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 Mar 5 '13 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.

1,418 voters were eligible, 620 visited the site during the election, 386 visited the election page, and 200 voted

This is last minute, so I hope my brief summation helps. I am dispassionate and invested mostly in the methods we use here to convey our meaning and correctness. I will always be fair, I will always be as accurate as possible. Go ahead and check out my Q/A stuff, which is the record upon which I stand.

I am Kevin, and I want to be your moderator. Last year, I missed being elected by a single vote, and I'd like to rectify that this year.

Shortly after last year's election, I was appointed a moderator Pro Tempore on The Great Outdoors, so I am quite familiar with what it means to be a moderator in all respects: the powers, responsibilities, tools, and community.

I am still active here, posting, performing cleanup, participating in meta, and, since breaking the 10k barrier, keeping an eye on the flag queue. Some of my relevant badges include: The only Copy editor on the site, the only Reviewer under the old system, Convention, and Deputy.

As a moderator, I will be firm but fair, acting as I always have when needed to keep the site a wonderful place to be. If you have any questions about me or my moderating style, or just want to talk, I invite you to come to chat and ask.

  • Didn't you use to be mod on this site sometime in the past? Or am I completely misremembering? – bitmask Feb 20 '13 at 20:46
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    @bitmask You're misremembering. Pro tem mods during the beta were Gilles, DampeS8N, and Mark Rogers. Link. Afterwards, Gilles, Pearsonartphoto, and myself were elected shortly after the site graduated. – user1027 Feb 20 '13 at 20:56
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    Do you see any issues with splitting your mod time between The Great Outdoors.SE and here? – user1027 Feb 20 '13 at 21:01
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    @Keen No, that will not be an issue. TGO is a very well behaved site. While I handle enough there to claim the experience, it's not at all a strain on my time. – Kevin Feb 20 '13 at 21:28
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    I thought sci fi fans are afraid of The Great Outdoors. How will you cope with this split personality? Just kidding, you'd make a great mod from what I've seen of you :) – Manishearth Feb 21 '13 at 7:00

Last time I ran a fierce campaign on a platform which was pro-Dalek and anti-Timelord. If memory serves correctly I received 1 vote.

Campaign Promise:

I promise to abolish all ridiculous prequel questions. Maybe even the prequels themselves, we'll see.

Lately we've been seeing a lot of why didn't X recognize Y in an original work when the prequel clearly has them meeting (I'm looking at you Star Wars). The answer to every one of those questions is because prequels are almost never a good idea, and they always stomp on the existing work and corrupt continuity.

Next thing you know we are going to end up with a prequel movie which is as long as the three movies that come after it.

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

Campaign Dark Secret:

After only receiving one vote in the last election I cried myself to sleep while eating a large block of cheese.

For the serious minded:

Of all the StackExchange sites in all the world, I am the most active on this one. Everyone around here knows me. Everyone around here is dead to me*.

*If you don't vote for me, you are dead to me.

  • I don't know. I like question that tear at the fabric of prequeldom, as they point out the reasons to not do them. If you could someone abolish prequels, rather than just questions about them, then you'd definitely have my vote. – Xantec Feb 19 '13 at 21:52
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    I think last time it was because of the aquarium/fish incident. ;) – Slytherincess Feb 20 '13 at 17:38
  • I won't forgive you for Pinchie's death, you monster >:( – Voldemort Feb 20 '13 at 19:11
  • @Omega Pinchie committed suicide. atwitsendcomics.com/comics/index/123/Pinchie-The-Crab – Jack B Nimble Feb 20 '13 at 20:28
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    Frankly, promising to abolish all ridiculous questions of type X is a very, very, very strong reason not to vote for somebody. It's not your job as mod to unilaterally close questions you don't like. Some mods tend to forget that from time to time, but that doesn't make it better. Now that I blew everyone's party with a hint of serious critique, <here is a place holder for some silly joke for you to enjoy>. – bitmask Feb 20 '13 at 20:52
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    @bitmask You are dead to me. – Jack B Nimble Feb 20 '13 at 20:53
  • If you promise to nuke not only prequels, but also sequels, you have my vote! – Andres F. Feb 20 '13 at 22:15
  • @AndresF. I'm not afraid to pander. SOLD! – Jack B Nimble Feb 20 '13 at 22:37
  • But most of us are dead to you, so we can't vote for you anyway. – Tango Feb 21 '13 at 8:42
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    I'll be voting for someone else purely because I am in short supply of nemeses. – Caimen Feb 21 '13 at 14:27
  • Also, Jack has been running the blog for a while. – user56 Feb 24 '13 at 21:16

I hesitated to nominate myself, but I think I may not be the one who should decide whether or not I would be a good moderator, so I leave this decision in your hands.

I guess must of you know me as I'm here from the private Beta times. I believed in it from the beginning and I'm both highly active on both Meta and main site, frequently voting, commenting, flagging and reviewing stuff.

My main handicap is that English is a second language for me, tough I greatly improved it in the last few years. I'm also frequently commenting post with jokes, so if you want a hyper serious moderator, I may not be the best fit for the duty.

But enough words, I incite you to check my past action to judge by yourself if I would be a good moderator.

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    I've seen your work and noted its high quality. – Canadian Girl Scout Feb 23 '13 at 21:08

Hi everybody.

I guess most of you know me, and may already have an idea of what sort of moderator I'd be.

I'd like to echo what Gilles said in the last election I saw, that he (we both) want to see more thought provoking questions probing nuances of what was written and general trends in our genre of choice.

I'd also like to note I'd be quite a hands off moderator, and I'd be more than happy to put to vote or discuss things on meta, without insta-deleting stuff.

Not much else to say. Happy voting!

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    Will voting for you lower the risk of a worldwide ferret invasion against mankind? – Voldemort Feb 18 '13 at 22:36
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    @Omega no, it will greatly increase it. – AncientSwordRage Feb 18 '13 at 22:53
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    Going to doom us all but at least you're honest nonetheless. – Voldemort Feb 18 '13 at 23:54
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    Honest really is the best policy. – AncientSwordRage Feb 19 '13 at 12:28
  • Ferretocalypse sounds kinda cool to me... – Monty129 Feb 19 '13 at 13:42
  • I am sure Squirrel Girl would save us from Pureferret. – Xantec Feb 19 '13 at 14:43
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    I'll be voting purely on username, profile picture and Trek loyalty. – Caimen Feb 19 '13 at 15:53
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    A big point to consider in favor of Pureferret is that he lives in a different timezone than the other moderator candidate. With Gilles gone, that would help to have full coverage. – DavRob60 Feb 19 '13 at 17:41
  • @DavRob60 - This election doesn't mean Gilles will be gone (unless he decided to leave independently of it). Old moderstors aren't removed when you elect new moderators, IIRC. It's cumulative. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 19 '13 at 17:51
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    @DVK Gilles resign – DavRob60 Feb 19 '13 at 17:53
  • @DavRob60 - Ah. facepalm – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 19 '13 at 18:05
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    I hope I can be half the mod Giles was.... That way, I can do half as much work (joke). He will be missed in his role. – AncientSwordRage Feb 20 '13 at 0:07
  • Serious question. You state, "[I] want to see more thought provoking questions probing nuances of what was written and general trends in our genre of choice". My question: How do you plan to accomplish this goal? – user1027 Feb 20 '13 at 20:59
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    @keen, Fight the corner of borderline questions; make sure those sorts are edited to shape before we consider closing/deleting them. Also try and encourage either on meta or in chat topics that would cover that sort of question. – AncientSwordRage Feb 21 '13 at 12:12
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    I can't put my finger on what it was specifically, but I felt as a newbie that you were supportive in helping me to get onto the SE learning curve here. I think Pureferret's strength will be encouraging newbies to not give up the site when their questions are edited or closed. – Canadian Girl Scout Feb 23 '13 at 21:16

Don't vote for me, I'd be a bad moderator. The world might end. At the very least the ozone hole might get larger, and global warming would continue. Perhaps we should just go with the honor system.

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    +1 more ozone. Nothin' sez "SciFi" like plenty of ozone. – Shog9 Feb 18 '13 at 22:24
  • The world will end, the ozone hole will get larger and global warming will continue regardless of voting for you or not - therefore, there are no particular cons so far ;D – Voldemort Feb 18 '13 at 22:37
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    On second thought, we won't be going to Science Fiction & Fantasy StackExchange, tis a silly place. – Caimen Feb 21 '13 at 14:37

I'd like to throw my hat into the ring again.

I've been a pretty active member of this community, and I have experience as a moderator Pro Tem on parenting.se.

I've been active on SciFi.se since beta, and it is one of my favorite topics in general. I'm reading constantly, and try to mix in contemporary science fiction while filling in on any classic science fiction that I have missed (this site has been fantastic for getting recommendations or suggestions from reading questions and answers!).

I have had a fairly consistent history of active meta participation, and have initiated and/or participated in numerous discussions about the scope and rules of our community. My experiences on parenting.se have taught me how to be better about being welcoming to new users, even the angry ones, while explaining not only our specific rules, but the reasoning behind those rules, and how to invite further discussion. I tend to try to find compromise solutions where appropriate, and I like to believe that I can be flexible enough to change my mind in the face of compelling arguments.

Most of all, though, I believe in open discussion to resolve issues.

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    Vote for this guy. He's great at constructive editing and providing constructive editing suggestions. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 18 '13 at 23:54
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    agrees with DVK I'm more of a lurker on scifi, but I've seen Beofett around, doing helpful stuff. And he is pretty good with the tools (from interacting with him/seeing him interact with others in TL). Ooh and tons of meta participation! Yay! Then again, I'm not sure if upgrading his pickaxe to a gun is a good idea...he seems dangerous. – Manishearth Feb 19 '13 at 5:12
  • Over on Parenting, Beofett has shown he is a very level headed moderator - keeping discussions calm and on track and being fair to all sides. He'd get my vote :-) – Rory Alsop Feb 19 '13 at 8:34
  • Yay, @Beofett! You would make a great mod here at SFF. :) – Slytherincess Feb 19 '13 at 17:03
  • Do you see any issues with splitting your mod time between Parenting.SE and here? – user1027 Feb 20 '13 at 20:59
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    @Keen Not at all. Parenting.se is generally very quiet, and being a moderator there honestly does not take up much of my time. As I said during the last election, I'm a pro tem moderator there; should I become a moderator here, and find that parenting is starting to see a dramatic uptick in activity, I would simply not nominate myself for the parenting election (I believe any increase in activity there that would be sufficient to eat up enough of my time to be a potential conflict would also be enough to tip the site past beta). – Beofett Feb 20 '13 at 21:05

This election is complete.