2015 Moderator Election

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!

This election ended Apr 14 '15 at 20:00.

The results of this election can be viewed online via OpaVote. Anyone may download the election data. Voters have access to pre-built OpenSTV software to audit the results; all others may use this source distribution

1,095 voters were eligible, 369 visited the site during the election, 251 visited the election page, and 162 voted

called up after the election to meet additional demand

Exhibit A

Sportsmanship Badge
Up voted 100 answers on questions where an answer of yours has a positive score

I am the most recent of just 8 users to have acquired this badge. None of the other candidates have this badge. Both Ryan and Vincent have more than twice as many answers as me, yet they haven't upvoted 100 competing answers.

Exhibit B

Civic Duty Badge
Voted 300 or more times

I acquired this badge 2 months before Vincent, and almost 7 months before Ryan.

Vincent is the only candidate that has already acquired the Electorate badge, and I am just 90 votes away from it.

Bear in mind that I joined many months after Vincent, and over a year after Ryan.

I've helped to bring in hundreds of thousands of page views since I joined, through questions, significant edits, and other initiatives.

Vote Dom for an even better GDSE.

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    You got the stats right aside your avatar. For e.g. you have raised 80 flags, but only 71 helpful flags :) – kaiser Mar 31 '15 at 9:44
  • Real politics digging up dirt (lol), take a look at this before voteing: meta.graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/2447/… – GiantCowFilms Mar 31 '15 at 15:33
  • @kaiser I'd call that an inconsistency, considering it states the number 80 next to the words 'helpful flags' on my profile page, and considering I've been awarded the badge for raising 80 helpful flags. For some reason it differentiates between spam flags and others. – Dom Mar 31 '15 at 15:54
  • @GiantCowFilms thanks for picking that example of my contributions here. I'm sure it's not worth mentioning that I was a catalyst for the overhaul and refresh of the sites tag descriptions, or the close reason I wrote that's used almost daily. Just 2 of my many more positive contributions. – Dom Mar 31 '15 at 15:57
  • "Raised 80 helpful flags" - true that. I wonder which metric is wrong. You should go and add a meta support question to fix that. Also: Why don't you have an avatar? Don't you think the people you lead deserve to know your face? – kaiser Mar 31 '15 at 16:13
  • @kaiser I dont think people need to know our faces and our top contributor is known as an icon so for those that want to seperate their personal life from SE I dont have an issue but I do believe an avatar should be used besides the default. – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Mar 31 '15 at 17:54
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    @Dom I think you are an excellent user. However, I also feel you may be a bit too hot-headed for a moderator position at this time. You've shown a tendency to react rather rashly when you get emotionally involved in a question/topic. – Scott Mar 31 '15 at 19:02
  • @Dom i somewhat agree with Scott. I think within the next year if you could step up and be positive without getting upset you could have a chance but as it sits if someone were to review meta it would be hard to consider you. – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Mar 31 '15 at 22:30
  • I third that motion, which is why I posted the link as an example. – GiantCowFilms Mar 31 '15 at 23:03
  • @Scott I don't see being emotionally involved as a bad thing. And I'm certain I would react much differently as a moderator, in much the same way that I react differently as a parent. I'm far from impatient, and I've defended and helped new users countless times. 1 or 2 far-from-disastrous indiscretions does not a bad candidate make. It would be nice if you could consider all of the positive contributions I've made here, and just how much more I could/would do if I were a moderator here. No disrespect to others, but do you want "same old", or "renewed initiative"? – Dom Apr 5 '15 at 18:08
  • @Dom Like I posted I think you are an excellent user. However, surely you must see that you often act first, then backtrack. Even the withdrawal of your own nomination, then reinstating it after you've thought about it a bit, shows this tendency. I don't think it's overall a bad trait, just perhaps not great for a moderator. Who's to say you don't get mad at me one day and just suspend my account only to realize a day later you may have overreacted. But by that time, I've given up and won't return. – Scott Apr 5 '15 at 19:54
  • Why did you withdraw instead of just making an edit to your nomination? – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Apr 5 '15 at 22:00
  • @Scott Believe it or not, my actions were given a fair deal of thought, often times months of thought were behind decisions I've made. I've probably only had a chance to explain my actions less than 30% of the time, and a meta post even exists where I had to explain my valid yet misunderstood actions with the tag wikis. I've seen our current mods make little mistakes, of the same significance as my own. I think it's quite a big leap from deleting my own zero score posts to getting angry and suspending users, and there is a huge difference between backtracking and admitting when you're wrong. – Dom Apr 5 '15 at 22:12
  • @Matt for many reasons. The only ones worth mentioning are strategic though. – Dom Apr 5 '15 at 22:14
  • But as its already been discussed above it would be hard for me to vote you as a mod. I do strongly feel if you can show commitment and professiinalism in the community over the next year you would be a strong candidate for the next election. However based on events that have happened in the last couple of months and your rage of "Im going to just leave the site" it would be hard for me to vote for you when i have to consider what is best for the community. If you can show more proactive contributions everywhere (meta, chat and site ) within the next year I would consider you as a mod. – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Apr 5 '15 at 22:30

There is one goal I want to commit to:

More users with 10,000+ reputation

There's only 9 users with more than 10k rep, two of them moderators. What this site needs, is engagement and rewards for that engagement.

The current question quality is dropping, and it's putting off experienced users. I want to reverse this trend, encouraging better questions and more upvotes for both questions and answers. More high-rep users will only help the site's quality increase.

There's an ongoing on-topic discussion that I intend to keep going and contribute to.

The number of invested users needs to increase, and we should keep the site as welcoming as possible, not just for beginners, to achieve that. We seem like a rather small community, but there are lots and lots of you out there who would be more engaged with the site if we just made it easier and, well, fun.

I will not forget about being welcoming to new users. After all, each 1- or 101-rep beginner may grow into the new Scott.

Lastly, the more 10k+ of you there are, the less work the mods have. Mods should be lazy.

  • Vincent's review stats exemplify his devotion towards the site. He is currently the leader for both first posts and LQ posts and is in the top 5 for every other category. Anyone who's been around the site long enough is sure to have seen how welcoming he can be by reaching out to new users in comments and helping them understand the platform. – JohnB Mar 31 '15 at 15:29
  • I cannot agree further with "Anyone who's been around the site long enough is sure to have seen how welcoming he can be by reaching out to new users in comments and helping them understand the platform." – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Mar 31 '15 at 16:22
  • @vincent - you are The One. :) – benteh Mar 31 '15 at 18:27
  • Not sure... I hear he kind of smells like wintergreen. Pleasant scent at first, but can be overpowering. And that hairdo.. really? :) – Scott Mar 31 '15 at 19:01
  • I wanted Vincent to be one of the mods last time. Fingers crossed. – Joonas Mar 31 '15 at 21:00
  • Are you saying you arent happy with the current mods – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Mar 31 '15 at 21:41
  • @Matt: the heart wants, what the heart wants... Speaking of which, I could really go for some crescent rolls right now. – Joonas Mar 31 '15 at 21:53
  • Wait... am I being phased out? No one told me...... – Scott Apr 1 '15 at 5:26
  • @Scott getting a new one doesn't mean getting rid of the old one. I still use my PS2 regularly :P – Vincent Apr 1 '15 at 9:47
  • "The current question quality is dropping, and it's putting off experienced users." That's a good summation of the state of the GD.SE union. I hope you can help steer it back on track. – plainclothes Apr 1 '15 at 18:42
  • There is an additional good reason to choose Vincent, hes in a earlier timezone so that we would have more even moderation. ;) Tough in this regard Joonas would be, although marginally, better :P Then again Vincent is one of the most likely persons to be present... – joojaa Apr 2 '15 at 16:52
  • I think vincent would be excellent for our timezone blackout area so when some of us get on the site its not a mass workload up maintenance. In regards to plainclothes he has a great point but i think that's a community overhall – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Apr 5 '15 at 22:02
  • @Matt should I read that as 'Vincent should do all the work before we get out of bed'? :P Re the experienced user issue: it's something I am sincerely concerned about and would like to help handle, either as a mod or as a regular user. – Vincent Apr 6 '15 at 12:20
  • Thanks, everyone, for the kind words. I'll try and live up to them regardless of the election outcome. – Vincent Apr 6 '15 at 12:32

I'd like to be a moderator because I feel new designers need representation in this infant community who can understand their perspective. It's very important to be fair, and respectful. I've learned much from current moderators of this site. Such Scott, DAO1, JohnB, Matt and Yisela. They have again and again shown their devotion to community of Graphic Design.

I just want to there to be a voice that complements them in help maintaining their goal for new generation.

If I'm chosen I'd devote time to make newcomers get up to etiquettes of the GD community.

  • How come you haven't been active reviewing on here or on StackOverflow? The 0 of 5 helpful flags (very few and none helpful), very low amount of meta involvement (only a couple comments and 3 votes total), and number of negative questions (including recent ones) is very concerning to me given you want to moderate... – Zach Saucier Mar 30 '15 at 23:44
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    Your edit history (of 1 edit) does not look good. – bjb568 Mar 31 '15 at 0:10
  • Question to answer ratio here is even, on SO is tipped to questions. – bjb568 Mar 31 '15 at 0:11
  • Im unsure how I could consider you as a mod when you told me in a comment under one of your questions that you do not care about helping anyone else or if your questions were in scope as long as you got an answer to your question. Do you still feel this way? Do you deny saying this? – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Mar 31 '15 at 3:48
  • @matt i dont remember it, can you link it so i might remember what was happening.... And again guys, my goal isn't to be all present mod through whose eyes nothing gets past. But to be a just voice who looks out for questions that got prematurely closed. My answer ratio is low, because i don't consider myself expert enough. But i do understand community guidelines. Low flags count also demonstrate what I'm trying to say: no or very few questions are really bad questions. – Muhammad Umer Mar 31 '15 at 13:14
  • @MuhammadUmer The purpose of being a moderator is to moderate, not to voice one person's opinion. As such I think your reasons for running are wrong – Zach Saucier Mar 31 '15 at 14:05
  • I feel you do not meet even basic requirements for any position of power. Your low reputation and overall lack of activity are a clear indicators that you haven't even been a visible and helpful user. I don't know why you think giving you moderator status would be appropriate. You clearly do not understand the community guidelines based on your activity here and past statements. You have been insulting and abusive to members. That's absolutely not behavior a moderator should display. – Scott Mar 31 '15 at 18:27
  • Thanks for your time scott – Muhammad Umer Mar 31 '15 at 23:20
  • You sure got polite all of the sudden, @MuhammadUmer! Spend the next year in the community showing some consideration and try again next time. – plainclothes Apr 1 '15 at 18:46
  • @plainclothes hi, what you're implying is false. But I plan to keep up my commitment to GD community. – Muhammad Umer Apr 2 '15 at 17:16
  • Just a tip: I think it'd do community good and not push away new users if it didn't act like a gang. That's what the conclusion I've come to. The lack of diversity in opinions is currently the most problematic bottleneck that's been keeping this community from thriving. The community that's not growing is good as dead. – Muhammad Umer Apr 2 '15 at 17:22
  • @Muhammad we have had a number of meta posts related to this topic recently. If you want your voice to be heard, that is the platform you should be using. – JohnB Apr 2 '15 at 18:15
  • @MuhammadUmer if you feel that way why didn't you say something when it was addressed on meta?? It also doesn't help when it shows the last time you visited Meta was Sep 29 '14 at 3:12 – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Apr 5 '15 at 4:32
  • Wanting to be moderator so you overrun or disregard what the community has agreed upon is just the wrong reason. – Scott Apr 5 '15 at 20:28

I'd like to be a moderator.

I lead by example with questions, answers, review, edit, chat, comment, upvote, downvote, close vote and even flag.

My close and flag appear low because I am very prudent in usage and prefer downvoting low-quality questions. I really only flag if Spam or Vulgar. I believe while these lower my flag count, they are the appropriate thing and indicative of the Theory of Moderation emphasizing moderators do as little as possible.

What's more is that I actively promote our community and make it better, that's where I think I could do even more as a Moderator.

I think there's a lot of great ideas in the Meta but often times just needs someone to take lead on it and take that first step. I've tried to be that leader.


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    Review history looks ok, I would prefer if you had 10k and some experience with deletion tho. – bjb568 Mar 31 '15 at 0:07
  • @bjb568 I would be over 10k if I didn't use my rep heavily for bounties. Part of my original reason was misinformed as runner up last time I'd automatically be in when another mod is needed, so I started giving out all my rep. Now I continue to give out rep and will whether I become a mod now or not. In fact I posted before this was announced offering to give away rep to non-software how-to questions this week. – Ryan Mar 31 '15 at 0:13
  • Bounties are good, but still, from your network rep graph it looks like you never had 10k so you don't have experience is using 10k tools and deletion. – bjb568 Mar 31 '15 at 0:16
  • @bjb568 that's true, and there's really nothing I can say about it. Thanks for your consideration and participation in the process, hope you'll consider me anyways once all nominees are in. – Ryan Mar 31 '15 at 0:20
  • @dom oh yeah completely forgot that, thanks. Feels like so long ago. To be honest though I'm not sure I ever used it. I think for spam stuff once or twice (maybe?). – Ryan Mar 31 '15 at 0:43
  • @bjb568 He has given away a total 2650 rep in bounties.. 8065 + 2650 = 10715 (Look I can do math! :D) with out the bounties we would be a 10k user... – GiantCowFilms Mar 31 '15 at 23:05
  • I think Ryan has contributed most toward bounties here with only myself contributing more. But it's close. – Scott Apr 1 '15 at 5:24
  • hah I think giving away more rep last week to bounties lowered the candidate score, could've sworn it was like 22 or something like that – Ryan Apr 6 '15 at 4:34

This election is complete.