A few weeks ago, we announced to the Sound Design community that we had trouble getting the necessary number of nominations to hold a graduation election. We hoped that this would start a conversation on the need for nominations for moderators on the site.

We have greatly appreciated Rory Alsop and AJ Henderson’s work to keep the site well moderated. We need the election to be competitive to hold one. Since this is a graduation election, that means we need at least four nominations for it to be successful. If we have another unsuccessful election, Sound Design will be at risk of being closed.

So why don’t you want to moderate for Sound Design?


Personally, it's because I don't actually like being in charge unless I have absolute certainty in any given topic.

In the studio or on stage I can be in charge because I know my environment & other people working there. In here there are too many topics that fall too far outside my own personal experience, so hesitancy would mean I would avoid making binding decisions.

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    The nice thing about being a moderator is you are not truly in charge like a boss over a team. Instead, you are helping to keep the lights on and make sure things stay orderly. The best part is that you are part of a team that works together, so you never have to make a judgment call yourself.
    – SpencerG StaffMod
    Nov 15 '21 at 21:32
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    In addition, moderators on Stack Exchange sites aren't expected to be subject matter experts on everything to do with the site. As noted on the help center page "Who are the site moderators, and what is their role here?": "Moderators are human exception handlers, there to deal with those exceptional conditions that could otherwise disrupt the community." Mods mostly deal with flags (e.g. cleaning up comments or spam/abuse, intervening to stop arguments, etc.). You don't need to know everything about the topic of the site to be a mod. :)
    – V2Blast StaffMod
    Nov 16 '21 at 20:57

In my case it's because I don't have enough rep to nominate myself!

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    With the next election likely to be in early 2022, you have plenty of time to gain enough rep :-)
    – Rory Alsop Mod
    Nov 1 '21 at 11:23
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    Just to echo Rory here. But there is plenty of time to accumulate the rep needed. With the election not being held til early next year, there is more than enough time to get it.
    – SpencerG StaffMod
    Nov 3 '21 at 15:53
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    @SpencerG the site stats don't make that seem possible. In the past quarter one person earned 170 reputation, add 101 to that and it's insufficient to become a candidate for nomination. The next lowest is only 109 and 85 reputation earned in that period of time. --- If you want people to join and volunteer you'll have to hold off on the election for half a year.
    – Rob
    Nov 17 '21 at 2:00
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    Rob is correct. Nov 17 '21 at 3:23

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