2012 Moderator Election

nomination began
Apr 30, 2012 at 20:00
election began
May 7, 2012 at 20:00
election ended
May 15, 2012 at 20:00
candidates
9
positions
2

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.

See a theory of moderation for the typical roles and abilities of a moderator. Once elected, moderators may hold the position as long as they wish, unless they become inactive or exhibit gross misbehavior.

Community moderators are accorded the highest level of privilege and trust on our community, and should themselves be exemplars of positive behavior 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

Depending on the number of nominees that enter, and the number of moderator positions to be filled, in some circumstances the election may skip the Primary phase and proceed directly to the Election phase.

Please participate in the moderator elections by voting, and perhaps even by nominating yourself to be a community moderator!


I am undergraduate honors mathematics student at the University British Columbia, currently on exchange at École Polytechnique in Paris. I return to Vancouver in September to start my fourth and final year at UBC.

I joined math stack exchange a little over 15 months ago, and have been using it regularly since, actively participating on Meta. The community here is one of the healthiest online communities I have seen, and as I already spend so much time reading answers and questions, browsing through both the meta and main site, and typing out my own answers and questions, I would like to go further and volunteer my time to become a Moderator.

I am also active on Math Overflow, and regularly browse several tags along with the Meta section of the site. Here is a link to my account.

In short: I would like to be given the chance to be moderator to help this website and this community.

I've been active on general-level math forums for decades. General-level math forums have very complex dynamics due to their extreme diversity. One cannot help but have learned something about such after having been actively involved in such forums for such a long period. I hope to use knowledge gained from these experiences to help MSE prosper - to ensure that we avoid many of the pitfalls that caused similar forums to fail.

My views on moderation: Fairly represent the entire MSE community - all branches of math. Understand diverse opinions and mediate compromises. Ensure meta discussions remain on meta. Let the community make decisions vs. use superpowers. Be a role-model: I'll adjust my (meta) behavior personal->professional. Be impartial (if I disagreed with you personally on a subjective meta-issue, as a mod, I'd do my best to hear you out and fairly represent your view). And I believe we can find acceptable resolutions to various contentious meta-issues, but only through carefully listening to the concerns of the entire community, so that fair compromises can be devised and carefully implemented.

I would like to moderate the site. I visit the site on a daily basis, and I'm quite the patient person, not minding to dedicate some time to fix a mistake (thanks Dylan) or help, and avoid the site from being spammed or misused. I tend to fix titles that are not really good for the question, fix typos and help new users learn a little about how things roll here in math.SE.

Recently I started using the flagging system which I wasn't really aware of, plus I tend to comment or ask for a change in the question or answer before mindlessly flagging. I enjoy helping people when it comes to learning, specially mathematics. I usually help students in high school levels for exams, for support in terms or for make-up exams.

Answers to questions: in meta. I answered Asaf Karagila and Phira's questions today, 05/04/12. (thanks Kannappan)

I have been an active member of math.SE for about 9 months, posting on the Q&A and participating in the chat daily.

For the most part, the membership of math.SE does a good job of taking care of most disputes and maintenance issues via votes, comments to the Q&A, and discussions on chat and meta.math.SE. When something arises that can't be handled using one of these methods, moderators need to be flagged.

Aside from periodic maintenance, moderators should only need exercise super-user abilities sparingly, to handle special circumstances and occasional disputes.

I enjoy participating in the Q&A and chat, and I would like the opportunity to help handle the responsibilities of moderation, as well. I trust that my behavior has shown the patience, fairness, and respect to others expected of a moderator. As when one of my answers is questioned, I would show the same graciousness and interest to improve when one of my actions as moderator is questioned.

I am on the US West Coast (UTC-8, UTC-7 for DST). I am on chat almost continuously, but I do go afk occasionally.

I'm highly active, visiting the site most days and often answering questions. I'm also active on Stack Overflow. More recently I've switched from answering questions to making edits to improve formatting, language and clarity, so moderation seems to be the logical next step.

My feeling is that the community here already does an excellent job of self-moderation when it comes to deciding what is and isn't appropriate. The role of moderator should largely be an administrative one - migrating questions, acting on questions that have sufficiently many close or delete votes, protecting questions and cleaning up/expanding tag wikis. More invasive interventions should only happen when they are clearly necessary (moving off-topic questions, removing abusive comments etc.)

My timezone is UTC.

That will be a pleasure to participate of this community, be a moderator will be an opportunity to participate in conscious process of choosing new topics about ethics in the community. Also it is important to protect the newbies from gross behaviors as well help to maintain the high quality content of this community!

PS:My time zone is $UTC-3$.

I'd like to toss my hat into the ring as well.

I've been a member of this site for a bit over a year now. I'm not the best educated, nor do I write the best answers. My name is David Lowry (which I've associated to my blog, mixedmath, which I've associated to here; so I guess it's no secret), and I'm finishing my first year as a grad student at Brown University.

As far as moderation goes, I've been a moderator pro tem at Philosophy.SE since it got into the public beta, so I think I have a pretty good handle on many of the things that come up. But Phil.SE is very small compared to MSE, and there are significant content differences. I nonetheless think that the experience would help me. At least I know what I'm getting into.

In short, I think that this site runs pretty well. I agree with most things done by the current moderators, and it's not as if I would change the day-to-day running of the site were I to become a moderator. Instead, I would try to keep this site running well, lightening the load on the current mods.

I should mention that I'm on the US East Coast time zone. But I tend to check MSE a few times a day.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Great , just saw this moderator election thing, and I decided to apply,

I would like be a moderator(great) because

  1. I love this site a lot.
  2. I spend a lot of time on this site.(its somewhere near addiction)
  3. I would love to improve answers questions, direct new users in a right direction and prevent bad questions and answers (because I remember when I was new here I had a totally different notion about this site, which changed with time, and a lot of new people are joining this site,(and this growth is exponential,the internet population will double in the next years,and so will the MSE population (most probably)) which calls for vigilant moderation, so as to retain the trademark culture of this site that distinguishes it from other similar sites. )
  4. because my mom would be so proud of me. :-)
  5. and I would like to be a moderator also because its my first time to be a moderator.

Thanks for reading.

I live in India, my time zone is UTC + 5:30

This election is over.