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2014 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jan 20, 2014 at 20:00
election began
Jan 27, 2014 at 20:00
election ended
Feb 4, 2014 at 20:00

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!

What up. I'm StrixVaria.

At all those previous elections, I didn't run for mod. That's because during the previous elections, I knew that I was really too opinionated to be a mod. Since, I've changed for the better. Just look at my success as a room owner! I'm perhaps the only one who hasn't gone mad with power.

Real talk. I helped kill game-rec and ITG, and good riddance. Once ITG was murdered, I really loosened up. I still don't tolerate bad content, but the Big Two are gone and blanket rules really don't work any more.

One thing we've come across a few times, where I feel the moderators have done a subpar job, is in dealing with users who don't "get it". I don't tolerate people who intentionally subvert the system, and I would take a harder stance on trolls, etc. While this may not come up all the time, it has come up, and the community has been left with wanting more action. The experience on this site should be good for new and frequent users both, not just new ones.

Plus, it's going to be good to have another mod who understands all that LoL jibber-jabber (sup Raven).

Hi! I'm fredley. I've been a member of this community for three and a half years, and I'm one of the most reputable, most voting, most flagging, and most editing members of this site. I'm a frequent protector of questions, caster of close votes, wielder of downvotes, creator of cool ads and all round committed community member.

So why would I make a good mod? Apart from having every noteworthy badge, I am a frequent (active almost every day) contributor to this site, and in particular I'm in The Bridge almost every day. I'm not a strongly opinionated person. While some people here have rather strong opinions on acceptable questions, tags and such, I am happy to let the community decide on what it wants to be, and help them out as best as possible.

Hello, all. My name is Frank Bueckert. I'm 30 years old, and have been active on Arqade for almost two years.

Moderator actions

I have one of the highest helpful flag counts on this site. As a mod, I could delete those rather just flagging them, and the same with offensive and spam answers. The less those spend on the site, the better.

My participation in Meta is quite active. I truly believe in this being a community run site, and I hate it when actions are taken against that. If I am elected, I will do my best to ensure that the consensus is followed, despite my personal preferences. While I certainly believe there are problematic topics that have suspect utility (coughLorecough), the community has determined that they allow those questions, and I abide by that consensus. I am quite familiar with our stance on certain subjects, and why they are the way they are.

My platform

I'm going to be less hands on, if elected. Because I will no longer be able to cast non-binding close or delete votes, and I will rely much more on the community to handle itself. Like badp, I believe moderators are more exception handlers.

Hi there. I'm Keith. You probably know me as the guy who made the original Firing Lazers feature request. Or perhaps you know me in my role as an Outspoken Downvote Advocate. Or maybe you remember the time I led the charge to kill Identify This Game, and then defined the exception worthy of mercy. I also wrote our custom close-reasons, before they were cruelly overridden. I am often mistaken for a moderator.

I'm running because there is a common theme in other declarations today. Everyone seems to want to be a timid moderator and step back. The power of the binding close vote is overwhelming and frightening. I'm of the opinion that we have enough backseat mods. What this community needs is a moderator willing to step into the front seat and take more of a leadership role in guiding the community forward.

I'd like to be that person. This character limit is far too restrictive.

San Dimas High School Football Rules.

That is all.

Hi, everyone. I'm Ullallulloo (the u's sound like long double o's). I've been a member here for three and a half years now, and I would like to become one of your moderators.

I've been pretty active on the site for most of its life. I understand a variety of games, so I can participate on whatever. I'm an avid flagger, respectable editor, one of the top reviewers, and the #1 voter on the site. I lurk on Meta pretty actively, although I usually find that other members can articulate better.

I believe that I can interact with new or problematic users fairly and patiently and hopefully be a calming and helpful influence. I get along pretty well with everyone here and don't really know of any grudges either against me or by me.

I usually try to have input on policy decisions in chat, but I bend to the will of community if I'm in the minority. Regardless, I'm in chat most of the time, either on my computer or on *shudder* mobile chat, and I'm notified by the SE app.

Feel free to discuss anything with me either here or in chat.

I'm Jason Berkan, a married, 39 year old father of four.

I am a long time member of Arqade, having arrived shortly after the start of the public beta. I am not the most prolific poster, but I am active on the site, using my abilities to comment, edit, flag, close and reopen questions.

Mods are the visible face of a site, especially when dealing with situations that are volatile. I firmly believe that a good moderator must be calm, patient and polite, even when faced with abuse and disagreement.

I believe that I have the abilities to be a good moderator and that I have shown them in my interactions on the site. My flags are approved, I am polite, I am patient with people (4 kids!) and I can remain calm (or walk away until I calm down), even when someone is wrong on the Internet!

One of my primary goals as a moderator would be to help out on meta, as I feel meta has been devoid of mods for some time now. Specifically, I would ensure the community consensus / FAQ section of meta is completed and maintained, so that all users, new and old, can quickly find the relevant rules and regulations of this site.

Hello, my name is Bryan Cave, but you likely know me as Wipqozn. I’ve been an active member of the site for almost 3 years, and I’d like to take on some extra responsibility in order to help the site grow and improve.

I consider myself to be patient and fair, and I’m always willing to listen to what others have to say. I try my best to give new users the benefit of the doubt, and don’t believe they need to fully understand the site right from the get go in order to become a useful contributor. I prefer to think before taking any action, and have no problem taking no action at all when faced with uncertainty. It’s these qualities that I feel will make me a good fit for moderator.

I think one of the largest problems we have with the site right now is dealing with aggravated and problematic users. I think a large part of this problem is caused by too many people trying to jump in to help, which just makes people feel like they are being ganged up on. I believe this problem could best be addressed if we allowed our mods to primarily deal with problematic users, instead of several regular users.

Thanks for taking the time to read my nomination!

Here's just a quick summary of why I think I would make for a great moderator:

  • I'm very active within the community (I visited the site every day for the last 196 days, at the time of writing) and actively participate in moderation with the tools I've been given with reputation
  • I'm familiar with the site software
  • I'm a chill dude with some previous administration/moderation experience
  • I have only time for the next year or two
  • I follow the community consensus, but I'm also willing to challenge it on meta
  • I'm active in the chat and meta (both site and MSO)
  • I don't hesitate to take action as long as I have enough details about the situation

I stand between the community leader and janitor interpretations about moderator duties, supporting both. All of this can be summarized to the following sentence: I would be a very active helping hand for a long time to the future.

Please check out my answers to the questionnaire and the first version of this nomination for more about me.

Hi there, Arqadians. I'm shanodin & I've been here for 1y 8mo. I'm 23, a girl & from the UK.

The current mod team is excellent, as well as many of the candidates in this election; however there are several unique things I could bring to the table if I were to be elected.

Balancing the New User/Existing User experience

Being friendly to new users whilst simultaneously maintaining the high quality of the site is hard, but I think judicious application & enforcement of the Let's be nice to each other Principle is the best way to improve, rather than instigating anything specific.


The area I'd like to instigate change is cleaning up/merging answers. Answers which add nothing to an already accepted answer are extraneous clutter and have no place here - in some instances they are tantamount to plagiarism.

Other Stuff

As part of my job, I manage a team of people with strong personalities & stubbornly held opinions. I have learned techniques which enable an effective moderation between these people & these conflict resolution skills are highly transferable and applicable as a moderator.

This election is over.