As a Catholic Candidate, this is in my interest so I support it (Just Kidding 8^D )
St Francis of Assisi had attributed to him the following aphorism1:
Preach the Gospel every day; use words when necessary.
It is a never ending struggle for me to walk in those footsteps, but I think that's the way to go for any of us, particularly when we run into obstacles.
Quite frankly, I respond to this against my better judgment because I really, really don't like denomination wars. (They wound the Body of Christ). There's the whole internet for that noise, I prefer that we be free of that here. I fear that this discussion may go that way, so I ask up front to anyone engaged in this meta discussion: please don't go there.
What's an election?
Elections are always to some extent popularity contests. I don't think there's any way to get around that, it's in the nature of the beast. I am glad to see that you tossed your hat into the ring. Experience matters in leadership roles.
As I was not here in the beginning, I didn't get to see dark separated from light back when Christianity.SE was without form. I know from RPG.SE a couple of the early helpers (founders?) of this site who are not Catholic -- @mxzyplk and @waxeagle -- and who don't come here much anymore. Do they, like you, feel that something good from the beginning has been lost or is it the usual RL getting in the way? I don't know. Apparently, some other users from early on (@Richard?) aren't that active. Something is different.
I do know that I like (a lot) the site "as it is," and that there appears to be some sort of shared vision of "the site as we'd like it to become." Better than now means what? What the community figures out is better.
You are right that mod's have influence on that, the direction toward 'better', and that mods are in a leadership role, and that the exercise of mod powers can be perceived as crossing various boundaries. (Have seen this discussion in spades at RPG.SE recently, and to a lesser level at History).
Does denomination matter?
Apparently, based on current norms, it does and so our questions are bounded to deal with that potential cause of conflict. The fine line to walk is to not make denomination a source of friction.
One of the core concerns in the questionnaire is "How do we attract/keep new users and new questions?" so we, as a site, are in a position of selling the product. Here's the sales pitch:
- Come to our site (versus thousands of others) because of (fill in the
Nobody has to come here, it is elective participation. We need to stand out as 'good site to go to' and part of that has to do with tone. (Almost hilarious, and very ironic, that I bring this up given my recent chat/comment discussions with @DickHarfield and @Abstractioniseverything about my predilection for cutting remarks).
Were am I going with this?
If we do something to promote tension and friction between Christian denominations, we are doing it wrong. I don't think we'll attract the kind of users and content we hope for if we have an undertone of inter-denominational tension.
Should we elect (insert name here) because he or she is Catholic?
That's an interesting question, but my gut feel on that answer is that tokenism isn't anyone's preferred outcome. I agree with your point about one thing, though, and I've run into it a few times where I left a comment, or made a VtC, in part due to not "getting" a core issue of the topic. What you feel that some mods do I have done at least once, and likely more than once. (@KenGraham recently pointed out in comments what I was missing. I rescinded the VtC).
We have tools to address the problem that seems to be your foremost concern: comments, edits, chat, and votes to reopen. We also have meta to discuss reopening for any question, or to ask 'mod(x), why did you do that?'
If that's your major concern, that a lot of VtC's happen in part due to a lot of not grokking the core subject due to Catholic nuance, we should use the tools to address that. Maybe those of us who do participate here, and who are Catholic, should use those tools more often. Yes, it's more work to get 5 votes than one. When Jesus said "pick up your cross and follow me" he wasn't promising any of us an easy road.
Consider Lee's position
I've engaged with @LeeWoofendon in a number of conversations, and in chat. Thanks to those conversations, I keep in the back of my mind his expressed frustration with the popularity contest nature of "by denomination voting" that he sometimes sees or has experienced. Through that dialogue, and taking your concern about representation in the mod ranks as an avenue to preventing bias, where's his seat at the mod table? His problem is almost the reverse of the one you have presented, in terms of the volume of tagged questions for his faith community.
What to do?
Vote for me and I'll set you free! (Just Kidding 8^D)
- Lead by example, communicate, and raise points/issues as they arise.
- Be a good, or better, contributor. (That last is the gauntlet cast
at my own self).
Build good will. There's a song I hear on the radio now and again,
on the local Christian station, which uses as the chorus this
paraphrase from scripture
They will know we are Christians by our love ...
I think that taking that course of action will attract votes in any mod election (be it this year or next or the next) and will also attract more people to the site.
While I realized that this is technically not a Christian site (per the meta post), increasing participation here will at least indirectly, if not directly, get people thinking and talking about Christian topics as long as they come here to see what we (the community) have to say.
Vote for me and I'll set you free! 8^D (I really need to stop doing that)
Communicate and raise concerns where warranted, using current tools
Offer good answers, good edit advice, and vote to open/close
questions in areas where you have expertise
Encourage new users to come back again
Profit! (Wait, scratch that, this isn't 4chan)
1I am aware that there is some debate on whether or not he ever said that, but it fits how he lived his faith once he left his old life and became a new man.