Should the PLT be moderators? Or should this be more community led (not excluding PLT though, since they are community members as well.)?
At this point, the answer is "no one" and "everyone" at the same time.
Before explaining further, here are the boilerplate help sections from Stack Exchange:
Where moderators will eventually be listed: https://joomla.stackexchange.com/users?tab=moderators
What the moderators do: https://joomla.stackexchange.com/help/site-moderators
It is likely that those who are most active in the next few weeks will be selected by Stack Exchange to moderate. After that, there will be elections, so no answer to this question will actually be the rule of the land.
To speak to the broader question of should the moderators be on the PLT:
I think that the PLT members could be moderators, but I don't think that they HAVE to be moderators. Either way, each of them can be a member of the community and can help shape its future.
I know that there are quite a few people that are pretty excited about this proposal who I don't think are PLT members (Dmitry and Nik come to my mind first. Lodder, who is super active on StackOverflow, also comes to mind). I think that the best moderators are those who are really excited about this site specifically, not necessarily those who are the most connected into the broader vision of Joomla as a whole. Lots of moderating looks like grunt work, so being excited helps.
Ultimately, I think that moderators should be the ones who are concerned with the success of this site. I would not want someone moderating with their PLT "hat" on. This site is built on the success of Joomla as a whole, but I think there is a slight distinction in moderating with the goal of good questions and answers versus moderating with the goal of improving Joomla. I have no doubt that PLT members could do that, but I don't think that being on the PLT gives them any additional qualification inherently from that membership.
(That being said, I would guess that all of them are very familiar with Joomla, a great resource for answering questions, and have an intimate knowledge in the future of the platform, which ARE additional qualifications for being moderators, so if you are on the PLT and want to be a moderator, go for it! If you are on the PLT and don't want to be a moderator, don't feel compelled.)
Personally, I would prefer the active members who dedicate time to the Joomla tag on SO to be moderators rather than simply having PLT members.
I would definitely go along the lines of community based and have an election of some sort. How this election will be done, I don't know but I'm sure we it can be discussed.
Right now, there are no moderators.
However, you can see a great explanation and example in action of how Stack Exchange approaches appointing moderators (voted by the community of Stack Exchange users) at https://gaming.stackexchange.com/election/4
On Stack Exchange, we believe the core moderators should come from the community, and be elected by the community itself through popular vote. We hold regular elections to determine who these community moderators will be.
Community moderators are accorded the highest level of privilege on our community, and should themselves be exemplars of positive behavior and leaders within the community.
Our general criteria for moderators is as follows:
- patient and fair
- leads by example
- shows respect for their fellow community members in their actions and words
- open to some light but firm moderation to keep the community on track and resolve
- (hopefully) uncommon disputes and exceptions
Every election has three phases:
Nomination. Up to thirty candidates nominate themselves for the position.
You need 300 reputation to nominate yourself.
Primary. The top ten candidates are chosen, if necessary, through voting.
You need 150 reputation to vote candidates up or down.
Election. A final round of voting is used to determine the winner through Meek STV.
You need 150 reputation to cast your preferences.
Please participate in the moderator elections by voting, and perhaps even by nominating yourself to be a community moderator!
I think that PLT has hands full as it is. CLT could chip in but dont forget they also have things to do like managing Joomla sites, forums etc. Best match for mods would be the most experienced and most active users. They should get an invite from PLT/CLT and continue to contribute.
I rather not see this place replacing the Joomla forum. If it will be and we get same responses like in the forum than I think we are doing something wrong. Stack has always been for people who are more involved with extended applications use.
I sure hope we did not spent so much effort to get own place on stack to answer questions like "What is Joomla?"