate answer for review within the community's 8). How ...


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We currently have three moderators who are actively communicating with each other about issues. After the election we will presumably have four. That means that we might get deadlock on a decision. How do you feel we should constructively resolve a situation like that?


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Here is a set of general questions, gathered as very common questions asked every election. As mentioned in the instructions, the first two questions are guaranteed to show up in the Q&A, while the others are if there aren't enough questions (or, if you like one enough, you may split it off as a separate answer for review within the community's 8). How ...


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Tim Stone http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/3981cd271c302f5cba628c6b6d2b32ee?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Tim Stone asked: New users often are not accustomed to the Stack Exchange system, and sometimes struggle to present themselves properly, either in the way they use the site or their attitude. How willing are you to work with "problematic" users, and at ...


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Tim Stone http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/3981cd271c302f5cba628c6b6d2b32ee?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Tim Stone asked: Do you tend to live inside a (set of) tag(s) or do you interact with the site as a whole? ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/107f2fafb2d29fedc3783b141139a878?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells ...


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Rebecca Chernoff asked: Final thoughts from the candidates please? Nick Chammas answered: JNK answered: I think we have an important time ahead of us for the growth of the site and the community. The good news is, I think any of the three of us would do a great job. The bad news is, I would do a better job than those other guys. But seriously, I ...


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Some of you guys are great answerers and commentators. How do you feel an 'obligation' to moderate would cut into the time you can put into sharing your knowledge? Are you going to do something different than what you can already do with your rep? Will you still answer as much?


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Tim Stone http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/3981cd271c302f5cba628c6b6d2b32ee?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Tim Stone asked: Do you feel like a representative percentage of the community participates in your site's meta? Based on that, how strongly do you think feedback presented on meta should factor into your decision making as a moderator? JNK http://www....


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Tim Stone asked: How much time to you expect to dedicate towards being a moderator? Do you feel like this will impact your participation on the site as a normal user, and do you worry about finding the right balance between the two to keep things enjoyable? Nick Chammas answered: No worries about balance for me, as I already spend more time day-to-day ...


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Tim Stone asked: When you see a question with major issues (poorly-written, argumentative, etc.), what tool do you reach for first? JNK answered: Normally I start with a comment. If there's no clarification forthcoming then I VTC. Obviously as a mod I would wait a little longer on closing since it's immediate. ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells answered: A ...


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Rebecca Chernoff http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/dabd223496ac04bc7ae811f815008a2b?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Rebecca Chernoff asked: Why do you want to be a moderator (ie, as opposed to a user with privs via high rep?) JNK http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/eea5083041d267828ea9fd38f2e2d699?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG JNK answered: You can do more and have ...


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Tim Stone http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/3981cd271c302f5cba628c6b6d2b32ee?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Tim Stone asked: Is there an example you can describe/point-to that shows you taking initiative or showing leadership on the site in past actions? ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/107f2fafb2d29fedc3783b141139a878?s=16&d=...


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