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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

NOTE: The only way to be nominated is by nominating yourself. The way you do that is by clicking the "Nominate yourself as a Candidate" link below and then answering the questionnaire on Meta.

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


This election ended Mar 18 '14 at 20:00.

The results of this election can be viewed online via OpaVote. 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


777 voters were eligible, 248 visited the site during the election, 185 visited the election page, and 129 voted

I'm an amateur framebuilder and experienced tourist. I have a fascination with load bikes, and document my adventures on www.moz.geek.nz/mozbike I'm more of a transport cyclist than recreational, and have not owned a car (but do have a driver license).

I accumulate reputation mostly through answering questions that few people care about (my median answer score is 2 but about half are accepted answers. A median of 1-3 seems to be common here, which seems low to me).

My preference is to see more long form answers to solid questions, so I spend a bit of time flagging poor questions and trying to edit questions so they can be answered, or answers so they are grammatically correct. On other SE sites I seem to get much of my rep through the 2 points per accepted edit.

I think it's important to read questions charitably, and try to assume that people are here to learn. I find that I often point out edge cases or things that other people have not considered. I take out my frustration by voting to close shopping questions.

I'm not active on meta mostly because there's not been anything exciting there since I signed up. I did "win" (cough) the decorated bike contest that got moved there.

I've been a member of Bikes.SE for 3 and a half years now. My reputation's not as high as some, but I have supported the community in a couple key ways:

I've also been a community moderator on Super User (the SE site for computer questions) for over 3 years. I've handled over 1000 flags per year, and have been commended by SE staff for professionally handling several difficult moderation situations. I'm very experienced with the Stack Exchange moderation tools, and have the experience to handle almost any situation that may arise.

I can't always answer many questions on the site, but moderation is a way I can give back and make this community a better place. Cheers!

I would like to nominate myself for the position of moderator in our current election.

I have been a member of this community for nearly two years. In that time, I have earned the majority of the moderation badges available.

I am the most active reviewer on the site. I was the first person on the site to earn the silver Reviewer badge and am closing in being the first to earn on a second one. I am also halfway to receiving a gold Steward Badge.

I have read A Theory of Moderation on several different occasions. I believe in and understand the ideals of community moderation espoused by that document.

If elected, I will endeavor to represent the community, taking action only when I knew that action would reflect the views of the community. This means that I would actually review less because my votes would be binding. I would leave border cases open to the community.

I am glad to be a part of this community and would be proud to serve as moderator.

  • 1
    Second choice? Since I'm the only candidate so far, does that mean that you'd rather have nobody at all? Ouch! :p – jimchristie Mar 4 '14 at 19:22
  • 1
    sarcasm fail :[ good luck! – Carrie Kendall Mar 4 '14 at 20:25
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    Thanks for running. Based on the answers and comments I've seen by you, and your damn good response to the nomination, I'd be happy to elect you as one of our new stackexchange overlords. – Benzo Mar 4 '14 at 21:34
  • Based on what I've seen, I believe you would make a decent moderator. – freiheit Mar 5 '14 at 0:47
  • Good one @jimirings. It's a big job to take on. – andy256 Mar 5 '14 at 10:01
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    I'd vote for you purely based on the milk thing listed in your profile alone. ;) – Scottie Mar 5 '14 at 11:36
  • @CarrieKendall by default that means you're voting for me, right? :P – nhinkle Mar 9 '14 at 1:45

This election is complete.