In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic of moderation. Participation is completely voluntary. I am working with the candidates to find a time that allows the most participation.

The Town Hall Chat will take place Sunday the 30th at 8pm UTC, or 3pm EST.

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(click here to join the chat room)

Here are the details so far:

  • I have coordinated with the candidates and done the best I could with a best fit match. I would like to schedule this towards the beginning of the election phase. This means that I am looking at the 29th-31st. As soon as I coordinate with the existing moderators and candidates to find a best fit based on availability, I will edit this post with details on the "when".
  • The Town Hall Chat will be a one-hour event using our chat platform. You can register for the event here.
  • The format will be an open discussion. Users are encouraged to pose questions to the candidates regarding their thoughts on moderation.
  • After the chat session, the transcript of the event will be permanently linked here.
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    That's a super great idea. I'd like to hear what all of the other candidates have to say. And I hope I'll get the chance to take part as well.
    – jjnguy
    Jan 27, 2011 at 3:48
  • The SF chat with 7 candidates was a bit noisy (but still great), I wonder what it will be like with 30 candidates... Jan 27, 2011 at 4:12
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    @Farseeker If it happens after the election phase has started it'll only be 10 candidates Jan 27, 2011 at 4:15
  • @Michael - ah yes, forgot about that Jan 27, 2011 at 4:16
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    Yes, my goal for each one is the first 48 hours of the final election phase. Jan 27, 2011 at 4:56
  • WhoopWhoop! Let's get excited!
    – jjnguy
    Jan 29, 2011 at 0:09
  • Great! However due to the time choice, I'll only be able to participate for about half an hour. :( Jan 29, 2011 at 7:01
  • I didn't get an email confirming what time it would be. Luckily @Justin sent me a tweet about it. Jan 30, 2011 at 18:45
  • @George I only received notification because I favorited this question.
    – jjnguy
    Jan 30, 2011 at 18:49
  • 1
    Me being thick?...but what's the bounty for?
    – Kev
    Feb 1, 2011 at 1:52
  • 1
    @Kev, I'm guessing it's for Josh. For creating the digest. It will be a gift from Rebecca.
    – jjnguy
    Feb 1, 2011 at 16:54
  • And it was much appreciated! Thanks Rebecca! :-D Feb 2, 2011 at 4:00
  • @Kev, yes it was for Josh/TheRenamedException. I know he put a lot of time and effort into creating the digest so I thought I'd give him a little gift. Feb 2, 2011 at 4:02
  • So... ready for more town hall sessions? Might be more interesting if we can have some during the primaries and the elections.
    – Pollyanna
    Nov 10, 2011 at 16:33
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    @AdamDavis, yup. Was on my list for yesterday, so maybe it'll get done today. (: Nov 10, 2011 at 19:01

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I want to extend a giant thank you to Rebecca for organizing all these Town Hall sessions. I think they were a huge success and I really hope everyone benefitted from them!

In order to make the Stack Overflow Town Hall easier to read, I have tried my best to produce a digest version containing only the questions and answers, sorted chronologically. If anyone has corrections, please let me know.

Now get out and vote!

  • 1
    Thank you Josh for that! excellent job!
    – Trufa
    Jan 31, 2011 at 23:17
  • That's pretty neat, I didn't know you could do that. Feb 1, 2011 at 2:50
  • @George: it took a lot of hard, manual work! Feb 1, 2011 at 4:46
  • kudos. Hard work, but very worthwhile.
    – Benjol
    Feb 1, 2011 at 8:51

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