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2014 Moderator Election

nomination began
Aug 4, 2014 at 20:16
election began
Aug 11, 2014 at 20:00
election ended
Aug 19, 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
  2. Primary
  3. Election

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


I would like to nominate myself as a moderator.

  • 3 Years of SO experience
  • Ten years of workplace experience
  • Have experience as both the boss and employee
  • I can read and speak English good
  • I don't like voting to close posts for no reason
  • I want to keep our community clean

I would like to stand for election as a moderator.

I have had disagreements with the incumbents' actions, of late, and I honestly believe that you shouldn't complain about things if you aren't willing to help fix them. Well, here I stand to offer to help fix them.

I will stand for those who feel that "The Workplace" encompasses all aspects of the work environment, and not just employer/employee interactions. I will also stand for members' ability to express their views on correct responses and courses of action to workplace events without being derided in comments for holding those views.

I humbly ask for your support.

Hello Workplace.

I will continue to work passionately to make this a better place. Whether this better place is one you want it to go -- you get to decide.

This will help you:


  • I passionately desire The Workplace to have high quality content and enjoy helping people meet their career goals
  • I have been active on this site for nearly two years
  • I consistently leave helpful and friendly comments
  • I regularly post on meta and participate in chat
  • I have posted 24 questions and 191 answers during the two years I have been here, generating nearly 26,000 reputation


  • I will be hands on and willing to close/edit questions which are off topic and add notices to answers equally falling short
  • I am an active 20k+ user, casting many close/delete votes, which will naturally be used somewhat more sparingly
  • My work/personal life is fairly variable in terms of time commitment
  • I downvote a lot, though still have a positive voting ratio

I would like to nominate myself, maple_shaft , many of you may know me as a moderator on Programmers.



  • Meta participation
  • My Programmers duties

Please tell us about the job

Current moderators: please tell us about the job

What have been your biggest challenges as a moderator?

When I disagree with a high reputation user. I try to discussion in Meta, refer to MSE for precedents. I usually find my disagreement with the high rep user was an education issue on my part.

What advice do you have for somebody considering this job?

You shouldn't want to be moderator to affect change or alter the direction of the site. Your opinion is no more important than anybody elses. If the majority disagrees with you then put your personal feelings on the matter aside and serve the majority consensus on the issue.

Every moderator should ensure they RESPECT their fellow SO contributors. In my case, if you choose to honor me with your vote I will show respect in the following ways:

  • Reasonable and fair,
  • Essential,
  • Satirical,
  • Professional,
  • Energetic,
  • Candorous,
  • Timely.

While others talk about thier SO resume, one thing remains clear to me. Anyone, given enough time can amass a good SO resume. However, that list of numbers doesn't mean that they are moderator material. Instead, look at the quality of thier character, and think "Would I trust this person to choose the fate of my question or response?" If the answer is no, then they dont' get your vote. I will ensure you get the full RESPECT your questions and answers deserve. Please vote for Me.

I would like to nominate myself for moderator.

I curse like a sailor on roid rage and I am experienced in using negative emotions to influence others.

I'd be pretty lazy about moderating, but occasionally I would log on, lay down the law, and leave lesser moderators to clean up the bloody mess.

To be honest, I don't think I'll get any votes (times aren't that rough yet), but I thought I would take one for the team, in order to make the other nominees look better.

I enjoy the workplace and do what I can to support it with the privileges that my rep allows. Making me a mod would expand my ability to support the site.

I am relatively new, having been here only two months. But it has been a very busy two months.

  • I've voted on 1400 posts. (and gotten the shiny gold electorate badge for my efforts)
  • I've helped save questions by suggesting edits.
  • I've contributed high quality answers. I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity, even if that means less rep.
  • I've been a welcome wagon for new users, helping them understand the rules so that they can contribute good content in the future.
  • I've been active in meta and in chat, as well as with flagging.

With that said, there are some excellent candidates running, and I will continue to be an active participant in the workplace regardless of the outcome.

This election is over.