2014 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

You can read more about the election process on the blog, and ask any questions on meta. If you're looking for a ton of detail and statistics on all the nominees, see the election page put together by community member Yi Jiang.

Please participate in the moderator elections by voting, and perhaps even by nominating yourself to be a community moderator!


This election ended Jun 24 at 20:00.

Download the election data and use OpenSTV to audit the results.


4,386 voters were eligible, 1,766 visited the site during the election, 992 visited the election page, and 580 voted

7 Candidates

Well, first I don't have a predilect editor, I normally pick what I have at hand :/.

I take pride on being responsible of my actions, being fair and reasonable when taking them, and always think in the well being of the community. I strongly abide by the rules (if they exist) and try to bring forth the problems (or possible problems) I see need to be addressed. I am always willing to help, as long as they are willing to be helped.

I try to prevent bad things from happening, since is always better that we don't reach the point where everyone get a bitter felling. I'm difficult to be offended through I always ask respect.

I feel that there's always room for improvement, since we can always try to be better.

Sorry, my nomination is late, but I feel that some options are not correctly covered with the current roster of people (which I respect) and I would like to mend it.

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meta questions: 29 / +174
meta answers: 28 / +87
helpful flags: 164 of 177
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No preferred editor! What a wishy-washy candidate! –  derobert Jun 16 at 19:28
    
@derobert I've learned that sometimes you can't be picky. –  Braiam Jun 16 at 19:36

This is a bit late, but I've been extra busy since nominations opened and I hate writing about myself so I was hoping for a good field of candidates. While I have great respect for most of the candidates, I'm not satisfied with enough of the field as moderators so I've decided it's worth the effort to write up this nomination.

I've been around this site for 2 years and 8 months, and I've thoroughly enjoyed it here. The community here moderates itself very well; there's a reason this is the first election in over three years despite its size and growth. If you happen to notice my lessened activity the last few months, rest assured I have still been visiting nearly every day.

I am an elected moderator on Science Fiction & Fantasy and moderator pro-tempore on The Great Outdoors and Puzzling. If you want to know how I am as a moderator, just pop into the chat rooms for those sites and ask my users (or just drop by to talk with me or the others). I suggest Mos Eisley, as it's quite active. As for the inevitable question of whether I have time for another site, yes. There's always room for another site, unless one of them is SO. :x

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meta questions: 1 / +4
meta answers: 3 / +17
helpful flags: 72 of 72
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Let me quote jasonwyron "You don't feature at all in the Review Queue stats and your flag count is low (for your rep): these are typically indicators of involvement in community moderation, why have you not been as active in this space?" –  Bernhard Jun 16 at 18:22
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To be fair Kevin, a last minute entry likes this deprives the community of an opportunity to ask you about your motivation and/or history here: it's not really a great way to launch a bid for the diamond... –  jasonwryan Jun 16 at 18:29
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What! No editor preferences? How do we know you have the requisite sense of humor? –  Caleb Jun 16 at 18:32
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It sounds like you're joining at the last minute because you think several of the other candidates should not be elected. Somewhat strongly, it'd seem, if you want to take on a third mod position. Care to clarify what you think you'd do better than the other candidates? –  derobert Jun 16 at 18:47
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I have solicited comments from Mos Eisley if anybody gets over here under the wire, otherwise check back there for responses or drop your own message. –  Caleb Jun 16 at 19:05
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"Your" users? That seems a little possessive. Also, you lack some of the more important badges, notably Sportsmanship, Deputy and Convention which show your sense of fair play, janitorial work and participation in meta respectively. These are all important characteristics for a moderator. I can understand why you don't have them since you're already a mod on 2 other sites but, then, what is it that makes you so much better than the rest of the candidates? It sounds like you already have your plate full. –  terdon Jun 16 at 19:06
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@terdon I think of a mod's job as in no small part to protect the users (without being too protective or restrictive), so I do think of them as my charges. Besides, I barely made the character count, can you think of a better way to phrase it in the same space? –  Kevin Jun 16 at 19:16
    
@jasonwryan If my intention were to stifle conversation I'd have posted minutes or seconds before the deadline. I just was hoping to see another nomination I could support. And you are all invited come talk with me in chat. –  Kevin Jun 16 at 19:20
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Also, to be fair, there is a week long voting period, during which we can ask as many question as we'd like and change our votes whenever, so the "last-minute" nomination does't really deprive the community of an opportunity to interrogate you (or any other candidate) –  derobert Jun 16 at 19:27
    
@Kevin it just would never have occurred to me to phrase it that way. I'd have said "our users" I guess or something along those lines. Not a big issue though, I was just taken aback by your phrasing. –  terdon Jun 16 at 19:29

A moderator works for the community and its consensus, and I hereby volunteer to work for ours.

For the most part, a Stack Exchange moderator's job isn't moderation per se. It's explaining to new folks how it works (its not a forum), cleaning up obsolete comments, sorting through the complaints pile (flags), and being an example for the community—everything he does has that diamond after it.

There are of course the occasional issues that come up. I believe conversation should be the first tool to resolve those disputes; the hammer, the last. Of course, a dispute doing harm to the site must be stopped, and I won't be timid in doing so.

Our site is currently in very good shape and as a moderator I will work to continue that. The main thing our current moderator team lacks is manpower—not to keep up, but to provide round-the-clock coverage. As you've no doubt noticed, I keep weird hours and am pretty easily pingable on chat, so I think I can help with that.

I'm fairly familiar with how Stack Exchange works, having started with Stack Overflow in October '08, and I've been a regular here for about two years. I keep up with goings on network wide and of course on our own meta.

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meta questions: 4 / +33
meta answers: 36 / +191
helpful flags: 129 of 135
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You don't feature at all in the Review Queue stats and your flag count is low (for your rep): these are typically indicators of involvement in community moderation, why have you not been as active in this space? –  jasonwryan Jun 11 at 9:27
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@jasonwryan I started with community moderation work here after gaining a fair bit of rep. If you check the history, it's fairly consistent from when I started. Also, once you're really the only things to flag are NAA and other. (We thankfully don't have much spam or offensive here). [Also, I oddly don't see some low-quality reviews I just did on my profile, not sure why. E.g., this one. Probably its just cached...] –  derobert Jun 11 at 21:11
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Thanks. After nearly four years here, you have some catching up to do on that front, diamond or not. :) –  jasonwryan Jun 11 at 21:31
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@jasonwryan Yes, I definitely do. I plan to stay involved in community moderation regardless of the election outcome, of course. –  derobert Jun 11 at 21:40
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@jasonwryan et all: At great risk of bodily harm through repetitive motion I looked through all 149 pages of history for just the Low Quality Posts queue and found derobert's review count there to be at least 26. I could have missed some but there are at least that many. I guess the queue stats pages only show N top reviewers. 26 is a meager number to be sure, but it is greater than 0. I didn't have the stamina to check the other queues, but that combined with the 190 number for all reviews including non-queue ones suggests to me that this is not a serious cause for concern. –  Caleb Jun 12 at 11:28
    
@Caleb you deserve a badge for commitment beyond the call of duty. :-) –  Faheem Mitha Jun 12 at 12:01
    
@Caleb I wasn't suggesting derobert hadn't done any, I was saying he doesn't feature in any of the stats pages, ie., unix.stackexchange.com/review/low-quality-posts/stats –  jasonwryan Jun 12 at 18:21
    
@jasonwryan I knew what you meant, and it made me wonder about this candidate's tendencies too (per my comments in chat) which is why I went hunting for what the deeper history was. I was just putting the record out there for anybody else reviewing this. –  Caleb Jun 12 at 18:51
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@Caleb You manually went through 149 pages? We've got to teach you about shell scripting –  Michael Mrozek Jun 12 at 23:05
    
@Caleb: derobert's review activity would have been a bit faster to parse, the type of review is not directly visible but it is in the review link URL. –  Mat Jun 13 at 9:00
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@MichaelMrozek Is that the thing that happens when you start a file with the tic-tac-toe thingy and an exclamation mark? –  Caleb Jun 13 at 9:17
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@MichaelMrozek Do you have SE-on-FUSE working yet? Gimme! –  Gilles Jun 14 at 12:42
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@Caleb The proper technical terms are mesh and wow. –  Gilles Jun 14 at 12:44

I'd also like to nominate myself for one of the two open janitorial positions. I have come to love this community and the way it works and would like to be a larger part of that.

As far as the moderation style is concerned, I think our current mods have done a great job and would try to continue in the same vein. I feel that a moderator's most important job apart from the janitorial workload is to moderate and to do so with moderation. I believe my record shows that I am both polite and patient with new (and old) users, two very important traits for a moderator to have.

If elected I will wield my hammer (or perhaps my hoe) with, well, moderation. I will strive to make this both a welcoming place for new users and a useful resource for the experts. A thin line to tread but I will do my best.

Some more personal details can be found on meta.

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meta questions: 5 / +48
meta answers: 57 / +275
helpful flags: 201 of 209
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Oh, and since this seems relevant, while I am indeed a moderate in most of my beliefs and positions, I do take a clear stand in the editor wars. There is only one editor deserving of the name and that's the one that has M-X butterfly. –  terdon Jun 10 at 12:46
    
So, your analogies confuse me, what exactly do you imagine yourself doing as a moderator - will you hit the dirt or rake your nails? –  mikeserv Jun 10 at 12:49
    
@mikeserv the hoe is an implement better designed for weeding than for smashing. That was the point I was trying to make. I have no intent of being a heavy-handed mod, rather, I hope to be a voice of moderation in any disputes that might arise and the quiet janitor in the background when no disputes are in evidence. –  terdon Jun 10 at 12:56
    
Well that clears that up. That said, you could have as well used the humble sickle as your sigil - to symbolize your culling of the chaff. Seems to me those two instruments have been portrayed together to great effect in the past. –  mikeserv Jun 10 at 13:06
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I'm glad to see your name here terdon. I have one question: I See you yourself just earned the "Caucus" badge, meaning you haven't participated in an election before with enough reputation to vote. What would you give as the reason for not doing so in the past? –  David Wilkins Jun 10 at 13:09
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@mikeserv indeed but I liked the humbleness of the hoe, as opposed to the aggressive potential of the bladed sickle. In any case, everyone knows that the mods are actually the community's hoes ('cause they weed out the garden and all). –  terdon Jun 10 at 13:12
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@DavidWilkins a very simple reason. This is the first election held since I've been a member. The last one was in 2011 and I only became a member in summer 2012. –  terdon Jun 10 at 13:14
    
That would be a good reason! I for some reason though that these happened more often. –  David Wilkins Jun 10 at 13:17
    
@DavidWilkins Elections are on an as needed basis. This came up last year since it had been a while here. Obviously things changed since then with mattdm stepping down. Either way I think [badge:caucus] is awarded multiple times on each election you visit. I have several for sites that I've been around through multiple cycles. –  Caleb Jun 10 at 13:36
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Would you continue to encourage poorly written lazy questions (such as this)? (Answering such questions does amount to encouraging.) –  devnull Jun 10 at 17:33
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@devnull The comment stream on that question makes me think terdon repented of that particular folly while it was still fresh. –  Caleb Jun 10 at 17:53
    
@Caleb Perhaps. It almost amuses me that none of the candidates (including yourself) have anything to say about how they propose to handle poorly written, zero-effort, lazy questions (most of which are FAQs anyways). I've gotten tired of watching the same old questions being asked (and upvoted, and multiple answers flowing in). –  devnull Jun 11 at 2:19
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@devnull We have not gotten to the part of the ellection process where candidates state there position on individual issues yet, these are just the announcements that we are running. If you have questions you would like us to answer about site issues you should propose them for inclusion in the election survey questions we will all be answering once the nomination phase is complete. –  Caleb Jun 11 at 4:53
    
@Caleb as the asker of "when will we next have an election" (which you linked), I can assure you that I had no pressing desire to take part in the election itself, merely a desire to attain all the election-related badges. –  strugee Jun 11 at 9:52
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@devnull on the Q you mentioned, I i) cast the 1st close vote, ii) left comments explaining to the OP what was wrong with it and then berating them for not explaining and changing the question halfway, iii) downvoted and iiv) answered. While the latter might be taken as encouraging this type of question, the former cannot and, what's more, my answer also included a clear disclaimer stating that this kind of question is not welcome. I just found it was an interesting problem (originally) and so thought I'd help the OP by answering and the site by closing. –  terdon Jun 11 at 10:13

NOTE: I maintain a full bio about myself in our meta Q&A titled:

As some of you may know the story of how I came to be here, it started with a dare. Several co-workers who've known me for over a decade knew that I've lived and breathed Linux & Unix for many many years. These co-workers did not think I could get to 3k on this site. At each level they would buy me free lunches. I recently got my free lunch at 75k 8-).

And now U&L is part of my daily rituals, and I can't fathom not having it that way. This site is truly one of the nicest communities that I've ever been a part of and I would be honored to be a moderator. As many of you can attest, I already do a lot of the editing, reviewing, & helping both new and old users, and I'd like to make this role a more formal one.

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meta questions: 12 / +45
meta answers: 68 / +343
helpful flags: 682 of 710
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You seem quite committed to the project, but my main concern if you were to become a moderator is that you sometimes seem too rash and aggressive. For example, this comment is just an echo of all the rest, piling on days after others have already made comments to the same effect (with quite a nasty tone of "worthlessness" towards someone who is sincerely trying to help), and there are many times that I've seen you [continued in next comment] –  Chris Down Jun 10 at 5:44
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pushing someone to erase conversation just because you consider it "wrong", among lots of other comments with a quite negative tone that I've seen from you in the time you've been here (I'd give more examples, but with the number of comments you make, they take a long time to find :-) ). I'm concerned that if you became a moderator, this would become a much more serious problem -- we need to be inclusive and welcoming to new users, not scare them away by making them feel inadequate. [cont.] –  Chris Down Jun 10 at 5:45
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I get the feeling that while you provide a lot of valuable content to this site, you seem to care rather deeply about "internet points", frequently commenting on your answers to ask people to upvote your question, even when they have already accepted it. I'm not sure that I feel comfortable with such a mindset being present in a moderator. This isn't a judgment on you as a person, far from it: you seem very committed to this project and for that I'm sure many people with questions are grateful, but I am not sure that I would be comfortable with this considering your previous demeanour. –  Chris Down Jun 10 at 5:54
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@ChrisDown - That part. A is wrong though. It's telling someone to use a Debian/Ubuntu method which simply won't work on CentOS. Those comments were left in 2012 and I came across the A and left a comment since the author never bothered to acknowledge the 1st 2. That comment was really left more as a warning to future passer bys not so much to the author. [cont] –  slm Jun 10 at 5:58
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The other A with the pause command being only a BAT/Windows feature is also just plain wrong. I hear what you're saying and I try very hard to work with many users here to help them both develop their Q's better and A's too. I've spent many countless nights in chats w/ many users helping them understand various technologies, and the only thing I get from that is the satisfaction of helping someone else out. I spend a lot of time editing the site and get nothing in return for this activity other than making this site better and more coherent. –  slm Jun 10 at 6:01
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As to the asking the OPs to UV. When I leave this comment it's to make the users of this site aware that they can do both. Many times users are unaware that they can do this. Same too with accepting Q's. I find that Q's with an accepted A are a much better presentation to future visitors since it's more clear that a part. A has the OPs approval that it solved their issue. I've also reminded users from time to time who have not accepted any A's that they can do this. They've thanked me for making them aware. I've done this a few times and others have benefited from the UV's not just me. [cont] –  slm Jun 10 at 6:05
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I guess that you are the best for this, all of your answers are accurate and professional and I guess you will be wonderful as a moderator. @slm –  Networker Jun 10 at 7:00
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"I already do the bulk of the editing, reviewing..." should perhaps be rephrased as "a lot of the editing..." Your contribution is certainly significant, but to claim it is the bulk discounts the work of others (I am sure that is not your intent). –  jasonwryan Jun 10 at 7:05
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@jasonwryan bulk discounts sounds OK. Like Sam's Club. –  mikeserv Jun 10 at 11:01
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@ChrisDown I just want to point out that I have exactly the opposite view of slm. I feel he tends to leave polite and constructive comments and is very patient with new users. He also doesn't care all that much about the points, I've seen him happily congratulate me for having my answer accepted instead of his for example. He may be the filthy competition and all but he's not as bad as all that :) ! –  terdon Jun 10 at 12:16
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@terdon The vast majority of contributions that slm makes are positive, but I don't think that discounts specific incidences where discourse was less than friendly. Making positive contributions doesn't negate aggression towards others, however rare it may be. Perhaps it is forgivable in a normal member of the community, but putting yourself forward for a moderator position deserves detailed scrutiny. –  Chris Down Jun 10 at 13:08
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@ChrisDown, I always felt slm as one who encourages newer users to answer more questions and is always appreciative of others' work. For example, if he is concerned with internet points as you say, he could have posted this as a different answer but he edited my answer and added his answer. unix.stackexchange.com/questions/132795/… –  Ramesh Jun 10 at 15:29
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I have to admit, this is the first time I've heard someone accuse @slm of being abrasive at all. –  Joel Davis Jun 11 at 18:38
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@JoelDavis There is a difference between accusing someone of being abrasive (something which I am not doing), and stating that someone has made abrasive comments; the former is a comment on personality, the latter is not. I think one of the things missing on U&LSE is better discussion of the demeanour that some contributors present, which is a conversation that I think is rather lacking right now. It would, at least, appear that I am not the only one with these concerns, as evidenced by the votes on my comments. –  Chris Down Jun 12 at 6:36
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As a relative newcomer on U&L SE I have nothing but good things to say about slm. And I can't believe somebody took a potshot at Stephane Chazelas in one of the comments above. –  1_CR Jun 14 at 0:38

I'm a *BSD developer and committer. I can be a moderator, if you approve. C-x C-s C-x C-c

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meta answers: 6 / +3
helpful flags: 1 of 4
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Do you think you could fill in a little more about your moderation philosophy and why you would want the job? There is precious little here for us to go on... –  jasonwryan Jun 9 at 23:56
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He has finished (C-x C-c). –  ceving Jun 10 at 9:00
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Besides your nomination not giving us much to go on, it seems you have yet to edit or downvote a single post on the site—both pretty common actions for someone interested in investing back into the community through janitorial work. That combined with your lack of flag activity makes me wonder what your interest is in this role. Why should we consider electing you to a position that focuses on those aspects of the site? Can we request you edit your nomination to touch on some of these issues? –  Caleb Jun 11 at 11:19
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May be the nominee wanted to increase his profile view count and so nominated himself? –  Ramesh Jun 11 at 15:29
    
Am I the only one that finds it strange that a BSD developer uses Emacs instead of vi? –  Cristian Ciupitu Jun 15 at 17:26
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@CristianCiupitu, in OpenBSD, mg(1) is part of the base system. mdoc.su/o/mg.1 bxr.su/o/usr.bin/mg It's actually very popular amongst the developers; I think even Theo is (or at least was) a big emacs user. In prior life, I've used ee(1) (and pine/pico), coming from FreeBSD originally, but then I got tired from all the bugs and inconsistencies, and moved to mutt and emacs / mg. Most systems -- FreeBSD, Debian, MacPorts -- have a port of mg from OpenBSD, which is helpful on slower machines, since mg is very-very lightweight. –  cnst Jun 16 at 3:00
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@cnst its great you addressed the comments about your editor preference, but could you also address the comments about your moderation philosophy and why someone should vote for you as someone who has not been very active on the site (compared to the other nominees)? –  casey Jun 16 at 17:10
    
My philosophy is not to get in the way of people expressing their creativity in the way they see fit. I generally hold liberal and conservative views in regards to moderation. –  cnst Jun 16 at 17:28

I am interested in stepping up to wield the moderator hammer. You have probably seen me around as I have dropped an answer or two. I'm almost always knee deep in Linux including a little over a decade of contributions to distro development and assorted FOSS projects. I know how folks in the field are and have learned to get along with them.

I also have a bit of experience with the SE network and how proper moderation makes it tick. Being a regular user on U&L was how I first fell in love with the QnA format (and still somewhere I end up nearly every day) but I have other experience with SE as well. I have been appointed as a protem moderator on two sites; one of which has since graduated and I was subsequently elected by the community to continue moderating. If a religious oriented SE site can put up with my moderation I hope I won't be too much trouble here.

I generally agree with the current site policies and moderator actions and see no need for any radical changes—I am only offering to carry some of the load so this site maintains a high signal to noise ratio and remains a valuable resource for experts.:wq

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meta questions: 6 / +39
meta answers: 28 / +160
helpful flags: 179 of 200
    
P.S. Whether having two diamond wielding moderators named Caleb (both also current Arch users) poses a diversity issue is left to polls to decide; but I promise to relinquish the full weight of the hammer in the event of a moderator dispute that ends in a 2+2 tie Calebs vs. Non-Calebs. In all other cases, anvil beware. –  Caleb Jun 9 at 21:38
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I would feel uncomfortable electing a moderator who chose to end his post with a vi joke. I believe you meant C-x C-s C-x C-c? –  strugee Jun 9 at 23:00
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@stugee The sign-off codes of lesser editors would have run me over the meager character limit imposed on nominations. –  Caleb Jun 9 at 23:05
    
wow, you're right. that's really annoying that they made you subject yourself to such a travesty as that particular editor's quit keybindings. –  strugee Jun 9 at 23:10
    
Or you could simply not to write a key binding to quit and simply finish your "election program". –  enedil Jun 9 at 23:26
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Your helpful flags seem a little light for someone with >20K: can you share why? –  jasonwryan Jun 9 at 23:55
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@jasonwryan My flag count is light because I was negligent of that aspect of contributing for my first couple years here. Worse, some of the count I do have comes from piling onto other flags when I first earned 10k tools. However the rest of them are mostly recent (the lase few months) and much more consistent. –  Caleb Jun 10 at 4:50
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@jasonwryan Other than that, this site seems relatively well behaved with occasional link only NAA material being one of the most frequent offenders I see needing mod attention. I have raised ~3k helpful flags between other sites and have handled another 2k myself as a moderator so I am familiar with the flag system and now know its importance better than when I was first busy earning rep points here. –  Caleb Jun 10 at 5:04
    
Thanks for the clarification. Flagging is a handy indicator of an appetite for the sort of janitorial drudgery that is moderation. I was just interested in your take on it... –  jasonwryan Jun 10 at 6:59
    
@jasonwryan No problem, that is a fair cause for concern. Another fair one to raise would be my relatively infrequent use of review queues. That stems from my preference to review material in context (and when handling flags on the other sites I moderate, I always do so after reviewing the entire context of question and answer). The queues serve a purpose but I'd rather be the one having to carefully weigh the merits of a specific action rather than doing the course-grained initial filtering that the queues lend themselves to. And yes I am fully aware I am volunteering for janitorial drudgery. –  Caleb Jun 10 at 7:14
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Yep: the review queue can skew your view. As for drudgery, moderation: the only diamond with no glamour... :) –  jasonwryan Jun 10 at 7:22
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Do you really think that you'll be able to do justice to the job given that you are a mod on other sites too? On a side note, it wouldn't appear too good to see a mod kicking off an editor war. –  devnull Jun 11 at 2:29
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@devnull Yes I do think I can give it a fair shake. I already visit frequently and spend quite a bit of time on this site so I'm not promising something I don't know how to deliver. Flag handling will just move to the top of that already spent time. The other sites I mod are topically very different and consume a different block of my time. –  Caleb Jun 11 at 5:04
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@devnull As for adding a little jest on editor preferences to my nomination, think about this: if any of us candidates don't have enough of a sense of humor to handle a bit of good natured jousting on the topic of editors gracefully and civilly we probably have no business being moderators. If you seriously view my sign-off hit tip to my favorite as trying to start a war, vote for someone you think will be more peacable when flame wars need putting out. –  Caleb Jun 11 at 5:13
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A sense of humour should be a requirement for the job, not an optional extra... –  jasonwryan Jun 11 at 9:30

This election is complete.