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 Feb 7 '12 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

713 voters were eligible, 371 visited the site during the election, 127 visited the election page, and 73 voted

I would like to nominate myself for moderator of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Stackexchange site.

I got off to a relatively late start here, but I've tried to make up for lost time with active and regular participation on the main site, the meta, and the chat room.

I am a long time sci-fi/fantasy geek, and I devoured any sci-fi or fantasy book or movie (including a wide range of "B" movies!) I could get my hands on.

My favorites include Star Wars, Star Trek (despite the implied heresy of liking both!), anything zombie-related (from the wonderful Zombieland to the wonderfully horrible Dead Snow), and anything with Bruce Campbell.

I have been moderator pro tem on the Parenting.se site since July of last year, so I am familiar with the responsibilities and tools of moderators. It has also provided me with a good background in site promotion, means of encouraging user participation, and how the community drives the policies and tone of a Stackexchange site. Parenting.se still has a lot of growing to do, though, and I find that my moderator duties there still leave me plenty of time to devote myself to other sites.

I firmly believe in the ability of the community to define itself, particularly through the meta site. On Parenting.se we try to encourage as much discussion in our meta, and discuss all moderation questions in a public chat in the interest of transparency.

I only step in when it is clear that moderator attention is needed. For any "borderline" situation I discuss the issue with my fellow moderators (and any other participants in our public chat), and generally wait to see what general consensus is. I also encourage that such borderline issues are discussed in meta, so that we can develop a clear policy as a result.

Most importantly (in my opinion, at least), I try to maintain an open mind. I will engage in spirited debate if I think my opinion has merit, but I can (and have) change my opinion if presented with well thought out opinions that differ from my own. I also will recognize when my opinion is in a minority, keeping in mind that this is a community-driven site, and that the community is where this site draws its utility from. Not individuals.

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Do you feel you have time to moderate two SE sites? As Parenting gets closer to the end of beta, and presumably requires more time, is that likely to influence the amount of time you have for moderating here? – Tony Meyer Jan 27 '12 at 7:33
I do feel I have the time for both. Parenting currently requires very little monitoring, and while we certainly hope to see the activity continue to increase, I don't foresee it becoming a conflict. However, in the event that it does become an issue as Parenting comes out of beta, if I feel that I cannot adequately fulfill my moderator responsibilities for both sites, I will simply not participate in the Parenting elections, as my pro tem status would expire once elections are held. I really don't anticipate it being an issue, though, as I already devote a lot of time to both sites. – Beofett Jan 27 '12 at 13:15


Who am I?

A relatively humble user. Let me just reproduce what’s on my user page (which I just added :-)

Software engineer by day, crackpot theorist by night; writes science fiction; gets rejected by Analog Science Fiction & Fact; now writing first full-length science fiction novel with seven chapters down; plans to make money writing, retire and continue working on world domination plans.

  • Star Trek fan (1984-2008) (RIP)
  • Stargate fan (2001-present)
  • Doctor Who fan (2011-present)
  • Science geek (1979-death)
  • Obsession - Explaining things script-writers/science-advisers didn't; doing so in-universe.

If I’m elected?

I’ll keep doing what I already do, in addition to using the powers of moderation in, well... moderation. I’ll try to do a good job keeping the place clean and easy to use without upsetting anyone. If I do so unknowingly, don’t hesitate to drop me a mail.

One day I’d love to see this site become a resource all writers / science advisers consult before trying to develop science-related plots or scripts. Hopefully, we’ll have better science on TV and in the movies then!

If I’m not elected?

It’s cool. Don't worry about it. :)

May the Force be with you and I hope I'm the droid you are looking for.

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Vitally important question: Which Doctor is your favorite?! – user1027 Jan 26 '12 at 0:13
@Keen: I must confess I was very young when I watched the originals. I can remember the Third and the Eighth (of which I think I prefer the Eighth). But my favorite so far is the Ninth (I converted both my wife and my 7 year old nephew into fans). I'm okay with number ten. I still haven't gotten around to later seasons, but something tells me I won't like Dr. Eleven. Looks too serious. – HNL Jan 26 '12 at 3:08
Are you sure you mean the 8th? He was only in one movie and a few books. – Tony Meyer Jan 27 '12 at 7:35
Your profile doesn't have a location. What times of day are you generally able to be carrying out moderator duties? – Tony Meyer Jan 27 '12 at 7:40
@TonyMeyer: I was about six or seven when I started watching. I could be mistaken, but I know it was one of the older looking guys. If it helps, it's the guy who was around when the original 'Egg-head' first removed his helmet! – HNL Jan 29 '12 at 4:14
@TonyMeyer: I'm in GMT +0500. I login regularly, except when I'm working or sleeping. So, from around 0400 GMT to 1600 GMT. For users across the Atlantic, that's night time. So I can only do rapid response for night time comments from that region. Plus when there are work matters that take night time work (like last night), I might not be available. This happens once sever two or three months. – HNL Jan 29 '12 at 4:21

Starting simply, I want to be your moderator.
Because I love this QnA planet and I do everything here with passion. I visit it daily more than once. And, I vote on questions and answers frequently too. I don't have privilege to edit question & answers, but still I do it to put my work in queue. I don't drop a chance to edit a tag wiki excerpt if its blank.
After everything....

I am a vulcan. So, I think logically & emotions can't be a hurdle for me while moderating this QnA site.

Beyond participation for this QnA contents, I often discuss with you to clear concepts as well as understanding of topic which amuse all of us. So, vote me as a Lover of Science Fiction & Fantasy which is not limited to this QnA site..

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Some of your comments in meta are fairly confrontational. How do you think you would do as a moderator when a conflict with another user arises? – Tony Meyer Jan 27 '12 at 7:47
Great Question.. I think, confliction is natural as we're not robots with same programming. In that situation, I always support to work together & try to resolve the issues with logic... And, I give up very easily provided there is satisfactory logic against me. – SS-3 Jan 27 '12 at 11:39

I'd like to nominate myself as a potential moderator to Science Fiction & Fantasy.

For the past year or so since I first joined SciFi.SE with my question, "What is the best order to read HP Lovecraft novels?", I have continued to join the community and add thoughtful questions and well researched answers.

I have a passion for making this site the go-to site for all things Science Fiction & Fantasy as well as one of the friendliest, welcoming StackExchange sites.

As soon as I knew that I could edit posts or suggest edits or flag questions, I have tried my hardest to catch any spelling mistakes, typos and other quick fixes, as well as guide new members toward the accepted practices. I have also tried to raise questions in Meta to better understand the how this site should work and how to make the community as whole as can be.

I urge everyone to consider me for one of these positions.

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I am currently one of the highest reputation users on this site, and have been with this site since day 1. I have been instrumental in many changes in this site, and am the 4tth highest answerer on the meta site, and the top asker of questions on meta as well..

I currently have moderator-like privileges, being as high of a reputation as I am, and I have been using them as best I can to help out the community. Some of the things that I have done include protecting topics which have received lots of newbie answers, closing many questions, and I frequently review edits that have been proposed by newer users.

I have also helped to expand the scope of this site, to bring in new users. I was the principal player in starting the conversation which resulted in the red text on this site, namely the word Fantasy. I saw a need to include fantasy, and worked until I got the answer that fantasy was now welcome here on this site. In the process of this, I started fantasy topics, including the now 4th most popular tag on this site, Harry Potter. I have also striven to bring in new series into the conversation, including the Inheritance Trilogy, Green Rider, Kane Chronicles, and others.

I have helped start the blog, although by my own admission I have not been doing as well there as I should. Still, I have written a large number of posts, and helped to bring some of the scope there.

I have a broad knowledge of Science Fiction and Fantasy, having been a fan of the genre for most of my life. I do not have as deep of a knowledge as I would like, but I have been striving to improve that knowledge.

In the early days of the site, there was much concern expressed by many of the SE staff and other moderators. I have helped to work with them to make this a better site than it was previously.

I have been a frequent user on the chat for most of the time the site has been up, occasionally slipping for a week or two away from it, but always returning. I have enjoyed getting to know more of you from the chat room.

When I'm not spending time on this site, I have contact with many other sites. Just to name a few, Meta Stack Overflow, Photography, Gaming, and Graphic Design. I have helped out with these sites as I can, and have been a moderator for some time at Graphic Design.

Several key badges I have that show I take this community seriously are Yearling, Sportsmanship, Electorate, Pundit, Fanatic, and Outspoken.

If elected, I will use my powers to help keep this site what it has already become with your help, a great resource on Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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Do you feel you have time to moderate two SE sites? As Graphic Design gets closer to the end of beta, and presumably requires more time, is that likely to influence the amount of time you have for moderating here? – Tony Meyer Jan 27 '12 at 7:29
@TonyMeyer: It really isn't a problem. I already spend enough time here to do any moderation that is required, the only real difference is that I don't have the full access to moderation tools here like I do at Graphic Design. At Graphic Design, I've been the only moderator for a month, now it's starting to improve. Even in the worst case, my time was fine. – PearsonArtPhoto Jan 27 '12 at 13:06

I am Kevin, and I want to be your moderator.

Many of you have probably seen me around, and those of you active in chat probably know me even better. (Incidentally, if you haven't been active in Mos Eisley, I encourage you to drop in and introduce yourself). I hope that my actions here and elsewhere on the SE network speak for themselves, but in case anyone needs more convincing, here is more about me.

During the day, I work as a programmer and so I can and do keep an eye on the SE sites on which I'm active (SF&F obviously, SO, MSO, and U&L) while my code is compiling and running. At night, I am even more active, working to improve the StackExchange network. Most of the time I'm around, I'm also in our chat room, Mos Eisley.

When I'm not answering questions, I spend most of my time doing site maintenance - editing questions that need it, going through the review queue, voting appropriately, flagging and voting to close when necessary. Being a moderator would give me the tools to use my time more efficiently, making our site and, by extension, the greater StackExchange network an even greater place to be.

Besides here, I am active on Stack Overflow, Unix & Linux, and Meta Stack Overflow. I have the Strunk & White badge here, on SO, and on Unix & Linux. On SO, I also have deputy, convention, reviewer, and copy-editor.

As a moderator, I will treat everyone fairly and guide our community with a gentle but firm hand, abiding by Jeff's Theory of Moderation.

Vote for me.

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Now, I don't know what I think of you as moderator, but THIS is what a good moderator pitch should look like – DVK-in-exile Jan 23 '12 at 23:31
Your bio says that you're applying to med school, which IIUC is generally very demanding. Assuming you get in, do you feel you'll still have time for moderating here? – Tony Meyer Jan 27 '12 at 7:49
@TonyMeyer I considered that before submitting my nomination and concluded that yes, I will have enough time to fulfill my obligation to the SciFi community. Though, of course, I will probably have less time than I will have until I start. In college, I completed a very demanding major (Physics; in addition to my easier Computer Science major), at a very demanding college (Amherst College), and had plenty of time for crew (rowing), climbing, volunteering as an EMT, multiple executive boards, other online communities, a slew of other activities, and, of course, plenty of friends. – Kevin Jan 27 '12 at 14:23

Campaign Promise:

My campaign promise is to abolish all Timelord questions.

Is Papa Smurf a Timelord?
Is the guy sitting in the adjacent cubicle a Timelord?

Where will it end? I'll tell you where. With me.

Campaign Dark Secret:

If elected as Moderator I would nuture the site as well or better than the fish that recently died in my fish tank due to severe neglect.

True story. (Amen to that).

For the serious minded:

This is the StackExchange site that I am most active on. I am typically asking and answering questions 5-6 days a week and participating in chat. I have a keen desire to see the site grow to a larger userbase; expanding to the far reaches of the science fiction and fantasy genres.

*No Morlocks were harmed in the making of this campaign. Well, a few might have been beaten, but we looked the other way. They are only Morlocks after all.

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I'm so glad you take this seriously. – user366 Jan 23 '12 at 20:26
I take things seriously, but I also like to make people laugh. – Jack B Nimble Jan 23 '12 at 20:50
As the asker of "Is Santa Claus a Timelord?" I resemble that remark! – Tango Jan 23 '12 at 21:39
@JackBNimble So what you're saying, Mr. Timelord-hater, is you're a Dalek. – user1027 Jan 23 '12 at 22:18
Is TangoOversway a Dalek? – DVK-in-exile Jan 23 '12 at 23:32
@DVK: Nope. Daleks have no legs or feet, therefore they cannot dance. – Tango Jan 24 '12 at 0:15
@Keen If you are asking if I'm member of a powerful race bent on universal conquest and domination, utterly without pity, compassion or remorse, then yes, yes I am. – Jack B Nimble Jan 24 '12 at 0:17
@JackBNimble: Oh, so you're a human, then. – Tango Jan 24 '12 at 1:12
@JackBNimble Well then, you've got my vote. – user1027 Jan 24 '12 at 1:26
@MarkTrapp of course you realize this attitude of Jack's is the only thing that gives him a fighting chance of surviving in TL ;-) – David Z Jan 24 '12 at 4:37
@JackBNimble: My God, you're Borg! – HNL Jan 24 '12 at 9:58
While I really do appreciate your sense of humor, could you give us an idea, on the more serious side, of what you might consider doing to help or improve the SF&F site if you are elected as a moderator? – Tango Jan 25 '12 at 4:26
So closing questions that are plain crap are not part on the serious side of your pitch? – Eight Days of Malaise Jan 26 '12 at 22:15
@EightDaysofMalaise Timelord questions are something of an inside joke within the chat room. When the "Is Santa a Timelord" question came out I asked if Santa was in the Doctor Who universe, which it was confirmed that he is. I objected to the original "Is Mary Poppins a Timelord" question. – Jack B Nimble Jan 26 '12 at 22:34

This election is complete.