2012 Moderator Election

nomination began
Nov 26, 2012 at 20:00
election began
Dec 3, 2012 at 20:00
election ended
Dec 10, 2012 at 0:00

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've been a member of the Physics Stack Exchange for nearly a year now. I was inactive for the past few months due to academics, but now I'm eager to get started again. I'm an undergrad student in Physics*, and I love the subject, though I'm not proficient in most of the areas which I've explored myself.

What I bring to the table

I've been a moderator on the Chemistry Stack Exchange for five months now, so I already know my way around the tools. In addition, I've been pretty active on MSO, so I'm quite familiar with the SE policies as well as the "spirit" behind them.

I'm more of a meta person—while I love providing content, I prefer participating in meta and cleaning up. A moderator's activities are focused in those areas, so I feel I would be much more helpful to the site as a moderator. I'm also in IST, so I can help moderate a completely different timezone.


As a moderator, I shall continue doing cleanup/community building the normal way. I shall also do my best to intervene when things get uncivil.

*Engineering Physics actually; but it's mostly pure physics..

About me: I've been a Phys.SE member for 20 months now, with almost 6000 actions, 3000 edits, and 350 answers. As a theoretical physicist, I have a working knowledge of many branches of physics, astronomy, and mathematics.

Me as a mod: I will try continue the fair and good tradition of our current 3 moderators. The site's main focus should continue to be on physics concepts rather than homework-type problems.

Motto: When posting, please back it up, give context, spell out abbreviations, explain central technical notions, provide links, etc; so that a non-professional, a professional in a different subfield, and preferably even a young aspiring kid, can learn some valuable physics and enjoy reading your post!

One Long-Term Vision: Our site should be more than what happens to be on the "2D" front page at any particular moment. We should improve the "3D memory" of our older posts to avoid duplicates/unnecessary repetition, and to improve quality and increase knowledge.

Okay, I wasn't really going to toss my hat into the ring, but there aren't enough people here to make it interesting.

About me: Well, you can check out my profile. I filled out the bio portion with key highlights. I'm really more of a skeptic than someone who is a physicist. My reputation on this site is really a result of my interest in Astronomy, and my time spent there. So if you don't mind a mod with a very narrow focus, that would be me.

Me as a Mod: Well, I am a mod over at Skeptics.SE So I know about the tools and how to do the moderator thing. Generally I value differing opinions and outlooks as long as they are well supported and have reliable source material. That said, I tend to be a very laize faire type of mod. I think the community is really what makes SE such a great place, and they will be the best judge of what sort of posts require mod action. I have very little tolerance for jerks and wingnuts, so if I see that type of behaviour, I will quickly delete, lock, or use my mod powers. Otherwise, I am a live and let live kind of guy.

About Me: I've been on physics.SE for two years, and participating in internet discussion forums since the days of sci.physics.research. I'm deliberately anonymous. I have a little expertise in theoretical and mathematical physics, and a healthy respect for experimental work.

Why Moderate?: I like physics.SE, and I want to see it continue to improve as a resource and as a community. So I'm willing to devote some time to cleaning up messes, encouraging people to write better questions, and generally keeping the signal-to-noise ratio high.

I provide an utmost importance to Physics. My English language skills are very low but, I'm a self-learner and I'm improving my art of speech with the help of SE by talking to several professionals. As I'm an undergrad BTW, I am (will be) free-of-course for now. I can thereby prove my interests towards this site by helping some guys, cleaning up the garbage of those who're messing around and more specifically - learning with others. I must agree that I too have got too many downvotes for my posts. Despite of this, I believe that my moderation would bring some revolution regarding this comment-less downvoting tradition.

If not, I'll follow the Etiquette atleast which most guys don't think of it at all. Also, I'd definitely increase my regular participation in meta and thereby help the community.

And moreover, the reason I need to become a moderator is basically, Curiosity. In the midst of this, I must also add that I have only a basic knowledge from HIGH SCHOOL and not a professional in any fields of physics. But, I know something atleast :-)

I am presently working as a theoretical researcher in the field of high energy physics.I found this physics.stackexchange is very helpful and interesting and I am very much benefited through this. Therefore I want to nominate my name as a moderator in this election to give up my contribution to this physics stack exchange and want to make this page more more interesting, helpful and the most knowledgeable website. So, please accept my nomination for the "moderator" and I believe that I can do the best as a moderator.

My interests have led me to a B.S. (magna cum laude) in Applied & Engineering Physics while doing experimental physics research, then to begin a PhD in experimental cold-atom physics (which I have decided to turn to the theoretical side and have successfully switched to the PhD math program). My theoretical understanding peaks in Electrodynamics/QED and Gravity, and intersects QFT and String Theory (mostly due to its mathematical nature).
I typically visit this website briefly every day, and I prefer to answer some innocent questions, especially from beginners. I am more of a neat-freak, and have definitely seen mis-usage of tags and posting un-researched questions (those that can be answered by a single quick google search) and people essentially asking for homework answers without portraying their attempts; this what I feel moderation predominantly focuses on. I actively participate in MathOverflow and Math-SE as well, and if elected I can assure that I will adhere to everything required as a moderator (even if this hasn't been justly so in the past).

This election is over.