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2017 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 Oct 17 '17 at 20:00.

The results of this election can be viewed online via OpaVote. 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


22,919 voters were eligible, 9,261 visited the site during the election, 4,655 visited the election page, and 2,161 voted

The StackExchange sites have brought an element of gamification to Q&A. I'm interested in the future of that development as well as in many areas of math. A project in the intersection of these interests is the Complexity Guessing Game; see also its "financial" variant the Complexity Option Game.

I have a 15K reputation (which includes all the moderator badges) at MathOverflow. So that will have to substitute for a high rep on math.SE for now.

Moderating over here at Math.SE could be a natural next step in my "StackExchange career". I'd answer and ask while moderating, to keep learning and bring my rep to a respectable level.

I'd be interested in exploring what can be done to enhance the game aspect of Math.StackExchange. Earning SE points by playing math games? Integration with proof assistants?

It may be nice to shift somewhat away from the homework focus. A vote for me is a vote for this idea/approach.

I think that there are better candidates, but from time to time I cannot understand what do people like. So just in case...

An additional information, concerning my general activity, can be also found on tex.sx.

  • $\begingroup$ In comparison with your 2014 nomination, this one wins in brevity. On the other hand, it lacks any explanation of why you want to be a moderator, or why people should vote for you. $\endgroup$ – user357151 Oct 9 '17 at 2:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Desire Yes, the explanations are rather hidden. But in short: if one needs adding some other experience to the team, s/he can consider this option. The tex.sx policy is wonderful for me and I can try to add a part of it here. $\endgroup$ – Przemysław Scherwentke Oct 9 '17 at 12:17
  • $\begingroup$ Is it perfect for a Moderator : English is not my mother tongue, so please feel free to correct my answers and questions. (as you written on your profile) ? $\endgroup$ – Mithlesh Upadhyay Oct 9 '17 at 12:32
  • $\begingroup$ Please post your answers to the candidate questionnaire; If you don't plan to post answers during the nomination phase, say so there, in a new answer post on the linked page. $\endgroup$ – Namaste Oct 9 '17 at 16:18
  • $\begingroup$ "An [sic] additional information, concerning my general activity, can be also found on tex.sx." I'm not going to chase down links you provide to some other site, nor on MSE unless you share basic information about your experience here, why you think you'll make a good mod here, specifically on MSE, and answer questions that all other mod candidates have answered. $\endgroup$ – Namaste Oct 9 '17 at 16:26

Dear citizens of math.stackexchange.com,

I believe I could be a decent moderator for the following reasons:

  • I believe I can judge flags without holding grudges or letting feelings influence me. (at least most of the time)

  • While many of you know me for my posts, many more probably notice my username showing up in places like the review queue (as of recently), meta, chat rooms, etc. In other words, I tend to be in many places rather than one, and I spend a lot of time doing duties such as reviewing posts. If I have time, I might even sift through all of the newest posts within the past day.

  • I hold pride I want to improve this site. While I know many of you cannot agree with many of my +1000 closure votes, I have good intentions, and I'm always willing to hear yours (if you ever reply to any of my "closure comments")

  • I'm relatively active. As of now, my profile page says I've visited the site consecutively for 340 days. Generally, I'm online for 1-2 hours during the weekday, and up to 9 hours during the weekend, with the exception of when something comes in the way.

  • And many of you guys were interested in my nomination. We'll see how this goes!

  • $\begingroup$ May I know all of your previously used username, if any? $\endgroup$ – user99914 Oct 5 '17 at 23:53
  • $\begingroup$ @JohnMa If memory serves right, Simple Art was my first username. This is my second. $\endgroup$ – Simply Beautiful Art Oct 5 '17 at 23:54
  • $\begingroup$ @JohnMa You may wish to see this comment which was replied to "SimpleArt". $\endgroup$ – Simply Beautiful Art Oct 5 '17 at 23:57
  • $\begingroup$ Could you explain your current position on PSQs (Problem Statement Questions: Questions asking us to do ..., solve..., prove..., evaluate... etc., which are also void of any other context or contributions from the asker)? And then there are the answerers of such a question, who answer even after the question has been excessively downvoted, and comments below the questions seek clarification, context, where the asker is stuck, what the asker has learned, and the asker has failed to address any of them... they still answer. What is your position on the asking and answering of PSQ's? $\endgroup$ – Namaste Oct 6 '17 at 1:01
  • $\begingroup$ Pff, you ought've made that a question on the "they answer your questions" page. But anyways, my opinion on such questions is as follows: They are low-quality and should be closed, and I uphold this opinion on many of the posts that I close. As per the answering of such questions, I frown upon them and empathize their want to answer. I hold them to a higher quality than normal, more willing to downvote, less willing to upvote, but usually within reason. Generally, I'll refrain from deleting them or flagging when I can, instead focusing on deleting the question, if it seems unsalvageable. $\endgroup$ – Simply Beautiful Art Oct 6 '17 at 1:07
  • $\begingroup$ Oops, forgot to add the @amWhy part to the above. $\endgroup$ – Simply Beautiful Art Oct 6 '17 at 1:31
  • $\begingroup$ I was waiting for your name on this list. Your participation in CRUDE does show that you care a lot about cleaning up the site. In case you get to be one of the mods, do not let your moderation activity diminish the quality / quantity of your answers. $\endgroup$ – Paramanand Singh Oct 6 '17 at 2:41
  • $\begingroup$ "I'm online for [...] up to 9 hours during the weekend" - sad, isn't it? :) $\endgroup$ – Alex M. Oct 6 '17 at 10:49
  • $\begingroup$ But you already know that if you're a moderator, you're not going to be able to keep the site as clean as you currently can. So why become one? $\endgroup$ – user21820 Oct 6 '17 at 11:10
  • $\begingroup$ @ParamanandSingh of course not =) $\endgroup$ – Simply Beautiful Art Oct 6 '17 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexM. Heh... =P $\endgroup$ – Simply Beautiful Art Oct 6 '17 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ @user21820 Yes, I do realize that placing close votes will become binding (one vote will close a question) but I've got you guys don't I? $\endgroup$ – Simply Beautiful Art Oct 6 '17 at 12:28
  • $\begingroup$ Since I agree with you in the way that PSQ/low quality questions should be handled, I will support you (:. Moreover, after some chat interactions in your realm and in some other chat rooms I believe that, despite your age, you could do a good job as a moderator. Good luck! $\endgroup$ – Xam Oct 6 '17 at 14:46
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you very much! =) @Xam $\endgroup$ – Simply Beautiful Art Oct 6 '17 at 14:48
  • $\begingroup$ But you can't just ask specific other users to help you to vote the way you want to, otherwise we'd become meat puppets. Anyway I see a moderator job as a behind-the-scenes job. It's most likely not bad for you to become a moderator, but I'm not sure whether it would be what you eventually like. $\endgroup$ – user21820 Oct 6 '17 at 16:50

Hi Esteemed Members:

I think I want to give it a shot and see how it goes. Look: I might be qualified. I indeed am qualified. Have had dozens "good" questions posted, have lots of answers catering to the needs of intended audience and "most" members at large. Understanding the difference amongst: comments, true answers, closing a redundant or low quality post, up and down votes. Goal is to spread creativity and innovative approach to solving math problems, promoting a multicultural atmostphere at MSE, and retain "respect" code among members at all time. Remain calm and editing posts and making suggestions to posts that deemed "gross" or violating other members' dignity. DeepSea.

  • $\begingroup$ To "give it a shot and see how it goes" are certainly not what makes a mod, if you ask me. $\endgroup$ – Did Oct 4 '17 at 8:12
  • $\begingroup$ You can be a good moderator and have posted little to nothing on this website; and you can be a terrible moderator who has posted many great answers. People need to understand that these two things are mutually independent. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Oct 4 '17 at 8:32
  • $\begingroup$ 0 helpful flags in almost 4 years on the site. Do you even know what flags are used for here? How come you never flagged, e.g., a post that was created as an answer but was actually a question? $\endgroup$ – user357151 Oct 4 '17 at 11:25
  • $\begingroup$ To add on the comment by @Desire, you have literally no meta involvement nor any reviewing experience other than approving suggested edits. How do you expect to familiarize yourself with the various policy and standard arguments on their variations and enforcements when you become a moderator? $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Oct 4 '17 at 13:34
  • $\begingroup$ @Desire So what ? RobJohn, Alexander, Mariano, Michael and Jyrki all have pretty low number (7 is the lowest) of helpful flags yet they are elected. It is not fair to judge someone by number of flags when most moderator themselves don't set a good example. $\endgroup$ – A---B Oct 4 '17 at 15:11
  • $\begingroup$ If we assume that moderation on this site is good, as it stands, then it is no way related to number of flags. $\endgroup$ – A---B Oct 4 '17 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ @A---B: There is a difference here, though. Once elected, moderators rarely raise flags. And while all of them got elected with relatively low flag counters, one should also note that before 2014 or so, traffic on the site was much gentler so flagging was far less common (as evident by the dates on the early Marshall recipients). But even that is not enough to excuse zero meta participation. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Oct 4 '17 at 15:26
  • $\begingroup$ Hi, DeepSea! Could you explain your current position on PSQs (Problem Statement Questions: Questions asking us to do ..., solve..., prove..., evaluate... etc., which are also void of any other context or contributions from the asker)? And then there are the answerers of such a question, who answer even after the question has been excessively downvoted, and comments below the questions seek clarification, context, where the asker is stuck, what the asker has learned; yet the asker has failed to address any of them... they still answer. What is your position on the asking and answering of PSQ's? $\endgroup$ – Namaste Oct 4 '17 at 19:02
  • $\begingroup$ To elaborate on Asaf's point: once elected it is pointless for a moderator to raise flags. They can just act. Or ask the others for their opinion when in doubt. Admittedly I was not a very active flagger though I had earned the deputy flag prior to getting elected. I don't think that in the elections before 2014 any attention was paid to the flagging history. We had much less garbage back then. I'm not taking a stand whether an extensive flagging history is a must. So @A---B is free to ignore that themself, but accept others' interest in this piece of information. $\endgroup$ – Jyrki Lahtonen Oct 4 '17 at 19:37
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy: Most new users who post those type of questions misunderstand about MSE and they think of us as some sort of free buses to take them to places they need to be and then delete their accounts. I am aware of dozens such users. Plus , those users show lack of respect for the community and think of community of bad people.I would try to get into the minds of these users and figure out what they really asking or saying.If the content is good and safe , I can reply .If editing is required I will do so and could vote to close it if necessary. $\endgroup$ – DeepSea Oct 4 '17 at 19:39
  • $\begingroup$ @DeepSea It's not just "new users" who ask PSQ's; some re-register as a different user each time they have hit their limit, and or have been blocked. And come back with 1 rep point. repeatedly (remaining a "new users even after say, 30 questions asked as a new user). Any way, what to do when users with 125 rep, or 565 rep, or 1817 rep who ask such PSQ questions (especially when there is a pattern revealed in their previous questions)? $\endgroup$ – Namaste Oct 4 '17 at 19:45
  • $\begingroup$ Hi DeepSea. Thanks for volunteering. Are you more (a) "By the book" or more (b) " Live and let live"? Please start your answer by selecting either (a) or (b) as a better representation of your view. $\endgroup$ – Jens Oct 4 '17 at 20:53
  • $\begingroup$ @Jens: I am more of a "book" type of guy. Classic car collector too !..haha. BUT life ...taught me to be ...flexible !! $\endgroup$ – DeepSea Oct 4 '17 at 21:14
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your answer. I just want to check that you understand the expression "by the book". It means your decisions are governed by the rules and nothing else. No leeway is given. $\endgroup$ – Jens Oct 4 '17 at 21:21
  • $\begingroup$ May I know all your previous username so that I can relate to it? $\endgroup$ – user99914 Oct 4 '17 at 22:55

Hi, I prefer to be called SchrodingersCat.

Since I have joined MSE, I have witnessed 2 elections here- the one last year, where I just cast my vote and observed everything that took place; and the one this year. I think I have finally gained enough experience to nominate myself as a moderator on MSE.

Now, I have 20k+ reputation and have participated in ample review procedures. I thoroughly know about the site regulations and have taken to meta several times, whenever I felt it necessary to bring some issue to light.

I believe, as a member of a community, it is one's duty to take from as well as give to it, leading to its overall growth. Over the years, I have taken a lot from it- asked and answered questions; learnt a great deal from the answers to my questions; tried to help newbies in understanding site regulations (How to ask and answer, mainly); and above all- I had the opportunity to discuss and interact with some friendly "stalwarts" of the site (I learnt a lot from them).

I feel it is high time for me to give something back to this community- perhaps, as a mod. The present moderators are doing good job. And I just wish to carry on with this, as much as I can.

  • $\begingroup$ last year - the last election was in 2014. It seems your math (or your memory) is wrong :) Or perhaps you're referring to another Stack Exchange site? $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel Oct 3 '17 at 14:36
  • $\begingroup$ @Glorfindel Thanks for mentioning :) I was referring to the Election in PhySE, that took place last year. Unfortunately, I cant add that to my bio since I have finished my word count.. $\endgroup$ – SchrodingersCat Oct 3 '17 at 14:43
  • $\begingroup$ Could you explain your current position on PSQs (Problem Statement Questions: Questions asking us to do ..., solve..., prove..., evaluate... etc., which are also void of any other context or contributions from the asker)? And then there are the answerers of such a question, who answere even after the question has been excessively downvoted, and comments below the questions seek clarification, context, where the asker is stuck, what the asker has learned, and the asker has failed to address any of them... they still answer. What is your position on the asking and answering of PSQ's? $\endgroup$ – Namaste Oct 3 '17 at 21:01
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy Well, the thing about PSQ's is quite tricky indeed. In general, PSQ's (going by the way you have defined it above) are and should be discouraged on this site, since this is not some online course or tutorial point where homework assignments are done for free.Now, I have been at the reviewing and answering end of many many such questions, and I think I should share my opinion regarding how I deal with these questions. Basically, there are some straight-forward PSQ's which just ask you to solve or prove something with no context or effort to learn, just plain homework in disguise.(Contd.) $\endgroup$ – SchrodingersCat Oct 4 '17 at 5:50
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy (Contd.)These questions are prone to be closed off topic, and the fact is that askers of such questions are primarily new users. If you try to suggest them links on how to write good questions, they probably won't read and if they feel discouraged, they won't visit the site again. Probably, I think one should be made to feel at ease when new to a community; that doesn't mean answering such questions - it can be a simple query to specify exactly where the problem lies, or a simple hint on how to proceed.. that's it. If it helps that person, he/she will feel like coming back again (Contd) $\endgroup$ – SchrodingersCat Oct 4 '17 at 5:56
  • $\begingroup$ (Contd.).. and gradually, on visiting the site more often and seeing more good questions asked by other users and the good answers, he/she will learn from them, as to how to write a good question and answer. That's what I think. It should be a steady process in educating that person on how to use the site. Not a one shot procedure: one post wrong and everyone closes it down and showers it with downvotes. That's the basic motto of a community, as much as I feel. We should make at least one try to make the newcomer feel welcome, not shower his first wrong post with 4 or 5 downvotes. $\endgroup$ – SchrodingersCat Oct 4 '17 at 6:04
  • $\begingroup$ (Contd.) There is another type of PSQ which looks like PSQ and everyone calls them PSQ but I perceive them a bit differently. Well I can load examples from my answers, if you wish. You have this, this and this among a few. $\endgroup$ – SchrodingersCat Oct 4 '17 at 6:20
  • $\begingroup$ (Contd.) The first one has some context, resulting in some meaningful discussion between me and Henning. The second one is a straightforward PSQ with no such "effort", but the partial answer I could come up with, really impressed me and many others loved it too. The last one , a PSQ asked by me in my first week on MSE: has some effort but the hint I got in the comment was more than a complete answer could please me. It sure got me hooked to MSE. $\endgroup$ – SchrodingersCat Oct 4 '17 at 6:28
  • $\begingroup$ (Contd.) In conclusion, people should be discouraged to ask such questions. But for answering them; do it only if you think you have a novel and never-seen-before answer which is absolutely impressive (You have the REVERSAL badge for that); or you have an important point to tell the asker which you think might clear his doubts. But it is strongly advised not to put up a bland complete solution of a PSQ just for rep, (I did this a few times, I don't know if you remember this @amWhy, but it was you who advised me in this regard, and helped me get a better vision about this. ) $\endgroup$ – SchrodingersCat Oct 4 '17 at 6:37
  • $\begingroup$ I remember so faintly, @SchrodingersCat, and I say faintly because I haven't felt any need to "advise" you since. Thanks. $\endgroup$ – Namaste Oct 4 '17 at 19:54
  • $\begingroup$ Hi SchrodingersCat. Thanks for volunteering. Are you more (a) "By the book" or more (b) " Live and let live"? Please start your answer by selecting either (a) or (b) as a better representation of your view. $\endgroup$ – Jens Oct 4 '17 at 20:53
  • $\begingroup$ @Jens The answer is (b). I prefer to live and let live; allowing users to try things the way they want and myself also follow the same. Even in case of disciplinary issues, I prefer to deal things in a different way. But if something strictly requires me to follow some protocol of the site, I might prefer to go by the book. $\endgroup$ – SchrodingersCat Oct 5 '17 at 20:52
  • $\begingroup$ @SchrodingersCat Just one more follow-up concern regarding PSQ's: They are not necessarily asked by new users; some have accumulated hundreds, if not a couple thousand points primarily through psq's. Also, over time, one also comes to know that some perpetual users over the course of time come back each time with a newly registered account, new username, so "look like new users" each and every few days. So new users make up a proper subset of "users who appear to be new users". $\endgroup$ – Namaste Oct 6 '17 at 16:01
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy Users with high rep who still ask PSQs with no proper context, should be given a rough response. Since even after being in the site for so many days acquiring rep, that person didnt care to learn to write a proper question. These users are not to go away. They will always stay. So I have thought of a policy which I plan to share, but it might be too short a space here to write it. And for users who pose PSQs from different accounts, for them, I think the "one try then let go" procedure mentioned in the previous comments, should work. $\endgroup$ – SchrodingersCat Oct 6 '17 at 16:24
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy If you want me say more about that policy, I will add that to my questionnaire perhaps. $\endgroup$ – SchrodingersCat Oct 6 '17 at 16:26

Hi,I am Tatan!

MSE has been a great learning experience for me.It has been absolutely great to be a member of this community.I don't have quite high reputation (I am a beginner in the world of maths) but I think that alone cannot be a criterion to dismiss someone summarily.It would be great to do something for the community and be a more active member of this wonderful community.I am one of those guys who is always willing to learn and adapt to change to demanding situations and help out anyone in need.

If I am anyhow worthy,I may be helped by voting for me.Thanks!!

  • $\begingroup$ Good to see. You are participating in election. But you have only one Gold badges . Aise kaise chalega bhai ! $\endgroup$ – Mithlesh Upadhyay Oct 3 '17 at 11:26
  • $\begingroup$ @MithleshUpadhyay Hi there!I am quite a newbie as compared to the other nominations.But its great to be given the opportunity to participate.If I am rejected this time I would come back next in the nominations next time maybe more stronger than I am now.;-) $\endgroup$ – tatan Oct 3 '17 at 11:31
  • $\begingroup$ You've been a member for over 2 years and have participated very little in terms of moderation (only 1/8 score for bades, only 150 reviews, only 47 successful flags). How do you feel that you have enough experience with moderation to take on the role of moderator? $\endgroup$ – Trevor Gunn Oct 3 '17 at 14:21
  • $\begingroup$ It is commendable that you feel a desire to help the site. Indeed you say "It would be great to do something for the community and be a more active member of this wonderful community". @TrevorGunn has pointed out some of the more ways users can "do something for the community and be more active" than running to be a moderator, particularly given you haven't made full use of all the privileges you've earned, nor the many ways that you could have be/could have been contributing. $\endgroup$ – Namaste Oct 3 '17 at 19:33
  • $\begingroup$ Hi, Tatan! Could you explain your current position on PSQs (Problem Statement Questions: which expect us to do ..., solve..., prove..., evaluate... for the asker, which are also void of any other context or contributions from the asker)? And then there are the answerers of such a question, even after the question has been excessively downvoted, and comments below the questions seek clarification, context, where the asker is stuck, what the asker has learned,... and yet asker has failed to address any of them... they still answer. What is your position on the asking and answering of PSQ's? $\endgroup$ – Namaste Oct 3 '17 at 20:59
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy People answer these PSQs mainly because of the greed for reputation. Most the the people who are posting PSQs are new users on the site who has never posted anything on the site and not well acquainted with it.So, people who answer it are almost certain as they know that a somewhat satisfactory answer that would look good on the OP's Homework copy would easily fetch them $+15$ rep for accepted answer. So,till now we have provision for "Tips on asking a good Question" when one clicks on the "Ask Question" tab.However recent activities has shown that this has not been too useful (contd) $\endgroup$ – tatan Oct 4 '17 at 4:46
  • $\begingroup$ (contd.) So as a first step we can improve the way new users (below $50$ or $100$) rep. are communicated or made aware of the fact on how to ask questions.We need to do something better than the small box at the side which gives some tips.No new user cares much about the policies as long as community answers their questions. So,making the "Tips on asking a Good Question" Section more interactive may prove to be a vital role. Merely closing the posts would not be too helpful as new users don't really care about being closed .It would be better if proper awareness is spread (contd.) $\endgroup$ – tatan Oct 4 '17 at 4:52
  • $\begingroup$ (contd.) to make it a better place for all of us. We know, it is one of the most grave issues we are facing on the site now and we have to combat against it together is a way that would help future prevention of the problem rather than simple symptom based blocking or closing of questions.Thanks! $\endgroup$ – tatan Oct 4 '17 at 4:54
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy About my Moderation badges-Citizen Patrol-Achieved;Deputy-47/80;Marshal 47/500;Civic Duty-Achieved;proof reader-62/100;Strunk & White-Achieved;Socratic-68/100;Copy Editor-136/500; $\endgroup$ – tatan Oct 4 '17 at 6:25
  • $\begingroup$ I hope that you win, you seem to be more level headed than others. Anyway heres a question : How much will let your decision to be influenced by the reputuation of the user ? $\endgroup$ – A---B Oct 4 '17 at 10:39
  • $\begingroup$ @A---B Thanks!Reputation is a reflection for your knowledge on a particular field of study,the SE site you are a member of. Moderation is not really affected directly by reputation as moderation activity gives use badges and not reputation. A person with high rep is obviously a more trusted member of a community and we can rely more on that person but that does not mean that high rep users will always tend to influence policies more than other enthusiastic like minded users with relatively low rep. $\endgroup$ – tatan Oct 4 '17 at 12:49
  • $\begingroup$ You want to run for moderator on Math SE, but it seems your questions (like here and here and here) show that you yourself don't seem to know very well what is expected of a good question on Math SE. By the way I don't agree with @A---B that you are level-headed. You know it yourself. $\endgroup$ – user21820 Oct 4 '17 at 12:59
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy: See my comment above. $\endgroup$ – user21820 Oct 4 '17 at 12:59
  • $\begingroup$ @user21820 Hi!That's why I have said it has been a great learning experience for me.You are an uses for $5.5+$ years and I am an user for $2+$ years.You don't expect someone to suddenly come up one day with impeccable style from day 1.Yes, I have faced criticism on this site,I take it positively and I learn from it.That's why I know it much better than someone who has never faced it.This makes me ideal for my job. $\endgroup$ – tatan Oct 4 '17 at 13:06
  • $\begingroup$ @user21820 User A---B has expressed his own opinion.I think it's not exactly decent to comment on someone's personal opinion.Thanks! $\endgroup$ – tatan Oct 4 '17 at 13:08

Hi, I am Jack, I am an MSE addict.

This place granted me the opportunity to learn quite a few tricks I never ceased to use since, to improve my teaching skills, to work on really interesting matters (like hypergeometric functions), to meet some friends, to collect ideas for my course notes, even to produce an article or two. For short, MSE is a place I love, dearly. It changed my life and I don't regret it.

I got quite involved in the gamification aspects of this community (I am very proud of my bessel-functions tag, for instance). Over time I came to wish to be a more "active" contributor in a different way, letting my experience be a more useful resource for the whole community. So I took part in the previous elections. I did not make it, but I would like to take another chance, since the wish I was just talking about is still there.

I agree with quid and the other candidates that the current team of moderators is doing a pretty good job. I would probably say an excellent job: there are no major concerns since quite a lot. But the number of MSE users is steadly increasing and a few things still can be improved. I think to be able to give a hand about that.

  • $\begingroup$ What can be improved? $\endgroup$ – user334732 Oct 3 '17 at 6:42
  • $\begingroup$ You are highly qualified for being a moderator. I have a deep admiration 1) to the quality and often high originality of your contributions. 2) to your general sense of helping. $\endgroup$ – Jean Marie Oct 3 '17 at 7:00
  • $\begingroup$ +1 for you being a moderator $\endgroup$ – nbubis Oct 3 '17 at 7:48
  • $\begingroup$ I am very happy to support your nomination $\endgroup$ – Robert Z Oct 3 '17 at 7:58
  • $\begingroup$ Jack, one year ago you were contemplating the idea of leaving MSE, saddened by idiotic downvotes of your answers. Let's be straight here: as a moderator, you will have to deal with even more idiocy (moderators, please do not edit or delete my comment!). Are you sure that you are strong enough emotionally to not let bitterness or disgust interfere with your moderator activity? Are you strong enough emotionally to not use the moderator powers to chase those who downvote your posts? $\endgroup$ – Alex M. Oct 3 '17 at 8:12
  • $\begingroup$ The exchange of comments in the same thread, starting here, fully explain @AlexM.'s queries. $\endgroup$ – Did Oct 3 '17 at 9:23
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexM.: in such a case I was probably over-reacting, but I was lucky enough to receive not a single, but a couple of excellent answers, very convincing. I stopped my personal crusade against nonsensical downvotes soon after, and I can assure you I do not intend to re-start it, with or without moderator superpowers. $\endgroup$ – Jack D'Aurizio Oct 3 '17 at 11:03
  • $\begingroup$ Har har #JackD'Aurizio , Abki baar @JackD'Aurizio Sarkar. :) (Just google it). $\endgroup$ – Mithlesh Upadhyay Oct 3 '17 at 11:14
  • $\begingroup$ @RobertFrost: I address some concerning matters in point 9. here: math.meta.stackexchange.com/a/27111/44121. I realize this is just a partial answer to your question, and I would like to hear from the community about what we would love to improve. $\endgroup$ – Jack D'Aurizio Oct 3 '17 at 11:29
  • $\begingroup$ Do you still support requiring explanations for downvotes? $\endgroup$ – user334732 Oct 3 '17 at 11:39
  • $\begingroup$ @RobertFrost: I still think that explaining a downvote is a kind gesture. If a downvote occurs on one of my answers, I feel free to ask why. I am glad if an explanation is given, my life goes on if no explanation is given. Compulsory explanations on downvotes might be more ethical from a certain point of view, but they are not an actual option since they would violate anonymity, which is crucial for this site dynamics. So there is little point in supporting them or not. I hope to have clarified my positition: I don't mind to ask, but that is all. $\endgroup$ – Jack D'Aurizio Oct 3 '17 at 12:36
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @JackD'Aurizio . Good luck in the election. Fwiw I'd support the addition of compulsory explanation for downvotes. It could still be anonymous. The system could provide a few standard choices and a plain text field. I receive PLENTY of downvotes and for me at least, the feedback isn't rich enough to always understand what people dislike and why. $\endgroup$ – user334732 Oct 3 '17 at 12:40
  • $\begingroup$ My only concern with you becoming a moderator is that you wouldn't have as much time to write such amazing answers. $\endgroup$ – Trevor Gunn Oct 3 '17 at 14:18
  • $\begingroup$ Jack you have my vote, although I agree with @TrevorGunn that it might reduce the time you have to answer my complex analysis question :-) $\endgroup$ – Tony S.F. Oct 3 '17 at 14:29
  • $\begingroup$ I vote for you Jack! $\endgroup$ – TheWanderer Oct 3 '17 at 15:33

Hello, I am quid, and if enough of you think it's a good idea, I'll join the mod-team.

I am on this site since over four years and spend quite a bit of time on its meta, to help organizing the site. Encouraged by a kind nomination and its reception, I decided to run.

I already moderate a SE site, Math Educators. But, this site is 500 times larger. I expect it to be a different challenge.

The site is moderated well, I don't see need for big change. But, I have projects related to documentation and tagging.

It is key a moderator is pragmatic and practical; tries to preempt and to diffuse conflicts rather than to make sharp decisions creating winners, but also losers.

Over time I was involved in many discussions. I know I can be perceived as unnecessarily argumentative. Yet, where I already moderate, I am able to minimize this, and I'd do the same here.

Let me end by apologizing to those that had gotten hurt by me on the site, and let me assure those that might think they are on bad terms with me that I do not hold long-term grudges.

For more see my questionnaire.

  • $\begingroup$ You have over 33k reputation on Math.SE, but haven't asked a single question. How can you be fit for moderation when you haven't even experienced this site from the point of view of the majority of its users? $\endgroup$ – asmeurer Oct 2 '17 at 21:02
  • $\begingroup$ @asmeurer I think it's entirely possible to understand and empathize with the concerns of a class of people without being a member of that class. In fact, this is a key skill for educators --- to understand and anticipate students' difficulties with material that is perfectly clear to us. (Truth in advertising: I haven't asked any questions either.) $\endgroup$ – Andreas Blass Oct 2 '17 at 21:11
  • $\begingroup$ @asmeurer interesting q.! In addition to cmnt above, I can offer some experience asking on SE sites, on Chess, Latin Language, TeX - LaTeX, Mathematics Educators. I feel that recently asking on the chess site, was closer to the experience many new users have on this site, than the experience I would have asking on this site. The point is that I know this site and its community knows me, I know MathJax/LaTeX, and I am an expert in the subject. On the chess site, I was new, I didn't know how to display a board beforehand and I am just an average player. And, yes, I was a bit nervous asking there. $\endgroup$ – quid Oct 2 '17 at 21:17
  • $\begingroup$ @AndreasBlass everything is possible, but it it likely? Also studies have shown that experts are bad teachers for exactly this reason. @ quid, my experience is that every SE site is a little bit different. They all have different rules and protocols (even if the same format). That's one reason why every community has its own moderators. $\endgroup$ – asmeurer Oct 2 '17 at 21:37
  • $\begingroup$ And I'm really genuinely curious how you can use this site that much and never post a question. It gives the appearance of a total lack of curiosity. You've never had a mathematical question that you've thought to post here? You obviously know the site exists and that's what it's for. $\endgroup$ – asmeurer Oct 2 '17 at 21:37
  • $\begingroup$ @asmeurer I asked some math and math-related questions on Mathematics Educators. But it is true that I am more the type of person that tries to figure things out by themselves. At times I thought about asking something here, but following the advice we give to do some preparatory work before asking, I figured them out myself. But it is well possible that one day I'll ask something here too. I am sorry that I give the impression of lacking curiosity about mathematics; but I constantly explore mathematical questions, and publish my findings in scientific-journals. $\endgroup$ – quid Oct 2 '17 at 21:55
  • $\begingroup$ @asmeurer I don't intend to speak in quid's name but let me address your curiosity briefly. To interpret a lack of questions asked as a lack of curiosity is rather short sighted. MSE is a platform for questions whose answer is likely known and distinctly not at questions at a research level. For that we have MO but even then it's sometimes difficult or simply unhelpful to ask good questions within the restrictions of this platform. There are experts here who regularly post well-received questions but most of our seasoned users rarely ask questions themselves for these and many more reasons. $\endgroup$ – Stefan Mesken Oct 2 '17 at 21:58
  • $\begingroup$ @StefanMesken I don't think asmeurer's point was about questions relating to curiosity, but rather that posting a question gives you a different perspective than being the one who clicked on the link to that question. $\endgroup$ – Simply Beautiful Art Oct 2 '17 at 22:19
  • $\begingroup$ @SimplyBeautifulArt I don't think so as the second part of their comment strongly hints at a lack of mathematical curiosity rather than a lack of curiosity with respect to the UX at MSE. $\endgroup$ – Stefan Mesken Oct 2 '17 at 22:22
  • $\begingroup$ @asmeurer Brian M. Scott and André Nicolas never asked any questions but are nevertheless the top 1 and 2 reputation leaders. $\endgroup$ – J.-E. Pin Oct 2 '17 at 22:40
  • $\begingroup$ @J.-E.Pin it's a serious problem with this site. $\endgroup$ – asmeurer Oct 2 '17 at 22:43
  • $\begingroup$ I have experience with quid at meta.mathoverflow, and at Math Educators. He (or she) is quite knowledgeable about the functioning of Stack Exchange sites, and has, in my experience, been meticulously fair and discerning. $\endgroup$ – Joseph O'Rourke Oct 2 '17 at 23:11
  • $\begingroup$ @asmeurer, with respect, I feel that you're too concerned with a molehill when we have mountains to fret about. $\endgroup$ – J. M. is a poor mathematician Oct 2 '17 at 23:57
  • $\begingroup$ quid, I have a question which you may prefer not to answer, but I don't think it is an unreasonable one to ask given that you are running for moderator. Why did you delete your MathOverflow account? I ask because I would like to know that your MSE account won't suffer a similar fate in the near future (e.g. during your time as a moderator). Just to be clear, if you feel strongly about keeping these reasons to yourself, I think that's perfectly reasonable. $\endgroup$ – Michael Albanese Oct 3 '17 at 1:36
  • $\begingroup$ @asmeurer: "...studies have shown that experts are bad teachers..." Citation required. $\endgroup$ – hardmath Oct 3 '17 at 1:48

This election is complete.