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2016 Moderator Election

nomination began
Sep 26, 2016 at 20:00
election began
Oct 3, 2016 at 20:00
election ended
Oct 11, 2016 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 nominate myself as a candidate for this moderator election. Over the past four years, I feel my role on the site has been one well-suited for transitioning to moderation.

If one goes though my records on Meta and in chat, one will see that my primary interaction with the site is through policy discussions and evaluations, clarifying the role of the site in the ecosystem at large, and offering support and advice to users new and old about the best ways to interact with the site. I am also passionate about how to grow the smaller communities within the site by encouraging participation and helping to delineate what is and is not on-topic in these areas. Don't let my (relatively) low reputation scare you -- my participation is focused on a smaller subset of the site, namely , and ensuring that group has access to high-quality questions and answers.

My approach to moderation is one of taking a light touch according to the desires of the community. I will help to guide the conversations about our collective future and while I may actively participate in formulating policies, I will vigorously defend the result regardless of my personal views.

I nominate myself for a moderator position because someone has got to do it, and that someone should be someone who understands how this site and its community work.

I can claim to have such an understanding because I have long been involved in most aspects of moderation on this site that are carried out by the community: I am an active reviewer in the close, low quality, reopen and suggested edit queues. I have cast close to 1.5k helpful flags and I am the user with the largest total of up- and downvotes cast of the entire site. I have written 71 meta posts, not a single one of which has a negative vote total at the time of this writing.

Therefore, I believe I bring as much experience in "community matters" with me as can reasonably be expected. I love this site and the opportunities it offers, and I want to further contribute to keeping it a great place for good questions and good answers.

I'm also often found in the chat, and am happy to discuss pretty much anything there if I've got time to spare.

After hedging on the idea for a while, I've decided to offer my services to the community as a moderator.

I've been active in asking and answering questions for two years now, and I have been more active lately in meta and in chat (though far more as a listener than as a speaker). I feel like I have a good sense of the standards of the community and can make a positive impact as a moderator with a relatively light touch.

I am Jim, the One and True King of all Jims. I require you, my loyal subjects, to grant me this additional power, not because I will use it to aid you significantly, but because I so desire it. Will I become more present if rightfully bestowed this power? Maybe. As an omnipotent being, you will have my presence when I deign to give it.

But all you should be concerned about is that Jimius Caesar, leader of the Holy Roman Jimpire, is commanding you to grant him additional powers. You now have two options. Obey him, or face his wrath.

On a more serious note, I should say that public opinion has called for me to turn my joke nomination into a serious one. To that end, you should know that if elected, I will bring the same impartiality and fairness you all have come to expect from me to moderating. I always try to be civil and peaceful and never let the discussion dissolve into insults or jabs. I always try to promote the community agenda, I'm active on meta and chat and try to work through the review queues regularly.

If there are two candidates that would do an equal or better job than me, I urge you to vote for them instead. But if elected, I'll do my best for the community.

Alfred, can you tell us why you think you would be a good community moderator?

I don't think I would be a good community moderator.

Alfred, what qualifications do you have for being a community moderator?

I can't think of any at all.

Alfred, what is your moderation philosophy?

I don't have one.

Alfred, why then should anyone vote for you?

They shouldn't.

Alfred, WTF?

I'm just being honest.

The moderators here, whom I greatly respect, asked for help and so, in the very unlikely event that I'm elected, I'll try to be helpful and nothing more. And that's about all I have to say.

This election is over.