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This nominee would be a good choice because …

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I would like to self-nominate.

Why Me

  • I love animals and love to help people.
  • Got my certificate for Veterinary Technician in spring 2013 - Licensed in summer of 2013
  • Worked in many veterinary hospitals around Canada, 1 year in New-Brunswick, 1 year in Newfoundland, 2 years in Nova Scotia and now I am working in Ontario. Having different experiences in each province has broadened my knowledge on internal medicine and surgery.
  • I contribute quite a bit in regards to answers, I am top 0.42% this year and was ranked #1 last year even though I joined a bit late.
  • I have a vast amount of experience in the field to help clarify answers and questions.
  • I am fluent in French and English - an asset to those who need help translating.
  • I have a TON of patience for people who ask what most would call a common sense question - no question is a dumb question in my books.

What I Am Working On

  • Flagging, editing and casting votes.

I honestly didn't notice the flags and edits before Zaralynda pointed it out as well as the importance of casting votes. Now it's something I engage in daily and will continue to work at as time goes on.

I never moderated on a website so this will be new for me however when I have a job I take it seriously.

As this is my first time applying for something like this I'm not 100% sure this is the information you guys are looking for so feel free to comment on what else I can add or should remove.

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    omg this is a beautiful nomination! We're so happy to have you on the site, your contributions have been amazing.
    – user6796
    Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 4:22
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    Great candidate here - Active in chat too and very welcoming when I joined up :)
    – Henders
    Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 8:04


Why Not Me?

Elephant in the room - My reputation on this site is definitely not the highest because until recently I wasn't a heavy contributor. As an active member in Charcoal-HQ I spoke with Yvette just after she became a moderator and she reminded me to participate here.

Since then, I've answered and asked all the questions that I can (to what I believe is a high standard). As per the conversation we had in The Litter Box, I have tried to gain as much rep as I can because it is probably regarded as my weak point here.

Why Me?

I may be new (reputation-wise) to this site, but I am not new to 'moderating as a user' on the stack exchange websites. Right from my beginning on StackOverflow (SO) 4 years, 4 months ago, I have been flagging content, editing posts and working with current Network moderators to keep the network clean.

Network Stats:

  • I have over 2,600 helpful flags (99.81% total) over the whole StackExchange network (639 of which are Smoke Detector Auto-Flags)
  • 176 edited posts (28 here and counting)
  • ~440 Reviews (First posts, triage, late answers etc... 55 here already)
  • Lurker in SO Close Vote Reviewers so I understand how Close Voting and user led moderation works.

I am a member of Charcoal where we use Smoke Detector and a dedicated chat room to fight spam across the network. I have over 3,000 valid feedbacks to help validate the system's filter criteria. I'm also 'frequently in [the] room' at The Litter Box and try to be the first respondent to review tasks when I'm awake.

I have a few years of experience moderating other (less hospitable) communities than SE so I've gained the thick skin required. I have always found that you get the best out of people when you're friendly, firm, helpful and have the ability to listen to users especially in situations that have the propensity to escalate.

I hope you can see by looking through my contributions to the site so far that my lack of reputation at this stage is balanced by experience with moderation tasks because I firmly believe I can help to moderate this community and help shape its future.

Personal Highlights

Why did my Guppies not grow for 8 months?

Will cooking rocks and branches in the oven make them safe for aquarium fish?

Gourami breathing at water's surface

I'd love feedback, both positive and negative :)

  • less hospitable ... citation needed?
    – rene
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 16:54
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    @rene - It was part of an online community game where people had paid for content and the code admins had made some game mechanic changes which the majority of people were not happy about. The team which helped moderate the game bore the brunt of the backlash. My statement was what I've seen come through Smokey and what mods have said about messages they have received in the line of duty.
    – Henders
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 17:33
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    Fair enough, I was just curious. Good luck!
    – rene
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 17:35
  • @rene it's so good to see you flower man!! :D
    – user6796
    Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 4:21
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    I think you'd make a great mod - the only thing holding you back at this stage is the short time active here - but that will obviously change with time. Great nomination - very thorough. :)
    – user6796
    Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 4:24
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    Thanks, @YvetteColomb - I agree, it would take a lot of trust for the community to accept me at this stage but I'm certainly willing and ready to learn :)
    – Henders
    Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 8:01
  • @Henders if you're not elected this time, I am sure you will be down the track. Also it's not up to the community -it's up to the team - which you probably know
    – user6796
    Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 8:27
  • Thanks :) There's always things to work on, either way!
    – Henders
    Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 8:28

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