qualifying to manage a list (stupid hash tags)
Joseph, those are very good points on which to choose a new moderator. I think that another point is that they also need to be respected by the majority of the list members where they will serve, and that's where the on list voting will help. The more that vote on this type of topic, the greater the chance that cooler heads will prevail, and the transition will be a smooth one.
Thank you, Joseph, for all the work you've done with NVDA, and this list, over the past three years.
----- Original Message -----
From: Joseph Lee
Sent: Monday, March 21, 2016 11:19 PM
Subject: [nvda] Follow-up: moderator qualifications #ModNotice #AdminNotice
If you or someone you know fulfills all (yes, ALL) of the following requirements, then please put forth your name or that person’s name as the candidate for the new moderator (note that this isn’t about head moderator position, and our current head moderator is Nimer Jaber):
1. Have used NVDA for the past three years or more.
2. Have been a member of this forum and other NVDA forums for the past three years or more.
3. Ability to communicate well, especially when confronting a crisis such as misbehaving members, off-topic messages and such.
4. Ability to communicate kindly (and with humility) even in the face of adversity (especially during arbitration hearing proceedings).
5. Willingness to seek advice from moderators and members of this forum when making list-wide decisions.
6. Familiarity with Groups.IO administration controls.
7. Ability to serve as a user-side advocate when talking to NV Access and other NVDA developers.
8. Ability to deliver important news from NV Access such as NVDA release announcements in a timely manner.
9. Willingness to step down from position of power when appropriate (recalled, on his or her own will and so on).
10. Willingness to shower members of this list and the wider NVDA community with love and mercy, including to misbehaving members.
11. Having the servant’s attitude (to serve, not to be served).
12. Willingness to be accountable and answerable to members of this list and the public.
13. Must be at least 21 years of age or older (or considered an adult in the country a candidate resides in).
Some of you may say, “look, these requirements are too hard.” I believe that, as a public face of this list (alongside other moderators and members), you are responsible for the fate and reputation of this list, and in extension, NVDA community and NVDA screen reader itself. Thus only applications from serious candidates will be accepted (applications will be accepted until early April, and election will be held by end of April so the new moderator can adjust to his or her new role throughout May).
P.S. The reason for making these requirements tough is because of the following blog post:
Although the post talks about head moderators, it applies to associate moderators as well. Good luck.