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2015 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jul 20, 2015 at 20:00
election began
Jul 27, 2015 at 20:00
election ended
Aug 4, 2015 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!

Hi there,

My name is Rory, and I'm a serial moderator...

In my day job I have managed teams of all sizes from 2 or 3 up to over 100 spread across multiple countries over the last 15 years. I have hired specialists, consultants, contractors and permanent staff in general and incredibly niche roles.

On StackExchange, I moderate seven sites, and this has given me an in depth, possibly unique, view of moderation requirements from early beta, through merges and graduation, to growing a fully mature site, and a wide range of moderation needs from very technical (Security) to rather subjective (Parenting). So far I only have 543 rep on Workplace, but my experience moderating is valuable on any site.

My moderation style is Peacekeeper. Fair, willing to listen, hard to antagonise and willing to admit when I have made a mistake.

I live in Scotland, so am in a time zone that includes many site users but is not represented by the current moderation team, so I will be able to provide coverage during some of our high volume hours. This is a benefit on some of my other sites, and I would expect it to help here.

I've been an active daily participant in The Workplace for the last year and a half.

Reasons I think I could suit this position:

  1. I very rarely go a whole day without checking and participating in review queues, and usually it's just about any moment when I have a tiny bit of downtime.
  2. It's very important to me to play nice with others. I'd always rather end things with a smile than a simple harsh rule statement. That doesn't mean that I think we should just be nice and ignore community rules, just that we should apply them thoughtfully and politely.
  3. I'm based in the UK, but I've lived in New Zealand, the USA and Israel in the past, giving me (I hope) a reasonably open outlook on the world, and awareness that cultures vary from place to place.

Regarding comments: I'm in favour of tidy posts. When comments descend into long discussions they don't provide useful additions to the post, and any info gleaned in them should probably be edited into the original post. I think that's a reasonable edit for a mod to make if they delete a comment thread or it moves to chat.

The occasional funny or witty comment need not be nuked, so long as it isn't offensive or rude.

I would like to nominate myself for the role of moderator on The Workplace site.

I am a very active user here and I visit every day, even if I don't necessarily comment or answer. I regularly try to clear the review queues, and I always look to try to keep the quality of the site as high as possible by closing questions that are either off topic or duplicates.

My moderation style is gentle but firm :) I am a firm believer that yelling someone down will only blow up in your face. Stay calm, explain your reasoning and don't allow yourself to become emotional.

I was an administrator for a very active gaming community with over 40,000 members for about seven years, so I have a lot of experience in dealing with people and moderating a large community. As a moderator, it is important for us to be a part of the community and aware that the rules apply equally to us. Our role is to lead by example and to also guide others to remain within the rules.

I know I have not been here as long as many of you, but I am very passionate about the site and very much enjoy trying to help people solve their workplace-oriented problems. I hope you will consider me as a potential moderator :)

This election is over.