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We mentioned last year that we were looking to rev up on additional resources for the Stack Exchange network and this announcement is meant to support that claim. Due to the increased growth of our network sites, we found ourselves needing additional humans to help coordinate our plans for improving and refreshing our community experiences.

Please join me in welcoming Cesar Manara to our Stack Exchange Community manager team!

Cesar Manara's Profile pic

Cesar is a Theater grad who's been CMing in the Games Industry since 2013 and is also - not professionally - a Playwright. When he's not at the computer, he enjoys watching plays, musicals, playing some board games (not Munchkin, ugh), reading (not only Stephen King!), some YA, Sci-fi and the occasional behavioral psychology.

He brings experience in managing multiple cultures and time-zones as well as a knowledge of Portuguese and human behavior.

...He also LARPs. Yes. Below you can find a cringy centuries-old (not really) pic of the ancient Ventrue.

The cringy Ventrue

Cesar will be working directly with me, Catija, and Nicolas on the SE sites and the International Stack Overflow communities. If you have any questions you'd like to ask Cesar, please do so here. He's new to the network so he'll be experiencing our sites with fresh eyes. If you see him around, please say "hello", or even better, "olá."

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    Ok. I see we need to add an interview question: "Do you LARP?" Welcome Cesar! – Jon Ericson Apr 10 at 18:23
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    Nice t-shirt ;-) – πάντα ῥεῖ Apr 10 at 18:53
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    Welcome Cesar! Scriptwriting is on-topic on Writing.SE -- just sayin'. :-) – Monica Cellio Apr 10 at 19:18
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    can't find him in all the pictures - missing red circles :o) - welcome – Patrick Artner Apr 10 at 19:36
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    Thanks all! Jon, I'm glad you didn't ask! :P @MonicaCellio oh yea, I have my eyes on that one :) – Cesar M Apr 10 at 20:11
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    @MonicaCellio If César is going to scriptwrite in Portuguese, he could help us graduate Portuguese.SE! – gmauch Apr 10 at 20:29
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    @gmauch great! We can work together. – Monica Cellio Apr 10 at 20:30
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    Am I the only one who had to Google "larp" and "ventrue" while reading this? – Andrew Myers Apr 11 at 2:09
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    @AndrewMyers: It probably means you're too old (you didn't LARP yourself) or too young (your kids haven't encountered LARP for you). Or maybe you're just on the wrong continent — it's a term used in the USofA (at least on the west coast, probably the east too, and in the middle); I know not where else it is used. – Jonathan Leffler Apr 11 at 3:14
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    @JonathanLeffler great, and I had to Google "USofA". – Shadow Wizard Apr 11 at 11:03
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    @JonathanLeffler LARP. Means he likes to go collide some particles on his free time, what did you think it meant? Personally as a programmer, I mostly ARP and sometimes RARP. (A bunch of us go out in the forest dressed as MAC addresses and another bunch as IP numbers, then it is kind of like speed dating from there.) – Lundin Apr 11 at 11:51
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    @iLuvLogix Elves are getting harder to find these days thus we settled on humans. – Juan M Apr 11 at 15:36
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    "...we found ourselves needing additional humans to help coordinate our plans for improving and refreshing our community experiences." I'm sorry, but the most refreshing thing to me (and I'm sure many others) would be to avoid this kind of marketing speech and to be frank and straightforward instead. What does that even mean? – jpmc26 Apr 12 at 1:23
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    @jpmc26 It means they needed more people to do the job of community manager. – TylerH Apr 12 at 13:48
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    "Valued Associate"... is that... management speak? – SSight3 Apr 17 at 10:42
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I just want to say thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! Do expect me to show up around some meta sites, sites proper and some chats as I get acquainted with everything - but please give some time before we take off the training wheels. :)

In the coming days, and probably weeks, I'll be immersing myself on all things exchange - that said, feel free to reach out if you see me around or tag me in stuff!

All the best!

unicornthanks

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    Just out of interest, is it a paid position you now have or are you a volunteer of some sort? – Syntax Error Apr 16 at 6:56
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    @SyntaxError Community managers are employees of SE. – Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog Apr 16 at 7:22
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    Parabéns Cesar! :) – pablosaraiva Apr 17 at 11:21
  • Cheers Cesar from Manila all Power ! – ralphgabb Apr 26 at 0:17
  • Olà Cesar ! : ) – Toodoo Apr 26 at 7:55
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Welcome, Cesar!

You're both a new user here and an experienced community manager elsewhere, a rare combination. Will you consider sharing some of your experiences, impressions, and ideas for community growth as you learn your way around the SE network and its many different communities? I don't necessarily mean all in one place; some things might work better in blog posts, on per-site metas, or in casual conversation in sites' chat rooms. This seems like a great opportunity to talk with people in our communities so we can learn from each other.

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    Absolutely! I will definitely be hanging around, talking and writing more as time goes by and I get more familiar with everything. Hopefully, I'll be able to help the network and specific sites too! – Cesar M Apr 12 at 15:52
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Hail, Cesar!

Since it's unclear from the description here: do you code? Will those of us who inhabit Stack Overflow and the other computery Stack Exchanges be seeing you around, or are you going to be focused on the other sites?

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    According to his LinkedIn, CM has "Unfished BS in CS that gives me my technical background to understand the basics of coding, reading logs and makes me able to speak and understand tech." – Vote Dukakis Apr 11 at 17:52
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    @AskQuestionWizard Aaaaah! A user named after an abomination! Why do you exist!? Stay away from me, vile thing! (Also, thanks for the useful info.) – Mark Amery Apr 11 at 18:01
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    Like it was publicly found on my Linkedin - I know only the basics. I did do 2 years of a CS bachelor but then swapped to Theater and finished 5 years in that instead. Though I did dabble on Cpnael, php and most front-end related stuff for funsies. – Cesar M Apr 12 at 15:55
  • @CesarM what?! No jQuery?! :-D – Shadow Wizard Apr 16 at 8:01
  • Actually never meddled with jQuery to be honest :c – Cesar M Apr 16 at 14:05
  • @CesarM In case you're wondering why you're being asked about jQuery, go to meta.stackexchange.com/q/19478/200582 and CTRL-F for jquery to learn a bit of historical trivia about Stack Overflow's culture. :) – Mark Amery Apr 17 at 9:18
  • No jQuery? Most of the memes on Stackoverflow are about jQuery, were you not asked questions about the memes during interviews? What, no! – Deepak Kamat May 1 at 19:32
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Congratulations on your new role, Cesar! I'm really excited to see how you help Stack Exchange grow and develop. I can tell already that you'll love this place and make a great addition to the community team. Good luck!

Card with unicorn saying "I believe in YOU"

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    Hah, cute pic =D – Marc.2377 Apr 12 at 4:19
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    Love the picture! Thanks :D – Cesar M Apr 12 at 15:55
  • No problem, @CesarM. Just getting you into the unicorn-filled spirit of meta. (though I must admit this unicorn is cuter than most others I've seen.) – Pikachu the Watermelon Wizard Apr 12 at 15:58
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    That horse appears to have been cross-bred with a flounder and has an ice-cream cone on its head. – J... Apr 15 at 14:14
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Welcome Cesar, and may that smile always stay on your face! :)

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Welcome to the network Cesar M.
As you are based somewhere, likely have been to some other places, you will be able to join in at Travel Stack Exchange.

If you have traveled or will travel you are even more welcome.

And as a chat user, may I point out that several of our sites have great chats, where you can meet the people and often ask questions that do not fit on the sites.

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    Flagged as spam :-P – Rand al'Thor Apr 15 at 17:34
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    @Randal'Thor, you are just jealous you did not get a personal invite back when,... but you are still welcome without one. – Willeke Apr 15 at 17:37
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Since everybody has already welcomed you, how about please, take a seat ;-]

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Welcome Cesar!

As a member of Stack Overflow in Portuguese, I'm glad to have a Portuguese-speaker CM!

Coincidence or not, a few days ago there was a comment in our meta saying exactly how we miss CM's who are fluent in our language, as this would help breaking the language/culture-related barriers between our community and Stack Exchange itself.

I can't wait to see you participating in our meta. Nos vemos por lá!

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Salve, Cesar!

(Welcome in Latin, which might be of your interest, based on T-shirt)

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