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 As mentioned here, one of the initially appointed moderators is no longer active, so only two remain.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
    Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 0:59
  • @Michelle you're right, I'll correct that.
    – Glorfindel
    Commented 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
    Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 19:50
  • @Glorfindel Then I will delete my comment.
    – paparazzo
    Commented 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
    Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 19:55
  • @Glorfindel Any progress on a new mod or the hand converter?
    – Toby Booth
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 15:25
  • 2
    @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
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 15:42
  • My mistake. Thanks. Calling @Shog9
    – Toby Booth
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 15:54

2 Answers 2


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.


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
    Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 18:40

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