2013 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.

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!

This election ended May 21 '13 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.

5,313 voters were eligible, 2,137 visited the site during the election, 1,575 visited the election page, and 437 voted

I'm a second year mathematics major at the University of Chicago.

The Math.SE community means a lot to me. I've seen the site grow from maybe 15,000 questions and half as many users to what it is today. At the same time, Math.SE has seen me grow as a mathematician, and I've been grateful every step of the way.

My policies:

  • Unilateral close votes: I would only unilaterally close spam, offensive material and duplicates posted by the same user within the same day.

  • PSQs: While I wish to discourage them (and may downvote them), I would not use moderator powers against them unless a community (near) consensus is reached.

  • Contest problems: I will lock them until the contest is over.

  • Cheating: Math.SE is lenient, but that does not mean it can be abused. If I see convincing evidence that someone is attempting to use Math.SE for academic dishonesty (primarily on take-home exams, but if I'm contacted by an instructor homework would also count) I would delete the questions and suspend the user.

  • Problematic users: I would deal with users causing a disruption on the site on a very case-by-case basis.

That's all the space I have. Feel free to ask me questions in chat.

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    $\begingroup$ A quick question: Is the age in your profile (18) correct? And already in your second year at university? $\endgroup$ – TMM May 12 '13 at 0:06
  • $\begingroup$ @TMM Yes, that is correct. Although I turn 19 this month. $\endgroup$ – Alex Becker May 12 '13 at 0:09
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    $\begingroup$ @AlexBecker You have my vote but that is largely due to my other observations of you on this site and not because of what you have written above. You spent most of the text telling us that you've been here for a long time which is something too many other people can claim and isn't all too relevant. I'd consider editing the post and including something about your view on moderation policy and views on current meta issues. $\endgroup$ – Ragib Zaman May 12 '13 at 7:27
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    $\begingroup$ Your Math.SE participation sharply declined during Fall 2012: only 2 posts in October, 0 in November, 9 in December. (Source). Will you be able to pay regular attention to the site during academic semesters? $\endgroup$ – 75064 May 12 '13 at 18:38
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    $\begingroup$ @75064 My decline in participation during Fall 2012 was due to a variety of circumstances which are unlikely to repeat. I am confident that I can invest the time necessary to moderate the site effectively. I'd also like to note that my availability is higher than my participation: even when I'm not actively using the site, I have it open in a tab and check regularly for any questions of interest/issues I need to handle. $\endgroup$ – Alex Becker May 12 '13 at 19:41
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    $\begingroup$ @RagibZaman I think having been here for a long time is quite relevant. It indicates that Math.SE is not a passing fancy for me, and that I have been exposed to a wide variety of issues facing this site. While many can make this claim, I have been here longer than any of the other candidates. Additionally, I feel there is relatively little difference in moderation policy between the serious candidates. However, given that your comment has 13 upvotes, I shall take your advice :) $\endgroup$ – Alex Becker May 12 '13 at 19:45
  • $\begingroup$ PSQs?${}{}{}{}$ $\endgroup$ – Cameron Buie May 13 '13 at 4:45
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    $\begingroup$ @CameronBuie Problem statement questions - they have been discussed heavily on meta recently. $\endgroup$ – Alex Becker May 13 '13 at 4:58
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    $\begingroup$ @AlexBecker Really well thought out policies.:-) $\endgroup$ – user14082 May 13 '13 at 6:12
  • $\begingroup$ @75064: I wouldn't be too concerned about a temporary decline in posting; that's just part of the ups and downs of life. It's not all that hard to keep tabs on a site as a moderator since issues are flagged, posted on meta, and get talked about in chat. In fact, it can be healthy to take a step back from participation once in awhile; burn-out is a real possiblity. $\endgroup$ – Jon Ericson May 13 '13 at 16:02

I'm a physic student in my second year at the technical university Darmstadt. Even though I study physics, I spend much more time doing math.

I am not very long on Mathematics Stack Exchange, but I would call myself pretty active on this site this query supports it I guess. My main interest are topology and algebra, got my first lectures there this term, so most of my answers are on the basic topics like calculus and real analysis.

I am very often in the chat. So as a moderator every user (with enough reputation) can ask me things there. I think I would be a patient and friendly moderator.

My view on moderation is a passive one. For example I would not unilateral closevote a PSQ, as I think there is no urgent reason for doing so (maybe I will make the fifth vote). But for sure I will closevote questions about ongoing competitions as fast as possible.

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    $\begingroup$ Since the comparison was made, I feel I should clarify that I do not intend to unilaterally close PSQs. (I'm not sure any of the candidates stated this intention - in fact many stated the opposite.) $\endgroup$ – Alexander Gruber May 11 '13 at 18:23
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    $\begingroup$ Let me quote myself: "Much of the ordinary closing business can and should be left to the community." $\endgroup$ – Michael Greinecker May 11 '13 at 18:28
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    $\begingroup$ I think the sentence about "most other canditates" should be revised, and that in general candidates should refrain from making statements about competitors, at least at the stage of nomination. The pool of candidates is a function of time, so something that was true about "most other" at the time of writing can become a false statement later. (From what Alexander and Michael said, I gather it may not be true even at present time.) $\endgroup$ – 75064 May 11 '13 at 18:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Michael I revised it. The passive view was not directly related to the PSQ discussion but was intented to distinguish the jobs a moderator should to and what the community member should do $\endgroup$ – Dominic Michaelis May 11 '13 at 19:03
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    $\begingroup$ With almost 400 answers in only 2 months, 11k reputation, and running for moderator on math.SE, the biggest mystery (to me) is why you are studying physics and not mathematics... $\endgroup$ – TMM May 11 '13 at 19:45
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    $\begingroup$ Related to the 400 answers in 2 months: Are you not worried that after becoming a moderator you will not have as much time to do what you really seem to like most (answering questions on the main site)? $\endgroup$ – TMM May 11 '13 at 19:45
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    $\begingroup$ @TMM Well I will make a bachelor of science in both math and physics. And I think the masters degree will only be in math. It would be a lie not to be worried having less time to answer questions, but I really like this site and there need to be some guys watching over it. And it would be a honor for me to do so $\endgroup$ – Dominic Michaelis May 11 '13 at 19:53
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    $\begingroup$ I noticed that you said you are also studying mathematics in your profile, but I thought that if you were still studying mathematics, you would certainly mention it here. So why does the introduction above only say you are studying physics? Are you not proud to be studying mathematics?! :-) $\endgroup$ – TMM May 11 '13 at 19:57
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    $\begingroup$ @TMM Well I listen all lectures which a math students is listening (even some more advanced stuff) but officialy I am only immatriculated as a physics student. So I study both mathematics and physics, but I am only a physics student. In fact sometimes when I see physics notation I am a bit ashamed of studying physics $\endgroup$ – Dominic Michaelis May 11 '13 at 20:00
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    $\begingroup$ @Vikram At first I want to say that I think it is not the job of the moderators to keep the unanswered list as low as possible. I am a bit active in TeX.Stackexchange (well most time in their chat), they have every some weeks an "answer the unanswered" session, where they search for unanswered question, answer them or close them. I don't know if this concept will work for Mathematics Stack Exchange but I would like to try it. This surely can be done without me as moderator even though the unlimited vote clotes of a moderator would come in handy. $\endgroup$ – Dominic Michaelis May 12 '13 at 12:58

To begin, I believe that the central role of a moderator is to take care of those hopefully rare but potentially problematic cases that regular users simply cannot handle in the urgent manner needed. As an example, the community at large handles the closing and re-opening of questionable posts quite well, and I feel moderators should only use their sledgehammers in cases where timeliness is important, e.g., (con)test questions or objectionable content.

I do not see moderators as leaders of the math.SE community. I see them as a kind of police force, given extra tools and powers to keep the community running smoothly, but not directing policy. I do understand that, for better or for worse, with their special status moderators are an obvious choice for community role models. I feel that my conduct on math.SE to date demonstrates that I am also up for this secondary role: never suspended or warned, and only ruffling a few feathers along the way.

I believe I am someone who can work well with the current crop of moderators, and feel I have learned much about effective moderating by observing their conduct.

Lastly, I look forward to answering your questions! [kisses baby]

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    $\begingroup$ Finally, a moderator which understands the importance of pickles. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 11 '13 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf: I even know about the significance of the pickle. $\endgroup$ – user642796 May 11 '13 at 17:06
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    $\begingroup$ Could you also share some things about your personal background? Others mention they are postdocs, grad students... What do you do? $\endgroup$ – TMM May 11 '13 at 18:54
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    $\begingroup$ @TMM: Sure; the allotted space is very limited. First of all, my user name is my real name (why would anyone make up that name?). I am currently a PhD student at the University of Vienna (after an unfortunate false start at the University of Toronto) whose interests lie at the intersection of set-theory and (general) topology. I am Canadian (which means I spell certain words both the British and the American way), married (to a set-theorist, if you would believe), and have a couple of children (the baby I was kissing above would be my own). $\endgroup$ – user642796 May 11 '13 at 21:04
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    $\begingroup$ If elected to the Prime Moderator, do you and your lovely wife (send my regards, by the way) plan on moving to the math.SE equivalent of the White House/10 Downing street/etc? $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 11 '13 at 21:26
  • $\begingroup$ @ArthurFischer, this is my question to all the nominees, how do you plan to keep the "unanswered" questions list as low as possible? $\endgroup$ – Vikram May 12 '13 at 11:54
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    $\begingroup$ @Vikram: This is a very difficult thing to achieve, as there are currently over 22,500 questions in the Unanswered tab, and of these over 17,000 have no answer whatsoever. It is simply impossible for the moderators alone to handle this backlog. Part of solving this, IMHO, is discouraging users from giving answers (even hints) in the comments. Another part of solving this is encouraging users to upvote correct answers, even to "trivial" questions. These require a change in the attitude of a number of users regarding answering/upvoting, which moderators can promote but certainly not demand. $\endgroup$ – user642796 May 12 '13 at 12:40
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    $\begingroup$ @Vikram: Since when is it the job of a moderator to keep the Unanswered tab as short as possible? Moderators deal with the administrative parts of the site (i.e. suspensions, flags, disputes, spam, etc.) and not with the mathematical parts. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 12 '13 at 13:49
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    $\begingroup$ I agree with Asaf: with respect to Vikram, I think it would be a waste of time for candidates to address his question. $\endgroup$ – Pete L. Clark May 12 '13 at 16:54

Hi, I'm a postdoc at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

I've been a participant of this site for more than 1.5 years now. Although I don't have that much reputation, I think I have some experience, as you can see for example from 230 helpful flags (out of 262 total), about 2500 reviews, about 500 comments, ...

When it comes to moderation I see a consensus among the community as well as the candidates that moderators are there to handle the extreme cases. Many things are dealt with excellently by the community, e.g. by the review system and the comments.

As it seems to be an important issue for some of you: My view on questions just consisting of a (homework) problem (PSQ) is that they should be discouraged. Not so much because the community thinks they are not good, but because mathematics is like sports: You don't gain fitness by passively consuming it. Downvoting or closing can be appropriate ways (for the community, not in particular the moderators) to deal with them. But I also think that in the last weeks sometimes there has not been enough care, investigating if an OP put self-effort. Also I encourage you to upvote homework questions where self-effort is shown nicely.

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    $\begingroup$ What are extreme cases? I think that most flags are not extreme cases, and yet they are a big part of "moderation". In particular when not everything appears in the review system. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 11 '13 at 17:23
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    $\begingroup$ Also, will you decrease your time in the review system if elected? I believe that a moderator review is unilateral, much like anything else the moderators do. Maybe it's fine for some of the queues where a single reviewer decides, but what about other queues which require multiple votes? $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 11 '13 at 17:24
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    $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila I know someone would ask about the word "extreme". :-) I just wanted to contrast the last paragraph, i.e. I wanted to say that I would not unilaterally use my "mod powers". I can imagine that most flags aren't extreme, but I think those are the important ones. To answer your second question: I think I would decrease the time spent on the review system. First of all because I expect the moderator tasks to be time consuming and secondly because I share your opinion that some issues should be discussed/decided by the community rather than decided upon unilaterally by a moderator. $\endgroup$ – Julian Kuelshammer May 11 '13 at 21:45

It is my view that a moderator's job is to maintain the site in the least intrusive way possible. As well as this, I think it is important to realise that a moderator acts as a representative of the community. All actions they take should bear this in mind.

If I were elected, I would use this idea as a guide when making decisions alongside the other moderators, and endeavour to make the choices that best reflect the community's opinions rather than my own. Also, I would communicate extensively with the other moderators (particularly the more experienced ones), which I think is vital to ensure consistent moderation and prevent conflicts.

I am aware that my mathematical knowledge may not be on the same level as some of the other candidates, but to my mind being a moderator is about dealing with the workings of the site, and with users. These are things that I think I would be able to do calmly and fairly.

I really appreciate being a member of the site, due to its community-run nature, and want to give back in ways that play to my strengths. This is why I am active in meta and also try to carry out review tasks where possible. Ultimately, this is why I want to be a moderator.

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    $\begingroup$ Dear Tom, given that you are relatively new on this site, how will you try to compensate for your lack of experience of how things work on this site? $\endgroup$ – user38268 May 11 '13 at 15:11
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    $\begingroup$ @BenjaLim Whilst it's true that I've only been a member of the site for a little under $7$ months, I have been following meta for most of these, and have been participating in discussions for the last $5$ or so. I feel that I have a reasonable amount of experience with how the site works, and actions that moderators take. I do not really consider myself a "new user". However, I am sure that if I was elected there would be things that I would be uncertain of. In situations like these, I would look to the more experienced moderators for guidance. Is there anything specific you had in mind? $\endgroup$ – Tom Oldfield May 11 '13 at 15:30
  • $\begingroup$ I say that moderators should at least use proper spelling; nice job noticing that @Gerry Myerson $\endgroup$ – Justin May 12 '13 at 5:27
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson Corrected, thank you :) $\endgroup$ – Tom Oldfield May 12 '13 at 10:44
  • $\begingroup$ @TomOldfield, this is my question to all the nominees, how do you plan to keep the "unanswered" questions list as low as possible? $\endgroup$ – Vikram May 12 '13 at 11:55
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    $\begingroup$ @Vikram I think you should probably put the question here: meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/9408/… At any rate, keeping the unanswered questions list low is not a job where being a moderator matters, so my approach wouldn't change from what it is now, i.e. answer questions where possible and leave comments or edit questions that would be more likely to be answered if they were tweaked. $\endgroup$ – Tom Oldfield May 12 '13 at 12:30

I am running for moderator because I believe I can help maintain this site: handle out-of-control users, manage flags, and enforce the policies created by the community.

I've been a member of this site for over a year, but my activity really picked up in Nov '12. I help out where and when I can; yes, many of the questions asked here are over my head, but I am always striving to learn more and answer more questions. I complete review tasks when I see them available, and I'm often in the chatroom.

Additionally, I am active on Meta. Although I'm a relatively new(ish) user, I am currently close to the top of the users page when sorted by participation, and am on the first page even when sorted by all-time votes cast.

My moderation philosophy is that a moderator is essentially a "public servant"--my job would be to do as the community wants, regardless of my own position on the issue. This is not to say I will just be quiet and not share my opinion--I will do so, but in a reserved manner. After mixedmath's post on moderation, I certainly see how a diamond next to your name brings with it several restraints on how one should behave.

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    $\begingroup$ What do you mean by "take the lead in resolving conflicts"? More so than other moderators? Or more so than other moderators are doing currently? (In general, I would not expect a relatively new user and moderator to take the lead in such matters. And imo moderators should avoid intervening in personal conflicts unless it is absolutely necessary.) $\endgroup$ – TMM May 10 '13 at 0:48
  • $\begingroup$ @TMM My wording there was to attempt to balance the statement I had made before ("want site to run smoothly"), to ensure it didn't appear that I would just roll over and let anything/everything go. If there's some better wording I could use, I'd really appreciate it... :) $\endgroup$ – apnorton May 10 '13 at 2:47
  • $\begingroup$ @TMM I've adjusted the wording a bit to try and fit my beliefs a bit more. (I also now realize that I had a (now deleted) sentence from a prior draft that made the "take the lead" part a bit more balanced/clear... this revision is a bit better.) $\endgroup$ – apnorton May 10 '13 at 2:52
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    $\begingroup$ How is "out-of-control user" defined? To help gauge how broad or strict the definition would work out to be, can you say what is the number of users in meta since you started reading it, and the total number of cases (since some users may have crossed that line several times), that would have qualified for handling as out-of-control under the principles you would use for moderation? $\endgroup$ – zyx May 10 '13 at 23:17
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    $\begingroup$ @zyx I started casually reading meta during the BillD/Qiaochu conflict, and seriously reading shortly after it finished. Also, since I am not 10k, I cannot see deleted answers or comments. Thus, I can't really give an accurate portrayal of the number of times I've seen need for this. However, when I say "out-of-control," I mean the sort of text like this (10k post--but I've seen enough quoted on chat) or other blatant stuff like that. $\endgroup$ – apnorton May 11 '13 at 2:38
  • $\begingroup$ For example, would you have issued the same suspensions that were issued in that conflict, or taken action against some number of users in the recent meta conversations about (to approximate it by one word) homework postings. I'm not asking which users, just a rough number of cases and persons that would have triggered actions if you were doing all the moderation. $\endgroup$ – zyx May 11 '13 at 5:45
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    $\begingroup$ @anorton, no users who are not mods can see deleted comments. $\endgroup$ – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez May 11 '13 at 7:39
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    $\begingroup$ @zyx, I have no idea what you mean, really (necessary or sufficient for what?): my point was adding information. He said «Thus, I can't really give an accurate portrayal...» and the point is that no user who is not a mod can. $\endgroup$ – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez May 11 '13 at 19:08
  • $\begingroup$ @zyx sorry for the late response (yesterday was abnormally busy). With regards to the recent PSQ debates, I did not see any instances which would require suspension. With regards to the Bill/Qiaochu instance, I would have requested both of them to cease the edit/close wars, and if they did not cease until the issue had been reconciled on meta, and if the other moderators were in agreement, I would have issued 1wk suspensions. (I am not sure what triggered the 1 year suspension on BillD's account--I feel like some of the relevant discussions are deleted.) $\endgroup$ – apnorton May 12 '13 at 14:26
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, that does clarify things. What I understand from this is that (allowing for the invisibility of some comments) you would probably be similar to, or somewhat more tolerant than, the current moderation as far as suspensions and reining in users is concerned. I don't want to speak for you, though, so if that's not quite what you meant (or if you want me to remove this comment), just send an @ notice. $\endgroup$ – zyx May 12 '13 at 16:03
  • $\begingroup$ For future readers--zyx's assessment is correct. $\endgroup$ – apnorton May 12 '13 at 16:19

My view is that moderation should mostly be done in the background and where time is a real issue, such as ongoing contests. I would tone myself down and engage much less in policy debates on meta. I agree that a moderator should not be a policy advocate. Much of the ordinary closing business can and should be left to the community. For this reason, I think my well-documented opinion on what has become known as the PSQ would not influence my moderation much.

I never had a problem with current moderators and think it is crucial that the team of mods works well together. Every user and moderator may make information on myself available that could be relevant to my candidacy.

Personal information: I'm a postdoctoral researcher in economics at the University of Innsbruck. I do have some experience in teaching mathematics in a classroom setting.

P.S.: This field is too small to fully explain my moderation philosophy...

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    $\begingroup$ It's good seeing you tossing your hat into the ring! $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 9 '13 at 21:44
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    $\begingroup$ @Asaf That's nice to hear, thank you! $\endgroup$ – Michael Greinecker May 9 '13 at 21:54
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    $\begingroup$ Look at you, not a candidate for two hours and already you're schmoozing like a pro! ;-) $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 9 '13 at 22:00
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    $\begingroup$ I completely agree with the first paragraph above. Moderators should leave most things to the community, and only interfere in things that really need moderator attention. I am sure you would make a good moderator. $\endgroup$ – TMM May 9 '13 at 23:20
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    $\begingroup$ By the way, shouldn't the last sentence read "P.S.: I have a truly marvelous moderation philosophy, which this field is too narrow to contain."? :-) $\endgroup$ – TMM May 9 '13 at 23:22
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    $\begingroup$ @TMM: if so, it will be his last moderation. $\endgroup$ – user59671 May 9 '13 at 23:47
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    $\begingroup$ You and Jayesh Badwaik have my vote. $\endgroup$ – Rudy the Reindeer May 10 '13 at 9:25
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    $\begingroup$ Very nice, Michael, good luck on elections - I'll support your luck :) $\endgroup$ – Ilya May 11 '13 at 15:48
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelGreinecker, this is my question to all the nominees, how do you plan to keep the "unanswered" questions list as low as possible? $\endgroup$ – Vikram May 12 '13 at 11:56
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    $\begingroup$ @Vikram I think it is better to ask such a question here. Nevertheless, I upvote valid zero-score answers and answer unanswered questions where my skills fit. I would not change this behavior in case I get elected. $\endgroup$ – Michael Greinecker May 12 '13 at 12:16


This community has been my source for self-learning for a long date - in various important aspects: answers, discussions, motivation, etc. And as it seems that there is a low interest in nominating for moderation (I believe mainly due to the recent conflicts in the meta), I want to make myself useful and contribute in some way to the community.

About me:

I'm from Recife, Brazil. As I said in my profile, I didn't like mathematics for most part of my life, now I discovered it's powerful, beautiful and interesting (And I also discovered that I didn't disliked mathematics, I discovered I disliked my teachers methods). This year I'm going to enroll in a mathematics major at the UFPE university.

  • $\begingroup$ I suspect not many of the candidates can say that they have $41$ accounts on the StackExchange network! $\endgroup$ – TMM May 10 '13 at 1:07
  • $\begingroup$ @TMM Yes. I'm waiting for my golden lots of SE acc's for lulz badge. $\endgroup$ – Billy Rubina May 10 '13 at 5:35

Okay guys, I am a relative newb when it comes to stackexchange but I figured I'd give this a shot. I'm an incoming math grad student at University of Washington and I am trying to ramp up my math abilities again after doing an undergrad in CS and Physics. Part of that means getting involved with awesome math communities like math.SE.

Why should you vote for me? Well, I think I would be a good moderator because I am passionate about math and I honestly enjoy reading every post on this website.

I don't have any "campaign promises" but if you have any specific questions or concerns just leave a comment and I will try to clarify my stance.

Thanks for the opportunity!

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for the suggestion! I guess you mean that I shouldn't have written with such a casual tone. $\endgroup$ – pre-kidney May 9 '13 at 4:24
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    $\begingroup$ I honestly enjoy reading every post on this website... Seriously? $\endgroup$ – Did May 9 '13 at 12:52
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    $\begingroup$ @Did I honestly don't enjoy reading every post on this website, so if you value honesty, I am the clear choice. $\endgroup$ – user60725 May 9 '13 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ @BarackObama Come, I honestly already laughed stupidly while reading your nomination speech... $\endgroup$ – Did May 9 '13 at 13:16
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    $\begingroup$ @Did perhaps his intent is "Every post I read on this website, I enjoy"? $\endgroup$ – apnorton May 9 '13 at 18:53
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    $\begingroup$ @BarachObama : "Note: If you change one letter in my name, you will get my real one." [quoting from your profile info]- Banach Obama ? (sorry to pollute this community with my comment, but I couldn't resist doing this silly observation) $\endgroup$ – thetruth May 9 '13 at 20:15
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    $\begingroup$ You will never know @thetruth. $\endgroup$ – user60725 May 9 '13 at 20:34
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    $\begingroup$ In about 10 months on the site, you have never posted, commented, or even voted on meta. Does this reflect your level of interest in how the site is run? $\endgroup$ – 75064 May 9 '13 at 20:43
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    $\begingroup$ I don't know too much about meta, to say the truth. I'm here for the math! $\endgroup$ – pre-kidney May 9 '13 at 22:02
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    $\begingroup$ @pre-kidney, that might be an indication that moderation is not exactly what you are after. $\endgroup$ – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez May 11 '13 at 7:54
  • $\begingroup$ @thetruth: that means if you change 'h' to 'k' in "Barach Obama", you get his real name "Barack Obama". ;) don't doubt. $\endgroup$ – user59671 May 11 '13 at 21:00

I am an incoming math graduate student at University of Florida. I've posted actively since October in the group theory, abstract algebra, and finite groups tags (my area of research).

I participate in MSE because I enjoy talking about mathematics in a honest and relaxed setting. I am here to write interesting questions and answers and read those written by others.

For this reason, I understand the recent frustrations with PSQs. As a mod, I'd encourage users to improve the quality of their questions, while maintaining a dialog with those of us who do not share these frustrations. I will state my full stance: I only support closing definition-reinforcing (see comments) PSQs for which the user is unresponsive (or combative) to commenters, with a gentle suggestion that the question may be reopened with added details. As a peripheral issue, I would also encourage better question titling to prevent duplicates.

I would be a good mod because I am firm when called for, but I am also fair. I do listen. Also, as anyone will tell you on chat, I like to keep the mood light.

Overall, I would work to keep MSE a fun, happy place with good quality questions.

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    $\begingroup$ Notice that your intention to close only flagged PSQs etc. is something you and anyone with vote-to-close powers can do without being a mod —specially the part about the gentle suggestion and so on. In fact, it has more or less become expected of mods not to do this unilaterally. $\endgroup$ – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez May 6 '13 at 22:57
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    $\begingroup$ Right: I have removed the flagged part in light of your comment. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Gruber May 6 '13 at 23:02
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    $\begingroup$ It is a nice event seeing you as an candidate. :-) $\endgroup$ – mrs May 7 '13 at 1:42
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    $\begingroup$ Unfortunately, that link doesn't define what a Problem Statement Question is. Google didn't turn up anything for me. $\endgroup$ – Thomas Andrews May 7 '13 at 8:12
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    $\begingroup$ @ThomasAndrews There has been quite a few questions about this lately on Meta. For example, meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/9201/… Basically, the debate is what to do if someone posts a question saying "What is the integral of this." or something similar. So they are just copying and pasting a question from their problem sheet (or from the book that they are self-studying...and we have a debate!). $\endgroup$ – user1729 May 7 '13 at 8:39
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    $\begingroup$ The meta posting linked as "PSQs" is somewhat tendentious (for reasons having no connection to this candidacy) and is the subject of some ongoing debate about whether that question, intentionally or not, is a way of skewing the moderator elections. Be that as it may, if speaking of PSQ in the candidate statement, the acronym can be defined in the statement, and it is not quite defined in the meta question (it might be defined in the comments there somewhere). I think people are taking the term to mean "main site MSE question that contains only the statement of a mathematics problem". $\endgroup$ – zyx May 7 '13 at 8:44
  • $\begingroup$ meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/9180/… PSQs are also losely related to this, which should also be addressed in this election round. $\endgroup$ – franklin May 7 '13 at 17:52
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    $\begingroup$ Personally I must say I dislike tendency to close questions in which no effort has been given iff they "proceed trivially from the relevant definitions". This is very much a discriminative policy against those either younger or less able. What trivially proceeds is a very subjective judgement. $\endgroup$ – user5501 May 7 '13 at 21:06
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    $\begingroup$ @Q__ Many textbooks include problems following the statement of a definition with elementary questions designed to help clarify the definition to the reader. These are the problems I am referring to - not necessarily 'low difficulty' questions. I feel answering definition reinforcing questions is detrimental to the user in that it enables to the user to never crack their textbook. Above this level, perhaps the user didn't see the 'trick', or simply needs a canonical solution to illustrate the general method. I do not support closing the latter type of question. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Gruber May 7 '13 at 21:24
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    $\begingroup$ Of course, I agree that this is a subjective judgement, which is why it is in the hands of the community to make that judgement. Certainly as a mod I would not be unilaterally closing these questions myself. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Gruber May 7 '13 at 21:25
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    $\begingroup$ I hope we will be able to see some more interesting candidates along with your nomination in the last "two" days of the nomination period.. $\endgroup$ – Seyhmus Güngören May 11 '13 at 11:47
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    $\begingroup$ 我的就是你, Alexander. :-) $\endgroup$ – mrs May 12 '13 at 13:43

This election is complete.