2011 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 15 '11 at 20:00.

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.

809 voters were eligible, 177 visited the election, and 129 voted

My name is Ivo Flipse and I'm hereby submitting a last minute nomination.

While most of you know me as being a moderator on Super User, I'm also the one who proposed Web Apps and sadly wasn't allowed to propose this Gaming though I did propose literally dozens of example questions for it on Area51.

Why did I bore you with these facts? Well, I haven't gathered sufficient rep on Gaming to be able to vote to close or even edit (before the edit proposals were introduced). So, while I might not look active on Gaming, I can assure you that I spend a considerable amount of time on this site. Sadly, the only game I currently play is Starcraft 2 and we all know that's a place between a rock and @tzenes... Regardless of my lack of answering, I did get the Electorate badge which indicates I do read a lot of questions.

I also was very active in the Bridge chatroom during the beta. However, since I became a freelancer I found it too tempting and distracting to hang out there all day long! However, that's not to say I'm not available on chat all day long, just no longer for random chit-chatting with @badp or @Arda Xi.

I also participated a lot on Meta, though mostly indirect, since I'm often humbled by @Grace Note's input. However, I'm sure enough users have heard my opinion in the chatroom regarding those Meta discussions.

Furthermore, I've used my experience from moderating Super User to help guide new pro-temp moderators from all the new SE-sites in our moderator chat room. This is also where my zealous resentment against game-rec and identify-this-game come from. I've seen these questions pop up on every SE-site, only to see them cause problems later on. I pride myself in helping Diago "tighten the rules on Super User so that it has one of the clearest goals in the network" (thank you ChrisF). Which is what I hope to achieve on Gaming as well.

With me, Gaming will get a moderator who has experience with moderating on the network and who cares about the site's functioning and the topic itself. I won't passively watch the community moderate itself, because I feel that I know what the community wants. I'm strict in applying the rules, but open for discussion and fair in my judgement.

Personally, I would prefer if the current mods kept doing their job. I feel like I wasn't needed as much after the beta. However, since @Oak hasn't nominated himself and I know @Juan is quite busy, I hope I can contribute to this site in their place.

my name is Kevin. I'm a high school student in Vancouver, BC, but that's beside the point. Although I still attend school, I'm also a very active member of Gaming.SE.

As well as asking questions and answering them, I spend a lot of my time on Gaming editing other posts, to improve them. I hold the Strunk & White badge. 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 content of Gaming 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.

I also go back and revisit many of my older answers, to make sure the information contained in them are still valid, or simply to improve on them. For example, I accidentally edited this answer into community wiki status, and added additional information to these two answers.

Additionally, I have had some experience with moderating on Stack Exchange - back in Gaming's beta stage when accessing moderation tools was a 2k reputation privilege instead of the current 10k.

I'll admit - I am a little fast at jumping to conclusions. However, as a moderator, I would be a voice of the community rather than using my moderator powers for my own opinions. I would also be much more active on Meta, helping the community settle disputes or make decisions about our site's direction. I would continue to do what I have been doing - trying my best to make Gaming a better place (not that it isn't already an amazing site).

Feel free to ask additional questions in the comments (and here are my answers to tzenes' Q&A questions). Best of luck to everybody else running for moderator!

I'm C. Ross and I'm nominating myself for Gaming moderator.

I've been active on the site since it's creation, both asking and answering questions. I have also been involved in meta, and am often found on The Bridge. I've also been active on MSO for a long time.

I have lots of moderation experience, though most of it's in meat space. My real life moderation experience includes

  • Leader of a department voice team in a large corporation, representing 90+ people.
  • Community council member for my dorm in college.
  • Various church leadership roles.

I know how to arbitrate a dispute, and how to deal with problem individuals. I can also deal impartially with people I disagree with. I'm also a pro-temp moderator of RPG.

As for my moderation philosophy, I'm quite moderate. I believe strongly in only taking action on those things the community can't, or those so egregious they cause difficulties for the community. I believe the most important function of a moderator is not to simply be a human exception handler, but guide the community solving it's own problems.

I want to be a moderator on gaming because I enjoy the site, and want to continue to contribute to its success. I look forward to working with you all, regardless what the outcome of this election is.

My responses to the Moderator Q&A can be found here.

I'm Juan Manuel.

I'm one of the current pro-temp moderators on the site. I'm also the guy that dreamed this could be a reality way before Area 51 existed (meta link pending, was not able to find such an old post), and then proposed it (I was aiming for proposal 1337, but missed by one). I also have very high participation in Area 51 in general.

First of all, I wanted to thank everybody that helped make the site, my dream, what it is today; the community is great and the content is excellent -- I was afraid the site wasn't viable, but we did prove the skeptics wrong!

I've been a member of the network for 2 years and 5 months, ever since stackoverflow's private beta (when we could close questions with one vote!) so I'm fairly knowledgeable with the engine in general.

I'm more of a silent moderator, only stepping in when absolutely necessary, and always respecting what the community wants (reaching consensus via appropriate meta discussion).

You may or may not have noticed I wasn't very active in the last few weeks -- that was due to some complicated personal problems I've been going through that consumed most of my time, but rest assured I read every meta topic there is.

I would love to continue being a moderator to keep helping the site grow as much as I can, to keep the dream alive, although I will respect and understand if you want to choose someone else, there are very good candidates already (and I will cast my votes and support some of them).

Thank you again

  • 6
    Every moderators activity has some ups and downs, but I'm sure everyone appreciates what you have done for them so far! If it's up to me you get to keep doing it – Ivo Flipse Feb 2 '11 at 6:18
  • 2
    The only thing I would disagree with you was the way we handled the game-rec discussion. I hope we will never have such discussions ever again! – Ivo Flipse Feb 2 '11 at 6:23
  • 2
    Yay! I feared you wouldn't nominate yourself :) – badp Feb 2 '11 at 10:45

I bet you aren't interested in reading campaign promises, so I'll give you hard facts instead.

tl;dr: I don't think I'd make an awesome moderator. An average moderator, maybe, but certainly not awesome. If you want awesome, you know who to confirm. ;)

PS: Did you know that previous link record on Gaming? Deprecated! :D

  • 2
    I'm one of those anonymous voters too! (well, was) – juan Feb 2 '11 at 1:54
  • 7
    NOOOOOO. MY RECORD. – LessPop_MoreFizz Feb 2 '11 at 2:28
  • That's really concentrated too. This post is about half as long as LessPop's. – Invader Skoodge Feb 2 '11 at 4:19
  • How many links? Did you count? – Raven Dreamer Feb 2 '11 at 5:24
  • 1
    @Raven: It's 113 (Badp posted the markdown source in chat). – LessPop_MoreFizz Feb 2 '11 at 6:16
  • 1
    The last bullet point is both very honest, but also quite discomforting. Yet, I'm sure you wouldn't abuse your abilities – Ivo Flipse Feb 2 '11 at 6:21
  • 8
    badp is pretty awesome. that's all I have to say about .. that. – Jeff Atwood Feb 2 '11 at 11:23
  • 1
    [...] I'm surprised you didn't include impatience, @badp. [...] – Grace Note ♦ – badp Feb 2 '11 at 14:36
  • I really like the way you handle the chat room - I hope you will carry off this OCD to moderation, to quickly delete bad answers and to endlessly hound the /review page. – Oak Feb 3 '11 at 22:51
  • @Ivo I think that last bullet point describes about 90% of the people I would recommend for this job. – tzenes Feb 4 '11 at 7:54
  • @Oak If I know myself, the only way that can really happen is if I can indeed concoct some way to get those notifications come to me. I have a plan in mind (python scripts log in as me as monitor mod pages and create messages of stuff happening; another python script queues them and starts a server; a user script for chat connect to the server via websockets, listens to those messages and shows them to me à la SO Live!). It depends on the markup of those pages, which I can only see should I get the diamond. :) – badp Feb 4 '11 at 23:13

I'm FallenAngelEyes and I'd like to nominate myself as a moderator candidate for the site. My activity has been rather low since early December, as I was on vacation visiting family, but I did my best to keep an eye on meta during that time to check for elections beginning.

I've been a member of the Gaming.SE site since committing to the Area 51 proposal. I'm an American living in the Netherlands, which means I'm also available during non-peak US hours to catch stuff like flagged comments. I was active during the private and public betas and have done my best to remain active on the main site and meta. I also participated as editor for Gaming.SE's Wordpress blog. I have tried to remain active in discussions about site policy and community standards, including game-rec and identify-this-game.

I am an avid gamer who enjoys a large range of genres, from FPS to TBS to RPG to rhythm games. I currently balance my time fairly evenly between console and PC gaming, with a smattering of portable gaming in between, though I lack a smartphone so I have no real experience in iPhone/Android gaming. I enjoy delving into the indie game scene as well. I care about gaming a great deal as a part of my life, and I take a lot of pleasure in sharing my experiences and expertise with others in order to help inspire their own passion for gaming.

I believe that it's important to maintain a high standard of quality in the site and its content while still having a community that is enjoyable to be a part of. While knowledge of gaming is important to be a part of this site, I think the most important aspect of a moderator is how well they use their privileges to represent the community and maintain its standards while balancing that with the occasional necessity to make a binding decision. I am committed to helping improve and maintain the site's quality, visibility, and community.

If you have any questions/comments or feel that I am not suited for the position, please let me know via comments and/or chat so I know what areas I can improve in. I'm nearly always available/pingable in the general chat room for the site. I wish the best of luck to all the other nominees!

I'm Grace Note, currently acting as one of the pro tem moderators for this site. And I'd like to extend a self-nomination for the elected position.

As a community member, I've been a full part of the Stack Exchange network since April 15th, 2010 when I joined Meta Stack Overflow. Through a combination of research, participation, and personal experimentation I am very familiar with the system on both a community level and on a mechanical level. I've been a part of the Gaming site since its start, riding all of its ups and downs. While I don't get a lot of spotlight in the parent Q&A, I am active on the Meta site in many of the tagging discussions and scope issues that we have gone through. And, of course, I've been serving as a moderator here since the end of July. I am always happy to engage with both this community and the rest of the Stack Exchange Network in order to find better resolutions to any issues that turn up.

As a gamer, I've been playing since the Atari generation with no signs of slowing down in my love. I'm a console gamer primarily but I also spend a lot of time as a niche/indie/import gamer for the PC. I dabble in a very wide variety of genres, with my specialties being in platformers and shoot-em-ups. I'm particularly fond of curtain fire games and thrive on the larger number of bullets, but my #1 favorite series is the Kirby series. I don't quite play a lot of FPS and RTS, and I don't think I've really touched a traditional sports game since the SNES era. But I'm not one to discriminate against them - I even attended and enjoyed a Halo 2 launch party without ever having played the original.

Rather than make promises of what I will do as a moderator, I simply direct you to my history of participation in this site for the past months as your pro tem moderator. My personal policy is "Deliberate when necessary, take action when necessary." The job of the moderator is to make the call for these necessities. I feel that my experience in these past months has helped sharpen my understanding of when to decide and when to discuss to an even greater level. This policy is reflected in all of my judgments and actions to date, and if elected I will continue to moderate in this manner.

To close, I've beaten the Guy.

Good luck to all of the other candidates. ♪

  • 19
    All hail @Grace Note! If @Grace Note isn't reelected, I quit @Aardvark style! – Ivo Flipse Feb 1 '11 at 19:04
  • @ivo aardvark came back though, give the guy some credit :) – Jeff Atwood Feb 2 '11 at 11:23
  • 1
    I would cause the same drama then sneak back in after 2 months, right @Aardvark? He knows I'm happy that he's back @Jeff Atwood – Ivo Flipse Feb 2 '11 at 11:51
  • 3
    ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪! – Raven Dreamer Feb 4 '11 at 15:39
  • 2
    I fully support this product and/or service. – Oak Feb 6 '11 at 14:46
  • Grace Note is simply epic – badp Feb 6 '11 at 22:11

I would like to become a moderator because, although I haven't participated in the meta site, I do know how the site(s) work and have a strong understanding of games and their mechanics.

I am only a student and so don't always have the newest game, sometimes this limits the answers I can provide but, for me the main reason I wish to become a moderator is make sure the community works how it was intended, or more importantly how it would like to work and therefore the answers aren't necessarily important more the way in which they are answered.

I often visit the site and therefore is anything is flagged for moderator attention I will look at said article within a day or two.

I am relatively new to the SE sites and therefore will not always know the correct responses to flagged material, in cases such as these I will do my best to research what has been done in similar circumstances or ask other members of the community (moderator or non-moderator alike) for suggestions or further information.

Taking questions from tzenes' topic:
If a question, or indeed a user is called to be closed or suspended respectively the unanimous decisions moderators have should be only used as last resort because, as the site is mainly community driven, so should the decisions to act on individual users. Although if the decision was needed, I would try to act only on the rules of the site and try not to be bias.

If I were not elected, or even if I was, I would continue to be a part of the community only using the moderator privileged when needed and understanding that, although the site does occasionally need moderators has many non-moderator who can help the site through comments, answers and questions alone.

My view on the 'identify-this-game' questions is that the should only be allowed if enough users find them useful, after all the point of the site it to allow people to find answers to questions, if these questions are so specific that only one person can benefit from it's just not a good question. The other reason for it could be if they actually have a illegitimate reason for asking it rather than just curiosity (i.e research for a game in development).

My stance on new users is that they simply do not know the type of questions allowed here. Unfortunately they may think they know the what is suitable from reading other bad questions. The only way to solve this problem is to lead by example and, if such a question does arise point the user to the FAQ (the relevant part) and delete the question.

Users who cause argument from flags/comment should not be tolerated on the site,if it is a valid point or genuinely their point of view then fair enough. But if it causes new users the be turned away then should not be pardoned due to their positive contribution, many of these users could give equal or better answers and in any case the site is not simply about allowing people to gain reputation but to be helpful to users and guests alike.

I can confidently say that I will not stop visiting this site without good reason, I have a naturally inquisitive mind and therefore games interest me, even if I were to stop playing games then other people views and experiences of them will always interest me, and for that reason I will continue to be a part of this site.

Thank-you for reading my nomination and I look forward to feedback from the community.

  • Something tells me we found @ChrisFs sockpuppet! Is this part of his scheme to become a mod on every Stack Exchange site? – Ivo Flipse Feb 1 '11 at 19:29
  • 3
    @Ivo - that's in very poor taste. If I wanted to be moderator on Gaming I'd put myself forward. – ChrisF Feb 1 '11 at 19:32
  • 1
    @Ivo just because he is my father. Although he did introduce me to the site(s) some of the early answers were him asking me when I wasn't a member. – Ronan Feb 1 '11 at 19:36
  • Would you take part in meta if you were elected? That's kind of important. – Macha Feb 1 '11 at 20:26
  • @Macha obviously I'm looking at what's already posted now. – Ronan Feb 1 '11 at 20:32
  • 4
    @Ronan you know you could answer all the questions in that thread... might give voters a better feel for you as a candidate. – tzenes Feb 1 '11 at 23:40
  • There not exactly easy questions, I'll try and answer some more though. – Ronan Feb 2 '11 at 7:53
  • 3
    I appreciate you acknowledge that you need to participate more on meta, but you also have very few upvotes and downvotes on the main site, which is not a good sign about how much you care for the success of the site. Do you plan to change this behavior if you become a mod? – Oak Feb 3 '11 at 22:54
  • Do you mean votes I have given or received? – Ronan Feb 4 '11 at 14:38
  • @Ronan votes you have given. – Oak Feb 6 '11 at 8:12
  • As I said I am a student and therefore I don't have that many new games so don't always know if a question is good in relation to the game. – Ronan Feb 7 '11 at 17:54

I'm Ullallulloo. I've been a member of Gaming.SE since it started, and I'd like to help out more.

Although I admitted haven't discussed much on meta, I have been reading it pretty thoroughly and voting on posts by people who can express opinions like my own better. I support the current rules, and I'd moderate in accordance with those, asking the community if I wasn't sure and being open to suggestions.

I'm an active member even though I don't play Starcraft 2. I try to answer any question that I can, and I can be online almost all day if necessary.

If you want to talk to me about something, feel free. I don't go in chat much because I have dial-up, and it limits the rest of my web-browsing. However, I can still do other stuff on the site okay, and chat if necessary.

  • 2
    I like the fact that you do participate silently through a lot of upvotes/downvotes, both on the main site and on meta - though your active participation in meta is very low. Do you intend to change this if you become a moderator, or will you remain a more passive observer and only intervene if necessary? – Oak Feb 3 '11 at 22:57
  • @Oak It depends on what it is, I guess, but I generally am rather silent and probably wouldn't change that much. – Ullallulloo Feb 4 '11 at 16:44

I'm an active member of this site and I'd like to help out as a moderator to keep the quality of our site high and help it grow further.

I do think that I would make a good moderator for a few reasons, first of all I am very active on this site, as well as in chat (on the Gaming.SE Bridge). I always remain calm, even in controversial discussions. Constructive criticism is welcome, I am always open to new facts and arguments and willing to revisit my actions.

We need clear and consistent rules for our site, I fully support our current stance on game recommendations and similar questions. We need a strict policy and timely enforcement on bad questions, but we should be careful not to become too restrictive and take the fun out of Gaming.SE. We don't want to become heavyhanded in our moderation, but need to be firm and consistent to keep up the quality of the site.

If you have more questions, you're welcome to ask them in the comments here or in chat. I have also answered the Q&A on the Gaming meta and you can find some general information about all nominees on Yi Jiang's election page.

  • If you win the election, will you finally set a proper profile image? Because right now you smell of n00bishness, and we can't have that in a mod, you know. – Oak Feb 3 '11 at 23:48
  • @Oak I like geometric shapes, any custom avatar would be a change for the worse. – Mad Scientist Feb 3 '11 at 23:50
  • Hey if you want I can find/create a much more complex geometric shape. Let me know if you want that. – Mugen Feb 4 '11 at 8:51

This election is complete.