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2013 Moderator Election

nomination began
Feb 18, 2013 at 20:00
election began
Feb 25, 2013 at 20:00
election ended
Mar 5, 2013 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'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

I've been active on 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

This election is over.