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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 Apr 2 '13 at 20:00.

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


1,274 voters were eligible, 400 visited the site during the election, 276 visited the election page, and 190 voted

3 Candidates

Hi all,

I've been a member of this site pretty much from its post-beta inception and forward. Prior to that, I was a moderater on one of the predecessor photography sites (now since closed down). Needless to say, I'm keenly interested in the life of this community and as a result I've been active in the review process (I lead in a couple of categories and are amongst the leaders in others), editing, answering, providing comments, etc. I try to participate where I feel I have something strong to offer and, except for the odd vacation where I didn't have Internet access, I'm on the site many times a day.

So, I'm interested in helping with the moderation of the site because I do feel that I can contribute more to this community now. Moderation, to me, means a light hand that doesn't attempt to run the community, but instead attempts to respond to it. I've been around and active to understand, I think, what that implies and it's something our moderators have been quite good at.

We have a great community and I desire to continue helping it stay that way.

link | history
meta questions: 16 / +66
meta answers: 80 / +368
helpful flags: 60 of 61

Hi, I'm Mike, a hobbyist photographer who joined Stack Overflow 4 years ago and have been active here since July 2011, visiting the site daily. I ran for moderator in the last election and would like to run again. I spend a lot of time in housekeeping activities: keeping the review queue empty, editing questions and answers, retagging, flagging posts, creating and editing tag wiki pages.

I've made an effort of late to vote more, and comment wherever I can to help users clarify and improve their questions and answers rather than simply downvoting and voting to close. We need to maintain quality, but I like to be tolerant and let new users develop their questions to fit our format.

I'm a big believer in the Stack Exchange concept and would like to do more to help out.

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meta questions: 3 / +12
meta answers: 37 / +165
helpful flags: 212 of 215

While I am still fairly new to Photography on Stack Exchange, I am a regular contributor to both this and other sites on the StackExchange network. I have years of background in general A/V and photography at a mix of high level amateur and part time professional levels. I am by no means the most knowledgeable person on the site, but I'm here to offer what I do know and to learn from those who know more.

As for why I would be a good moderator, I have extensive experience working with large groups through working with the leadership of multiple online communities in the past, including several larger ones with hundreds of members. I understand the need to let the community be the community and only step in when required. I am an experienced member of SE that knows the concept of the site and I have the patience to help newcomers become valuable members of the community.

I believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt and seeking to help them fit better. When conflicts do arise, I believe in understanding where all parties are coming from to try to resolve the issue fairly. I enjoy and participate regularly in review tasks on all SE sites where I have review privileges.

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meta questions: 4 / +8
meta answers: 44 / +109
helpful flags: 91 of 98
    
I didn't have room to mention it in the nomination, however, while I realize my review counts on Photography are rather low. This is mainly due to my current lack of sufficient reputation on this site. My profiles on Security and AVP more accurately demonstrate the level of participation I give when I am able to participate in review. –  AJ Henderson Mar 19 '13 at 13:53

This election is complete.