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. Up to thirty candidates nominate themselves for the position.
    You need 300 reputation to nominate yourself.
  2. Primary. The top ten candidates are chosen, if necessary, through voting.
    You need 150 reputation to vote candidates up or down.
  3. Election. A final round of voting is used to determine the winner through Meek STV.
    You need 150 reputation to cast your preferences.

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

This election ended Feb 14 '12 at 20:00.

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


2,131 voters were eligible, 618 visited the site during the election, 301 visited the election page, and 176 voted

12 Candidates

My name is Kevin, and I’m a high school student in Vancouver, BC. Although I've been quite busy with homework and other school-related tasks for the past couple of months, my homework load is lightening up, allowing more time for moderation-related tasks.

I think the Stack Exchange is one of, if not the, best network of websites on the Internet. Video game websites tend to attract low-quality content, but the Stack Exchange engine (and community) is wonderful at instead producing high-quality information. I spend a lot of my time on Gaming, asking and answering questions, because it’s so great. We have one of the nicest communities on the web here, and our database of knowledge is growing steadily each and every day. I’d love to play a greater role in the development of Gaming, and this is why I’m nominating to become a community moderator. ♦

As well as asking questions and answering them, I spend a lot of my time on Gaming editing other posts, to improve them. My theory is that one of a moderator's duties should contribute to the site positively by improving the content already existent. By keeping the quality of Gaming’s content as high as possible, more users who come across our site are likely to participate. One of the other things I do on Gaming is frequent /review, assisting our newer users with their first steps on Gaming.

As a recent 10k user, I have spent a lot of time flagging posts, reviewing flags, and looking over suggested edits. According to Jeff’s Theory of Moderation, reviewing flagged posts in one of the most important aspects of being a moderator, which I am already doing now.

However, I ensure that all my actions are beneficial towards the site. When, for example, casting a close vote on a new user’s off-topic question, I offer them insight as to why their question is off-topic, and link them to the FAQ so they will know the specifics of Gaming, and how they can make their next question better. As moderators have binding votes when it comes to closing questions and other actions, I would first see if the community agrees before taking definitive action.

As a moderator, I would take more of a behind-the-scenes role. I would focus my efforts on making sure Gaming is in tip-top shape by making edits to posts, disposing of spam, reviewing flagged posts, and more. When a large discussion such as our previous situation arises, I would start a post on Meta to collect the community’s opinion, rather than immediately act on it. I believe that the site should still be community run, with moderators only occasionally needing to intervene with special cases, such as settling out-of-control arguments, or taking action concerning troublesome posts or users.

Feel free to ask additional questions in the comments, and best of luck to all the other nominees!

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meta questions: 9 / +18
meta answers: 17 / +87
helpful flags: 256 of 256

I have decided to throw my hat into the ring this time, even though I'm a bit threatened by some of the other great candidates. No harm in trying, though.

Why I want to be a community moderator

I care about the success of this site. I think it's a brilliant concept and I'm really happy it took off to become one of the leading Stack Exchange 2.0 sites. As a moderator, I could handle trouble posts and trouble posters faster than I can by just flagging, keeping the quality of the site high, which is good for drawing good users and keeping out the trolls.

What sort of moderator I will (probably) be

I believe in quick burnination of bad answers, especially not-a-real-answer answers, which are still all too common. On the other hand, I am going to be very careful with my close votes - I think that if there's even a shred of doubt, a moderator should be leaving question-closing decisions to the community. I do believe we now have enough 3k-ers to address that.

I think the various promotion ideas are important for the site - from Skyrim-MW3-style competitions to simply publishing on the blog - but this is not something I am particularly good at and it is not something I plan on personally investing in a lot. I will focus my efforts on just pure moderation - removing bad posts, resolving edit disputes, etc.

Why you should vote for me

I have a relatively proven track-record - at the moment, I am one of the top users in terms of reputation, number of votes, number of edits, meta participation, and flagging. I've been active here since day 1 and have taken part in many discussions that helped shape the nature of this site, which can give me more experience when addressing future concerns. I was a temporary community moderator during the beta phase, and I believe my performance was generally well-received.

I always try to be patient and polite, and to not lose my temper. I think it's important to give everyone the benefit of the doubt whenever you think they do not behave appropriately, give everyone involved - including me - a chance to cool off and explain their position.

Why you should not vote for me

I've also had a few failures during my time as a temporary moderator . During the early days of the site there was a heated dispute about whether to allow game recommendation questions, a dispute that really divided the community; my attempt to solve this dispute was ultimately successful, but it was controversial and could have definitely been done better. I've also tried arranging a StarCraft II tournament that went nowhere, mostly because I wasn't driving it forward strongly enough.

I am known to be very liberal regarding what sorts of questions I think should be allowed. If you prefer a mod who pushes for more restrictions on question types - which, to be honest, is at times the right thing to do - then maybe I am not the right choice.

Finally, and I want to stress it, I cannot guarantee a very high level of participation, like other users can. I keep getting surprised by the fact I'm here almost every day. I do promise, however, that if I ever find myself falling beneath a certain reasonable participation threshold - e.g. dropping to just a few visits per week - I will retire and open up the slot for another moderator to replace me.


Footnote - why I didn't want to be a mod previously

Those that have been around may recall I did not participate in the last two elections, for a variety of reasons. Two of the major ones were that I thought the current mods are doing a great work and don't need any help, and that I'm going to become a busy man and will have too little time remaining to dedicate to any online community.

The first reason was slightly dispelled upon the Skyrim craze. We were getting a lot of low quality and bad posts, and consequentially I was flagging a lot. All my flags were addressed but had I been a moderator, those flags would have been instant removals instead. That made me realize more moderators might be required - at least during those kinds of promotions.

The second reason was dispelled because I am apparently deeply hooked. Over the past few months I moved from being a grad students to being a full-time employee, but it appears I still manage to visit the site, get some reputation and issue a few flags on an almost-daily basis. So why not change those flags to outright actions? :)

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meta questions: 56 / +558
meta answers: 201 / +1,110
helpful flags: 620 of 623
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Oak version 2.0: The Moderator Strikes back! –  Raven Dreamer Feb 1 '12 at 23:57
    
Glad to see you running! –  Matthew Read Feb 2 '12 at 3:01
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You'd be a great addition to the site... again –  jmfsg Feb 2 '12 at 12:47
    
Why did you stop becoming a moderator in the first place? Was it because the time ran out for the temporary status? –  z ' Feb 2 '12 at 15:59
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"helpful flags: 405" <-- nice –  jmfsg Feb 2 '12 at 16:32
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@yx. yes, beta mods are temporary because they are not elected by the community –  Oak Feb 2 '12 at 16:57

Hi! I'm Ronan Forman, and this is my nomination for moderator.

And now for the serious bit:

I have lots of free time, so I am on the site (or at least in chat) quite a bit so can respond to flags and perform other moderator duties quite often to keep up with the increased traffic of the site (which if why we're having these elections).

I run most of the social media around here. I spend quite a lot of time in chat and could really help speed up the actual moderation side of the site, I've been on this site for a while now and I'm pretty sure I know how it works and with what the community wants out of this site.

I haven't had any experience in moderating websites but I've been organising the social networking sites, so I have some experience with controlling people, and I believe I'm doing a pretty good job.

I also plan to make sure LASER is spelt correctly (it's an acronym). Thank you for your time and may the best mod win. (That's me.)

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meta questions: 13 / +112
meta answers: 19 / +76
helpful flags: 143 of 146
    
That's how elections normally work, but not on Gaming. Else I wouldn't have been 4th in two elections! But I wouldn't mind losing to someone like you –  Ivo Flipse Jan 31 '12 at 20:33
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I fully endorse the "Spell LASER right" platform you got going here. –  Grace Note Jan 31 '12 at 20:45
    
Aside from your video, which I can't play, why should I vote for you? Like, make your nomination stand on it's own without the video. –  studiohack Jan 31 '12 at 20:47
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@studiohack Transcription: "Hey, I'm Ronan, and I'm running for the 2012 moderator elections. I run our Facebook and Google+ pages, the YouTube channel, and co-organize the weekly gaming session. I also drew these, made these, and I'm a pretty cool guy. I think I should be mod as I have a lot of free time -- as you can tell by me making this -- and the main reason we need more mods is the increased traffic. I also only really use this site out of the network, so 100% of my focus is on Gaming. I'm regularly in chat, so if you need me I'll probably be there." –  Michael Mrozek Jan 31 '12 at 20:55
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(continued) "Now before you say it; yes, I'm not often in meta. Partly because it's all grayscale and scary, and also 'cause when I get there the questions all have good answers. But I assure you, I do keep up to date with what's happening. If elected I plan to spell "lasers" correctly and won't lock people out of the social networking sites. I also live with a mod so BWAHAHA... I should save the evil laughs till after I'm elected. Thank you for your time, and may the best candidate win. That's normally how elections work" –  Michael Mrozek Jan 31 '12 at 20:56
    
@Michael Thanks but he's right, I should expand my answer to rely less on the video. –  Ronan Forman Jan 31 '12 at 21:09
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@GraceNote If you can't spell Light Amplification by Zeta Epsilon Radiations from Space right you lose way too many points in my eyes, sorry –  badp Jan 31 '12 at 23:41
    
You have to feed lasers wheat? –  Kalamane Feb 1 '12 at 16:33
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The video is pure awesome with CC turned on. –  casperOne Feb 3 '12 at 13:28
    
@casperOne The CC doesn't show anything for me :( –  Matthew Read Feb 3 '12 at 23:32
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@MatthewRead: 1. Watch the video on YouTube. 2. Enable CC. 3. Click the CC button again and select "Transcribe Audio". 4. Profit. –  hammar Feb 4 '12 at 18:40
    
@MatthewRead: Just to give you an idea of what it says, here's the first line in the caption. hammered hiring for two thousand twelve march for elections iran off-base Yep, that's just about right. –  Jeff Mercado Feb 5 '12 at 17:17
    
@hammar Thanks, that is entirely unintuitive. "If you need me, operative Geeta..." -- gold! –  Matthew Read Feb 6 '12 at 16:43

meh me pro much vote for me!......................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Please do not litter the elections page with garbage. You have a lot of convincing to do to explain why we would give moderator status to a user who never flagged, never edited others' posts, never reviewed or never posted on meta... –  badp Jan 31 '12 at 9:26
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well cuz me pro much so vote for me :D –  ronnie Jan 31 '12 at 10:37
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Among my criteria for a Good Mod is the ownership of a working shift key. Do you have one? –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 31 '12 at 12:47
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@LessPop_MoreFizz He wrote a :D smiley in his comment, so I think so. –  StrixVaria Jan 31 '12 at 13:35
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i'm pro like chuck norris i don't need shift to talk with CAPITALS!! so vote for me since i'm pro much (like chuck norris)!! and only noob admins use shift –  ronnie Jan 31 '12 at 14:32
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I suddenly have a horrifying vision of every other candidate being hit by a bus and Ronnie winning by default. –  Sterno Jan 31 '12 at 15:05
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why would this be horrifying it would be very pro much just like i am maybe if u are lucky i will teach you how to be this pro much :D –  ronnie Jan 31 '12 at 15:08
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Oh, hey. G.SE has their elections soon. I know I'm not that active on the site but I'll drop in and see who's runn-wait this is, unfortunately, the first candidate I see? Gaming, you have got to be joking. –  tombull89 Jan 31 '12 at 16:23
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@tombull89 Yeah, this is totally what we're all looking for in a candidate, and he'll make it past the primary for sure. –  lunboks Jan 31 '12 at 16:30
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This is what the nomination/primary phases are for, weeding out the trolls and unfit. That said, I'm voting for ronnie. We need more pro around here. –  Matthew Read Jan 31 '12 at 16:31
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@tombull89 - The nominations are not ordered by capability. Look past the spam. waves hand This is not the candidate you're looking for. –  user9983 Jan 31 '12 at 16:36
    
I know, of course. I'm hoping G.SE gets the mods it needs. –  tombull89 Jan 31 '12 at 18:40
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@tombull89 not the mods it deserves, but the mods it needs. –  Raven Dreamer Jan 31 '12 at 21:00
    
@lunboks: Unless we get 11 people, we skip the primary, so he likely will. :x –  Ullallulloo Jan 31 '12 at 22:09
    
@Ullallulloo You realize we already have 10 candidates. And 6 days left for nominations. We're going to have a primary. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Feb 1 '12 at 0:44
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Here i made the community get active on the election page that shows how pro i am much. vote for me!! –  ronnie Feb 1 '12 at 7:49
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Well, I'm convinced. Every race needs its Herman Cain, it's Ross Perot, it's Vermin Supreme, it's Jimmy McMillan. Welcome to the race Ronnie! –  LessPop_MoreFizz Feb 1 '12 at 17:53
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@LessPop_MoreFizz Vermin Supreme this guy is not. –  Beofett Feb 1 '12 at 18:30
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This is the 1st time I see so much sequential dots, you bring something fresh to the table. You've my +1! –  Tom Wijsman Feb 3 '12 at 14:45
    
@TomWijsman You've never played PacMan? –  John the Green Feb 3 '12 at 16:27
    
Not within Gaming.SE, the closest I can do is abuse the Konami code in the YouTube embed, but that has less dots than this post. Thus, this is the first time I saw it... –  Tom Wijsman Feb 3 '12 at 16:43

Hello chaps, I'm Bryan Cave, although you probably know me better as Wipqozn (or the guy who used to have an alot gravatar).

I'm not really sure what to say, so I'll write what comes to mind.

Why do I want to be a mod? Simple: I love this site. It's one of the few communities I'm proud to say I'm a part of, and make a point to come here everyday just to check on the site. As a mod, I feel I could take a more active role in helping the site grow, and become even better.

Why do I think I would make a good mod? Well, rather then just list a few bullet points, how about I tell you a bit more about my views and activity on the site, and let that speak for itself.

I'm a really active user. I'm on the site everyday, and almost always in chat. Even if I'm not at the computer, I'm normally within earshot, so you can almost always reach me.

I believe in improving questions over closing them, especially when posts are made by new users, to encourage them to continue contributing to our site, and show them the way the site is run.

I strongly believe in voting based on the viewpoint of the community, and not the viewpoint of a single user. Whenever I'm not certain about whether I should vote to close a question, I'll bring it up in chat before taking action myself. If the community decides the proper course of action is opposite of my own personal beliefs, I'll still enforce what the community has decided.

My meta activity may not be as high as other users, but that's because I prefer to discuss things in chat first before taking it to meta. Our chat is very active, and the users have many differing view points, so it is a good place to get an idea of how the community feels about an issue.

If you want evidence of my dedication to the site, or that I'm willing to put effort into making the site grow, then I'll point you towards my reputation, helpful flag count, revisions, and the work I've done reviving Game On!. I also help manage our Google+ and Facebook pages.

Well, that's all I have to say, and if you've reached this point... thanks for reading my nomination for moderator!

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meta questions: 22 / +192
meta answers: 84 / +468
helpful flags: 756 of 776
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chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/35?m=3188817#3188817 We liked you alot! D: –  Raven Dreamer Jan 31 '12 at 6:00
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I still know you more as the guy who used to have Mega Man as his avatar. –  Grace Note Jan 31 '12 at 14:42
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I'm forced to agree with @RavenDreamer here. We simply can't have a pony represent our site. –  user56 Jan 31 '12 at 15:10
    
So much speciesism going on here! –  Wipqozn Jan 31 '12 at 15:32
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I like to be able to pronounce the names of my mods. :P –  user9983 Feb 1 '12 at 4:36
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@OrigamiRobot: I'm suddenly very glad that I put that pronunciation guide in mine. :P –  Ullallulloo Feb 1 '12 at 5:14
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@OrigamiRobot There. Link added. –  Wipqozn Feb 1 '12 at 11:24
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I miss you, alot. –  abby hairboat Feb 1 '12 at 19:34

Hi, I'm fredley. I think I'd be a great mod because I care about the quality of content on Gaming.SE. I'm also able to mod throughout the day, I'm able to keep an eye on the site at work. I have a high flag weight, and I've got the Marshall badge on SO. I'm also one of the top editors on this site.

We've been lucky to have a surge of activity ever since the Skyrim launch, and with that there's been a noticeable uptick in low quality (though still useful) content. This requires vigilant modding to grow our collective reputation as the site for authoritative answers.

My priority as a mod would be to uphold our superb quality as we gain new users. I'd also be willing to help man our various social media efforts. I know these are a little under-subscribed at the moment, but I've got the time to help out (note: I'm happy to do this whether elected or not!).

Also if I'm elected I promise lazers.

Disclaimer - I am in no position to promise lazers

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meta questions: 54 / +332
meta answers: 73 / +673
helpful flags: 2132 of 2184
    
Why isn't anyone posting comment @ mr Laz0rs post?:O –  ronnie Feb 1 '12 at 14:48
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I'll vote for you because you have a Minecraft gravatar. –  Kalamane Feb 1 '12 at 16:33

Who are you?

I am agent86, computer geek/engineer, devoted husband & father, and gaming afficionado, extraordinaire. I played my first video game on a Texas Instruments TI-994/A, and fell in love with gaming almost immediately. When I have downtime between my work responsibilities, home life, and my related tasks, I think about, write about, and most of all enjoy playing video games.

I'm a pragmatic perfectionist by nature. I never quite feel like my work is absolutely the way I'd want it to be, but I tend to accept the fact that at some point I have to walk away from it and commit to try harder and be better next time. I don't like to engage in arguments (especially on the internet) without data and expertise on my side. I don't mind admitting I'm wrong, and will generally admit it when I'm speaking from a place of limited knowledge or authority, or when I'm simply voicing my opinion.

I'm a natural problem solver (as a former interviewer once told me) with a knack for thinking in ways that others don't tend to. I'm a super-fast typist. I'm also terribly silly, sarcastic, and occasionally witty, at least from my own (completely unbiased!) perspective. I like to make people smile, or better yet laugh, whenever possible.

Why are you qualified to be a moderator?

A Short History

If elected, this would be another in a long series of moderator/leadership positions I've held over the years. In 1996, I joined my first clan, Fight Company, which I helped found and lead through many years of service. In 2008, I joined Edge Gamers Organization, and quickly rose through the ranks to become part of their leadership as one of the founding members of the Technical Council.

As evidenced by the former examples, I tend to throw myself completely into the tasks and communities I'm a part of, and contribute in all the ways I possibly can.

On the StackExchange network, my account is relatively new, although I've participated anonymously (and recommended it to friends) for several years now. Aside from Gaming, I also dabble over at StackApps, where I've published 4 or 5 small apps and scripts, some of which have been well-received.

My Contributions to Gaming

Here on Gaming.SE, I've (hopefully) established a reputation as someone who is knowledgeable about a wide array of gaming lore, and willing to put in effort in doing substantive research in order to answer questions and solve problems. I've looked at the MAME source code, I've written AutoHotKey scripts, and I've resurrected memories of myriad old games that have long been forgotten by time, among other things. :)

I tend to have a fair amount of downtime during the day, in small, bite sized chunks, as I mentioned before. Already as a "10k mini-moderator," I am a vigilant, assisting where needed at various times of day. I've had access to the 10,000 rep tools for about a month now, and I like to think that I've been helpful with them in that time. I find the review tools to be quite useful, and I'm one of 3 people who (as of the start of the elections) have the "Reviewer" badge for this reason.

I've seen in the past that when you mix gamers and an environment where they can compare and compete, sometimes you can get mixed results. I'm happy with my performance on the site, but I also feel like everyone who is a frequent contributor here adds significant value to the site as a whole, and that all of our contributions are worthy of celebration. Of my personal accomplishments, the ones I'm the most proud of are:

  • A question I answered was tweeted by Joel, the co-founder of the network, and my answer is currently the highest upvoted answer on the site.
  • I earned the first Xbox 360 and Modern Warfare 3 badges the site has ever handed out, which I believe shows that my skillset dovetails nicely with those of others on the site.
  • I am the second person on the site to achieve Epic (50 days over 200 rep), the other being Raven Dreamer. I believe that this shows I'm dedicated to providing quality answers, to the best of my ability, across a wide range of games and gaming-related topics.

What would you do, if elected?

I don't want to change my current behaviors of posting many things on Meta and taking a measured approach, whether I'm elected or not. Mostly, I'd like us to establish simple, straightforward, and fair policies whenever possible. Most of what I want to do is raise awareness and drive to consensus on the issues we're facing. I think a fair number of issues (tagging, for example) get swept under the rug and ignored until they become monster problems that get handled without our input. I'd rather think early, think long, and think often on things to come up with the optimal solution, rather than take action and hope for forgiveness if I'm incorrect.

I think Gaming.SE is at a crossroads, and there are three major challenges we face going forward:

How do we attract and retain new users?

I talked about this to an extent in my meta post on "the next big thing for Gaming." I think there are gaming-wide events that occur every so often that we should be prepared for. These "waves" can yield massive spikes in our traffic, if we play our cards right. I think continuing to stay relevant in the gaming community as a whole is going to require identifying and exploiting these new waves, and the new users they can bring. Also, as a community, we have many standards and regulations that aren't clear to new users, and wherever possible I want to make sure that new people feel welcome.

How do we continue to grow and strengthen our community?

It's clear to me that we have a strong, core community of dedicated contributors here at Gaming.SE. Social aspects are what keep games fun long after the sparkle and shine has worn off, and I think that's just as true here as it is in any MMO. I think we've got a lot of programs running that make use of the variety of skills on offer here, and I want to see those programs grow and coninue to thrive.

I also mentioned above that gamers, especially in an environment like this, can be very competitive. I don't want to let the "game" that is StackExchange put us at odds, when we should be cooperating. I don't want to prioritize being the most right over the feelings of others.

How do we take our rightful place among the titans of the StackExchange network?

Recently, Gaming has become one of the larger sites in the StackExchange network. However, I can't shake the feeling that we've still got to prove ourselves as "worthy." I think this is a delicate problem. I want this to stay a fun place, while still understanding that we're representatives of a larger system that has a well-earned and respected reputation. I'm not sure that much really needs to change here, but I do think that we need to be aware of the situation and the responsibilities it brings.

Conclusion

To my mind, the role of the moderator is not one of absolute authority, but rather a guiding hand for the community at large. The moderator is trusted to provide advice (and where appropriate, action) in times of need. I hope that, upon reviewing my application, you consider me worthy of such a position.

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meta questions: 30 / +393
meta answers: 128 / +1,274
helpful flags: 459 of 469
    
I'd also like to point out agent86 is one of the fastest risers on gaming.se, on pace for 10k rep per month, almost skeet like in some ways :P –  z ' Jan 30 '12 at 22:51
    
@yx I get ~6742 rep per month :P. My pointless nitpicking aside, agent86 has made immense contributions to the site in all respects, rapidly coming to understand the SE model better than many users ever do. I have no doubt he'd be an excellent moderator. –  Matthew Read Jan 30 '12 at 23:01
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@Yx. Of course, Agent86 had the benefit of a pre-grown site to fill in. Some of us had to walk through the snow, uphill both ways, if we wanted even a single upvote on our answers! #backinmyday #angryoldman –  Raven Dreamer Jan 30 '12 at 23:39
    
@RavenDreamer, you set a bar for rep on this site that I'm not sure I'll ever surpass, despite any level of effort on my part. To me, rep is a side effect of participation, not a reason. I've not run the numbers, but I'm pretty sure most of my answers sit at relatively low votes, and not because they're bad, just not popular topics. –  agent86 Jan 30 '12 at 23:47
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Just so everyone's clear, that was sarcastic grumbling. Agent86 is a pretty cool. –  Raven Dreamer Jan 30 '12 at 23:52
    
YOU TAKE THAT BACK RIGHT... oh wait. Nevermind. Carry on. –  agent86 Jan 30 '12 at 23:54
    
Every time I check out agent86's profile, I'm amazed. He started here the same time I started getting active here. My reputation: 1350. His reputation: 18k+. Impressive. –  Sterno Jan 31 '12 at 15:09
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This guy. Total shoo-in. I wouldn't even be surprised if you won both moderator positions. –  lunboks Jan 31 '12 at 16:34
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yes, but is he pro? :) –  z ' Jan 31 '12 at 19:44
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While I think your contributions to the site so far have been great, the thing I'd like to see you address during Town Hall or something like that is whether you have enough experience, having only been on the Stack Exchange network for 3 months. –  bwarner Feb 1 '12 at 15:23
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@bwarner, I think this is a valid concern, so let me address it. While I've only been an active contributor here on Gaming for a few months now, I've been a long time lurker, so I'd say that jumping in with both feet was just the "next step" for my participation. Additionally, if you look at my experience in the moderator sphere here on G.SE, I think you'll find that from a statistical perspective, my current involvement in moderation on this site (via flags, meta participation, and chat participation, to name the three easiest statistics to gather) –  agent86 Feb 1 '12 at 16:42
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is on par with the other candidates thus far. I understand the desire to "vet" me further, and I welcome any further feedback that would help me address your concerns. –  agent86 Feb 1 '12 at 16:42
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See my profile for what I think of this particular nomination. –  user2974 Feb 1 '12 at 17:29
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@Powerlord, When you first brought the "google problem" to my attention, I thought you were joking, and I played along with the joke. As time wore on, I found that you were serious. Looking at my tag list, there are 2 or maybe 3 tags on the first page (top 54) where I would not consider myself to have considerable first-hand experience with the topic. I do try to do considerable research when I answer questions, and I think if you look at the answers I give, I try to provide well-sourced and attributed confirmation for whatever it is I post. –  agent86 Feb 1 '12 at 17:41
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@Powerlord please consider bringing that up in meta, rather than stuffing it in on your profile. –  badp Feb 1 '12 at 18:31
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I don't really care where the info comes from as long as its correct. –  Sterno Feb 1 '12 at 19:01
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I've known agent86 for a while now, and I definitely feel he will be a phenomenal moderator for Gaming. He has great work ethic, and won't fail you guys. –  Simon Sheehan Feb 1 '12 at 19:29
    
@badp Fine, OK, I will. (but, keep in mind that I wrote that profile well before the election started) –  user2974 Feb 1 '12 at 21:44
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@Powerlord I have no idea, really, and the user log doesn't track profile blurb change events. I simply only now saw what you did there. –  badp Feb 1 '12 at 21:47
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Simply put, I think the majority of the answers agent86 posts are answers he's Googled rather than from games he's actually played. There are 3 problems with Googled answers: 1. There is no guarantee the Googled answer is right. I've seen agent86 give wrong answers before (about swtor no less, which leads to point 3). 2. There is no guarantee that answers that were Googled have a license compatible with StackExchange. Answers lifted from GameFAQs, for example, are not due to the FAQ authors terms. 3. For games that are frequently updated, answers suffer from "answer rot." –  user2974 Feb 1 '12 at 21:50
    
"answer rot" is when a game is changed so that old answers are no longer correct. Googled answers will suffer from answer rot because the person who answered them has no awareness of what changes in the game. This affects games like swtor, minecraft, and team-fortress-2. –  user2974 Feb 1 '12 at 21:52
    
Hat Dash was a great example of this problem, as agent86 has every hat related to games that required 3 upvoted questions/answers, including games that he has admittedly not played, such as swtor and minecraft. Incidentally, these two games are also ones mentioned in the previous comment as subject to answer rot. –  user2974 Feb 1 '12 at 21:57
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To summarize, I think this candidate has terrible practices, and if he becomes a mod, we might just go use his source rather than rely on this site as a middleman. Incidentally, this user has already made one user (myself) leave the site. –  user2974 Feb 1 '12 at 21:59
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@Powerlord I'm not exactly sure how voting down and commenting on wrong answers doesn't deal with this problem. I know I've answered a few questions about things I was unfamiliar with that literally took hours to find via Google as I found more information and refined my queries. It may have been impossible for someone less familiar with teasing info out of Google to find some of it. Given the general quality of his answers and the inclusion of references, I find it impossible to view agent86's answers as anything but genuine attempts to be helpful, analogous to my own. –  Matthew Read Feb 1 '12 at 22:07
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I'm not going to respond to this further here; when the meta thread is posted I'll respond there. –  agent86 Feb 1 '12 at 22:13
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@Powerlord Are you planning on starting a meta thread to discuss this? It would be nice to get it aired out before the elections. Short of making this huge block of comments even bigger, agent86 doesn't have a good way to respond to your complaint. Plus, in the general sense, the question about "googled answers" would be good to discuss. –  Sterno Feb 5 '12 at 13:48
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Having reviewed the top 20 or so answers that Agent86 has made (and thus the ones that have given the most reputation), I find the claim that most of his reputation came from Googled answers to be completely indefensible. There are lots of great answers there, and the one Googled answer I found (about minecraft) both deserved to be Googled and will never change. Nobody deserves to be raked across the coals like this because they occasionally posted an answer that turned out to be wrong. I've certainly been wrong before too. –  bwarner Feb 6 '12 at 15:07

I'm Ullallulloo (the 'u's sound like long double 'o's). I've been here since the private beta, and although I had skimpy participation for the first couple months, I've been very active since, and now you can find me in chat most of the time that I'm awake.

I happen to miss most big games during the crucial time, unless I get them in a grant, so I don't have a ton of rep, (That's my excuse, and I'm gonna stick with it. :P) but I am active and do other stuff like flagging and editing and talking about random things in chat and participating on meta if I'm not feeling lazy, plus I vote a lot.

I spend most of my time on my computer anyway, and I usually at least idle in chat if it's on, so I should have plenty of time to do mod stuff. If you have more questions, feel free to ping me in chat.

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meta questions: 7 / +17
meta answers: 29 / +136
helpful flags: 1130 of 1142
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Your name became a lot more fun to say when I learned that. :) –  John the Green Feb 2 '12 at 22:31

Hi! I'm John the Green, and I would like to be one of your moderators.

Why?

Because I love this site and enjoy being able to clean it up.

Why should I vote for you?

Because:

  • I believe I have displayed patience and some degree of understanding in my Meta activity and in site-related chat discussions sometimes.

  • I also keep up with site changes by being active on Meta Stack Overflow.

  • I try to take an active role in what little moderation I can assist with now, never fearing to (civilly) ask our current mods to explain their decisions if I don't understand them.

  • I'm active on the site, having what I think is a decent amount of reputation, as well as the Fanatic and Electorate badges, to prove I actually come here, and I vote.

  • I've voted the 12th most of any user on the site, ever.

In the end, I don't think however many words I write here will have much of an effect, as a lot of you probably know me or have encountered me on the site and already have an opinion of me, and that goes far beyond anything I could put here. :)


I would like to add that a gravatar is in progress (and no, it won't be a pony).

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meta questions: 8 / +21
meta answers: 17 / +56
helpful flags: 167 of 167
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I've never even seen you before. –  DwarfSlice Jan 30 '12 at 21:48
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@GnomeSlice Yes, yes you have.. –  John the Green Jan 30 '12 at 21:56

This election is complete.