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!

For more information, see:

This election ended Dec 10 '13 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.

1,748 voters were eligible, 532 visited the site during the election, 386 visited the election page, and 232 voted

I think that I would make a decent moderator of Web Applications for a couple of reasons. I have been an active contributor of Web Applications and have 2400 reputation. I am currently a Web Developer for a University and heavily believe in using web applications to complete tasks. I want everyone to understand and use web applications with ease.

I make a living from working on and creating web applications, and I really believe in them as a whole. I do whatever I can both in real life and online to help people with problems they have online. Whether it be fixing their Facebook privacy or uploading a YouTube video, I enjoy helping as many people as I can.

I highly build my moral standards on the opinions of others. I like to make decisions when the place is right, however I also appreciate feedback from the users when making decisions, as the users are what run the site, and make it grow and work.

Ultimately I just want to help out as much as possible, and dipping my foot into the moderation pool lets me be able to chip in a little more than normal.

I am not an user with 10k reputation. I am quite to new to SE Web Applications, but I believe quality is much more important than quantity and that's what I've been doing on SE.

I spent more than 50% time in marking and reporting irrelevant answers and spams posts, that's what I like to do when there are no new questions on Web Applications. If the election is done on the basis of how much you know about Web Applications then I might tell you currently I don't have knowledge like a pro, I just try to help people with what I know and also try to keep the site clean with valuable information.

Professional and by passion I am a web developer and I use web applications very often and that's the reason I am here. I would be glad if I get a chance to contribute in moderating such a helpful web site, it would be a honor for me.

Thanks and if you like to see me as a moderator please vote me.

Hi guys, I am a seasoned member of StackExchange. Though I have been underground for sometime, now I have some spare time and I think I can dedicate it in moderating this site. My day job is a web developer where I get chance to work with a myriad of technologies.

I hope my experience will help me add value to this site

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    Julius, not to be a debbie-downer but you've done no reviews, no edit suggestions provided, last comment dates back to more than 2 years ago and have a grand total of 2 edits - would help your cause if you can explain why you'd be fit for a Moderator without being (actively) involved in janitorial activities, which is what being a Moderator usually tends to be – Sathyajith Bhat Nov 26 '13 at 12:12
  • I want to change that, I hope you give me the chance – Julius A Nov 26 '13 at 12:42
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    @JuliusA - you can be involved now, I think was Sathya's point :) – warren Nov 26 '13 at 16:44
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    You don't have to be elected as a moderator to contribute to the moderation of Stack Exchange sites. Why would we want to elect to give somebody more tools who hasn't used the tools they have, even a single time? It's not wrong that you haven't started with things like flags, reviewing or meta yet but it doesn't make sense to expect somebody to be more active that hasn't shown any inclination. Perhaps you can flesh out your nomination some more. Have you been active on other sites? Have you not been aware you already have some moderation tools at your command? – Caleb Nov 26 '13 at 19:34

I'd like to throw my hat into the ring to be a moderator on the site.

I have extensive moderator experience on the 2.0 sites. I am currently a moderator on Chemistry.SE (1.5 years), and I was a moderator on the Healthcare IT and Libraries sites during their existence. While I recognize that Web Applications has a higher traffic flow than the beta sites, I am up for the challenge of moderating a more mature site.

I actively review and edit on multiple sites, and I am no stranger to these duties on WebApps. I have cast over 800 flags (6000+ network-wide) and have edited over 100 posts (5000+ network-wide) on the site. I care about keeping the community spam-free and on-topic, and I would continue in this mission if elected.

In summary, I have both the experience and the resolve to help the site continue to operate cleanly and efficiently, and I would like to pick up a bigger broom and serve this community as a moderator.

  • I'm not sure why it's not reflecting my total helpful flags, but I haven't gotten 400 rejected, I promise! – jonsca Nov 26 '13 at 10:18
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    fwiw as a mod it does show up as over 800 helpful flags and single-digit rejected flags to us – Sathyajith Bhat Nov 26 '13 at 11:39
  • I always wanted to ask: your avatar, is that a NMR or perhaps an GPC spectrum? – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Nov 26 '13 at 12:36
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    @JacobJanTuinstra Now it comes down to the tough questions, eh? :) It's a voltage trace of an action potential in a neuron (graciously borrowed from Wikimedia). – jonsca Nov 26 '13 at 12:43
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    Great flag record and more votes than rep! Thanks for your work editing on other sites as well. I'm always favorably inclined to offer people more tools to contribute who have a track record of such constructive contributions already. Best of luck... – Caleb Nov 26 '13 at 19:37
  • @Caleb Thank you! I appreciate your support. – jonsca Nov 26 '13 at 22:22
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    So far the only viable nomination.. :) – Lipis Nov 26 '13 at 23:11
  • BTW, what's your age? – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Dec 1 '13 at 8:59
  • (honestly curious) How's that relevant to the election @JacobJanTuinstra? – user15196 Dec 1 '13 at 9:17
  • @Yannis it helps me form a picture of a person that has a voltage trace as avatar, and is publically not visible. – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Dec 1 '13 at 21:19
  • @JacobJanTuinstra I am old enough to be President ;) – jonsca Dec 2 '13 at 0:02

¡¡¡Web Applications deserves the best, elect Evan Carroll!!!

Hello comrades! I am:

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . --={Evan Carroll}==- . . . . . . . . . . . . .

some of you are wondering why you should elect me? First I know the Stack Exchanges. I've been using Stack Exchange pretty much since it first came out. My record shows a long history of productive contributions, and a desire to stand up for the users. Even Jeff Atwood has given me honorable mention, and recently he has hired a full time staff member to send me T-shirts.

I don't just support Web Applications. I create them. I've been building web apps in PYTHON, javascript, RUBY, perl, PHP and even bad languages like C# (what StackExchange is written on). My understanding of these technologies will maybe help answer some questions others users could not answer.

I believe in transparency. This is a huge benefit to the webapps community because no one running StackExchange embraces this value. Vote for the candidate with principles, and let's face it -- most of the other members of SE are perfectly content with this being nothing more than a perverse Jeffocracy.

You deserve the best. ie ME

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    As a developer you may be more interested in running in the Stack Overflow elections seeing as you don't have any Web Apps activity here at all, especially on moderation activities – Eight Days of Malaise Nov 25 '13 at 23:11
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    Transparency sounds great. Speaking of transparency, what do you think of candidates in an election who lie about important issues in their pitch? This is pretty much the antithesis of transparency, and it's been a problem in some elections on Stack Exchange. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Nov 25 '13 at 23:11
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    I think your reputation is a bit on the low side, as far as web app is concerned, shouldn't we get someone who is more active in wep app SE? – Graviton Nov 26 '13 at 4:24
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    I think I have plenty of EXP, @Graviton. – Evan Carroll Nov 26 '13 at 5:35
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    @EightDaysofMalaise if you'd rather see more involved nominees, you might consider nominating yourself. – nhinkle Nov 26 '13 at 5:51
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    Yes please, @EightDaysofMalaise, nominate. You seem to be a good member of the site with decent meta/moderation activities. – Manishearth Nov 26 '13 at 7:10
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    I wouldn't self-nominate if I was @EightDaysofMalaise. He'll just lose to The People's candidate, AKA EvanCarroll. – Evan Carroll Nov 26 '13 at 7:12
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    And this is why I'd like down votes. You're so full of yourself I'd never vote for you. You need to be a lot more humble if you want to moderate. – Bernhard Hofmann Nov 26 '13 at 9:26
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    Your ASCII art thing isn't perfectly symmetric. If this is the same level of care you're going to invest into moderating this site, then I will be disappointed. I would expect that you adjust the symmetry post haste and let me know about it so that I can reconsider my decision not to vote for you. – Der Hochstapler Nov 26 '13 at 9:40
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    Uh, not you again… – Alex Nov 26 '13 at 12:38
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    If you actually use all those languages, why don't you spell and capitalize them correctly? – warren Nov 26 '13 at 16:46
  • @OliverSalzburg no, in fact that's one of the first things I'll do when I'm mod is call up Jeff Atwood and tell him that that the character limiter is interfering with my constituents' demand for perfection. – Evan Carroll Nov 27 '13 at 6:38
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    +1, You play the game nicely. – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Nov 27 '13 at 7:19
  • @EvanCarroll, you are trolling us, aren't you? Are you serious in your nomination? – Graviton Nov 28 '13 at 10:23
  • @Graviton Why don't you let it be and let the next round decide. – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Nov 28 '13 at 10:44

This election is over.