2012 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jan 9, 2012 at 20:00
election began
Jan 16, 2012 at 20:00
election ended
Jan 24, 2012 at 20:00

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

This election is over.