2015 Moderator Election

nomination began
Mar 30, 2015 at 20:00
election began
Apr 6, 2015 at 20:00
election ended
Apr 14, 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!

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.

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.

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.


This election is over.