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Moderator election #2 on Biblical Hermeneutics has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is:

Jesse Steele

They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering and share your assistance and advice with them as they learn the ropes!

For details on how the voting played out, you can download the election results here or view a summary report online.

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Congratulations, Jesse! I believe you will do well in this role in that I perceive that you have a humble and peacemaking spirit! The Lord knows how to place us where we can be most effective and use our time most wisely. Onward and upward!

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Congratulations Jesse, and sincere thanks to every single candidate who put themselves forward!

I think this election has helped the community come to terms with a number of issues and concerns which have been plaguing the site for a while. Over the past year we have experienced a general decline in experienced users participating in the communal administration of the site, whether for philosophical reasons or otherwise. Whilst this is understandable on an individual basis, the collective apathy impacted the quality of site content notably, and meant that moderators had to step in more frequently than we reasonably should under the SE model. This is partly why there was a need for further help in moderation in the first place.

The past month it has been extremely heartening to witness a significant number of users from across the site stepping up to raise flags, close Questions, contribute in Review Queues, and generate chat discussions or Meta questions about how to improve things on BH.SE. One user went so far as to create a Meta feature request that may eventually benefit the entire SE network!

So thank you everybody who has made a renewed effort to understand the site scope, get involved with the voting processes, flag questionable content, or engage in discussions around what kind of site we all want this to be. SE sites are built on community participation rather than top-down control, and it's been fantastic to see so many people actually talking to each other about how to make the site better. You know who you are - keep it up!

I participate in this site because I love the Bible, I love hermeneutics, and I love the SE model. And I think I speak for the whole moderation team when I say that we're collectively passionate about enabling people from all views and backgrounds to disagree and debate respectfully, kindly and honourably, in a safe space - that is the nature of a Q&A site, after all. The frequency of arguments and flags has dropped sharply over the past few weeks, which hopefully means that people are making a bigger effort to care about others as they disagree - which is a rare thing to find on the internet.

If you're reading this, you are an especially important member of the site, who cares enough about it to read Meta posts and even go past the fifth paragraph of a needlessly long answer. What's more, you're a valued member of this community, and your participation is always important in helping it move forward. Thanks again for every little thing you have done in the past, or will do in the future, to make this site and its content better, and to show unusual kindness to those you disagree with. </overshare>

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    Wow! I get elected and it inspires a moderator to write a small book! Humbled, chuckles, and thanks! I really didn't know that there was a positive uptick. In what ways did the election stir discussion? I'm curious what you saw.
    – Jesse Steele Mod
    Nov 3 at 16:40
  • The BH Meta and Chat sites have been virtually dead for all constructive purposes for over a year - the surge in activity and engagement on both fronts has been great, and given people the opportunity to voice concerns that otherwise you only spot in occasional comments. The candidates themselves did much of this, but a number of other users stepped up to participate in these same conversations or take on new Review Queues.
    – Steve Taylor Mod
    Nov 3 at 22:01
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Congratulations Jesse! And thank you to everyone else who nominated themselves, this was certainly a lively election!

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  • Humbled am I. It didn't seem lively for me. I stepped up because no on else did, but it was my college degree. I stayed in because the auto-generated score placed me highest. I feel invited and will be glad to help. Looking forward to your feedback as we discuss things.
    – Jesse Steele Mod
    Nov 3 at 16:42
  • Haha, maybe it wasn't really too lively, but four candidates is more than I was hoping for, especially when the first round of nominations only got one nominee!
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Nov 3 at 22:27
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Congratulations, Jesse! I'm sure you'll do great in this role. Thanks also for stepping forward to nominate yourself when the site needed moderator candidates.

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  • Thank you very much! Let's make the site so awesome that we may need even more moderators (each with less work to do, wink).
    – Jesse Steele Mod
    Nov 3 at 16:43
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Congratulations Jesse! I'm sure you will be a pretty nice moderator!

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