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2015 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 Dec 15 '15 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


790 voters were eligible, 411 visited the site during the election, 372 visited the election page, and 219 voted

I care about this site (since its Area 51 proposal). I read every post on Meta (and participate if my point of view isn’t already stated by someone). I edit (a lot).

If becoming mod, I’d like to keep doing this, in addition to handling flags. I enjoy janitorial work.

I’m not sure if this site needs a moderator with that role, but if the community thinks so, I’ll accept the responsibility.

  • I'm glad seeing unor finally nominating himself. He's very constructive and communicative, a respected member of our community and "good to work with". I think he'd make a great mod. As his post (as well as the linked chat) proves, he's confident but still open to discuss/accept/deal-with doubts even if those are about himself – a good mix for a mod I'd say :) – Izzy Dec 7 '15 at 10:38

Being 20k+ on Stack Overflow has given me some experience with very powerful tools, but I have no admin experience. I guess a big part of my work will be to react when content is flagged, plus some tag maintenance and normal review activity, with a focus on spotting spam.

Japan time zone. Fourth reputation after Frank, Steve, Izzy.

Views

As an IT consultant, I know that every asker has a real need, even if sometimes they don't know how to express it. That's why I spend a lot of time communicating with newcomers and explaining them how they can provide us the information that will allow us to help them.

Ever since the closed beta, I have been upvoting all good contributions (often until my daily quota is reached), because we need a solid community of people whose reputation allows them to take part in cleanup.

I am glad we graduated, but I think we still have a lot of work to do to attract field experts, for instance point-of-sale experts, medical software experts, etc.

Hobbies: Sport, travel, learning languages, writing open source apps.

  • Nicolas was on my list of people I hoped would nominate - he understands what the site needs and he'd make a great moderator. – Undo Dec 1 '15 at 15:34
  • Upvoting all good contributions is important, but so is downvoting bad/mediocre ones. You have cast mere 13 downvotes all-time. – user9181 Dec 2 '15 at 1:24
  • @NormalHuman: I try to improve content that does not meet quality requirements, and then vote for closing if it does not get better. I downvote mostly answers that are quality answers but recommend software that I have personally used and hated. – Nicolas Raoul Dec 2 '15 at 3:00
  • Most of a moderator's work is janitorial. Down-voting poor-quality stuff is the first janitorial privilege (and responsibility) available, you've had that privilege for a long time, and barely used it. Yet the site has quite a lot of low-quality posts. Wouldn't it perhaps be more appropriate to start your janitorial work with the simplest tools first? You only have two of the moderation badges to date - any reason why so few? – EnergyNumbers Dec 3 '15 at 10:08
  • Just roll back a post (even an own should do) to get the Cleanup moderation badge – Thomas Weller Dec 3 '15 at 11:53
  • @EnergyNumbers I agree with Nicolas, for low quality content, most of the time flagging/closing/commenting is enough. I believe downvoting should be used as a last resort, since a downvote doesn't explain anything to the OP, at best it just pisses them off, which is typically not what we want. Part of the success of this SE has been to clearly explain to the new users what should be improved vs. downvoting blindly. – Franck Dernoncourt Dec 6 '15 at 16:33

About Me

Hello, I'm Thomas and I'd like to become a moderator here at Software Recommendations. I've been a user here from the start of SR and have always been a presence since. I'm currently a high school student in Illinois and in my free time I like to code, play tennis & chess, and yes - Be Here:)

Why me?

  • As a high school student, I have time and quite a bit of which is spent on SR. I would be available to moderate throughout all parts of the day as I do currently on the review board.
  • Always there - I've gone a step further than periodically checking the review board whenever I get time to having software check and notify me whenever a flag is raised, I'd like to apply this to moderating alerting me instantly whenever a flag arises.
  • I will take time with each flag. I spend quite a bit of time on writing answers whether it be from reviewing software I've used in the past to writing my own software to that does that job. I'd like to spend this time carefully looking through each flag that were to come my way.
  • Will always be able to be contacted. I will try to be available on the SR Chat as much as I can but I'm always a @Tom away.

Thank you for your consideration

  • Most of a moderator's work is janitorial. Down-voting poor-quality stuff is the first janitorial privilege (and responsibility) available, you've had that privilege for about a year, and barely used it. Yet the site has quite a lot of low-quality posts. Wouldn't it perhaps be more appropriate to start your janitorial work with the simplest tools first? You only have one of the moderation badges to date - any reason why so few? – EnergyNumbers Dec 3 '15 at 10:09
  • @EnergyNumbers I do agree that I should downvote more but honestly if I find a post that requires that action, it usually merits a close vote or a flag for a moderator which I will use every time. Again, every time I'm on the site I try to go through new questions and will always look over and go though flags on the review board so just because I might not downvote as many posts as others have does not mean I'm not doing janitorial work, I am and you will constantly see my avatar on the review board as a result of this – Tom Dec 4 '15 at 2:20
  • @EnergyNumbers I agree with Tom, for low quality content, most of the time flagging/closing/commenting is enough. I believe downvoting should be used as a last resort, since a downvote doesn't explain anything to the OP, at best it just pisses them off, which is typically not what we want. Part of the success of this SE has been to clearly explain to the new users what should be improved vs. downvoting blindly. – Franck Dernoncourt Dec 6 '15 at 16:38
  • @FranckDernoncourt I didn't suggest anyone should downvote blindly. Downvoting is a core element of quality-management. Flags have a different purpose. The help pages and the mother meta have lots of good advice on this - please do have a read. – EnergyNumbers Dec 6 '15 at 17:21
  • @EnergyNumbers Do we agree downvoting is a last resort? – Franck Dernoncourt Dec 6 '15 at 17:25
  • @FranckDernoncourt absolutely not. It's the first resort for low quality questions and answers. It's a fundamental part of how Stack Exchange's work. It sends important signals to all readers. And it's essential for letting the roomba do it's auto-cleanup job. – EnergyNumbers Dec 7 '15 at 12:42
  • @EnergyNumbers I believe that unless the question is really not salvageable the first step is leaving a comment (and if it not salvageable, VTC). If you have been around SR, you might have noticed that this is what some users and moderators do, and it helped make the climate more peaceful than in some other SEs. – Franck Dernoncourt Dec 7 '15 at 14:55

I'd like to help out on this site as a moderator.

I started at this site following a community ad from SU, and have been active since then.

Some points about me:

  • I currently contribute by asking questions (68) and posting answers (65) and am always flagging anything I see not fit for this site (most of my flags have been for 'very low quality' posts, and all but 1 of my flags have been acted on).
  • I have made some custom-made scripts specifically for some of my answers
  • I visit the site extremely often, at least once a day (unless I'm away), and so help keeping the review queues small
  • I've been here a while (although not from the beginning), so I know what the quality of posts is expected to be
  • I've never been a moderator on any SE site (but there's a first time to everything! :)

If I'm elected...:

  • I will try to be on chat more often, as I have seen people ask for help there before, but I'm not active on chat currently :(
  • I will act on (edit/delete) low-quality posts, but will be fair and will give time to users to change

If I'm not elected...:

  • I will try to be on chat more often
  • I will continue to keep on flagging and helping the mods control the site :)
  • The current policy is to ask users to post new answers, and delete low-quality posts straight away, rather than "give time to users to change" - just to note. – ArtOfCode Nov 30 '15 at 21:16
  • @ArtOfCode I guess that would be the other option. However I don't personally like that method, because, especially for new users, it's not a very nice welcome - saying 'I'm deleting this because... post a new answer' sounds harsher than 'this is low quality because... please edit to.... or the answer may be deleted....' sounds nicer! Just to clarify: I'd keep track on which posts I'd commented on and act upon them either a few hours later, or the next day. – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Nov 30 '15 at 21:30
  • well, that's the current policy. If you'd like to see that changed, that would need community consultation on meta - but be aware that the policy is what it is for a reason, because low-quality posts that never get improved encourage more. – ArtOfCode Nov 30 '15 at 21:33
  • @ArtOfCode sorry - when was this policy made? I see any answer below that threshold will be commented upon asking for improvements, and then deleted if it fails to improve. on How are we going to moderate answers?. However, I also see Undo's election question on 'delete on sight', so I presume the policy was changed somewhere...! :/ – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Nov 30 '15 at 21:38
  • Um. I can't actually tell you when the policy was made, only that it is - I know about it because Undo tells me it's so. – ArtOfCode Nov 30 '15 at 21:39
  • @ArtOfCode meta.softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/2369/… is the answer :) – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Nov 30 '15 at 21:43
  • Yep - we've been taking the highest voted as community consensus, not the accepted one. I do think that summary deletion is important - it gets far too complex to remember what needs to be deleted when. I'd like to be able to leave a comment and wait x hours for improvement to be made, but the tooling just isn't there. – Undo Nov 30 '15 at 21:45
  • I've learned to know @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ as a good team worker, always willing to learn, and taking good care. Like me, ᔕᖺᘎᕊ is always trying to find a balance, giving everyone a chance to learn as well. The only disadvantage I can tell is: Spelling his nick without auto-complete is a hard thing to do! :) – Izzy Dec 1 '15 at 0:03

I've been a pro-tem moderator here since the beginning, and it's been great fun. We've shown that recommendation questions can work on the Stack Exchange model if properly moderated.

I'd love to continue helping out here. Pertinent points:

  • I'm not afraid to admit my mistakes
  • I'll have enough time to continue here well into the future
  • I believe we should continue doing what we've been doing: Deleting low-quality answers and closing questions. I'm receptive to change if necessary, though.
  • I'm a moderator on Hardware Recommendations. I do think that having a moderator shared across the two sites is important.

If you're happy with how things have been done so far, I'd love to keep it up. If you're not, by all means, ask on meta and we can debate it as a community.

  • Having worked with Undo from both the normal-user perspective (here) and the moderator perspective (on HR, where I'm one of the other mods), it has to be said that you can't go far wrong when there's an Undo. – ArtOfCode Nov 30 '15 at 21:11
  • I'd say if I'd be elected, I'd be greatful having Undo at my side – and if I'm not elected, I'd be grateful to have him as mod here. Wait: I am grateful to have him as mod here I mean :) – Izzy Nov 30 '15 at 23:33
  • Having been a fellow moderator of Undo since this site started, I can vouch that he is a good moderator and I hope he will stay on in this role. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Dec 4 '15 at 17:43

About me

Most of you probably know me already, and my profile page gives you several details. So in short:

I'm working in IT (mostly databases), am an Android Enthusiast (having written several user-oriented books), and am an active SE member for 3.5 years now. Sites I'm most active on include Android.SE and SoftwareRecs.

SoftwareRecs

I'm a member here since the early days of "Closed Beta"; permanently logged-in to chat (as on Android.SE) and try to help out where I can: Fighting flags (review queue) whenever they arise, helping to decide whether a question matches our site (when asked in chat – that means users as well as migration requests), and do my best to answer questions or vote on them.

Moderation

Never been a mod on SE before, so I cannot speak for all aspects. Most likely, my behaviour will not change much (except for close-votes, as those are different for a mod). I'll continue supporting my co-members in this community, and doing my part as "normal member". My "new powers" I'll use to just do that better. I will need your help for that, too!

  • Izzy has been a great contributor, a prolific flagger, and understands the site. He'd be a great moderator. – Undo Nov 30 '15 at 20:50
  • and since they still haven't fixed comment upvoting on elections... I'm going to say the same thing as Undo: Izzy has done a great job and would make a great moderator! – Seth Nov 30 '15 at 20:57
  • Izzy's contributions to this site have been fantastic. He seems like a wonderful person. He has a kindness and friendliness in his posts that is very much appreciated and respected. I was planning on nominating him! :-) – RockPaperLizard Nov 30 '15 at 22:43
  • I am not sure how that "candidate score" is computed, but the fact that Izzy has the highest score of the current candidates simply reinforces my opinion that he would make an ideal moderator. Vote Izzy! Vote early, vote often ;-) – Mawg Dec 1 '15 at 8:31
  • Composite of reputation and badges I believe – Journeyman Geek Dec 2 '15 at 6:43
  • @JourneymanGeek: meta.stackexchange.com/a/252643/273478 explains the scoring system – Thomas Weller Dec 3 '15 at 11:51
  • @Mawg: meta.stackexchange.com/a/252643/273478 explains the scoring system – Thomas Weller Dec 3 '15 at 11:51

This election is complete.