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2011 Moderator Election

nomination began
Feb 14, 2011 at 20:00
election began
Feb 21, 2011 at 20:00
election ended
Mar 1, 2011 at 20:00

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!

I am nominating myself in part because of friendly pressure and because election is really election when there are more candidates than places to be filled.

I came to this site nearly three months ago and became instantly hooked. Moderating would not take a lot out of me, since I am already visiting the site daily, reading all the questions, trying to get clarifications, fixing formatting and of course answering the questions.

I think that current moderators do wonderful job and if I will be their replacement I intend to continue in the same spirit.

I did not participate to the beta, but I have been very happy to contribute (Q&A, edits, votes, etc.) during the last six months. Despite being also very happy with our actual moderators, I would like to propose myself for fulfilling this task if one of them feel the need to get some time off.

Needless to say, I will vote for them if they nominate themselves for a second round.

I am reluctant to make this nomination because I have been happy with the moderators. I would be delighted to see them continue in their roles.

However, to date only two people have entered nominations. (Is everyone else waiting until just before the deadline?) As you might guess from my activity here, I value this forum and hope to see it attract many more participants.

As part of this self-nomination process, we're supposed to say a little about our qualifications. The statistics about my participation here are clear enough; there's no need to dwell on that. I have successfully nurtured technical online communities (via listservers--remember them?--and a Web magazine) and greatly enjoyed how they fostered collegial, productive interchanges. I have long believed strongly in contributing original content to the Web (rather than just copying bits and pieces of other stuff) and in the power of communities of collaborators. This site combines both those tenets, in a good way. Let's all keep contributing as much as we can to keep it growing and successful.

This election is over.