2012 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 Jul 31 '12 at 20:00.
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.

1,038 voters were eligible, 324 visited the site during the election, 242 visited the election page, and 166 voted

I currently visit Webmasters pretty much every weekday. I look at new questions and flag duplicates. Because I've been active for over a year I've read most questions and so I often remember if I've seen a similar question before.

I also go to the review page and look at the tabs there and flag or edit questions as needed. Because I've got over 10k reputation I have access to Moderation Tools and so I visit those pages too and flag or edit as necessary.

If I were a moderator then I'd carry on doing those things, but this time I'd be able to close questions and not just flag them.

I think my experience on the site means I have a good feel for what belongs and what doesn't. My written English skills are also good, so I enjoy tidying up questions. I think I have a good approach to those who don't write constructive questions or answers.

As of time of writing, I am #11 on the ranking list for 2012 for 4 months of membership.

(updated to include suggestions in comments about one user)

Being the owner of a small web development group, I feel that simplicity is a priority: all code should have no better alternative.

Experience includes PHP and MySQL integration, JS and jQuery for coding, and LAMP stacks and networking (also web hosting for customers) and server management.

I feel that I am very friendly and approachable, willing to help others, mainly to reduce "world misinformation" and perhaps even hazardous information (server and PHP security risks). While maintain formal grammar and diction, I approach things in a very open-minded manner, evaluate all solutions at hand, and then make decisions afterwards.

I've been quite fortunate to be able to work with several members outside of the SE network, look forward to helping and/or working with more in the future. Keeping up with the technology requires a proactive approach to the questions and needs of the businesses and people who run the world. Even if that means one more person behind a computer trying to make the SE network a better place for everyone.

  • 2
    What do you mean by "we?" Are there multiple people behind ionFish? (The username here, not the company.) – Su' Jul 17 '12 at 8:02
  • What do you think about: What can be done to get webmasters more popular in 2012? – PeeHaa Jul 17 '12 at 8:43
  • 7
    While multiple people operating a single account might be OK for users of the site (though I have my doubts) I can't see how this would work for being a moderator. – ChrisF Jul 17 '12 at 10:21
  • 2
    I think sharing an account inside e.g. a company is not an issue - it even avoids the urge to upvote your colleagues' posts no matter how much they suck and thus creating a voting ring. However, I don't think it's appropriate for a moderator account. – ThiefMaster Jul 17 '12 at 10:31
  • 1
    I went looking on meta.so for guidance on this. I could only find one question about multiple people accessing a single account (meta.stackexchange.com/questions/82509/… - probably OK), but nothing about whether suitable for moderators. I tend to agree about moderators. We could take the discussion to meta.so for some guidance. – paulmorriss Jul 17 '12 at 10:50
  • 1
    Having a "company" behind an account feels like a conflict of interest to me. – DisgruntledGoat Jul 17 '12 at 12:12
  • @PeeHaa - I think we can all agree that there should be clarification between ServerFault, Webmasters, StackOverflow. See, Webmasters appears to be the median, since many webmasters need to both manage servers and make sure code is correct. As for promoting more interest, maybe do a cleanup of all the very bad questions, and encourage people to update old-questions' answers with relevant, modern information (HTML5, etc.). There are TOO MANY questions about SEO that are TOO similar. – ionFish Jul 17 '12 at 13:49
  • @su' - I (founder of the group) am primarily the only one here, but occasionally others do log in. (70% of the answers are mine). – ionFish Jul 17 '12 at 13:50
  • @DisgruntledGoat - I can effectively cut off access to the other members with a password change, and make me the only user, if that would be of any use. I don't see personally why it could be an issue, but thats why it's being discussed. I think it would bring a positive change to the community because rather than having one person's views and opinions, we have an array of people with different educations and mindsets. – ionFish Jul 17 '12 at 13:55
  • @PeeHaa - Please see an expanded version of my previous comment to you posted as an answer: meta.webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/633/… – ionFish Jul 17 '12 at 14:03
  • 4
    @ionFish I don't see the need for having a range of views/opinions in one account, isn't that exactly what separate accounts are for? Also, personally I am often wary of company-named user accounts as they can sound promotional or spammy. (Less so in your case as you are actually posting good answers.) Just my 2¢. – DisgruntledGoat Jul 17 '12 at 14:20
  • I agree with @DisgruntledGoat - you don't need a range of views on one account. We will have four moderators to give a range. I think you should change your password before we move to the next phase. (With 4 candidates at the moment, I think we'll probably skip the primary phase.) My 2c, so that makes 4c. – paulmorriss Jul 18 '12 at 9:12
  • @paulmorriss - Ok, done. I sign in via Google, and that account has been changed to just let me in. – ionFish Jul 18 '12 at 14:16
  • 5
    Just to make it explicit... Here's our official stance: having multiple users access a moderator account is absolutely not allowed. Moderators also have access to a lot of private and personally-identifying information, and sharing a moderator account is basically a bad idea all around. – Adam Lear Jul 19 '12 at 16:46
  • 1
    @AnnaLear - I already changed the password for the Google account that signs into this SE account, and as of yesterday I (owner of the company) am the only person with physical access to this SE account. I will soon "recommend" that the others create their own accounts. I will likely also change my username in the future to be more individual, since it's not "we" anymore using this account. Though that shouldn't be an issue, because usernames are freely linked to ID numbers. – ionFish Jul 19 '12 at 17:27

I'm Aurelio De Rosa, an italian guy who has a BS in Computer Science. I'm a member from 9 months and I'm at (currently) at position #58 of the overall league. I spend quite some time per day on stackoverflow and here answering questions, voting, commenting and if necessary flagging.

I think I'll be a good moderator because I'm very patient, even with people who tend to be annoying. Be a moderator for me will mean do nothing but what I already did until now.


This election is over.