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.

Anyone may download the election data. Voters have access to pre-built OpenSTV software to audit the results; all others may use this source distribution.

859 voters were eligible, 270 visited the site during the election, 108 visited the election page, and 68 voted

I suppose I'll throw my hat in the ring. I've been active on the site for over a year now. I'm a frequent meta contributor, chat room owner, and struggling blog admin. I'm a hobby photographer mainly focusing on portraits.

I frequent a few different StackExchange sites - mainly Photography and Cooking and am a firm believer in the SE 'way' of doing things. I'm a believer that new people to the SE model (people with 1 rep) should be shown a bit of leeway before their questions are hammered closed (given a chance to edit them). But that questions from more experienced users should be closed and then petitioned to be reopened after edited if they don't fit.

In terms of our particular site, I think we need to find a way to address the millions of variations of the same shopping questions we get (which of A, B, or C lens should I get with D camera). Many other SE sites would rightfully close them and I think we should find a way to address it. It clutters up the page and leads visitors that may seek a more meaningful site to go elsewhere.

I'm in America and am available at even some absurd times of the day in chat. Feel free to stop in and chat for awhile.

And I promise to build a better hope for the future of tomorrow...or something like that....and no new taxes! ;)

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    Yay for No new taxes!! – jrista Feb 10 '12 at 6:54
  • I even read his lips – cmason Feb 10 '12 at 17:19

Hi, I'm Mike. I would like to volunteer for a moderator position. I've been active here for almost a year, and on the original stackoverflow site for almost 3 years.

I am a hobbyist photographer, and have been since I was 15. Day job is in IT, but pursuing a diploma in photography here in NZ. Both of which result in my being online a lot, and able to spend a lot of time here.

I'm a big believer in the stack exchange philosophy, and would be happy to contribute to the success of this site. I believe myself to be a fair-minded person and not heavy handed as far as moderating goes. I have been somewhat active on meta, and would expect to increase participation there and would be interested in helping to grow and promote the community.

I am in NZ, so in a different time zone than US and Europe, which means I may be able to cover times when other moderators are offline.

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    I am glad that someone volunteered, thanks MikeW! – dpollitt Feb 9 '12 at 15:35
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    I think no one likes to be first, hopefully will be a rush of nominees now. – MikeW Feb 9 '12 at 17:35

This election is complete.