2013 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 26 '13 at 20:00.

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1,312 voters were eligible, 365 visited the site during the election, 255 visited the election page, and 158 voted

2 Candidates

Hello everybody!

Seeing as time is ticking away and no one has nominated themselves, I would like to nominate myself as a moderator so the site isn't 'understaffed'.

That isn't to to say I wouldn't take the role seriously. I am quite active in 'gardening' the site and since gaining enough rep to access the approval tools, I have also tried to keep the level of outstanding edits down as well. I trust my rep level speaks for itself in terms of site participation.

Regulars will already know I am an active site chatter and generally check in throughout the day. They will also know that I ran for mod last year but withdrew in favour of the inimitable Rumtscho, because, well, who can compete with that? One point made last year is my low level of meta participation, and though I confess this hasn't changed much, if elected I would endeavour to change that.

Thanks for reading.

 
meta answers: 3 / +3
helpful flags: 99 of 104

I’ve been around here since the public beta, and was active on StackOverflow for a couple years before that, so I’ve got a pretty good sense of the way things work around here. I already check in on the site pretty frequently, looking at new questions and also flipping through the review tools to catch lower quality posts, review suggested edits, and so on. If I can help out more by doing similar kinds of things as a moderator, I’m happy to!

I very much agree with the StackExchange philosophy of moderators doing as little as possible, letting the community help out and preferring smaller actions. (I wouldn’t be nearly so eager to be a traditional forum mod.) I try to edit or ask for clarification rather than voting to close or flagging when possible. I think it’s important to try to keep things positive, and when necessary use negative feedback as an opportunity to help users learn about how the site works, especially the new users we want to encourage, not scare off. As a moderator I’d try to stick even more closely to this ideal.

 
meta questions: 23 / +74
meta answers: 80 / +250
helpful flags: 111 of 112

This election is complete.