I am glad to be a part of a new Stack site. I do not mean to say I want to be a moderator -- I do not have credentials that others have pointed out. And I do not know as much as others.

I am asking this question because I have not been a part of a beta on SE before. I see mods everywhere on established sites..

  • SE is like any other community-driven site. The people who 'stand out' as exceptional community members are usually chosen for moderators and such. You have, so far, asked 2 questions (1 main, 1 meta), and provided 1 answer. Talking about becoming a moderator with those 'community credentials' (so to speak) is something I find a bit odd ... If that's accepted, then basically anyone could become a moderator and gets deletion privileges and other tools we only want responsible people to have ... do you think that that's a good idea on the internet, of all places? Feb 12, 2015 at 19:17
  • You're right, asking to become a mod is a little much. I edited the question.
    – user486
    Feb 13, 2015 at 13:18

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The site is currently in private beta, and has no moderators. If the site moves to public beta, then after a little while short-term moderators will be selected. The criteria for selection is outlined in this StackExchange blog post.

If the site were to move out of beta, moderators would be elected by the community.

The relevant criteria for the pro tempore moderator position is to:

  • 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.

Bonus points for:

  • Members with participation in both meta and the parent site (i.e. interest in both community building and expertise in the field).
  • Area 51 participation, social network referrals, or blogging about the site
  • Members who have already shown an interest or ability to promote their community
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    Thank you. As I said in in my question, I am just worried about not gaining rep -- I know plenty about Vim, but not as much as others... I see you already have over 1000 rep.
    – user486
    Feb 12, 2015 at 18:50
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    @onebree You get reputation by answering questions. You haven't answered any, so I would encourage you to try :-) And it's not like everyone else knows exactly what they're writing the moment they see the question, I often have to look up stuff & experiment ... Feb 12, 2015 at 19:18
  • Thank you for the advice. I guess it is harder for me to gain rep on SO -- so many questions are above my head, and I am only pretty good at one language (Ruby).
    – user486
    Feb 12, 2015 at 19:51
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    I would just like to point out that one's reputation points has very little to be with moderator selection. We look at broader participation, which includes things like resolving meta issues; leaving helpful, thoughtful comments to guide users; etc. Asking and answering questions is where the reputation points come from, but there's a whole other side of vetting and curating content that is not reflected in the reputation system, and those activities have a much stronger correlation to being a good community leader. Feb 13, 2015 at 15:20
  • @RobertCartaino looking at that post, I have opened a question for nominations. But now I wonder, is that still recommended?
    – muru
    Feb 14, 2015 at 0:01
  • I don't think it really matters until we know if we're leaving private beta or not.
    – user72
    Feb 14, 2015 at 0:05
  • @muru Yes, it is still recommended that the early community initiate this. Feb 14, 2015 at 0:18
  • @RobertCartaino Aargh. I just deleted it since meta.stackexchange.com/questions/223674/… says it's for public betas. Should I undelete?
    – muru
    Feb 14, 2015 at 0:19

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