# 2014 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
• 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!

## 23 Candidates

TODO: answer questions from the voters

I understand that there are more experienced candidates (and I will vote for them), but I think that I can add some specific values.

I have longer experience with tex.stackexchange.com and I think that it is easy to transform to this site's one in most cases. Hence there are pros and cons.

Pros (M — Mathematics, T — TeX site)

Formal requirements

Reputation: >4k M, >17k T (hence I have at least basic experience with moderator tools)

Civic Duty - T

Cleanup M T

Constituent M -

Convention - -

Copy Editor - - (but close: 409M 366T)

Deputy - T

Electorate - T

Enthusiast M T

Explainer M T

Investor M T

Marshal - -

Organizer M T

Pundit - T

Quorum M T

Refiner - -

Reviewer - T

Sportsmanship - T

Steward - -

Strunk & White M T

Tag Editor M T

Yearling M T

tex.stackexchange.com is very friendly zone. For example, people are asked not to downvote below -1 questions which OP can easily improve. Adding at least $\epsilon$ of this behaviour could improve this site.

Cons

1. My account is really active for the last two months.
2. My English is rather poor (FCE level).
3. "I am a man" (Some Like It Hot).
• There is no need to copy your list of badges, which is very easily accessible from your profile page! – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez Dec 15 '14 at 4:58
• what is this? a "message", or just a "mess"? – chouaib Dec 15 '14 at 5:00
• @MarianoSuárez-Alvarez I have observed that the robot works only for Math site, hence enlarging for TeX one. – Przemysław Scherwentke Dec 15 '14 at 5:05
• Your list appears to be influenced by the citizenship score project. Since this page now lists you among other candidates, there's no need to put the stats in the nomination. Your activity on TeX is not directly relevant to your investment into the Math site. – user147263 Dec 15 '14 at 5:05
• I like your last "pros" paragraph, about being friendly and not downvoting below $-1$ in fixable posts. Perhaps, whatever happens, you could increase your meta activity and edit more on the main? Personally, I feel that "friendliness" is an important metric. – user1729 Dec 15 '14 at 9:30

After a long deliberation, I have decided that I too am ready to take up some obligations to help keep maintaining and if possible increasing the quality of the site by becoming a moderator (if elected).

I am a relatively new user of this site, but since I've joined about one and a half years ago, I have been fairly active here - mostly answering questions and posting hopefully helpful comments, but I have also been moderately active in the review queues and done a bit of editing posts into better shape, and cast a couple of flags, so I am not completely without experience in the janitorial tasks. My meta experience is mostly reading, but occasionally I muster the energy to answer a question there too.

There are some things that make me think I would be a good moderator:

• I am old enough to be patient, so the risk of me losing my temper is small.
• I care enough about the site to invest a significant amount of time in it.

And others that make me doubt:

• I am a slow thinker and slow at coming to decisions.
• I lack skill at "putting myself in the other's shoes".
• I have no previous moderation experience.

It may be relevant (or not) that I'm not a professional mathematician.

• Please remove 'if elected' :) – Aditya Hase Dec 14 '14 at 11:25
• Warning: Do you really want two moderators named "Fischer"? (awaits meta question demanding my resignation effective Dec 23) – user642796 Dec 14 '14 at 11:40
• This turns out to be a productive day in the field of new candidates! – Asaf Karagila Dec 14 '14 at 11:42
• @Arthur: I thought that you're used to "Fischer & Fischer" being a thing! :-) – Asaf Karagila Dec 14 '14 at 14:06
• @ArthurFischer that was the same thing that came to my mind when i saw this – RE60K Dec 14 '14 at 15:26
• Of course we want two Fischer's, the Fischer brothers, you will do well – Mister Benjamin Dover Dec 14 '14 at 18:57
• You have about 2500 answers and 99k reputation in less than 2 years. Yet you doubt yourself and say you are no pro mathematician and even call yourself a slow thinker. Trying to be modest and charming ?? You did go to school and got a degree in math did you not ? :) – mick Dec 14 '14 at 20:26
• @mick Answering mathematical questions is not the type of thinking I meant there, it's the thinking about issues that would be relevant for moderation. It's not so easy to see whether something is right or wrong there. And "not a professional mathematician" simply means that doing mathematics is not my job. – Daniel Fischer Dec 14 '14 at 21:11
• You are right Daniel. But you probably have a phd in math. Its a different kind of thinking yes. Personally I think I might be the right person to think about it. But I dont want to compare us. Good luck. – mick Dec 14 '14 at 21:18
• No PhD for me, @mick, things didn't work out that way. – Daniel Fischer Dec 14 '14 at 21:28
• Thats a bit surprising ! You certainly give a " PhD impression ". You know alot about math. But perhaps that discussion belongs to chat. – mick Dec 14 '14 at 21:31
• @Arthur: Are you fisching for an excuse to get out from under? :-) – Brian M. Scott Dec 14 '14 at 22:59
• Daniel, I am glad you are taking up the challenge. You and I have a lot in common: love complex integrals, not doing math for a living, etc. I would have taken up the challenge of moderation, but you seem way more even-keeled and dependable than I, so I felt the need to nominate you. I hope you didn't mind, but judging from the reaction to my post, I'd say you have a pretty good chance at getting at chance at this. – Ron Gordon Dec 14 '14 at 23:41

Reporting for janitorial duty.

I have been at our site for three and a half years now and I'm totally addicted. Might as well try and give something back to the best math site I've ever seen.

The main reasons why I think I am a good choice are:

• Math/career experience. I have been exposed to diverse corners of math, educational systems on both sides of the Atlantic, 25 years of teaching at college/university level, as well as interfacing with programmers/telcomm engineers during my shortish industry stint.
• I like to think I'm moderate (don't we all?). I will occasionally get caught in a heated debate. But after the initial shockwave has passed I try to bury the hatchet and look for a compromise.

IMO my major shortcomings are:

• Lack of time elsewhere in the SE network. I have never participated in our network wide meta, and thus I only have second hand exposure to SE philosophy. The moderators are our main link to SE staff, so I will have a lot to learn there. I have never moderated a site before.
• I'm not sure about the level of my emotional intelligence - you be the judge.

If given a bigger broom to wield I will be more careful about how, when and where I sweep.

• Took you long enough! – Asaf Karagila Dec 14 '14 at 8:25
• This election makes sense now! – Aditya Hase Dec 14 '14 at 11:38
• I like the "moderate" pun $-$ all jokes apart, I'd vote for you! – Ahaan S. Rungta Dec 14 '14 at 11:46
• If you sample Jyri's participation on meta, be it answers or comments, you will find a consistent pattern of trying to do the right thing and to mediate. As someone who often disagreed with what he said, I still always had a high opinion of him because of what I perceived as persistently good intentions. I think he'd be a fine moderator. – gnometorule Dec 14 '14 at 20:32
• Like @gnometorule, I often disagree with Jyrki but have no doubt about his good intentions; he’s certainly a worthy candidate. – Brian M. Scott Dec 14 '14 at 23:07
• Glad you finally nominated yourself. I did consider putting your name on the list on meta, but I thought you would probably nominate yourself anyway if you wanted to. – Tobias Kildetoft Dec 15 '14 at 9:16

I'm a 34-year-old PhD student in biomathematics at the University of Helsinki. I've been active on Math.SE, and the SE network in general, since 2011.

I have diverse interests, and I'm active on a lot of SE sites, including SO, Meta.SE, Crypto.SE, Physics, Academia and Math Educators (and, of course, Math.SE). Outside SE, I've been a Wikipedia admin since 2006 (although I haven't been active there for years), so I know a bit about what's involved in moderating a large volunteer-driven open content collaboration.

IMO, the job of a moderator is to keep the site running smoothly. That involves several things:

• On one hand, a moderator is a janitor — someone who makes sure the floors stay clean, someone you call in when the toilet is overflowing.

• The other part of a moderator's job is to moderate — to step in when tempers get too hot and ensure that, despite our differences and misunderstandings, we all mostly get along.

I've been told that I have an even temperament. I rarely get angry or upset, and I try to empathize with both sides in a dispute — a trait I hope to put to good use as a community moderator.

• "someone you call in when the toilet is overflowing." covering with paper doesn't make it alright, I hope you know this. (youtu.be/eB5VXJXxnNU?t=5m4s) I any case very good profile, in particular your remark concerning temperament, it is very important to be considered. – Mister Benjamin Dover Dec 14 '14 at 0:05
• even though you have not been active recently, given the pool i like your history. – abel Dec 14 '14 at 1:42
• Helsinki? That's great! Expect a drink in late July/early August. – Asaf Karagila Dec 14 '14 at 6:26
• @Asaf: I'll keep that in mind. :) – Ilmari Karonen Dec 14 '14 at 13:35
• It doesn't look like you participate in a lot of moderator-related activities on math.SE (only 25 reviews, 22 flags...), why is that? (And the bulk of your meta participation is apparently in the "Community Promotion ads"...) You also haven't been active very much these past months -- how do we ensure that such a hiatus won't happen again? – Najib Idrissi Dec 14 '14 at 16:41
• @Najib: I really haven't been too active on math.SE recently, period. That's mostly because I've been spending the majority of my time on SE on other sites. Obviously, as a moderator, I would have a good reason to focus more on math.SE specifically. That said, I'm perfectly aware that some may consider that a strike against me, and I'm OK with that. For better or worse, I tend to see myself first as a contributor to the SE network as a whole, and math.SE only as one part of that. If you see that as a reason to prefer a more math.SE-focused candidate over me, that's a position I can respect. – Ilmari Karonen Dec 14 '14 at 18:59

I have enjoyed being part of Math.SE since I joined more than 2 years ago. The SE model is the best Q&A site on the internet that I have come across. Because of this I would like to help maintain Math.SE as a leading math Q&A site on the internet.

I believe that a moderator's job is best done behind the scenes. To quote A theory of Moderation I believe that "moderators are human exception handlers" that ideally would do as little as possible. Moderators are there when things don't go ideally. Moderators are not activists.

A moderator has a diamond next to his or her name and this comes with a great responsibility. It puts a greater focus on everything that the moderator does. Therefore, I believe that moderators should act at all times with the knowledge that their words and action will be scrutinized.

In any community there will be disagreements over policy. I believe that it is the job of the moderator to enforce the policies that the community has agreed to. Therefore, while I might have opinions that, from time to time, differ from the majority, I will respect the decisions of the majority and not just do "what I think is right".

• You should use your own thinking on top of others' opinions about things. Of course "what you think is right" is equally important and that is why you are elected to moderate activities. – DeepSea Dec 12 '14 at 1:57
• @ah-huh-moment. Certainly. I would have to apply my own thinking to each situation/flag/... What I mean to say is that my actions would not just be about what I personally think is right. There might be situations where a moderator has to go against his or her own opinion. – Thomas Dec 12 '14 at 2:00
• @ah-huh-moment Moderators do not set the policies for the website. The community does. Just like the police shouldn't selectively enforce the law or invent rules on the fly, neither should moderators. – Najib Idrissi Dec 12 '14 at 8:10
• Math/education credentials? – BCLC Dec 12 '14 at 10:24
• @ah-huh-moment: We had a moderator that took time to decide how to apply each policy. Even those that in principle were agreed by him. That did not work out well for anyone on the site. – Asaf Karagila Dec 12 '14 at 12:16
• @BCLC: I completed my Ph.D. in mathematics this past summer. – Thomas Dec 12 '14 at 13:02
• @Thomas Cool. Dissertation topic? What about master's/undergrad? Dunno how relevant but I think some people might be curious – BCLC Dec 12 '14 at 13:22
• At lest someone who as a signifant record of flags. – Gabriel Romon Dec 12 '14 at 16:51
• @BCLC: My main area of research is Representation Theory. – Thomas Dec 12 '14 at 17:32
• Thomas, cool! That was my favorite non-set theory topic as an undergrad (I took an advance course). – Asaf Karagila Dec 12 '14 at 18:38

TODO: answer questions from the voters

Respected members of MSE,

I would like to nominate myself for the moderator position. I don't know how well I am suited for this post but nevertheless this is a good opportunity to reciprocate something useful to a community which has helped me a lot.

• Don't know? Why don't you take a look at what is happening on meta? – Aditya Hase Dec 11 '14 at 14:12
• He might want to say he has no experience ... – mick Dec 11 '14 at 23:37
• There are other ways to reciprocate the community's effort - most moderation probably falls to normal users. What would you do with moderation superpowers that you couldn't do without them? – Milo Brandt Dec 12 '14 at 3:34

I would like to nominate myself as a moderator candidate in these elections.

As a career researcher but non-academic, my background in mathematics involves a great deal of interfacing with non-mathematicians. To this end, I have a strong belief that quality of communication is as important as technical detail, both in providing answers and in asking questions. I believe that simply providing an answer is often insufficient, either because it goes beyond the user's comprehension, or because it fails to promote a context for further understanding. As a corollary, I also believe that blandly asking a question without communicating prior understanding or context is equally undesirable.

In over two years of participation on this site, I have grown to appreciate the concept of mathematics as community. I think that this is a strong community of learning, but also of sharing, and that quality of the community is strengthened by the ability to participate in both.

As a moderator, my emphasis would be on community building, by supporting members who add diversity and genuine interest, and by discouraging those users who seek to use the community only for their own sake.

• diversity, in what sense? – abel Dec 11 '14 at 2:15
• @abel In a community that embraces anonymity, diversity can only be judged by the tolerance of different opinions. More directly, diversity can be encouraged by supporting users who provide a variety of solutions, and supporting users who ask questions that may seem overly simple, or who may not understand some solution approaches. Part of the beauty of math is that different ideas can come together to solve problems in different ways. This is most apt to users who have not yet developed mathematical sophistication and would benefit from several solutions. – Emily Dec 11 '14 at 2:30
• solution or an answer to mathematical problems is not an opinion to be tolerated. tolerated by who? you answer a question you find interesting. i don't get your abstract terms like diversity, tolerance, etc. a concrete example would be helpful. – abel Dec 11 '14 at 2:35
• @abel There are two issues. First, there is ever-present discussion about the objectives of the community and who it is designed to serve. This takes place in meta, and I feel that there is a need for more advocates of maintaining a tempered approach to addressing such matters. (Often, users approach perceived problems in a way that can be best described as fatalistic). A different, yet related, issue is the way that problems tend to get solved. I will provide an example in my next comment. – Emily Dec 11 '14 at 2:46
• For example, suppose a student asks a Libya's algebra question about some properties of eigenvalues. One user might invoke a key linear algebra theorem. Another user might simply wish to compute the characteristic polynomial. Both approaches are valid. But sometimes, the author of the more general solution will comment on the less general solution in a way that is less than gracious. I feel that this does not necessarily serve the OPs needs. Remember, not every user is a voluntary member of the math community, but through embracing a diversity of solution approaches, we can be more inviting. – Emily Dec 11 '14 at 2:50
• As a moderator, I wouldn't impose my opinion through moderator powers, but rather lead by example. My answer history shows that most of my answers are for questions where I feel I can add pedagogical value by communicating an idea in a way the op might understand better than they understand their textbook or lecture notes. – Emily Dec 11 '14 at 2:56
• you are imposing your opinion the moment you say you know the needs of the OP by just reading his question. you have very little knowledge of the OP's needs from one little question. – abel Dec 11 '14 at 3:06
• I disagree. The experienced tutor can suss out the source of a student's confusion. In any case, providing different approaches may help the next person. Questions are not self contained, and are not maintained for posterity, but rather serve as a record for all to see. Distinct approaches seldom detract from the quality of the site. – Emily Dec 11 '14 at 3:11
• It should say Linear Algebra up above... Not Libya's algebra. Stupid phone :( – Emily Dec 11 '14 at 3:13
• I don't know if MSE "embraces" anonymity. Maybe "doesn't leave the room" or "will lend anonymity a cup of sugar and some eggs". But embraces? That somehow hints that users are not just accepted, but even somehow encouraged to use anonymous nicknames. If I were the King of the Internet, I'd probably go the other way around, but... – Asaf Karagila Dec 11 '14 at 12:58
• @asafkaragila Maybe not "embraces", but it sure offers users ample ability to remain anonymous. One need not even register to use the site! – Emily Dec 11 '14 at 13:14
• There have been people who used their real name while being unregistered. I don't see the immediate connection between registration and anonymity here. – Asaf Karagila Dec 11 '14 at 13:15
• @asafkaragila That some users choose not to remain anonymous does not change the fact that the SE platform broadly offers ample tools to those that do. In any case, anonymity isn't the point. The point is that on the internet, it is possible to frame yourself however you choose, so diversity can only be recognized by how people choose to act. I am hopeful that many of the community spats can be abated by recognizing that not every user here is a career mathematician or aiming to become one... and embracing that idea. – Emily Dec 11 '14 at 13:19
• I agree with that, but I don't think there is anyone who is seriously using this website with this frame of mind. I do, however, think, that the people that quibble on meta (myself included) would prefer that the people who come to ask questions here, even if not in a trajectory which includes a tenured position, do want to learn [something about] mathematics rather than get answers. So while I tend to agree with your point, I am having a hard time thinking of any "meta dweller", where the discussions happen, which will disagree with that. – Asaf Karagila Dec 11 '14 at 13:24
• @asafkaragila Over time, I have come across enough examples that dishearten me. I don't necessarily think that it is a problem, but I think that it is a symptom of some thing more subtle. As far as your opinions towards learning, I agree fully except for the emphasis on mathematics. Maybe they want to learn engineering or finance. Mathematis serves those fields. As community stewards, we can do better to serve those users. – Emily Dec 11 '14 at 13:27

Hi everyone!

I am a member of MSE for 9 months. As I started participating, I was still a student in my final year; now I graduated and I work in the financial industry as a researcher but I keep answering to many questions in my spare time. I especially enjoy probability theory, probability games and, in a different field, analysis and linear algebra.

I candidate to become a moderator because it would be the next logical step in my involvement for the site; in my opinion, MSE needs active members able both to contribute continuously to improve the quality of the questions and answers, and to help newcomers to interact positively with the community.

I am a recent member, but I already have some experience with forums: I opened a problem discussion thread on a French forum, for undergraduate students (when I was undergraduate myself); and I am always enthusiastic about both online communities and mathematical teaching.

• The next logical step in your involvement would be to participate on meta. Zero participation so far. – user147263 Dec 9 '14 at 23:21
• @Behaviour: Zero visible participation, which need not be the same thing. A moderator should be reasonably familiar with meta, but that does not entail being active (though of course lack of activity makes it harder to demonstrate familiarity). I actually take an extra hard look at candidates who are extremely active here: meta tends to attract more than its share of busybody and petty bureaucrat types. (And no, I am absolutely not saying that most folks here fall into those categories.) – Brian M. Scott Dec 10 '14 at 0:12
• Some votes on meta... five, to be precise. – user147263 Dec 10 '14 at 0:15
• I know of one past moderator who, when his term was over, vowed never to return to meta. I really don't blame him. I don't think an able-bodied prospect has to have been active in meta in anticipation of generously offering his/her services. – user12802 Dec 10 '14 at 18:06
• Did you get into Ecole Polytechnique ? – Gabriel Romon Dec 10 '14 at 18:28
• @G.T.R I did, the previous year was my last there. – mookid Dec 10 '14 at 18:59
• coooool. specifics about math/educational background? and why are you only 126 on Quant SE? – BCLC Dec 12 '14 at 10:27
• I'm not sure that I understand what you mean. I chose the applied mathematics courses there, I don't jnow what else I can say. – mookid Dec 12 '14 at 10:53
• @BCLC I'm not sure that I understand what you mean. I chose the applied mathematics courses there, I don't know what else I can say. About QSE, I am not much interested in what happens there. Finance may not be the most exciting science topic. – mookid Dec 12 '14 at 12:14

Ive been around here for 2 years and I learned to improve my communication skills about math subjects. I did not want to nominate myself in the past because I felt I was not ready. But now I learned some math and also how to talk about it. I gained experience and insight. I think Im ready for some moderation now.

I reached 2450+ reputation and that is a sign for me Im ready. ALthough Im very young (15) im intrested in many areas of math , even the less popular or wellknown ones. (such as tetration)

Im aware Im far from the best mathematician but I am also far from the worst :) I consider myself to have the wisdom to know what I understand and to know what I do not. And thus I think I know when I should leave things to others when Im not the right person to act.

As a person I think I can call myself openminded and constructive. I would prefer to comment or edit , then to vote to close or delete for instance.

I think everyone who is serious about math and gives a sincere attempt at a good question or answer deserves constructive comment and an explaination for negative feedback.

Also I love MSE :)

• I certainly appreciate users keen to comment & edit and it shows good character; however, those are not powers granted by becoming a moderator - you already have those powers. What appeals to you about the moderation powers? (Especially facts like your votes to close/delete having immediate effect) – Milo Brandt Dec 12 '14 at 3:42
• @Meelo Im aware that I have those powers. Im just mentioning that I prefer to comment and edit and be constructive rather than close or delete without constructive communication. The closing powers appeal to me, but I wanted to say that I will not use them without consideration and care ! – mick Dec 14 '14 at 20:37
• Let me explain further : If a question is so bad that it needs to be closed , so be it. But if a user is sincere, he or she might edit the question after some helpful comment and voting to close to fast might chase some away from MSE which would be a shame. – mick Dec 14 '14 at 20:40

I have been a member here for 1.5 years but have only recently started to ask and answer questions on the site. However, I have been an active member on TeX stackechange for 1.9 years.

As a moderator, I would be fair and just. I come on the site to answer questions that interest me, learn, and ask questions; that is, I am not here to socialize. Due to the not socializing nature, I don't hold any favoritism towards any other member which in turn would allow me to be fair.

I currently hold a BS in Math and Finance (2011) and a MS in Mechanical Engineering (2014). I hope to be pursing a PhD in Electrical Engineering in the fall of 2015 or if I can't find a job I both enjoy and pays well, I would consider that too.

When I am not on the site, I go hiking in the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire during the winter months since the views are amazing and the trails aren't crowded. When I am not on the mountains, I will be in the gym or reading.

• I noticed you omitted patient from the promises. Moderators put out the flames; the exchange you had on meta just a few days ago is a complete opposite of that. (There were some flags there, and not all comments survived.) – user147263 Dec 9 '14 at 23:15
• @Behaviour this is why we need a fair moderation. I flagged a comment which wasn't removed when the comment is rude. That is, the moderators aren't been fair or playing favorites. If I had the ability, I would have deleted the comment myself and been done with it. – dustin Dec 9 '14 at 23:17
• The only rude comments were made by you, and they were promptly deleted by the moderation team. This isn't really the hallmark of a great moderator. – Najib Idrissi Dec 10 '14 at 8:46
• @NajibIdrissi your comment was rude. I dont know how you cant see that. – dustin Dec 10 '14 at 14:26
• I did not consider @NajibIdrissi comment as rude, but I can see why you found it annoying. Anyway your reply was much worse and actually rude. That being said this seems not the best place to discuss this, but you should really think about this and not blame it on "unfair" moderation. Sorry to say, but if you have a problem with that type of comment, just do not try to be a moderator, you will be faced with much much worse. – quid Dec 10 '14 at 15:08
• @quid it is in fact insulting and inflammatory which worse than rude which shouldn't be acceptable from someone with a 12k+ rep and the fact that the mods allow that shows we need a change in mentality. – dustin Dec 10 '14 at 15:37
• I have just reviewed Najib's comments for the first time, and as a neutral third party who doesn't know either Najib or Dustin from Adam, I did not find them even a little bit rude, insulting, or inflammatory. My conclusion from this exchange is rather that Dustin is too thin-skinned to be a moderator. – MJD Dec 11 '14 at 0:04
• @MJD Insulting someone's work is circulatory; thus, it is insulting. And is insulting and inflammatory by the nature of the comment. I could then say that Najib is too thin skinned for my comment. – dustin Dec 11 '14 at 0:33
• dustin you clearly should not be a moderator. – Suzu Hirose Dec 11 '14 at 3:08
• @SuzuHirose you are entitled to think that. – dustin Dec 11 '14 at 3:09
• 94 years old moderator! – abel Dec 11 '14 at 4:38
• I can't see the page linked in @behaviour's comment, thus I suppose Dustin has removed it, to ensure that he should not be a moderator – chouaib Dec 11 '14 at 5:07
• @chouaib Yes, it was deleted by dustin 10 hours ago. – user147263 Dec 11 '14 at 5:11
• @chouaib the post it was about was removed 2 days ago so that post was irrelevant. – dustin Dec 11 '14 at 5:56
• Dustin: did you remove the post before @Behaviour tagged it here or after? – chouaib Dec 11 '14 at 6:37

I accept that I have a reasonably "low reputation" and do not deserve to hold the moderator post in that sense but I promise that my services would not be as low as my reputation.The thing which I like the most is Maths and Maths is my GOD.So whatever I would do would be just what is right for Maths.With the dedication of me to Maths and the math stacexchange site which has paved a way for me to explore the infinite world of maths I promise that I would -

1 Treat everyone equal whether it be the highest reputed member or one who is a newcomer to this site.

2 Would try my best that questions are not closed or marked as off-topic without any proper reason which has been the complain of many members.

3 Would be humble to all and try my best that I never hurt anyone's feelings or self respect

4 Would answer everyone's queries and welcome all sorts of doubts

And at last I would try to make this site a fruitful one with my full dedication so that even the one who hates Maths starts loving it via this site .

• You've completed $1$ review what's up with that. Not to mention that you have raised only $1$ helpful flag. – Aditya Hase Dec 9 '14 at 16:40
• I don't want to seem cynical, but regardless of how equal, or caring you are, we want Mods who are experienced, knowledgeable, and reliable. You've been here 9 months according to your profile, and honestly, in those 9 months, you haven't shown the determination or dedication that a good mod should have. – Asimov Dec 9 '14 at 17:51
• Your low reputation is not so important as your non-participation on Meta, your non-raising of flags, your non-editing of posts, and your general lack of any moderator-like activity. It's not clear from your statement that you have even considered these matters or that you think they are significant. – MJD Dec 11 '14 at 15:41
• "Would try my best that questions are not closed or marked as off-topic without any proper reason" If anything, more questions need to be closed, not less. The reason MathOverflow has a separate existence from MathematicsSE is precisely because there is such a flood of do-my-homework-for-me questions on MathematicsSE. – DumpsterDoofus Dec 11 '14 at 21:27
• My suggestions: remove the capslock from your nick. It is so offensive. Use "."s at the end of your sentences, it is a sign of literacy. Learn the stackexchange markup language (for example, ordered lists). And finally, use bold only on need. Bolding every third word in your text inflates it. – peterh Dec 12 '14 at 10:08
• PeterHorvath, well said. @Dumpster There is also a demand that many questions get closed too fast or unfairly. I am one of those who agree. – Sawarnik Dec 12 '14 at 14:49

TODO: answer questions from the voters

I think I can distinguish good answers with effort put in them from ones which are not, and provide assistance in elementary subjects. I usually care about what I see on the site and overseeing and correcting things when I think its necessary is important to me.

• How come you have 0 out of 1 helpful flags, if you "usually care .. and overseeing and correcting things"? – mrf Dec 9 '14 at 15:02
• @mrf the fact my suggestion wasn't approved doesn't mean I am apathetic....surely you're familiar with how the system works? – Bak1139 Dec 9 '14 at 21:39
• I'm more concerned with the "1" than the "0" here. – mrf Dec 9 '14 at 21:53
• @Bak1139, are you familiar with clicking users' profiles to deduce whether they know how the system works? – wjm Dec 10 '14 at 19:56
• @Josué im not and neither you – Bak1139 Dec 10 '14 at 21:55
• But a moderator's job isn't typically to distinguish good answers from bad ones or answer elementary things any more than that's a normal user's job. It's good that you're keen on correcting things, but that's quite well accomplished without moderator powers. – Milo Brandt Dec 12 '14 at 3:47
• I think it should be emphasized that it is not the role of moderators to evaluate answers, nor to provide mathematical assistance in elementary or nonelementary subjects. – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez Dec 13 '14 at 18:11
• I think It is too early for you take this job.... – Ripan Saha Dec 15 '14 at 8:08

TODO: answer questions from the voters

I have been around here since 9 months ago, I have learned and know how the system here works. Although my contribution on Math SE is very small compared to the prominent users here, considering my age and the little time I've been here, I think it is not negligible. I have enough experience because I have participated in many similar sites like Math SE (you may refer to my profile page for the details).

I have learned so much from this site and I think it is about time for me to give back. While Mr. Martin Sleziak has said that I can still contribute to the growth of this community, in some ways and in my own schedule, even without my diamond, serving as a moderator will give me bigger chances to improve my contributions than as an ordinary user. I have good enough mathematics skills, I like to get along with the users here, and most importantly, I have a lot of time to serve this site.

I hope I am not making any immodest statements, excessively praising myself, nor showing narcissism on my part. Thank you and may God bless Mathematics StackExchange.

• If you "have a lot of time to serve this site", why aren't you doing it? You have cast only 4 helpful flags, your only extant meta post is self-serving and shows lack of research, and you completed mere 39 reviews all time. – user147263 Dec 9 '14 at 16:20
• @Behaviour Im sorry but I think you are being not nice. Maybe she has more time "from now on," or something like that. Surely she is an interesting user of MSE. Or maybe I'm just defending her because she is pretty :) But still I think she makes a good candidate. – mick Dec 9 '14 at 22:35
• God bless you too :) I might not believe in God but I might believe in you :) I did nominate myself too for all clarity. Maybe we can both be moderators. Power to the youth ! :) – mick Dec 9 '14 at 23:09
• @mick Given that much of a moderator's activity involves dealing with flags, things related to the review queues, and meta, how does one have a metric for "potential quality as a moderator" when they haven't participates in these activities before much, if at all? – user98602 Dec 9 '14 at 23:09
• I think rep and personality matter. – mick Dec 9 '14 at 23:39
• "I have enough experience because I have participated in many similar sites like Math SE" - are these sites really similar to Math.SE? Your one question on meta.math.se showed a lack of understanding of the usual practices on this site. – Carl Mummert Dec 10 '14 at 2:13
• @Integrator I don't understand your comment. – layman Dec 10 '14 at 2:27
• @Behaviour I have a lot of time to serve this site by providing answers and questions. To be honest, my initial motivation to join in this site is getting reputation & badges as much as possible and of course learning math. That's the reason why my activity history like review, edit, revision, etc is very small. – Anastasiya-Romanova 秀 Dec 10 '14 at 11:17
• @Behaviour Yes, I admit that my extant meta post is self-serving and shows lack of research, but I asked that question about 6 month ago where I still had lack of knowledge of this site. Why wouldn't you consider that fact? :) Of course if I am elected as a moderator I'll spend most of my time here for moderating this site, not only posting answers and questions. – Anastasiya-Romanova 秀 Dec 10 '14 at 11:17
• Prof. @CarlMummert Yes, they are similar. AFAIK, similar in English means looking or being almost, but not exactly, the same. So, of course, they are not exactly similar with Math S.E. About my post on Meta, please take a look my comment to Behavior above this comment. Thanks. – Anastasiya-Romanova 秀 Dec 10 '14 at 11:19
• @ah-huh-moment. Being a moderator on Math S.E. is a very non mathematical task. Are you aware of that? So why would I need "mathematical maturity sufficiently high enough to take on the responsibility as a moderator"? AFAIK, being a moderator in this site is not the same as being a manager at a company who leads the others or my subordinates. I will not lead anyone here even I will not have my own subordinates. To my understanding, a moderator is a person who makes certain that all things here runs without problems and follows the rules. – Anastasiya-Romanova 秀 Dec 10 '14 at 11:21
• Thank you very much to Mario De León Urbina, mick, and everyone here who support my participation in moderator elections. (^◡^) – Anastasiya-Romanova 秀 Dec 10 '14 at 11:22
• You're really 14? – OBDA Dec 10 '14 at 13:25
• "I have a lot of time to serve this site by providing answers and questions". This is an important aspect of MSE to be sure, but it has nothing to do with being a moderator, which is why your lack of activity in reviewing and flagging is worrying. – user98602 Dec 10 '14 at 14:11
• @MikeMiller I will improve my contribution to those things. Thanks for your concern. – Anastasiya-Romanova 秀 Dec 10 '14 at 14:19

Keen to award bounties, I care more about having an actual reputation than having a high rep count. I am in favour of quality over quantity, questions of value that demonstrate an eagerness to learn, and honest answers with depth & clarity.

See for yourself the effort I put into my questions and answers.

I am a Masters student in the UK looking to take my mathematics to Ph.D. level and beyond, and I care more about the subject than I care to admit.

In some respects, I'm already moderating the site more than most. Consider the following review, flag, and attendance figures:

• First Post: 1103.
• Low Quality Post: 1105.
• Suggested Edit: 639.
• Visited: 407 days, 407 consecutive.
• Helpful Flags (Mathematics SE): 885.

If I become a moderator: I will endeavour to uphold the high standards MSE is already performing to, and then some; I will continue to encourage excellent posts all round; and I will exercise to the best of my ability a forgiving, fair, and firm approach to moderating.

• From your badges it's obvious! But data being shown here is lying! – Aditya Hase Dec 9 '14 at 11:54
• @Interigator No, I'm not lying; I don't know why you might think that. Perhaps it's the flags. The helpful flags thing I put above is for MSE. I'd have put a picture up of the data I see but pictures here are forbidden. – Shaun Dec 9 '14 at 12:05
• It's now at 887 by the way. – Shaun Dec 9 '14 at 12:06
• @Integrator Perhaps what is shown is for meta or a fraction to represent helpful versus unhelpful flags. In that respect, see this :) – Shaun Dec 9 '14 at 12:26
• It is possible that "close-flags" are omitted from the number of flags counted above. – user642796 Dec 9 '14 at 12:42
• @ArthurFischer That seems reasonable. Close-flags are a fairly poor subsititute for real close votes. Do you moderators get them, or does it just cause the question to go to the close review queue? – mrf Dec 9 '14 at 12:51
• Close-flags put questions into the close votes review queue, and not into the moderator flag queue. (Though there is nothing preventing moderators from being active in these queues, our efforts are often spent elsewhere.) – user642796 Dec 9 '14 at 13:44

Coming from a strictly neutral country - Switzerland - I think I have the ideal predisposition to be a moderator :)

I'm a math enthusiast, and I like to get along with people. I'm active on MathOverflow as well as on math.stackexchange.com and I've experience in teaching as well as research.

• I notice that you have never reviewed anything. You also have no flagging history or meta activity. How familiar are you with how the site is running? – mrf Dec 9 '14 at 15:06

Besides being a complete mathematics addict, I am also very adhered to Math.StackExchange. Here are some reasons I think I would be a good fit for the moderator position.

1. I have past experience, especially with being a mod on AoPS and Brilliant and have other leadership positions, all of which have been extremely enjoyable and successful.

2. My maturity and understanding for others exceeds my age, IMHO.

3. My love for the community and care for the site would not interfere with my position; I would not let the users control my actions and would keep my power under the backseat until the time comes that I must use it.

There are a copious number of reasons for which I want to be a moderator, but primarily, it is to give back. In my 18 months on Math.SE, I have encountered many people of several statures spending several hours of their time helping others and I, myself, have used that help, and have provided a lot of help. As an active question-asker and problem-solver, I take any misuse of the site very seriously and I want to help the community as much as possible. Now is my chance to serve back.

Good luck to all!

• In chat someone mentioned that you have been mod at AoPS. If this is indeed the case, it might be important enough to be mentioned in your nomination. In fact, there is also a related question in this list. – Martin Sleziak Dec 10 '14 at 7:36
• @MartinSleziak Thanks; I have added that! The only reason I stopped myself from doing so was because it might seem like I am showing off and/or have too much on my plate already, even though that is clearly not the case. – Ahaan S. Rungta Dec 11 '14 at 7:51
• @user46944 Very good idea; thank you very much. I have removed that! – Ahaan S. Rungta Dec 11 '14 at 7:52
• What do you mean by "complete mathematics addict" ? – Hirak Dec 11 '14 at 8:58
• @Abstraction I live for solving/problem-writing math. ;) – Ahaan S. Rungta Dec 11 '14 at 9:24
• Ahaan's robo-reviewing tendencies should be counted against his candidacy. He frequently takes mere seconds between reviews, and picks the "do nothing" option for the queue ("No Action Needed", "Leave Open", "Leave Closed", etc) at least 95% of the time (which is frankly an underestimate). Doing so has put him at odds with the majority in a significant number of those reviews. To Ahaan: Why should you be trusted with expanded powers when you show little interest in taking moderation on this site seriously? – epimorphic Dec 12 '14 at 16:12
• – epimorphic Dec 12 '14 at 16:46
• @epimorphic You make a good point and thank you for bringing it up. While you are right that I sometimes accept more than I should, I do make many valuable revisions, so you can't say I don't spend a lot of time doing my bit for moderation. Additionally, I also provide several helpful flags. I understand that I speed up when it comes to reviewing and I can do a better job in spotting errors. I promise an improvement will be noticed from now on. Thanks! – Ahaan S. Rungta Dec 12 '14 at 23:38
• Right, I did come to the realization that my comments were overstated after seeing your positive editing and flagging records. My sincere apologies for that. On the other hand, I don't think that saying you "accept more than [you] should" gets quite to the bottom of it, because that quote is incongruous with your choice to vote "Leave Closed" nearly every time in the Reopen queue. Rather, the problem is that you seemingly weren't even reading the posts that you were reviewing (3 seconds per review is far too short), and that you've just been spamming the left-most action button in every queue. – epimorphic Dec 14 '14 at 20:22
• I don't think you've learned your lesson. Enjoy your review suspension, I guess. – epimorphic Dec 15 '14 at 3:20
• @epimorphic While I agree that I have been lazy in reviewing at times, I still think the lone fact that I spent about 3-5 seconds per review is not enough to judge whether I am actually reading the posts. I never review a post without at least skimming through the post and understanding the main idea. This takes no more than 2-3 seconds. If I have to forcefully wait about 10-15 seconds before clicking the button, then I can; I have no problem doing so. But I wasn't aware that I would be judged based on the speed at which I read. Anyhow, when my short suspension is over, I'll do a better job. – Ahaan S. Rungta Dec 15 '14 at 3:33
• It's hard to take your claim of comprehension seriously when your review record screams so vehemently against it. – epimorphic Dec 15 '14 at 3:44
• @epimorphic You make a point and I admit my quality of reviewing would be much improved given more time. As I said, I'm already trying to take some extra time reviewing and the quality will improve. I'm certainly taking note of this. – Ahaan S. Rungta Dec 15 '14 at 4:16

I think to have all the traits to be a good moderator and I would like to improve my contribute to such a great community. I am quite proud for the creation of the bessel-functions tag and for many answers I gave, especially about harmonic number identities, special functions, sequence and series. I learned much on this site and I think it is time to bring my participation - that was quite massive, especially in the last six months, when I gained about 20k reputation points, to a new level, more useful for the whole community.

About closing question, I am more willing to improve the improvable. I am for closing questions that sound like "please do my homework", but to leave open interesting questions, even in the case that the OP shows little efforts.

I care much about the efficiency of MSE: it would be great to avoid duplicate questions and make every content easy to find. To be a moderator is just a way to achieve a more direct control on the overall quality of this huge resource.

I got a 32 in the recent Citizenship score query.

• And how would you define "interesting"? – Aditya Hase Dec 9 '14 at 11:54
• @Integrator: interesting, to me, is something that sheds some light on a partially or completely unexplored area. – Jack D'Aurizio Dec 9 '14 at 12:11
• So, it's not well defined. yet! – Aditya Hase Dec 9 '14 at 12:39
• Jack 4 president – Paolo Leonetti Dec 9 '14 at 13:51
• A side note: Being a moderator $\not\Leftrightarrow$ being a competent mathematician. That said, you are currently one of two serious applicants. What's wrong with these others? – AlexR Dec 9 '14 at 15:48
• I like your attitude to HW questions a lot. A moderator cannot (probably should not) do many concrete things about that problem, but the general attitude towards what the site could/should be shows through. – Jyrki Lahtonen Dec 10 '14 at 11:06
• I generally think that users who ask interesting questions that don't look like homework but rather look like his or her own exploration would already have put in some effort and probably got nowhere. – user21820 Dec 11 '14 at 3:44
• You wrote I am for closing questions that sound like "please do my homework". Then you went and answered this one, instead of voting to close. Apparently, you are not going to practice what you preach. The title of that question was Discrete Mathematics Help, but you did not bother to edit it into something reasonable. And this is not an isolated incident; it is typical of your pattern of usage of the site. This is not a pattern that fits a future moderator. – user147263 Dec 12 '14 at 17:20
• @Behaviour: I indeed voted for closing. And explained my behaviour on chat - "I do not like to play the bad cop" and so on. – Jack D'Aurizio Dec 12 '14 at 17:22
• You did not vote to close until I brought it up to you just now. My vote to close was the first one, which I cast before posting my comment. You are trying to cover up your hypocrisy now, which makes it even worse. – user147263 Dec 12 '14 at 17:26
• @JyrkiLahtonen You may want to observe the difference between the attitude expressed in the nomination, and the actions of the nominee, who is a prolific answerer of do-my-homework questions. – user147263 Dec 12 '14 at 23:03
• I removed my last comment since it was probably a bit too harsh. Anyway, "I am for closing..." does not mean "I will never answer and always vote for closing such questions". I think that case-by-case judging is more appropriate. Moreover, my line as a (wannabe) mod can be also quite different from my habits as a regular user. – Jack D'Aurizio Dec 13 '14 at 3:23
• I would bet quite some money that "Behaviour", who is just killing time by teasing (other) nominees to lose their temper and practising speaking in an authoritative tone as if he were to determine what is appropriate for a nominee and what is not (because he sees himself already as one of the a new moderators), will finally put down his nomination shortly before the nomination phase closes ... Watch out to see this happen ;-). I think you do/did nothing wrong, and fair, empathic case to case judgement of things is what good moderators do indeed. – Dilaton Dec 13 '14 at 18:42
• @Dilaton How much? – Did Dec 13 '14 at 20:30

I've been around this site for almost 3 years now. I've been in a math undergraduate program for that time, too. Being the most active user in the the (official?) chat room (with around 90 thousand messages so far) it is highly probable you'll find me there. I'd like to believe this is also accompanied by quality in my answers and posts.

I generally do some work related to changing titles, tags, adding TeX, and guiding the OP to either producing a better post or a solution to his/her problem. I comment quite a lot, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. I have had my quarrels with some users, and quarrel with some in chat, but this happens in a more facetious manner. I have probably been suspended from chat a few times.

Ideally, I would want MSE to make users understand there's a certain "quality of user" the community is expecting: show your work, explain your ideas, code your TeX, choose appropriate titles, engage in discussion in comments, welcome criticism, criticize.

Regarding closing issues, I usually close "closable" questions. This is sometimes seen as a bad thing, but personally, it's the best way for people to improve their post quality.

• The good thing about being active in chat is that many people gets to know you. This kind of behavior seems pretty much in opposite direction to lead by example and being patient and fair, not to talk about respect. – leo Dec 9 '14 at 17:17
• Mike is a friend, @leo – Pedro Tamaroff Dec 9 '14 at 19:13
• (Yes, you'll find I'm very jocular in chat, but that doesn't mean I'm not a serious person when I need to be one.) – Pedro Tamaroff Dec 9 '14 at 19:35
• I also share @leo's opinion as far as this is concerned, not moderate enough to be a moderator. He will crush his opponents if he gains moderator powers – Mister Benjamin Dover Dec 10 '14 at 1:20
• @PedroTamaroff I don't chat as often as I used to, the few times I've been there recently, I found some things that made me form some opinion. For what is worth, I remember I used to appreciate being in chat when you were around. More, when the talk was about math. Just to make clear that I'm not trying to screw you on this elections. – leo Dec 10 '14 at 14:00
• I support Pedro fully in his endeavor! – Emily Dec 10 '14 at 16:55
• Relevant – leo Dec 11 '14 at 15:39
• VOTE 4 PEDRO – DumpsterDoofus Dec 11 '14 at 21:32
• On a more serious note, being the candidate with by far the largest meta contributions, the largest helpful flagging activity, the largest reputation, and a history of closing low-quality posts, I hope that everyone votes for Pedro. – DumpsterDoofus Dec 11 '14 at 21:40
• YGMV........... – Gigili Dec 12 '14 at 18:03

I love spending my time doing math and this site provides various kinds of problems,since I spent some time on this site so judging whether a post is good or bad is something I could do.Recently as I gained 2000 reputation and got the privilege to edit posts and to review the Low-quality posts,after doing several reviews I felt like this is something that suits me.I have a lot of free time and I'm very friendly and understanding,I'm always rethinking my decision and hence think I could be a good moderator.

• Very good, you seem ideal to be a moderator – Voyager Dec 15 '14 at 1:59

TODO: answer questions from the voters

I have been an active member on various stackexchange sites for a little over one year. My main interest though is in the mathematics exchange. I am a mathematician myself and can greatly benefit from answering questions on this site. It is basically an exercise for myself to improve my own mathematical skills, and to learn the proper didactics of teaching maths and formulating answers to questions in a comprehensible way.

Throughout my time here I learned the rules and guidelines and the "dos and don'ts" of the community. I enjoy the point system and see it as a challenge to myself to write good contributions and thereby increasing my points and earn badges. And I enjoy reading new questions and answers and reviewing them, editing and formatting some and so on.

I try to be consistently active on the site. It depends on my real life workload, but as it is the same field, I can almost always find some time.

I would be happy to be accepted as a moderator of the exchange.

• You might be enthusiastic but your main interest seems to be writing and reading answers and questions, not moderating and making the community better as a whole. You have 50 revisions, 12 flags, and 71 reviews. You like to keep a good balance of activity but, IMHO, you need a little more experience for modship. Just something to keep in mind; don't mean to be harsh. – Ahaan S. Rungta Dec 14 '14 at 13:15

The StackExchange platform, and in particular the Mathematics website, is very dear to me. Nowhere on the web, one can say it is common to get a reaction to a post within a few minutes, not to say a few seconds sometimes.

Such a dynamic community is, mostly, built and maintained by people who are all doing it on the side. These small contributions really add up and make a big difference in helping people on their way, via collaboration in the form of feedback.

In my past experience, I have come to learn the ethics of the Mathematics SE website and the other SE websites. By reading posts as how to write a good question and now and then touching on some soft questions and the meta websites.

Hence I believe that I am eligible to take on the responsibility of the moderator role.

• If you want to take on the responsibility of the moderator role, you can do it now, before the election: you can handle flags and other review tasks in the review queue. You haven't done this, so it appears that you are more interested in the title and prestige of being a moderator than in the actual work. – MJD Dec 13 '14 at 0:01
• I was not aware that I could work on the review queue. I will have a look. – Mussé Redi Dec 13 '14 at 0:07
• If I recall correctly you need a mininum of 500 reputation in order to access the review queues – TrueDefault Dec 13 '14 at 0:35
• @MJD As JChau noted, users under 500 cannot access review queues. – user147263 Dec 14 '14 at 3:25