A few months back, we had a discussion about adding more room owners to The Nineteenth Byte. As a result, five users were added as room owners, and the problems we were facing lessened. However, we're still having issues with disruptive users when there are no room owners or moderators around (specifically around 5 AM - 2 PM UTC). Should we add more room owners to help moderate TNB (especially during those hours where we often have no room owners or moderators online)?
Yes, we should have even more room owners
Though we added 5 new room owners back in August, 2 of them (trichoplax and El'endia Starman) were already community moderators, so we essentially only gained 3 (which I pointed out at the time), and we still have gaps where no room owners or moderators are online. Community moderators have all of the same powers as room owners (plus more), and they are trusted enough to perform chat moderation duties across the entire network. Any community moderator familiar with our room rules can (and should) enforce them as necessary.
So, I propose we democratically choose at least 2 more room owners that fit the following criteria:
- Contributes positively and regularly to chat (more signal than noise)
- Frequently active during 5 AM - 2 PM UTC (when other room owners and moderators often aren't)
- Levelheaded and reasonable (essentially the same things we want in community moderators)
- Not currently a community moderator (though since I am in the minority in the opinion that adding community moderators as room owners doesn't help alleviate the burden of moderation, this is more of a personal preference than a requirement)
The keyword here is democratically - we should have an election on Meta, lasting 2 weeks or so, where users are able to nominate themselves and cast votes on who they think should be given room owner status. The situation is much less urgent than last time - we can afford to take 2 weeks to choose room owners via community consensus, rather than emergency appointment by the moderators.
More room owners would be useful to cover gaps
Regardless of whether they are already a moderator, and regardless of the specific method used to choose them (election/appointment), it would be useful to have room owners who are frequently present during the times that currently lack frequent room owner presence.