Poker is an (almost) unique site in the Stack Exchange network, in the sense that it has only two (pro-tempore) ♦ moderators. Three is the standard for beta sites. As mentioned here, one of the initially appointed moderators is no longer active, so only two remain.

That doesn't need to be a problem per sé, but the symptoms (IMHO) are. Case in point are spam posts. You can look here to get a feeling for what kind of spam is being posted here; mostly (very) low quality posts with a link to the online poker site of the week. Our bot, Smoke Detector catches a reasonable portion of those, but there are not always six people around to nuke the post (some of our members don't even have an account here). These two posts have been on the site for three days (with some spam flags, but not enough to destroy them). I'm not sure if this is because it's holiday season, but I expect at least one mod to check up on the site every 24 hours, even on a small site like this one. We've seen more long-living spam on Poker Stack Exchange in the past, so I think this is not just an isolated incident.

Of course, appointing a third ♦ moderator is not guaranteed to solve this problem, but at the very least, it will help.

  • Aside: not really unique. Computational Science, Homebrewing, Italian Language, Mathematics Educators, [productivity.se], Reverse Engineering, Russian Language, and Русский язык also have 2 pro tem mods each. (And Pets, but they are looking for 3rd right now.)
    – user3138
    Aug 7, 2017 at 0:59
  • @Michelle you're right, I'll correct that.
    – Glorfindel
    Aug 7, 2017 at 6:07
  • @Paparazzi thanks for stepping up. I'm not sure how this is going to work out; I'm justing stating a problem and a possible solution. It's up to Stack Overflow to decide if they want to open up a nomination thread or not.
    – Glorfindel
    Aug 8, 2017 at 19:50
  • @Glorfindel Then I will delete my comment.
    – paparazzo
    Aug 8, 2017 at 19:51
  • I would like SE to open a nomination thread, thanks. And perhaps someone could pay attention and give us a hand converter. It's not like the ENTIRE community has been asking for it since day one or anything.
    – Toby Booth Mod
    Aug 14, 2017 at 19:55
  • @Glorfindel Any progress on a new mod or the hand converter?
    – Toby Booth Mod
    Sep 16, 2017 at 15:25
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    @Toby ehm ... I'm just a normal user here, not a Community Manager or something. If you want a new moderator (or an internal discussion) you'll have to contact somebody from the staff, e.g. via the Teachers' Lounge.
    – Glorfindel
    Sep 16, 2017 at 15:42
  • My mistake. Thanks. Calling @Shog9
    – Toby Booth Mod
    Sep 16, 2017 at 15:54

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For the most part it seems like our moderators are keeping up and doing a good job.

2 of my last 5 flags have been aged away.

I have witnessed some hostility lately. bashing I wish the mods would be more aggressive.

I am sure SE has a protocol for adding moderators.

I would leave it up to the current moderators if they want another.

Volume on the site overall is a disappointing.


Paparazzi seems like a bad choice. Guy followed me around on here giving me down votes and editing my posts. Then when asked why, he pretty much said it was out of spite because I (correctly) said that there was a lot of bad advice in response to one of the questions. If someone wants advice on a situation and there is a ton of bad advice with up-votes from buddies up-voting each other and down-voting anyone that "offends" them... I think its helpful to make that clear.

Stack exchange is awesome and 2+2 and the other strat forums are dieing because no one wants to give out free advice. Would be cool if there was a way to get more programming and math type questions in relation to poker here as a way to differentiate from the other strat sites. Stack Exchange has the advantage of having a lot of math/programming type ppl already registered. Maybe adding some programming puzzles or math puzzles would attract those people. Think a mod that did that would be able to bring some life to the site.

  • You don't seem to get the model meta.stackexchange.com/help/be-nice
    – paparazzo
    Aug 17, 2017 at 7:55
  • Calling bad advice, bad advice is not being rude... Its being honest. Even if it somehow was damaging to the board, which I don't think it is... Spite voting has to be way more damaging. Its probably one of the most damaging things you can do, especially on a site like this with low traffic.
    – lessharm
    Aug 17, 2017 at 14:45
  • Not getting into with you. Calling out other answers and other people is not what SE is about. You also called out another answer "The guy talking about dynamics doesn't understand what a Nash Equilibrium is." 2 of your first 3 posts criticized other answers. You marched in with condescension.
    – paparazzo
    Aug 17, 2017 at 15:02
  • Again. He did not understand what a Nash EQUILIBRIUM is.. It has NOTHING to do with dynamics. Btw.. you can't say "Not getting into with you." then proceed to to type 3 lines criticizing me. I'm sorry if your sensitive. Telling someone they are wrong when they are wrong is not a personal attack.
    – lessharm
    Aug 17, 2017 at 16:20
  • CAPS sure clear things up. Appears you have your own definition of be nice.
    – paparazzo
    Aug 17, 2017 at 17:02
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    @Paparazzi Honestly I find you quite abrasive in the tone you use in almost all instances. It doesn't surprise me that you're "not universally liked" due to the way you use the English language in your comments and posts. Also, what is that two character edit about? Can you explain that please.
    – Toby Booth Mod
    Aug 21, 2017 at 21:14
  • @TobyBooth To remove a down vote. And I had told lassham that. He knew the purpose and intentional misrepresented. All instances? Not going to argue with you.
    – paparazzo
    Aug 21, 2017 at 21:20
  • @Paparazzi I don't understand. How does adding an empty character to an answer "remove a downvote"? It didn't change the post format at all.
    – Toby Booth Mod
    Aug 21, 2017 at 21:28
  • @TobyBooth You are mod. A down vote is locked after like 5 minutes unless an edit is made.
    – paparazzo
    Aug 21, 2017 at 21:31
  • @Paparazzi I didn't know that. Also, that is a great example of your typical tone. The "Come on..." is ad hominem and unnecessary. edit: Even you realised that and deleted that bit.
    – Toby Booth Mod
    Aug 21, 2017 at 21:35
  • Removed that comment about the edit. I remember you removing the down-vote but didn't realize that you had to edit it to do it.
    – lessharm
    Aug 21, 2017 at 22:50
  • @lessharm You asked me why and I told you straight up to remove my down vote.
    – paparazzo
    Aug 22, 2017 at 5:48
  • @TobyBooth I don't know what an "ad hominem" is. I have degrees in engineering and math not English. You let a flag on "Lot of bad answers here" by this user age out.
    – paparazzo
    Aug 22, 2017 at 5:52

I think another mod would be great. I would like to nominate Paparazzi. He is active and seems to like the site and is a smart guy.

  • I am not universally liked here. Will see when nominations come up but I would be looking for some names other than me.
    – paparazzo
    Aug 16, 2017 at 18:40

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