2012 Moderator Election

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:

  1. Nomination
  2. Primary
  3. Election

Please participate in the moderator elections by voting, and perhaps even by nominating yourself to be a community moderator!

This election ended Feb 21 '12 at 20:00.

Download the election data and use OpenSTV to audit the results.

963 voters were eligible, 211 visited the site during the election, 89 visited the election page, and 63 voted

2 Candidates

Hello. I am rumtscho, and I happen to love this site.

Why do I care?

I have always been a curious mind. I always want to know the "why" behind everything I encounter. And I encounter food roughly three times a day. Pair that with growing up in a cooking family - my grandma taught me to make phyllo sheets from scratch when I was four - and you can see how a place which is centered around gathering and propagating knowledge about food and its preparation fascinates me and makes me return again and again.

What is my place in the community?

I joined the site a year and five days ago, and have visited it on 333 days since then. At first I contributed mostly questions, answers, and votes. With time, I saw how our unique culture nurtures a place different from other cooking forums - a place where I felt right at home. I have often been the top user for a given time period, and made my 10k in less than 10 months. And as my reputation grew, I used my new privileges to help the site stay awesome. I edited poorly worded posts, flagged bad answers and cast close votes on bad questions, and started reviewing as soon as I reached 10k reputation. I actively participate in meta discussions. Currently, I am the only user with the Deputy badge, and I also hold many other relevant badges, both for providing relevant content (ten of my sixteen silver badges are Enlightened) and for helping with organization (I am one of the few non-founding users who have the Tag Editor badge).

What would be different if I become a moderator?

You don't have to fear big changes, because I am already doing many of the things a moderator would do. Now I alert the moderators about potential problems; if elected, I will act on them myself. If anything, I will become more cautious. Currently, I am quick to cast close votes on marginally fitting questions. If my vote becomes binding, I would hold back more. With me, you don't have to fear bad surprises - my editing record, my flagging record and my meta participation can tell you more about my future moderating style than a self-written summary.

How would my moderatorhood benefit you, the community?

With me, you will get a moderator who is involved and experienced with the site. I know most of the rules by which moderator work is done, and even as a non-moderator I am willing to learn the correct way to deal with a problematic situation, rather than leave it for somebody else to sort out. I have read all question asked since I joined, and many of the older ones, so I can easily spot duplicates. I am willing to invest time and effort not only in keeping the site as it is, but also in helping it grow - for example, I still write questions for the weekly contests to encourage participation, even though I am currently not eligible for a prize.

I will also be available for you. I am the owner of the chat room, and you can almost always find me there. I live in Europe, so I will be online at times when the current moderators are still asleep, and I am still awake when our American majority of users is most active. You can reach me if quick action is needed, even when the other moderators are not available, but I can still participate in discussions with them without much schedule conflict. In short, when the community needs me, I am here.


I am applying as a moderator, because I want to be even more involved with the community. My track record shows that I am a good fit for the position. I believe that I can handle the responsibility and do the job well. If you agree, vote for me!

You can access my election poster at Imgur

link | history
meta questions: 17 / +45
meta answers: 56 / +142
helpful flags: 267
Is that actually what you look like? Huh. I don't know why, but I'd pictured you entirely differently. –  FuzzyChef Feb 9 '12 at 7:09
@FuzzyChef lol and how did you picture @rumtscho? She looks exactly how i pictured her... but then again I've already seen her pictures beforehand. –  Jay Feb 9 '12 at 15:19
Glad to see you in the running. You've been a great help as a user and you'll get my vote. –  yossarian Feb 9 '12 at 15:51
Rumtscho has been a solid user here for quite some time - got my vote! BTW, @Fuzzy - I was also surprised by the photo; for some reason, I'd always pictured this. –  Shog9 Feb 9 '12 at 23:08
Thank you for your support. Yes, this is me, I took the picture specifically for this poster. And really, that's what you thought I look like? I guess he has some solidity and authority, but I would have been more happy if you had imagined a nice, slightly scatterbrained old professor like profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/… –  rumtscho Feb 10 '12 at 12:33
@rumtscho - before I saw, I was always more like kellyozley.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/old-man-teeth01.jpg ;) –  rfusca Feb 10 '12 at 15:35
I'd actually pictured a young, thin, bearded German man, slightly on the "granola" side. I don't know why. Certainly I don't anymore! –  FuzzyChef Feb 11 '12 at 7:55
I don't understand "quick to cast close votes on marginally fitting questions. If my vote becomes binding, I would hold back more.";by binding I suppose you mean if others vote like you, so then you will stick to your vote-if not how would you take it back?! –  Theta30 Feb 13 '12 at 7:13
@Theta30 Right now, when I am unsure if a question should be closed or not, I cast a close vote, knowing that it will only be closed if four other people cast theirs too. If I become a moderator, a close vote by me will automatically close a question, no matter if other users voted to close or not. That's why I would hold back more and not click "close" when I'm unsure - instead, I would talk to other users and moderators, and wait for close votes by the community, before taking a decision in a murky case. –  rumtscho Feb 13 '12 at 11:50
comments disabled on deleted / locked posts

I would like to nominate myself for the position of community moderator.

I am active on Meta Stack Overflow, where my useful flags are 112, and my reputation passed from 257 to 18041 in 11 months. I am a 20k user on English Language & Usage, and a 15k user on Meta Stack Overflow and Drupal Answers.

In the six sites where my reputation is higher (which include Seasoned Advice), I have the "deputy" badge in all of them (except on Seasoned Advice) for correctly flagging 50 posts, and the "reviewer" badge in all of them for reviewing a hundred posts, and taking action in at least two hundred of them.
My useful flags on Seasoned Advice are currently 20, and the declined flags are 4. With 1876 votes, I am the second user with the most votes since Seasoned Advice has been launched. My activity on the site includes "meta" activities, such has voting, reviewing posts, or flagging posts.
Being active on Meta Stack Overflow, I know what the general consensus about some topics is, including the consensus of who is moderator in some Stack Exchange site. If I am elected moderator, I will apply my experience as moderator to this site, respecting the decisions taken in the past from the other moderators.

I am currently moderator on Drupal Answers, and I have been moderator pro temp for the same site.
I am a site maintainer on Drupal.org, which means that on that site I have the permission to delete posts, delete or block users account, and I normally deal with spam reported from other users or I deal with the spam I find on api.drupal.org; this is very similar to what the task of a community moderator is.
On Drupal.org, thanks to other permissions I have, I contribute to give to the other users permissions that allow them to participate more actively on Drupal.org, such as giving to the other users the permission to create full projects, or become new maintainers for existing projects.

link | history
meta questions: 15 / +24
meta answers: 10 / +21
helpful flags: 55
The amount of helpful flags needed for the "Deputy" badge is 80. Just so you know. –  Mien Feb 6 '12 at 22:02
Thanks for the nomination! Could you elaborate on what your viewpoint as a moderator on Seasoned Advice would be? Also, why do you want to be a moderator? What would make you a good community moderator? Your nomination is full of your achievements on other sites, but mentions SA only in passing. –  hobodave Feb 6 '12 at 22:03
@Mien I got the Deputy badge when the requirement was to have a flag weight of 500; considering that the flag weight increased of 10 for each helpful flag, that means 50 flagged posts to get it. That is the minimum number of flagged posts, because any declined flag would decrement the flag weight. –  kiamlaluno Feb 6 '12 at 22:16
I agree with hobodave especially since you do have activity on the cooking site. –  Theta30 Feb 13 '12 at 7:18
comments disabled on deleted / locked posts

This election is complete.