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2018 Moderator Election

nomination began
May 14, 2018 at 20:00
election began
May 21, 2018 at 20:00
election ended
May 29, 2018 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 be a moderator to give back to the community for helping me navigate the workplace for 5 years.

I am a regular contributor for about 3 years on the main site and meta. I have contributed the most number of questions to the 2018 moderator questionnaire, which shows my awareness of the community's issues.

I care about making this site useful to more people, such as non-IT workers and non-native English speakers. I try to help out by editing the questions as much as my non-native English skills allow. It is most satisfying when my edits lead to getting better answers.

About me: I am 32 years old, working primarily as a software engineer for 10 years in India, though I have worn many hats, such as management, customer support, training and personal assistant. I also volunteer for a small animal care charity and as a part-time teacher to underprivileged children.

This being an international site, my background in Eastern culture and operating from UTC+0530 timezone is an added benefit.

My answers to the moderator questionnaire here:

Thanks for your time. Please do vote for me!

I joined here after a bad time in 2 toxic jobs meant I lost my confidence in the world of work. I started answering, and as users seemed to appreciate my input I felt better. As I get warm fuzzies from helping people that felt good too.

Why run for moderator? Partly to give back to the community that helped me but also selfishly, I want to keep feeling those warm fuzzies and this is a way to do both.

Unlike stacks like SciFi users come here because they've got a real problem and I know just how much problems with work can affect you. So when I see a poorly written question my instinct isn't to vote to close and move on but "how can I help this person?"

Not all users are familiar with the SE way or have English as their first language. Many are stressed. So I give the benefit of the doubt in how the questions are written, preferring to try an edit myself rather than leave them wondering what went wrong. Almost every dev I know uses SO heavily, but most wouldn't ask a question as they fear a hostile response. I don't want this stack to get a similar reputation.

I believe we can be a great resource for getting help with workplace problems and I think I can help with that.

I would like to serve the community as a moderator for the Workplace.

I haven't been a moderator on the stack as of yet, but I have been on here for awhile and have a great deal of experience working with all kinds of different people and situations. Being a moderator is primarily about dealing with people in a calm, polite, and fair manner, and in this I have a ton of experience.

A little about me: I am in my forties, a father of 2, and I have a lot of different work experience. I have been a waiter, box packer, dishwasher, grocery bagger, US military service member, salesman, and currently a senior software engineer.

During my introduction phase at TWP, many of our more experienced users helped me. They showed patience, calmness, and the genuine willingness to make me a better community member, and for this I am very grateful.

Why would I want to serve as a moderator? Simple really, I would like to give back to the community, and continue in the tradition of our great mods by moderating with a very light touch, and by always being nice.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

I'm a firm believer that the best way to moderate is with a light hand wherever possible. I believe that if you are seeing moderators all the time (aside from the diamond next their name) then something isn't right. It's either a community issue or the mod is being heavy handed.

I've been a member of this community for a while. I know when to ask for help, apply the rules fairly and evenly, regardless of someone's history (positive or negative), when moderating a question. That's very important to me. Right is right. Everyone deserves to treated well. Bias will torpedo any community.

I'm a mature adult and I can put whatever time is needed into it.

If you have any questions for me, ask away!

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I have moderator experience on a bunch of gaming boards dating back to about 1999 (everquest actually), so this wouldn't be my first gig.

Greeting everybody, I am DarkCygnus (or Mike outside the digital world) and I would like to serve you as a Moderator on this site.

I recently joined this wonderful Community, but I quickly became engaged and participative on it. I have been actively editing, commenting, and answering posts with the purpose of helping others and improving the site. I intend to keep doing this, and now would like to increase my possibilities to assist The Workplace by serving as your Moderator.

Despite my recent joining to this Community, I have been around in the SE network for around 4 years now (here, SO, Meta SE, Board & Card Games), where I have had quite some time to read, ask, and learn about the system. I am a good observer, which is perhaps one of the reasons I am a quick learner.

I think that The Workplace is a great community that is helping many people out there face real life situations, and I am positive that we can continue growing and improving ourselves and the Community.

I would love to be your Moderator so we can together strive for an even greater and wiser Community.

My answers to the questionnaire here

This election is over.