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!


This election ended Oct 1 '13 at 20:00.

The results of this election can be viewed online via OpaVote. 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


1,612 voters were eligible, 653 visited the site during the election, 363 visited the election page, and 205 voted

I joined CV in early 2011, after "lurking" for a week or so prior to that. Except in rare instances, I actively peruse the questions several times on a daily basis. I find the site very intellectually stimulating and am continuously impressed by the many insightful and deep questions that this site attracts. I have learned much from them, the many high-quality answers they receive and the interactions that occur as we seek clarifications and improvements.

As a prospective moderator, my goal would be to remain as invisible as possible. I believe this community has a solid basis (and much potential for growth) and I would plan to defer to their collective judgment unless extraordinary circumstances might warrant some additional action. I also believe our current moderators have been tremendously successful at managing the tenor of CV, without stifling constructive dialog, and I would hope to continue contributing to the maintenance of that atmosphere.

Finally, please accept my apologies for the late nomination; it was not a decision I could take lightly. Hopefully the intervening period before the election will be sufficient time to consider each of our candidacies.

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    $\begingroup$ +1! I'm glad you nominated yourself. I don't think the community could ask for a better combination of (i) statistical/mathematical knowledge and (ii) the even-keeled, common sense approach required for a moderator. You have my strong endorsement. $\endgroup$ – Macro Sep 23 '13 at 15:29
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    $\begingroup$ I am also glad you are back! +1 $\endgroup$ – Andre Silva Sep 23 '13 at 17:11
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    $\begingroup$ I was just reading More information about the candidates. Listing the average rep per post there is just mean now that cardinal as entered the competition :-) $\endgroup$ – Macro Sep 23 '13 at 19:10

I've been a user & contributor to CV for a smidgen shy of 3 years, having been prescient enough to get on board during the public beta phase, but not enough to be involved before then.

I've been fortunate to benefit from the CV community in the form of excellent Answers to several of my own questions as well as those of other users. I've also contributed answers where I could help. But now I'd like to give back some more & hence I submit my nomination for community moderator.

I'm here regularly (as work and kids allows) and also on the SE sister site StackOverflow, primarily there in the tag. I try to improve the CV site through edits, (a bit of) reviewing, and flagging as required.

I've honed my approach to be tolerant & patient; I'd far rather see a Q worked on & improved through helpful comment than closed immediately, for example.

I am conscious of the tension between seeing CV as a replacement for statistical software help fora and those that put greater stock in Qs supported by theory. I would work with the community to produce a clearer, consistent approach to the handling of software-related Qs, to make the site work for new users and old hands alike.

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    $\begingroup$ I have been here 3 years and 1 month, and I don't remember a beta phase..... In any case, welcome to the race! $\endgroup$ – Peter Flom - Reinstate Monica Sep 17 '13 at 23:14
  • $\begingroup$ Good luck Gavin! $\endgroup$ – user25658 Sep 18 '13 at 1:18
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    $\begingroup$ @PeterFlom Perhaps I am misremembering? I recall being here during the time when the graph paper styling was in use. Anyway, thanks and likewise Good Luck in the race too :-) $\endgroup$ – Reinstate Monica - G. Simpson Sep 18 '13 at 2:07
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    $\begingroup$ @Gavin You remember correctly. The official dates recorded by SE are Private beta: 2010/07/19; Public beta: 2010/07/26; Graduation: 2010/11/04. Anyone here longer than 34.5 months would have participated in the public beta. Incidentally, the first mod elections were held early in 2011. $\endgroup$ – whuber Sep 18 '13 at 22:32

I've been a member of CrossValidated for a little over two years now, and the site is set as my homepage on both my work and home machines. The answers I've gotten from this site were invaluable while I was working on my PhD, and some of the questions - and the answers to them - have helped spark some new thoughts in terms of data analysis and visualization in my own work.

I'd like to help give back a little.

I've attempted, in my answers (though like Peter, my top ranked answer is to a joke :/ ) to provide patient, approachable answers to the doing of statistics and data analysis, where my expertise lies (the mathematical details are best left to others - a good moderator knows their limits).

Thanks for your consideration, and good luck to all the others who have put their name in the hat.

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    $\begingroup$ You give good answers to lots of questions! That's certainly a qualification for the job, as far as I'm concerned. $\endgroup$ – Peter Flom - Reinstate Monica Sep 17 '13 at 8:59
  • $\begingroup$ Good luck EpiGrad! $\endgroup$ – user25658 Sep 18 '13 at 1:16
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    $\begingroup$ Glad to have an epidemiology fellow running! :) Good luck. $\endgroup$ – Penguin_Knight Sep 18 '13 at 12:53

I have been a member of CrossValidated for a little over three years, visiting the site almost every day. I find it very valuable and would like to contribute more. In terms of knowledge, I view myself more as a data analyst than a statistician - more practical than theoretical; this suits some of the questions here more than others.

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    $\begingroup$ You are also an avid reviewer and editor, both of which are extremely important skills to bring to the position. $\endgroup$ – jonsca Sep 16 '13 at 21:21
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    $\begingroup$ Your answers and feedbacks are always very helpful and didactical. IMO, good communication is a very desirable skill in moderation, and you have it! $\endgroup$ – Andre Silva Sep 16 '13 at 21:39
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    $\begingroup$ Sure - but your top answer is a joke... $\endgroup$ – Dason Sep 16 '13 at 21:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Dason Yeah, that's true. Who said statistics isn't funny? $\endgroup$ – Peter Flom - Reinstate Monica Sep 16 '13 at 21:51
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    $\begingroup$ But it was a good joke. And Peter doesn't control what the people like (i.e., what they vote up). He just says what he thinks they are looking for. And he does it consistently so far as I can tell. +972 Peter. $\endgroup$ – ndoogan Sep 17 '13 at 0:45
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    $\begingroup$ Good luck Peter! $\endgroup$ – user25658 Sep 17 '13 at 0:47
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    $\begingroup$ @Dason The point of your comment remains unclear; perhaps in turn it was just frivolous. Regardless, Peter has in my view made an outstanding and sustained contribution. $\endgroup$ – Nick Cox Sep 17 '13 at 21:22
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    $\begingroup$ Peter Flom, you're such a cornerstone of CV that I thought you were a moderator already! Best of luck to you in the election. $\endgroup$ – Reinstate Monica Sep 17 '13 at 22:49
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    $\begingroup$ I have been learning a lot from you since I joined last year. Thanks and best of luck! $\endgroup$ – Penguin_Knight Sep 18 '13 at 12:58

This election is complete.