2012 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.

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

Our general criteria for moderators is as follows:

  • patient and fair
  • leads by example
  • shows respect for their fellow community members in their actions and words
  • open to some light but firm moderation to keep the community on track and resolve (hopefully) uncommon disputes and exceptions

Every election has three phases:

  1. Nomination
  2. Primary
  3. Election

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

This election ended Jan 24 '12 at 20:00.

Anyone may download the election data. Voters have access to pre-built OpenSTV software to audit the results; all others may use this source distribution

389 voters were eligible, 216 visited the site during the election, 126 visited the election page, and 73 voted

I am going to nominate myself for continuation of my current position as Pro Temp moderator.

I have been moderator since moderators were elected on this site, before this, I was answering questions on stack overflow about Drupal. Meaning I've been answering questions like this for about 2.5 years. I believe that makes me the user that has done this the longest time without going inactive. On stack overflow I'm by far the top user in the drupal tag. This is not because I'm brilliant, but because I've consistently been active in this area. It has given me a good understanding of the platform, I've seen most of the mistakes common among new users countless times etc and can really use this experience to help most newcomers.

Tim believe he has been the most active moderator. While he has handled the most flags (created by users and the Stack Exchange bot) and done a great job at that - in my eyes being a moderator is much more. It's about helping new users - through comments and votes, it's about participating in the meta to help guide the site in the right direction, it's about improving the site overall where needed and handle conflicts should they arise.

I could post a lot of stats that will show how well I've done this, but I hope done my job well enough to not have to persuade you with numbers.

During my time as moderator I've tried improve this site to the best of my abilities with the time I've had and I will continue to do so, should you elect me to be moderator.

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    I nominated myself, but if there could be one moderator on the site, I would want it to be @googletorp. His answers and comments consistently show his commitment to helping others, and also serve as good examples for all of us as to why the SE format works so well. – mpdonadio Jan 12 '12 at 13:51
  • Do you think that the meta site is important to give guidance and feedback to the users? If a user would leave you a message on the chat room for Drupal Answers because he didn't understand why his question has been closed by the community, what would you do? – kiamlaluno Jan 14 '12 at 17:03
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    @kiamlaluno I think that the meta site is a valuable resource. One problem we've been seeing is that not many people have been using it limiting it's usefulness. One place where it really shines, is when the community needs to take decisions, like the drupal-x vs version-x vs X tag discussions we've had. Regarding the chat message, it's hard to say what I would do. It depends on the message and the question, but most likely I would engage in a conversation and maybe re-evaluate my decision or help him improve the question to make it viable for re-opening. – googletorp Jan 16 '12 at 9:09

I will offer my time and effort to continue as a moderator.

I've been one of the 3 pro tem mods for 6 months when I took kiamlaluno's place, and have been the most active since. Of the 900 flags that have come through since I started, I handled 522 of them.

I'm also the 5th highest user in terms of reputation, and have been active since the day the site started.

Like many others, I am a drupal.org site maintainer, core contributor, module maintainer, and active IRC participant.

Developing for Drupal is my full-time job, and I approach my Drupal-related responsibilities, including this one, with the professionalism they deserve.

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    you have my vote – Jeremy Love Jan 10 '12 at 21:18
  • A+++ would like this nomination again. – user7 Jan 10 '12 at 21:58
  • You have my support. – Capi Etheriel Jan 11 '12 at 14:20
  • Thanks for all your hard work thus far Tim! – Laxman13 Jan 11 '12 at 14:22
  • Do you think that moderators should be transparent in which they do? In which way do you think it is possible to guide the community, and help who doesn't know much about how Stack Exchange sites work? – kiamlaluno Jan 14 '12 at 17:06

I am going to nominate myself.

I think my profile here says the most about me. It will show my question/answer activity here, as well as my voting trend. I will point out that the reputation I have given out by voting exceeds the reputation I have received by nearly a two-to-one ratio, and I have no problem voting for a "competing" answer if it is correct and/or better than mine.

I have been participating in various internet communities (USENET, listservs, forums, etc) for over twenty years, which I think has given me a good understanding of the dynamics and issues that come up. I have also been a moderator on other sites and know that it can be a drag at times.

If it isn't apparent from my profile, I am a professional developer and spend most of my time either implementing Drupal sites or overseeing the development of Drupal sites.

I do my best to flag as needed, and have made an effort to participate in meta when I feel that I can contribute. I am on the site pretty much every day, and make a point to click through the review feature and vote/flag.

I think that the best thing a moderator can do is to be responsive to flagged posts, and to vote often. The site will never be perfect, and excessive editing and removing of marginal content will not grow the site. Voting is the best way to differentiate good content from bad content.

I will be upfront about what I see as weaknesses as a moderator. Right now, I don't tend to read or answer questions that have more to do with UI configuration. My activities on drupal.org are somewhat limited. This is mainly because I don't like the forum/group dynamics there, and haven't identified any of our custom modules that would be of benefit to a wider audience. I do, however, do my best to provide patches or detailed bug reports when I encounter problems. I don't think any of this would prevent me from being a good moderator, though.

  • Do you think that participating on Meta Stack Overflow help on understanding how Stack Exchange sites work? What would you do, if you notice something that should be changed to make the experience on Stack Exchange sites better, or to fix a bug on Stack Exchange? – kiamlaluno Jan 14 '12 at 17:09
  • Do you understand correctly how Stack Exchange sites work, to be a moderator? – kiamlaluno Jan 14 '12 at 17:12
  • I read meta here and on the main SO site, and have asked questions both on procedure and about potential improvements, as well as offering opinion on other answers. If there had been consensus on whether an improvement would be appropriate for SE, I would have asked the question to be moved there. – mpdonadio Jan 14 '12 at 18:46
  • I would think a user who accrues nearly 6k reputation with minimal downvotes and has 1.5k votes across multiple SE sites, does understand how SE works well enough to be a moderator. – mpdonadio Jan 14 '12 at 18:49
  • Moderators are called to judge flags done on posts, which is not related to having few down-votes on posts. While having few down-votes on posts is something positive, that doesn't assure flags would be correctly handled, whenever they are automatic flags, or users' flags. It is probably more an indication of the understanding of how Stack Exchange works the reputation gained on Meta Stack Overflow for answers posted there, or the reputation virtually gained on the meta site for Drupal Answers (the one reported here after "meta participation"). – kiamlaluno Jan 14 '12 at 19:47
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    I would argue that activity on the main DA site (reputation, flag activity, and voting) demonstrate exposure to both good and bad content, which would guide responses to flags. This is especially true once you gain the view close votes and view vote counts privileges, and see where there is consensus versus where there isn't. I think this is more important, and would help a moderator act on half of the community, rather than impose their will on the site. I also think that this aligns with the intent of the Theory of Moderation. – mpdonadio Jan 14 '12 at 23:06

I would like to nominate myself for the position of community moderator.

I am the user with the higher reputation on Drupal Answers, and I am the top user (considering the score obtained in answers) for questions tagged , , , , , and which are between the first twelve tags most used.
I review low quality posts, and flag posts that need moderation's attention. My flag weight is currently 660, and I have 298 flags deemed useful versus 23 declined flags. In the six sites where my reputation is higher, I have the "deputy" badge in all of them (except one) for correctly flagging 50 posts, and the "reviewer" badge in all of them for reviewing a hundred posts, and taking action in at least two hundred of them. Other meta-activities I did are:

  • I edited the part of the FAQ that reports the list of off-topic questions
  • I created the posts on the meta site tagged with faq

I am active on the meta site for Drupal Answers, which I consider the way to communicate between moderators and users, together the chat room Drupal Answers has.

I am active on Meta Stack Overflow, where my flag weight is 577, and my reputation passed from 257 to 17072 in 10 months. Being active on Meta Stack Overflow, I know what the general consensus about some of the issues that involves also Drupal Answers is, which means I would not use a personal solution when there is already a general consensus on Meta Stack Overflow about the better solution. It means also that I would report on Meta Stack Overflow an issue I noticed on Drupal Answers, if it can be of interest for other sites, or it can involve other sites. I want to make Drupal Answers a better place, even by reporting in the appropriate place the issues I see.

I am a 20k user on English Language & Usage, and a 15k user on Meta Stack Overflow and Drupal Answers. My participation in different SE sites allows me to better understand how Stack Exchange sites work.

I am a site maintainer on Drupal.org, which means that on that site I have the permission to delete posts, delete or block users account, and I normally deal with spam reported from other users or I deal with the spam I find on api.drupal.org; this is very similar to what the task of a community moderator is.
On Drupal.org, thanks to other permissions I have, I contribute to give to the other users permissions that allow them to participate more actively on Drupal.org, such as giving to the other users the permission to create full projects, or become new maintainers for existing projects.

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    Can you speak to why you used to be a pro tem mod and aren't anymore? – tim.plunkett Jan 10 '12 at 2:52
  • Moderators appointed by Stack Exchange can be removed, if Stack Exchange think they are not doing things like they want. That could be probably said also for elected moderators, but I guess that with appointed moderators they are more cautious. – kiamlaluno Jan 10 '12 at 2:59
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    kiamlanuno is by far the most active user on the site, not only in answering questions but also flagging, editing etc. Here on Drupal.SE when he was moderator he also did a good job most of the time. What worries me a bit is that we've seen kiamlanuno being a bit overeager at times acting too fast. One example was when you renamed the drupal-X tags to version-X tags, another example was when you deleted all drupal-X tags before they ended up being renamed to 6, 7 etc. Several users had complained about the way kiamlaluno used his moderator powers and I also voiced some concerns ...(continued) – googletorp Jan 10 '12 at 8:22
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    (continue) ... In the end kiamlaluno was removed as moderator. While I would like to see you as a moderator because you can do a good job and improve the site, I also have a small concern that you in eagerness to help will step on the users you are trying to help. Would you mind explaining a bit how you are going to act as a moderator and what you learned from the whole being moderator here and the process from where you were removed from the position. – googletorp Jan 10 '12 at 8:27
  • My error has been thinking that, without high reputation user, moderators for a beta site had more to do, while during the beta phase Stack Exchange is verifying the participation of the community, and having a single user (me) that tried to answer to as much questions possible, and close non-desired questions didn't help with that. The fact I was too worried DA could not pass the beta phase, and I had more free time (my time for developing Drupal modules was reduced to the minimum, at the time) didn't surely help. – kiamlaluno Jan 10 '12 at 9:18
  • Now, I am not anymore worried for the future of DA, and I am going to share my time between my activities on DA, and my activities on Drupal.org, including developing the modules for which I am maintainer, and helping users on Drupal.org in activities such as giving to users the permission of creating full Drupal projects. It's not my intention to do the same mistakes, but I will not make DA a secondary task, even though I don't have intention of moderating the site more than the necessary. – kiamlaluno Jan 10 '12 at 9:25
  • About the "drupal-x" tags, I must say that I got worried when I have heard from TPTB that or the tags were removed, or DA could not have continued to exist. When I asked if it was something the moderators should have taken care of, I didn't get any reply back. – kiamlaluno Jan 10 '12 at 9:28
  • Keep in mind that SE organizes chat between the candidates for the position of community moderators, and it is possible to ask questions directly to one of the candidates. It's not possible to give any answer in comments, and it is a bit early now. We are still in the first phase where the candidates propose themselves; if there are enough candidates, we will pass to the next phase, where the candidates are voted. At that point, I will be happy to answer to any questions, both in the chat room used for the purpose, and the DA chat room. – kiamlaluno Jan 10 '12 at 9:33
  • thanks for being open about your "mistakes". You deserve a lot of credit for getting this great site started and growing! Will you stay active on this site if you are not voted as a moderator? By the way, are there any benefits you receive from SE for being a moderator? – uwe Jan 15 '12 at 18:37
  • @MotoTribe If I were not elected moderator, I would not stop to participate on Drupal Answers. As far as I know, there aren't benefits from being a moderator, except those business cards that are given to moderators from time to time. The last time I have seen a post about that was on English Language & Usage. – kiamlaluno Jan 16 '12 at 13:09

This election is complete.