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 May 11 '12 at 20:00.

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

729 voters were eligible, 209 visited the site during the election, 93 visited the election page, and 64 voted

7 Candidates

Here are some things about myself :)

  • I have a scientific mind. While I only have an Undergrad, I graduated with a BSc in Physics and Computer Science

  • I have all the best OCD tendencies, which means it fundamentally bothers me to see badly formatted posts, questions without accepted answers, and unresolved flags and edits.

  • I have a good feel for grassroots skepticism and distinguishing good references from bad ones.

  • I'm a happy guy. I see no point in participating in a community, however professional and rigorous we strive to be, unless we can make friends and enjoy ourselves while we do it, and I try to bring that to all my questions, answers, and comments.

I should be upfront about my sporatic participation. I tend to spend most of my time over at stackoverflow, but for some reason my contributions on Skeptics seem to be much more well-received, so maybe it's a sign that I should give up computers and go back to my roots in science.

While I could never compete with the breadth of participation we see from Sklivvz and Oddthinking on a daily bases, I have the skills and good nature it takes to be a constructive and effective moderator for Skeptics. 2K

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I passionately believe that this community makes the internet a better place.

To make this more than a belief, we need to hold ourselves to the highest standards. This is an uphill battle, but I think that we have succeeded pretty well: the quality of the questions and answers on this site is unrivalled by almost all other sites on the internet[citation needed].

Unfortunately, this requires more intervention than on the other Stack Exchange sites.

Nevertheless my goal is to keep meddling actions to a minimum, and for the community to act itself.

I’m against

I’m for

Finally, I was a pro tempore moderator on tex.stackexchange.com.

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meta questions: 9 / +42
meta answers: 62 / +271
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Konrad Rudolph is always the level headed voice of reason here, I think he'd make a great mod. –  Sam I Am May 2 '12 at 14:17
    
@Sam Unfortunately, this isn’t quite true. I try but I don’t always succeed … –  Konrad Rudolph May 2 '12 at 16:08

I am a moderator over on Security Stack Exchange, have been fairly involved in a range of SEI sites since January 2011, and a member here for just over a year.

I approach moderation in a very fair and mediatory manner:

  • I provide gentle steer where necessary through comments
  • I follow the community lead when flagged
  • I review unanswered and outdated questions
  • Where necessary I wield the mod hammer - but only as a last resort

Here on Skeptics I have nowhere near the quality/number of answers that the usual suspects have, but am still almost at 2k rep - I am very interested in scientific facts and evidence based research and most of the questions here are of interest to me so I am involved.

I think the existing mods do a grand job, but if you want someone with 16 months moderation experience I could be that person.

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meta answers: 2 / +1
helpful flags: 54 of 57

I've been a contributing member here for a little over 5 months but I lurked for about 2 months before I made an account to make sure I got a feel for the community and rules before I tried to contribute. I am very interested in keeping the quality high, that is what makes this site so great, but it requires some work. I am not the best at writing answers so I started contributing in other ways to improve this site. I started editing and re-tagging to improve questions and answers. I have the most edits for a non-mod user mostly as a result of my efforts to clean up the "sex" and "nuclear" tag, which were determined on meta to be invalid. I'm also one of three users with the deputy badge. As a mod I strongly believe in "guide the community with gentle — but firm — intervention" and "The ideal moderator does as little as possible." Being welcoming and respectful is also an extremely important for community leaders. I'm not a mod elsewhere and I am not very active across the SE network, for what it is worth. I am just mostly interested in this site.

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meta questions: 9 / +27
meta answers: 24 / +51
helpful flags: 272 of 282
    
"I'll still continue to contribute in these ways with or without a diamond." - this didn't fit within the character limit. –  Sam I Am Apr 27 '12 at 5:21
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Sam has been an absolutely amazing and active user, to an extent that his reputation might not clearly show. He retagged and edited an impressive amount of posts. His high number of flags is also a testament to his devotion to the site. He would make a great moderator. –  Borror0 Apr 27 '12 at 6:57

I may as well toss my hat in the ring. I am not a moderator here (although I am over at Astronomy, but they are closing), but I have been with the site ever since Dr. Phil Plait directed me over here. I have visited the site daily since then. I strive for fairness and impartiality when evaluating what others are writing. In particular, I do try to let any claim pass, and let the references speak to the validity of the answer (or question).

I am a member of numerous skeptical communities online (JREF, RatSkep, BA) as well as in real life (Granite State Skeptics). My goals for wanting to be a moderator here is to enable (advocate for) an easier first time user experience. Keep the community open and inviting. Encourage new users to come here and use this site as a resource for not only answering their questions, but also as a site that people can go to and research a topic and get a good start on finding those reliable resources.

If you have any questions, I am generally easy to find via email. You can also read up more about me than you could possibly want to know at my personal web page.

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meta questions: 17 / +87
meta answers: 42 / +152
helpful flags: 57 of 63
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Curse that 1200 character limit! :) –  Larian LeQuella Apr 25 '12 at 22:51
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Your answer about torture is the canonical response, as far as I'm concerned. It is excellent in all ways. :D You've been an excellent Astronomy mod, in my observations, and a top-notch contributor on this site so far as I've seen. Good luck! –  Aarthi Apr 26 '12 at 15:09
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He just got lucky on that answer! And the Helicopter answer as well. ;) Just kidding bro, you know I luvs ya! –  Brightblades Apr 26 '12 at 17:29
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@Aarthi You are making me blush! –  Larian LeQuella Apr 26 '12 at 22:43
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Good luck dad! <3 –  Skava Apr 27 '12 at 22:11
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Easily the most non-biased objective user on Skeptics –  Russell Steen May 1 '12 at 22:21

I am an Italian developer from UK. I have a long standing love for science, evidence & facts. I am mostly active on the Medical Science, Physics and History tags

I love this site to a fault.

Achievements

  • Lead us from private beta to grad
  • Ran the "Topic of the Week" and helped many users on meta
  • Asked for references
  • More than 2000 comments
  • Edited 800+ posts and got a copy editor gold badge
  • Asked and answered many questions, a few with 100+ score, and gained more than 20K rep
  • Got us notices on posts
  • Promoted us! E.g. and gained 2x Publicist, 4x Booster and 18x Announcer badges

I love

  • References!
  • We can have a site that works differently and graduate
  • The community! Very strict on content, but not d***s

Vote for me

We have the same traffic as meta.SO and SE plans to help us grow further!

I can help us be at our best. I want to champion community-based moderation. I will help tweak and improve our policies with all of you and find better ways to welcome new users

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meta questions: 75 / +340
meta answers: 266 / +772
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Sorry for the "shortened language" of my nomination, there's a 1,200 character limit for them. –  Ebenezer Sklivvze Apr 25 '12 at 21:44
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On those rare occasions when he limits himself to 1200 characters, Sklivvz is one of my favorite people on SE –  Shog9 Apr 26 '12 at 2:22
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Sklivvz's devotion to the site is unmatched. He may have his faults, but without him the site wouldn't be what it is today. He is the primary reason we still have such high quality answers. Not electing him would be a grave mistake, in my book. –  Borror0 Apr 27 '12 at 7:00

I'm one of the current pro-tempore moderators on Skeptics, but I'm also active across the SE network, mostly on Gaming, Meta.SO and also on Biology where I'm a moderator, too. My main interest in the site is on scientific topics, pseudoscience needs to be debunked at every opportunity.

I'm very familiar with the moderation process and the moderator tools here at Stack Exchange as I've been moderating this site now for over a year.

As far as my opinions on the different Skeptics policies go, I think we're heading into the right direction, though they might need some polishing in various areas, especially in making the site friendlier to new users without compromising the quality of our content.

If you have any questions about my nomination, feel free to comment here or ask me in our chat room.

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meta questions: 41 / +300
meta answers: 171 / +724
helpful flags: 78 of 79
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I tend to consider Fabian the "old man" on this site, although I've no idea of his actual age. He tends to provide a good counterpoint to Sklivvz when the latter goes off on one of his rants. –  Shog9 Apr 26 '12 at 22:33
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Fabian is a coolheaded, thoughtful and professional moderator. He does not distinguish himself by the sheer volume of his actions but rather by the quality of them. As @Shog9 noted, he makes a great team with Sklivvz. –  Borror0 Apr 27 '12 at 7:07
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I will also pile up and confirm: I push Fabian to take action more, and he pushes me to be more hands off. We typically agree in the middle and this is how we have been functioning in the past year. We need a Fabian on our team! –  Ebenezer Sklivvze Apr 27 '12 at 13:49

This election is complete.