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2019 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jun 3, 2019 at 20:00
election began
Jun 10, 2019 at 20:00
election ended
Jun 18, 2019 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!

Hi, I'm Dragonrage. I'm a software developer and avid gamer.

I've been around for a few years and participated frequently both on the meta and main sites. I'm in the top 50 users by reputation, I have steward badges in 3 out of the 6 review queues I have access to, and almost have a silver discussion badge on meta.

Besides the moderation tasks I participate in here on the Arqade, I was also a moderator/admin for a halo clan for about 5 years. During my time as a moderator there, my responsibilities included, issuing warnings for breaking rules, issuing bans for repeated offenses, and handling ban appeals for the game servers we ran, our discord server, and our forum.

Given my familiarity with the site, my prior experience as a moderator/admin on other sites and servers, and my passion for this site, I feel like I have a lot to offer as a moderator to help keep the site working smoothly and to help direct our community upwards and onwards.

Note: Subject to change without notice if I remember something I forgot to add :)

Hi! I am The Mattbat999!

I have been here on SE for almost 2 years now, and a majority of it was spent here, on Arqade. I am an avid gamer, and also learning how to develop games. While I have been here, I have participated alot in both the chat rooms and the Q and A section of the site. I actually have the Fanatic badge (visiting 100 consecutive days), so I make it a point to atleast check in on the site everyday.

I enjoy how community-based this site is, in that what posts are "good" is determined by other humans.

Outside of SE, I have held, and still hold, a couple of moderation jobs on Discord servers. None of them large, but I learned that being in charge not only means to direct others, but to also listen to other people's ideas and suggestions.

I don't know everything, and have to step back sometimes for acting as if I do, but I believe I have been around and participated in this site enough that I could become a Moderator.

My questionnaire answers:

Greetings Arqade community, my name is Evan but most of you know me as Unionhawk or Uni.

According to my profile, I have been a member of this community for 7 years now. That's almost hard for me to believe but the numbers don't really lie do they.

Since joining I have been fairly active both in the Q&A space and in the review queues, as well as on meta where I can. To me all of these spaces are important. We're here to help people, but we also need to help people in an effective manner.

In addition to my activity on the main site, I am also active in chat, performing minor tasks as a room owner of The Bridge but more importantly acting as an example, always trying to be mindful of when I need to step up or step back.

I look forward to answering any questions you have in the comments, and have answered the moderator election questionnaire now.

Hello everyone, I'm FoxMcCloud.

I've been an active member on Arqade for the better part of 4 years now and I'd like to nominate myself in hopes of being more involved all around.

I've been starting to take a more active role in the meta discussions and some of my answers have been getting some positive feedback, so I think it's time to take some of my ideas and positive momentum into a mod role.

My leading platform is to take a more active approach to making our existing rules more straight forward. I want Arcade to be a welcome place for all new users, without having them confused on if they should join our community or not.

I hope that my previous encounters with my fellow members have been positive and I hope to continue that trend going forward in my new role. I look forward to being nominated and going through the process.

You can see my answers to the questionnaire here.

Hi, i'm iVhagar.

I am a very active member on several SE cites, and I check my accounts daily.

I've had lots of experience with the harshness's of DVs and the negative and often discouraging impacts they may have on new users and I think that I could help out with encouraging as many people as possible to stay a little while on the site.

One of the things that I appreciate most about this site (and SE in general) is that asking can often times be much harder than answering questions. I am a avid supporter of all quality questions and my voting policy usually consists of: detail gets reps, but also creativity gets reps!

I'm a recently new user to SE (about a year) but I think that I know the ropes pretty well.

Here's my account: you can review my many answers, and all of the questions that i've put out there.

Thanks for your consideration, if you want to reach me I can be found occasionally active in this chat room.

My answers to the questionnaire can be found here.

Good luck to all!

I am dly, a passionate gamer and sportsman by heart and also a software developer.

I started gaming with an Amiga and had my first PC with Windows 95 around 1996 and started playing PC games with Age of Empires and C&C. Over 10 Years of Counter-Strike were followed by Call of Duty, (World of) Warcraft, Minecraft and several others. In CS:S I played in a pro team for two years.

But playing games alone doesn't make me a good mod, so what does?

I have a lot of experience in moderating and running gaming clans and communities. Because it's too much for the character limit I'll try to keep it short:

  • running a C&C clan for 5 years
  • running a CS:S clan for 10 years
  • managing a Minecraft community and server for 5 years now
  • I've been ESL admin for 10 years
    • head of CS:S for 7 years
    • head of CS:S Anti-Cheat
    • National Master Admin; part of a team running a whole national section for 4 years
  • when chats were still a thing I've been a moderator in Lycos chat for several years

I'm also good at things without computer games involved: 30 years of Football (Soccer), where I started being assistant coach for the team I played for (in a playing coach role).

Good afternoon all, my name's Frank. I've been a member of Arqade since before it was Arqade.

I believe strongly in a community run site. That's why I have three of the top spots in the review queues, and several thousand reviews under my belt in another. I'm very active on Meta as well, and I try to bring a balanced perspective to viewpoints. Eg., when we voted to ban Minecraft tech support, I proposed we allow them to stick around in a very specific form.

That said, the reason I'm nominating myself is because I'm seeing a distinct lack of a platform from other nominees. I've always been one to focus on quality as an overriding mandate, and I want to make it easier for users, new and old alike to be able to participate. Non-answers, spam, nonsensical questions all clutter up the front page, and I'd like to clean that up quicker so people can find what they want, without needing to spend time digging through all the cruft. I already spend a decent amount of time flagging these things, and being a moderator would just mean it disappears faster.

Moderation is a hard job. I want to make the site better for users.

Hello, I'm Wrigglenite. I play games and try to understand their inner workings, and I'm nominating myself to be a moderator for Arqade.

Since joining this community little more than 3 years ago, I've learned to love the user-driven moderation effort that is characteristic of the Stack Exchange network. Voting up and down, being able to edit any post, and especially the review queues are some seemingly simple tools that nonetheless contribute to a high degree towards the site's quality standards.

I have voiced my opinion many times before on Meta, sometimes finding the community's approval, sometimes not. In either case, I've learned more about the community and how Arqade likes to run itself.

As of today, I have one of the top spots as a reviewer in each of the six queues available to me, despite not being afraid of skipping reviews I feel unsure about, and over 3400 helpful flags. I would like to take my efforts even further, which is why I'm nominating myself.

Here are my answers to the mod questionnaire.

Hello fellow community members! I'm Gigazelle, a professional community manager of 7 years in my line of work. I hope to contribute in an official capacity on Arqade.

With my professional experience, I'd like to encourage an environment that helps new users feel welcome and gives them an opportunity to improve the quality of content they offer. Good content and the users behind that content are equally important in my eyes - we cannot have one without the other.

As someone who regularly participates in the review queue, it would be an honor to help the community here in a more official way.

This election is over.