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2015 Moderator Election

nomination began
Nov 30, 2015 at 20:00
election began
Dec 7, 2015 at 20:00
election ended
Dec 15, 2015 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 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.

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

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.


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.


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!

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 :)

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.


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.

This election is over.