2012 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 Aug 7 '12 at 20:00.

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


2,698 voters were eligible, 604 visited the site during the election, 695 visited the election page, and 137 voted

11 Candidates

As I said last go-around, vote for me or you will be thwacked.

Or something like that. I don't actually remember what my nomination said last time, but I know it involved thwacking. Thwacking is important, especially of people who commit puns. So keep those puns to yourself, and all will be well. Well, that, and do try to do a little research before posting questions, and be nice to your fellow punsters humans, and don't get all trigger-happy on the "general reference" close button. (Just 'cause you found a nifty video about how a frozen armadillo reacts to electrical stimulus right there on the first page of search results doesn't mean you ought to close that question about how game came to mean both a hunted animal and a fun pastime.)

Anyway. So, I'm Marthaª, and I wouldn't mind being your moderator. I think. (I also wanted to send this election into a primary phase. Mwa ha ha ha ha!)

Oh, and thwack. You know for what. Don't give me that innocent look.

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meta questions: 13 / +130
meta answers: 85 / +537
helpful flags: 248 of 251
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Yay! Martha! Yay! –  KitFox Jul 30 '12 at 18:29
    
Martha! Welcome to the fray! –  Robusto Jul 30 '12 at 18:31
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Gah...you made the election last 4 more days than it would have. Can someone else please delete themselves? I think anybody with meta answer rating >= -30 should stay. –  Mitch Jul 30 '12 at 18:36
    
Can we delete someone by committee? –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jul 30 '12 at 18:53
    
We have four days to do that. I'm not entirely sure that a primary phase was necessary, but hey, it's all fun. Or something. Or is it deadly serious? Spot the newbie. –  Andrew Leach Jul 30 '12 at 19:38
    
Deadly something. –  Mitch Jul 30 '12 at 19:57
    
Fortunately for you (unless you wanted it to be hidden, I guess), your nomination from the last election is still available here. –  Pops Jul 30 '12 at 20:14
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@Mitch, that was my intent. Well, OK, my intent wasn't to make it last longer just for the sake of lasting longer; I simply wanted to get the list of candidates cut down to just the viable/reasonable ones, to make my voting easier. I'm selfish that way. ]:-þ –  Marthaª Jul 30 '12 at 20:43
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As a moderator I would have a slow trigger finger on the close button, but be quick to mark duplicates or suggest moves to other SE sites. I am not an English language teacher or expert, just a native speaker who likes to answer questions asked by English learners.

One would probably consider me a "soft" moderator. If you want a soft moderator, vote for me. If you want a "hard" moderator, don't.

Please see 'Comment 1-2-3' and 'Comment 4-5-6', on the nomination tab, that state my opinions about six closed questions

1 gerund as adjective 2 article 3 list request

Open questions I would close, I seldom to never see. Someone else always closes them first.

4 resource request 5 rant 6 pronunciation

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meta questions: 5 / +1
meta answers: 2 / -1
helpful flags: 19 of 22
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I wish I could +1 for "a slow trigger finger on the close button" and "not an English language teacher or expert, just a native speaker...". –  user14070 Jul 24 '12 at 18:31
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I'm sorry, but no helpful flags and a one downvoted answer on meta is not impressive to me. –  Daniel Jul 24 '12 at 18:58
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It's okay Daniel. I wasn't trying to be impressive. –  TecBrat Jul 25 '12 at 1:18
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I think more "soft" moderators are going to improve english.stackexchange.org –  130490868091234 Jul 25 '12 at 8:59
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What do you mean but "slow trigger finger"? Where do you draw the line? I like to see a moderator that knows what to do and is ready to close a question even if it's not a "popular" decision. I find it hard myself sometimes, but I'd like to see a tendency in the opposite direction. –  Alenanno Jul 25 '12 at 17:00
    
Comment 1-2-3: 1 I'd have left open. It could stand some improvement, but it's a real question once you figure out what the OP is talking about. 2 There is nothing wrong with this question, except that some form of it has probably been asked before. It's about the inclusion or ommision of an article. 3 I'd probably have left this one open. –  TecBrat Jul 27 '12 at 1:48
    
Comment 4-5-6: 4 I'd probably close or delete this one: 5 This one could be deleted. It's really a rant and not a question. 6 Just for the question, I might not have closed/deleted, but the argument that follows is proof that it is unconstructive and does not have a single "correct" answer. I'd delete it –  TecBrat Jul 27 '12 at 1:49
    
@jwpat7: Thank you again for the suggestions. In addition to showing how I'd moderate certain questions, hopefully this also shows my willingness to be guided by those who were here before me. –  TecBrat Jul 27 '12 at 1:52
    
Certainly, glad to help. –  jwpat7 Jul 27 '12 at 4:11
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After some deliberation, I've decided to throw my hat into the ring.

Some may think that I'm too much of a newcomer to take on this honor and responsibility. (That may be a fair assessment, and there are other worthy candidates running.)

I try to be positive, kind, and respectful. If this community believes I would make a good moderator, then I'm quite willing to serve in that capacity. If others are elected instead, then I'll strive to continue being a helpful and beneficial member.

If elected, I would use my moderator privileges gingerly, letting the community as a whole decide the fate of all but the most patently inappropriate questions and answers. In other words, I would moderate with moderation.

Thanks to all who make this an enjoyable yet worthwhile place to visit.

To any who are interested, I work in the field of higher education.

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meta questions: 4 / +57
meta answers: 86 / +536
helpful flags: 349 of 360
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He he he see my profile mate, I have written it before your nomination. I will tell two stories about you and me. You were new user (>1000 rep) when I asked my question about skipping rope and you asked your niece which word she is using. I remember how I answered question about gaming and you comment it as totally wrong. One week later you come and said I might be right because you have heard presenter to use it on a game of your favourite basketball team. How many of other candidates will remember comment 1 week before and admit they might be wrong. You are the man JR. –  speedyGonzales Jul 24 '12 at 11:12
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Although I may not always agree, I've always seen J.R.'s comments contributing to the community. –  user14070 Jul 24 '12 at 18:32
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"Some may think that I'm too much of a newcomer..." You obviously know what you're doing, though. 16K rep isn't to be gotten in such a short time without some serious commitment. That added to your sense of community makes a prime candidate for moderator. –  Daniel Jul 24 '12 at 19:01
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I would like to nominate myself for the position of community moderator.

I am a 20k user on English Language & Usage, Meta Stack Overflow, and Drupal Answers.

In the six sites where my reputation is higher, I have the "deputy" badge in all of them but one for correctly flagging 50 posts, and the "reviewer" badge in all of them for reviewing a hundred posts, and taking action in at least two hundred of them.
My useful flags on EL&U are currently 287. With 4801 votes, I am the fifth user with the most votes since EL&U has been launched. My activity on the site includes meta activities, such has voting to close, voting to delete, reviewing posts, and flagging posts.

Being active on Meta Stack Overflow, I know what the general consensus about some topics is, including the consensus of who is moderator in some Stack Exchange site. If I am elected moderator, I will apply my experience as moderator to this site, respecting the decisions taken in the past from the other moderators.

I am currently moderator on Drupal Answers, and I have been pro tem moderator for the same site.

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meta questions: 118 / +335
meta answers: 217 / +565
helpful flags: 631 of 747
    
Hi mate wish you luck on elections :) –  speedyGonzales Jul 24 '12 at 8:47
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Honestly, kiamlaluno, I just wish your English was better. –  Robusto Jul 24 '12 at 20:25
    
The deputy badge requires 80 helpful flags. The reviewer badge requires 1000 reviews with 200 actioned. –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jul 28 '12 at 13:50
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@cornbreadninja That is with the new system; with the old system, which used the flag weight, the requirements were the ones I reported. I simply translated the flag weight with helpful flags. –  kiamlaluno Jul 28 '12 at 15:26
    
@kiamlaluno I see; thanks for the clarification. –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jul 28 '12 at 15:44
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Who: I've been a part of this community for a year now (shiny Yearling badge was earned two weeks ago), and ever since I've been here I've loved it. In my real life, I'm a university student studying Computer Science and Economics.

Why Me:

  • I can spot our new problem user at 50 paces. I have had helpful flags on nearly all of his latest appearances

  • I haven't only been on the site for a year, I've been active for all of this time. This includes questions, answers, and edits

  • I'm available in chat more often than not--meaning that I'm available on a real-time basis, not just by flags or pings in comments

  • I can bake a mean coffee cake.

I haven't been a perfect user by any means. I am human, and sometimes my emotions get the better of me. However, this has never impeded my ability to spot issues with questions or users, and my goals are to improve the site.

As your moderator, I will be accessible, efficient and effective.

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meta questions: 8 / +28
meta answers: 29 / +118
helpful flags: 940 of 1007
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I think it's pretty telling that simchona has over 4 times as many helpful flags as the other six (current) candidates... combined. –  mmyers Jul 23 '12 at 22:38
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Time and again, I've noticed Simchona going out of her way to make sure that this site stays fair, and that a tight rein is kept on the small minority of users who cause problems. I know that if she were a moderator, then she would be vigilant and diligent. I can think of nobody else whom I would endorse more fully. Oh, and @speedyGonzales - could you try being a little less offensive please? –  user16269 Jul 24 '12 at 9:00
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@speedy I don't think years teaching English should be a requirement for being a moderator. To me, being a mod is about having the time to dedicate to the site, as well as a passion for the subject. I have both. Further, downvotes are part of using the site properly. –  simchona Jul 24 '12 at 11:42
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@speedy I never said that I didn't respect your opinion. I was merely explaining my own opinion on why some factors are irrelevant and make me a strong candidate for mod regardless. –  simchona Jul 24 '12 at 11:58
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@speedyGonzales: Do you know which questions she downvoted? There are many low quality questions or answers that deserve downvotes. I fail to see your point. If you're joking around, it's not funny! " I am sure you are great user and you have helped a lot of people", " I am sure you are a great person" ... What else do you want? –  Gigili Jul 24 '12 at 12:28
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Absolutely, I no doubt of your human and intellectual capacities, and no doubt of your grammar knowledge. I'm sure in real life you're, seriously, a wonderful person; but, in truth, your EL&U activity--especially shown in closing questions--recounts a story which, in my opinion, is not compatible with the character of the ideal moderator. So, I will not vote you. –  user19148 Jul 24 '12 at 12:56
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@Carlo_R. How were my actions not ideal? Remember that it takes five people to close a question--so I acted with the community, not against it. –  simchona Jul 24 '12 at 13:03
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@Carlo_R.: Closing questions is an important task for high-rep users and mods. If simchona closes lots of questions, what that really means is she understands what the community wants and takes part in it. She isn't acting alone like some kind of vigilante, as you seem to be assuming. It takes 5 people to close a question. –  Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Jul 24 '12 at 13:30
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@speedyGonzales Simchona has not been inactive. She has been instrumental lately in preventing a problem user from filling the site with spam and porn. –  Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Jul 24 '12 at 13:31
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@Carlo_R. My personal conclusion is that I don't think every question is a good fit for ELU. You happen to have been active very recently, and so your questions were part of the pool I felt was not the best fit. I don't appreciate you making this into some personal vendetta. –  simchona Jul 24 '12 at 13:31
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@Carlo_R.: Many of your questions that simchona voted to close were ultimately closed by a moderator. So by that standard, she would apparently make a very good moderator. –  mmyers Jul 24 '12 at 13:47
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@Carlo_R. We get it: you don't agree with simchona's method for closing questions. You don't need to keep polluting this Election formum with this commentary. You are free to vote for someone else or even abstain from voting, in protest of the evil, terrible, draconian rules that are keeping you from asking low-quality questions. But please stop harassing simchona. –  Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Jul 24 '12 at 15:22
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I've often seen simchona go out of her way to help new users learn to use Stack Exchange, both here and on Meta SO. This is a very good trait for a moderator. –  Shog9 Jul 24 '12 at 15:47
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You've had my vote for months now — thank you for letting me use it! –  Daniel Jul 24 '12 at 18:51
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In the light of the above comments, I have reviewed the case. Furthermore, the user called @mmyers said to me we can vote two candidates. Then, due to the last circumstance, I have decided that to give to you one of my votes. I'm sorry for the previous considerations; perhaps they was being expressed a bit superficially. –  user19148 Jul 25 '12 at 14:30
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Pick me as a new moderator!

Some stats as at 2012-07-23:

  • I am here a lot (495/557 days of membership)
  • I review a lot (965 reviews)
  • 139 helpful flags
  • 354 edits
  • 260 close votes
  • 1,196 comments
  • I am in chat way more than is healthy (33.8k messages)

What does this tell you?

  • I know how to use the tools.
  • The system likes me.
  • I'm regularly available to look at the site.
  • I talk to people to help resolve their issues.
  • I believe in keeping the site clean.

A few in the community might say that I am a bit trigger happy with close votes, and I accept that I might be a bit snarky occasionally, I'm far from perfect. This all comes from a place of love. I want EL&U to be a great academic resource and enlightening place for serious English language enthusiasts. Because of this, I am 100% behind the English language learners proposal, to give a place for the questions about English that aren't suitable here. Most of all I want the community here to grow as a respected English language resource.

As your moderator I will be considerate to newbies, but also be firm with unwanted content.

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meta questions: 18 / +118
meta answers: 49 / +273
helpful flags: 743 of 750
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Yes! I fully support the terrifying green orc head! –  KitFox Jul 23 '12 at 20:50
    
I don't think you will make good moderator Matt, you take it all too personal.This all comes from a place of love. –  speedyGonzales Jul 24 '12 at 8:54
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@speedyGonzales I think my caring nature is an advantage. I don't think I take things personally. Passionately, not personally. –  Matt Эллен Jul 24 '12 at 8:57
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@speedyGonzales: And I think you are too speedy, and too Gonzales. –  Cerberus Jul 24 '12 at 10:06
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I'm seriously thinking about voting you. In the light of other remarkable candidatures--with particular reference to those of J.R. and JSB--the choice is very difficult. However, I want note that I was always agree with your votes for closing, even when that votes was to my question. I think you have the right profile to be moderator. –  user19148 Jul 24 '12 at 13:10
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You'd make a good moderator IMO, but since simchona has one of my votes, and I only have one left, I am torn. Torn! –  Daniel Jul 24 '12 at 19:20
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If you're elected, will we get to carry concealed weapons into EL&U chat? –  Robusto Jul 24 '12 at 20:26
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@Robusto — there must be absolute transparency in chat. If you carry a side-arm then you must be naked. –  Matt Эллен Jul 25 '12 at 7:19
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I thought nudity was de rigueur anyway in chat. What, have you been clothed all this time? –  Robusto Jul 25 '12 at 10:19
    
Re "A few ... might say ... trigger happy with close votes" (which I assume means that you are trigger happy with close votes) my question is this: Do you know how many questions you have voted to close? How does one find out their own statistics? Please reply in post (not comments) if practical. –  jwpat7 Jul 25 '12 at 19:03
    
@jwpat7 - I have reported how many close vote I've cast in the main text. To find out how many you have cast, visit your user page, select "votes" tab on the far right, and then select the "closure" tab, also on the far right. The number of votes is reported on the left. –  Matt Эллен Jul 25 '12 at 19:07
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I'm the Evan Carroll; and, I don't just use English, I improve upon it. I won't just answer questions, I'll suggest radically new ideas and directions for the language. I'm one of the few candidates here who will actively push democracy. Want to know the right use of the word? Look up the word in Wiktionary. Need an example of context? My favorite source is Urban Dictionary.

I understand the detriments of a government that lacks transparency, and so I promise to always publish conversations with other members of the moderators. I'll even go so far as to submit all attempts of bribery and coercion by Jeff Atwood or Stack Exchange to Wikileaks.

My goal is justice. Justice requires transparency and accountability. Every action must be reasoned. And, there is no just rule without the consent of the majority -- this is something I'll never forget.

A vote for Evan Carroll is a vote for the people. Elect freedom, vote me!

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meta questions: 1 / -42
helpful flags: 1 of 2
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When running in an election, that's what most people say -- "I'll be the good guy". How can we know to trust you not to throw those values to the wind and get drunk on power like everyone else? –  balpha Jul 23 '12 at 20:48
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Do you promise to abide by the fair morals and ethics of holding a position of power over that of "always publish conversations with other members of the moderators"? Or do you believe that "the public always has a right to know, even if it causes more anguish than keeping my damned mouth shut does"? –  jcolebrand Jul 23 '12 at 20:57
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Can you ever truly trust anyone? If you can craft the criteria I'm sure I'll satisfy it. Firstly, I've never worked for SE -- if I was I wouldn't be complaint in its current condition. I'd say that makes me specifically more trustworthy than, say, you. I've also survived many bans on MSO and the community has clamored for my return, perhaps in light of my formal nomination you could request Jeff to declassify those old posts and conversations? I've also always been consistent in my approach for transparency and democracy. –  Evan Carroll Jul 23 '12 at 20:59
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I see that you lack any meta participation for this site. Do you care to comment on that? –  DForck42 Jul 23 '12 at 21:07
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I remember you even talked to Jeff Atwood on the phone. That's a bit more involvement than I would expect from a truely independent moderator. Maybe you should voluntarily withdraw to give a chance to people who are not invested in the established system. –  balpha Jul 23 '12 at 21:12
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I have quite a history on StackExchange and while I don't explicitly recall posting to the specific meta for english.stackexchange.com, I can't say that I haven't posted either. There would be no trustworthy authority on this. Most of my posts have probably been deleted, and I think there is good reason to believe Jeff had meta.english.stackexchanged.com censored in anticipation of my appointment to moderator. I can only aver a firm understanding of the dynamics of this site, a passion for Q/A, and a desire to fight tyranny and rebel against injustice. –  Evan Carroll Jul 23 '12 at 21:12
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@balpha that's an unfair allegation. Jeff stalked me using Google. Then he called twice to make sure I was a real person. I didn't pick up the phone the first time. If he didn't get the confirmation he would have banned me right then. After hearing the sound of my voice he invited me to have hot cocoa with him. I resoundingly turned down his solicitation. I had no choice to but to confirm my real-ness so I could continue to raise awareness to issues that matter to the userbase. –  Evan Carroll Jul 23 '12 at 21:15
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I have been a lurker on EL&U until now. "It's clear my interests and his our different" and "if I was I wouldn't be complaint in its current condition" How can we trust you to moderate and edit other peoples posts for correctness (especially on EL&U) if you can't wield the English language correctly in your own? Furthermore, it seems to me like you are using this nomination as a platform to lash out against Jeff. I don't know anything about the history between you two, but this does not convince me at all that you'd make a good EL&U mod. Do you honestly believe Wikileaks would be interested? –  FoamyGuy Jul 23 '12 at 21:52
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Wikileaks is running out of money I doubt that they'd spend what they do have on something that such a small portion of humans would consider "significant" That is beside the point though. This election is to find a capable moderator for the EL&U community, not to find a publicly appointed crusader against perceived corruption within SE and its founders. IMO you have presented no evidence that suggests you would be the capable moderator that we are seeking. –  FoamyGuy Jul 23 '12 at 22:26
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For anyone who doesn't know Evan Carroll: He's a known troll on the Stack Exchange network. For people who have been following the history of the network, he has somewhat become an interesting figure of entertainment on the sites. So if you're thinking "Can I take this seriously?" -- probably not, but make up your own mind. –  balpha Jul 23 '12 at 22:28
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"My favorite source is Urban Dictionary." I'm not sure that's a great statement for ELU. –  simchona Jul 23 '12 at 22:41
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Why ELU to start your campaign for justice? –  Flexo Jul 24 '12 at 18:05
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Relevant: meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/2849 –  Robert Harvey Jul 25 '12 at 20:18
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I notice you've not managed to answer my question in over 24 hours, I'm a little sad that a man of the people didn't manage to find time. I guess it's OK though since you're probably very busy out there on the streets campaigning for great justice. –  Flexo Jul 26 '12 at 8:31
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"Wanton personal attacks"? "Libel"? As you claim to uphold the values of truth and honesty, the community is entitled to understand the character of the candidates before making a grieveous mistake. Besides, THE TRUTH is a defense against libel. I dont find it unnecessarily dismissive, it's just barely dismissive enough. –  AviD Jul 26 '12 at 13:05
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Greetings, great community.

I understand the need to have moderators for a site like this, and would like to nominate myself to this position.

I have been a part of this site since early beta, and have watched it grow in leaps and bounds since then, and don't think that the future will look much different. I want a bigger part in this right future.

As a moderator I will always allow the community at-large to decide what is good and what is bad using the conventions and tools available to it - the FAQ, voting, flagging, the close button. However the flagging tools are there for a reason and will act on these notifications sensibly. I don't have a power-hungry bone in my body but do like to see things done the right way and in a fair way. I'm also not a pedant or literalist, and do have the ability to read between the lines rather than take things just on face-value.

So, I nominate myself.

As qualifications, unverifiable as they are by you, the votee, I will mention my 13-year position as board member of the housing complex I used to live in (33 apartments), so I have some experience with handling things that aren't always cut and dry. People are human, as the saying goes.

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meta questions: 2 / 0
helpful flags: 0 of 0
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You've been a member since the beta, but your activity stats seem fairly low. 0 answers, 0 flags and little shown in other ways on your profile. Care to comment on that? –  Flexo Jul 25 '12 at 10:21
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Hi, I'm JS Bangs! You may remember me from such questions as Did English ever have a formal version of "you"? and Why is "q" followed by a "u"? I'm one of the highest-ranked users on English.SE, I'm frequently spotted in the chat room, and I'm active on meta whenever something interesting comes up. If you elect me as moderator, pretty much all of these things are sure to increase. Consider carefully whether you want that before you vote for me.

My pet peeve is tags. Much of the time they're terrible. If elected moderator, I would certainly use my godlike powers to help clean them up, rather than for evil.

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meta questions: 9 / +141
meta answers: 27 / +138
helpful flags: 29 of 32
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JSB is the mod for me! Go, JSB! –  KitFox Jul 23 '12 at 20:52
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Wait a minute... –  Matt Эллен Jul 23 '12 at 20:59
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@Matt ...there are two spots... –  KitFox Jul 23 '12 at 21:04
    
You are man mate :) –  speedyGonzales Jul 24 '12 at 8:29
    
So this wasn't interesting? meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/2777/… –  Andrew Leach Jul 24 '12 at 9:02
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You have a problem with tags? Hmm. If elected, will you get rid of all the HTML tags on the site? –  Robusto Jul 24 '12 at 20:27
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The call for moderators seems connected to recent events. If the purpose of adding more moderators is to have more hands available to quickly delete abusive questions, then I’m happy to volunteer and do my part.

Cheers.

Edit

Please understand that I am volunteering, not campaigning. See my user profile for factual information about my activities on English.SE.

I’ve been asked to disclose some relevant personal information. I am a lifelong IT guy nearing age 50. I have managed computer installations for large user communities in education, software development, and manufacturing. I volunteer for the benefit of a local elementary school and a local religious community. My personal ethics are inclusive and tolerant.

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meta questions: 8 / +40
meta answers: 43 / +215
helpful flags: 666 of 716
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Obtuse nomination is obtuse. –  Robert Harvey Jul 23 '12 at 21:23
    
You are good candidate Ed, I wish you luck. All the best for your friends Edd and Eddy ;-) –  speedyGonzales Jul 24 '12 at 8:18
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Mostly it's just been a year since the last election and it's time to pick out a few moderators to help share the workload. Handling stuff like the recent abusive posts is part of that workload, but the timing of this election is accidental. :) –  Anna Lear Jul 24 '12 at 19:18
    
@Robert Harvey: I'm baffled. What is "Obtuse nomination", and why would 4 people (thus far) agree that it's "obtuse"? –  FumbleFingers Jul 24 '12 at 21:25
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When nominating yourself as a moderator, it's customary to tell us a little bit about yourself and why you think you would make a good moderator. –  Robert Harvey Jul 24 '12 at 21:39
    
@FumbleFingers Being that obtuse means dull, slow, or stupid, I get your bafflement. But based on his second comment I think he feels the nominee introduction was brusque or obscure (not stupid). I will edit. –  MετάEd Jul 25 '12 at 15:23
    
@MetaEd: I must be honest and say I probably won't vote for you - but that's only because simchona and JSBձոգչ are "shoe-ins" for me, and KitFox + lolcats is just too cute to resist (also I believe she's honest and diligent, so I trust her to arrange me an introduction to the hottie of my choice! :) –  FumbleFingers Jul 25 '12 at 15:42
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@FumbleFingers Yes, we have plenty of good people available. I feel moved to volunteer (because I get a lot of enjoyment out of the site) but I don't have any emotional investment in the voting. –  MετάEd Jul 25 '12 at 16:39
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@MetaEd: In retrospect, I understand Robert's position there - it was obvious to me you were volunteering, not campaigning, and I already knew you to be inclusive and tolerant, but folk who aren't here that often still need to vote, so a bit of "soul-baring" doesn't go amiss (I took you for a younger man, so I've already been vouchsafed more than I needed! ;). Whatever - if I could upvote the nomination I certainly would. I'm too weasely to put myself up, but your public-spiritedness in this matter is admirable - if only to muster our defences against the pesky nortonn_s! –  FumbleFingers Jul 25 '12 at 21:32
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I have been a member since May 2011. I spend much of my weekday in chat (52K messages). I help out when I can, editing (176 edits) and voting (60 close votes) and such. I would be glad to moderate if the community will have me. I look good in blue.

I am the mother of two sweet young boys who have declared me the most awesome mommy ever. I have learned patience and temperance from them, and I would apply the same kindness in helping wayward users, particularly the newbies.

I would not wield power like a hammer of justice, nor would I abuse power like a cackling maniac. I would just help and be nice wherever help and niceness is needed. So vote for me if you prefer a moderate moderator with rainbows and sparkles and glitter who knows how to use the timeout chair appropriately.

i iz speekin gud lolcat. U need halp, i be halpin u. i liek makin gud codez.

You may have also heard some interesting factoids about me. Most of those are humorous fabrications, but I would like to suggest that supporting my election bid is likely to increase your chance of getting shagged by good-looking and/or famous people.

Also, if I am not elected, I would please like my hat returned.

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Foxes are cunning. We need more cunning on our mod team. –  Matt Эллен Jul 23 '12 at 21:04
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Consider yourself a blue. –  Gigili Jul 23 '12 at 21:17
    
"i iz speekin gud lolcat. U need halp, i be halpin u. i liek makin gud codez." LOL. For this, you have my support :) –  woodykiddy Jul 24 '12 at 4:09
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What if you are not elected and we don't know where your hat is? –  Robusto Jul 24 '12 at 20:28
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I mean, I don't think it was stolen. But it might have been misplaced. –  Robusto Jul 24 '12 at 21:30
    
@Robusto Just use some baking soda to soak up the smell of sick. I will clean the rest myself. –  KitFox Jul 24 '12 at 23:55
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@KitFox Why did you edit out the part about being a mother to two young children? Given the maturity of some of the users of this site, I think your experience and obvious competence dealing with children would stand you in great stead to be a moderator here. I know that you're a fantastic mother, and of all your admirable attributes, this is the one that is most likely to convince me to vote for you here. –  user16269 Jul 25 '12 at 8:11
    
@KitFox I'm certainly going to vote for a Fox! :D I agree about the "mother" thing with David by the way. –  Alenanno Jul 25 '12 at 9:39
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I got badgered about it in chat too, so I've added it back in. –  KitFox Jul 25 '12 at 10:40
    
How does a fox get badgered? –  user16269 Jul 25 '12 at 11:51
    
@David A fifth of whiskey and a Gramma who will keep the kids through lunch on the next day. –  KitFox Jul 25 '12 at 12:02
    
Will you still arrange the shag-fests if we slyly conspire to all put you as our third preference on the voting? (there being only 2 positions open). Also - is there any way to grammatically introduce a sly innuendo about you facing stiff opposition? I can't think of one, but you may consider the flesh was willing, even if the spirit was weak. –  FumbleFingers Jul 25 '12 at 15:50
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Oh dear. I said nothing about arranging shag-fests and I am not terribly interested in competition, whether stiff or flaccid. –  KitFox Jul 25 '12 at 16:49
    
@KitFox: Dang! I guess it's simchona and JSBձոգչ for me then! You'll still get my vote for "most fun" if they ever have such an election - based purely on the fact that you introduced me to lolcats. Laugh?! I nearly shat! I had not laughed so much since Grandma died. Or Auntie Mabel caught her left tit in the mangle –  FumbleFingers Jul 25 '12 at 21:40
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@Sonic The Hedgehog: Nice of you to say that, but I think I'm too opinionated. KitFox, on the other hand, is much more the model of moderation - which is obviously central to the positions being filled here. –  FumbleFingers Jul 29 '12 at 17:14
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