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In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding Town Hall Chat sessions with the candidates. These will be opportunities for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic of moderation. Participation is completely voluntary. I worked with the candidates to find times that allowed the most participation.


There will be two town hall chats during the primary phase to accommodate scheduling.


Town Hall Chat #1

The first town hall chat took place Wednesday the 16th at 02:00 UTC (Tuesday the 15th at 21:00 [9pm] EST in the US).

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Town Hall Chat #2

The second town hall chat took place Wednesday the 16th at 19:00 UTC / 14:00 (2pm) EST.

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Here are the details so far:

  • Town Hall Chats are one-hour events that use our chat platform. To join the room directly, click here.
  • The format will be an open discussion. Users are encouraged to pose questions to the candidates regarding their thoughts on moderation.
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  • Looking forward to it! Nov 12, 2011 at 2:41
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    +1 It'd be sweet if you could broadcast this, with a twitter tag or a live SO thread as its being televised. Just my 2 cents Nov 12, 2011 at 2:51
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    Next, can we rally all of the fine programmers we have to build an open source replacement for Doodle? I'll need to eat nine bags of Skittles to make the world right again after using it.
    – Tim Post
    Nov 12, 2011 at 3:01
  • @TimPost LOL, isn't that Rich Skrenta of blekko.com Nov 12, 2011 at 3:44
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    my fingers are still numb from clicking yes or no over 100 times.
    – bkaid
    Nov 12, 2011 at 4:13
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    Agreed on Doodle. While I like the distinction between "Yes" and "If I have to", I'd like it if it would have defaulted everything to "No" and let me change it (for all I know, that's what it does, but I didn't see it state that anywhere so I answered them all). Nov 12, 2011 at 4:22
  • I still stand by my comment here. Unfortunately, it's the only one that at least has some vital features, and that has to win over bad ui. ): If there's a better solution, I'm all ears - add it to the webapps question too! (For most of the other town hall chats, I just ask people to reply to my email with their timezone and their availability and just skip Doodle...but with this many people...) Nov 12, 2011 at 4:29
  • @TimPost your comment here seems to indicate you filled out the form, but I only see a comment on Doodle from you, not an actual entry... o: Nov 12, 2011 at 4:33
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    @Rebecca I posted 'yes' for the times I'm available, everything else is a 'no'. Nov 12, 2011 at 4:43
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    Why am I so nervous about this? :S Nov 12, 2011 at 4:44
  • I made two submissions, please delete the first. Now where do I go get treatment for this RSI..? ;)
    – jonsca
    Nov 12, 2011 at 7:43
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    @BoltClock: Me too. "If I am elected moderator, I'll eliminate three tags! 'Homework', 'subjective', and...umm...the third tag I'd eliminate is the...ummm...." Nov 12, 2011 at 9:05
  • @RebeccaChernoff Oh wonderful. I spent a little while shading in all 144 possible blocks, apparently .. in vein :( .. I'll submit it again. Oh the stuff we endure in the name of scheduling.
    – Tim Post
    Nov 12, 2011 at 11:33
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    @StuThompson You made me nervous, I just went to double check that we didn't have an "ummmm" tag.
    – Tim Post
    Nov 12, 2011 at 11:44
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    @RebeccaChernoff: Are the maderator nominations encouraged to ask questions of each other, or should the questions only be from those voting on the nominees?
    – casperOne
    Nov 14, 2011 at 2:00

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