2011 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 Mar 1 '11 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

270 voters were eligible, 85 visited the election, and 60 voted

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.

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    $\begingroup$ That's a good news! I'll second this nomination. $\endgroup$ – chl Feb 20 '11 at 11:13

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.

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    $\begingroup$ That's a very good news. You already contributed a lot of particularly good answers and comments, and I'm sure your experience will be really appreciated here on CV. $\endgroup$ – chl Feb 19 '11 at 14:58
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    $\begingroup$ Fantastic! Thanks @whuber! Now we have three great nominees. $\endgroup$ – Shane Feb 19 '11 at 15:03
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    $\begingroup$ I think that behind the score there is also a constant will of @whubert to create and generate constructive connexions and exchanges. impressive ! $\endgroup$ – robin girard Feb 21 '11 at 13:34

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.

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    $\begingroup$ I was starting to worry you wouldn't volunteer :-). $\endgroup$ – whuber Feb 17 '11 at 23:24
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    $\begingroup$ +1, I was starting to worry also :) $\endgroup$ – mpiktas Feb 18 '11 at 7:42
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    $\begingroup$ @whuber @mpiktas Let's see you both volunteer too! $\endgroup$ – Shane Feb 18 '11 at 12:38
  • $\begingroup$ I guess "contribute" is not strong enough, maybe 24h/24 devotion is close to reality? really of great value to the community. $\endgroup$ – robin girard Feb 21 '11 at 13:49

This election is complete.