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.

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!

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Nominations close in 4 days.

11 Candidates

My handle is Richie086, I am nominating myself as a moderator candidate on SuperUser.

I am a huge fan of the entire StackExchange network, but if you look at my profile it is quite obvious that SuperUser is the site I am the most active on.

I have been in the Information Technology field for 10+ years. I have previously worked as a Desktop Support Specialist, Phone Support, Jr. Network Administrator, Sr. Network Administrator, System Administrator and Technical Writer.

I visit SuperUser a few times a day to check on any answers to questions I posted the previous day, leave comments, edit posts, do reviews, etc. I have found myself using the network of StackExchange websites as my own personal knowledge base. There are always new questions to ask, but 95% of the time if I do a quick search I end up finding the solution to my issue by doing a quick search on SuperUser.

I have also edited several Wiki entries on topics such as http://superuser.com/tags/network-shares/info or http://superuser.com/tags/backtrack/info

Basically, I like helping people resolve technical issues - so SuperUser is a natural thing for me to gravitate to.


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meta questions: 1 / -2
helpful flags: 5
Helping people with technical issues is the purpose of Super User, but for the moderation of our community, different skills are required. We're looking for users who like to review posts and have experience with flagging or interaction with other members on Meta. A moderator here does not necessarily have to be an IT pro. Do you think you'd be up for the task? –  slhck 5 hours ago
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Hello there! You may know me as the Super User formerly known as gparyani.

While I tell you some facts about me, I would like you to think about why I am named damryfbfnetsi. Before you proceed, check my bio for a hint.

Facts about me:

Okay, so you want to know what my username stands for? It stands for:

declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it

(please comment before you look)

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meta questions: 21 / +26
meta answers: 4 / +3
helpful flags: 369
I'm a little concerned that you've cast only around 250 votes in total – only one in April. Stack Exchange values voting a lot, since it's our main handle on separating good from bad content. What's your position on this? –  slhck yesterday
@slhck I would rather flag or comment than vote. In my opinion, the voting system is a little too broad. But you're right; I should vote in addition to flagging or commenting. –  damryfbfnetsi 16 hours ago
Ok, thanks for the clarification! –  slhck 1 hour ago
I don't see how what your username stands for is relevant here. I also don't understand the whole point you're trying to make with your username. Apparently, you flagged a user because their name was not "understandable" and this was rejected by a mod. Well of course it was, what a silly reason to flag for! Is that the kind of thing you will be doing as a mod? –  terdon 1 hour ago
@terdon would you mind providing a link to the support for your conclusion on the "Apparently..." sentence? Thanks! –  Raystafarian 41 mins ago
amount of incorrect flags generated(as indicated by no of disputed + declined flags) here is rather high. As a Moderator, we're usually subject to ridiculous high levels or scrutiny & a single error in flag handling results in often hysterical cries for our heads in Meta/comments. Are you upto this & how will you handle this? –  Sathya 15 mins ago
@Raystafarian Terdon arrived at that conclusion based on OP's bio –  Sathya 11 mins ago
@Raystafarian that's what I understood from this post and damryfbfnetsi's profile bio. It seems I'm wrong (phew!). Damryfbfnetsi, you might want to edit your nomination to clarify. I am assuming I won't be the only one who won't understand this username story and I don't think you want us to focus on that rather than the reasons why you would be a good mod. –  terdon 8 mins ago
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I am a long-standing member of the Superuser community and have always worked to augment and support the moderators that work here.

I have always tried to be fair and open with new users of the site while stamping on obvious spam when it appears. I have a long history of trying to guide and help users and I believe that this community deserves the "firm but fair" leadership that it has had so far from its moderators and it is my intention that that tradition should continue for as long as possible. We welcome those who would learn while dealing firmly with those who seek to disrupt the community.

I have a long history of flagging and working through the review queues and while I have been less involved lately due to personal reasons my free time is now my own again so I can continue to work with the community to make this a place worth being.

My motto?

Please do not push strangers in front of oncoming trains (unless they really deserve it)

Everyone deserves a chance to contribute but for those that can not or will not then that's where the moderators come in.

I'm not here for the fanfare or the glory, I'm here for the long haul and to make things right.

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meta questions: 3 / +32
meta answers: 17 / +128
helpful flags: 916
1. Can you perhaps give a poignant example of how you handled an issue with a new user differently than other moderators might have? 2. You've only ever asked 2 questions on this site. Are you not worried this impacts your attitude somewhat? (Maybe it impacts it for the better, I don't know)? –  einpoklum yesterday
Your publicly visible activity is rather low compared to previous years. How much time do you think you can invest as a moderator? –  slhck yesterday
@einpoklum How is asking questions related to being a good moderator? –  Doorknob yesterday
@Doorknob: A moderator who doesn't ask question is like an aristocrat passing judgement on the peasantry. –  einpoklum 22 hours ago
@einpoklum I can't really answer your first question as tend to find my opinions often aligns with the assessment of current mods, though I often would prefer that new users are given a more personal reason if/when their question is closed to help them understand why. As to my low number of questions, I am a helper/fixer by nature and the questions I have tend to be answered already either by this site or personal research. I could ask questions during the events that are occasionally held but that seems wrong. Questions and answers should interest you, not be for points or prizes. –  Mokubai 22 hours ago
@einpoklum To clarify, I am not an aristocrat nor do I pass judgement on anyone. The questions I have are mundane and easily solved, I revel in the "how do I fix" or "what is this doing" questions that people submit here. I answer questions because people took the time to ask them, to admit that they didn't know the answer because they lack some important piece of knowledge that someone else might have. I often don't know the answer, same as the questioner, but I knew how to find it and I hope that rather than just give a bland "this'll fix it" that I also helped them learn to find it too. –  Mokubai 21 hours ago
@slhck As mentioned I have had some issues in the last year that has limited my available time and even now I cannot guarantee an amount of time that I can invest. But what I can say is that I would generally be around most evenings and weekends and would certainly be able to set aside a good amount of time most nights and weekends. I cannot contribute strongly during work hours (GMT 8AM - 5PM) and as we have a few European mods already I asmit that we may be wanting to look more closely at other time zones this year so that we can better cover all our bases... –  Mokubai 21 hours ago
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I'm throwing my hat into the ring simply out of love for this community. Super User has been an incredible resource for me. I believe in the free-flow of information and the sharing of knowledge, which is exactly what the SE community represents.

I've utilized Super User not only to help others in need, but also to expand my knowledge by reading topics I'm unfamiliar with or trying to solve problems that require skills I don't possess.

Do I think I'm the best choice, the most deserving or the most active? No. I think we have some incredible candidates already and I also believe there are more fitting users out there that are not yet candidates! My motivation is simply to get my name some exposure, express my admiration for this community and become even more involved, whether through this arena or another.

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meta questions: 9 / +39
meta answers: 4 / +8
helpful flags: 232
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I'd like to be considered for the high post of moderator. Although I have a higher rep on the ServerFault SE, I do actively visit and participate in the SU SE. My approach is to doing what is necessary to advance the conversation while stopping abusive behavior. My approach is more on the quiet side and to intrude only when necessary. Help newcomers when they need it. I know my competitors have submitted more characters in their nomination than mine. But I'd rather be concise and to the point. Vote for me and I'll do a great job. Thank you for your time.

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meta questions: 1 / -5
helpful flags: 59
gotta brighten up your nomination to stand out from the crowd –  Sathya 2 days ago
@Sathya I've already won it. –  Evan Carroll 2 days ago
Without all the fanfare, I'll do the right thing for the SU SE. Action and not glits are what is important in this position. –  mdpc yesterday
@mdpc my point being I can't see any action –  Sathya yesterday
What type of action are you referring to? –  mdpc yesterday
@mdpc I know your actions, your edits, reviews etc. Others don't. Make it known :) –  Sathya yesterday
Hmmm...generally a moderators action is really behind the scenes doing the good work without a lot of publicity. I am one of those strong but quiet moderators, who do what I say, and say what I do. –  mdpc 17 hours ago
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Well, what can I say about myself that the community doesn't already know? I'm a pro-tem mod for Freelancing.SE, to help build that site up. I'm active at flagging bad posts on SU already, with over 1 kF (1 thousand flags) deemed helpful! If I'm elected, it will give the other mods a break from their flagging, giving them more time to answer questions and be all-round great people for the site.

When down-voting or voting to close, I always try to leave a comment for the posters, remember that they may not know how to properly ask or answer. This is what I feel would help foster and grow the community, showing how we work properly, while still being respectful and helping out.

I feel that by having more active moderators, it will lessen the load on each other to do the policing, so we can still hang out in chat (I'm constantly in the Ask a SU Mod room anyways), or answering questions for new users. This will grow the community, and make Super User a much better place, with more worthy content sticking around. I've been here more than 4 years helping out where I can!

Vote for results! Vote for Canadian Luke!

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meta questions: 25 / +82
meta answers: 23 / +53
helpful flags: 1065
It's really great that you help out in our chat room when no moderator is currently there! Thank you for that. –  slhck 2 days ago
Silent down-voting is anti-social and unproductive. It's only happened to me once so far, but how am I supposed to learn to do things better if someone won't tell me what I did wrong! –  Joe 2 days ago
And the amount you help in meta as well to provide better/clearer understanding of the workings of the site alongside the SU stuff is really great. –  Dave Rook 2 days ago
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This is a little shorter than I would like since I'm currently in India, without access to a PC. I'm pretty sure I need no introduction to many of you - I'm currently a mod pro tempore at software recommendations, in the top ten all time users, with over a thousand flags and I prop up the bar on chat.

And yes, I'd like to nominate myself

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meta questions: 37 / +283
meta answers: 107 / +580
helpful flags: 2176
The rest of the nominees are competing for one moderator slot, because the first one is going to be practically handed to you on a platter. It's well-deserved, I think. :) +1! –  allquixotic 2 days ago
moderator positions available: 1 –  DragonLord 2 days ago
Can I run as your vice-moderator? :) –  HopelessN00b 2 days ago
I'm tempted to sabotage your nomination such that we get to keep your full focus on Software Recommendations. But that would be wrong and selfish. So to the SU community: pick this guy. –  Undo 2 days ago
Yer da bomb man! I'm voting for you! –  leeand00 2 days ago
My vote is for you..you deserve it better –  Renju Chandran chingath yesterday
I bet you could post just "Hi" and you would still get the mod position. Definitely voting for you in the primary and as my first choice in the election phase, and you deserve the diamond that you will get! –  Doorknob 16 hours ago
You have my vote as well. –  Richie086 15 hours ago
You're in India? I don't see why you wouldn't have access to a PC: you could go to a local Internet café... –  damryfbfnetsi 13 hours ago
My granma broke her hip, and I'm shuttling between the hospital and various relatives. Only reason I know there is an election is a dozen mentions on chat reminding me to stand. I'll fix this up in a day or two, when I get home –  Journeyman Geek 12 hours ago
Have my vote (Y) –  Pretzel 9 hours ago
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I've been active on SU for several years now. I regularly work the review queues in order to help keep the site as tidy as possible and I use the moderator tools regularly as well for the same purpose.

When needed, I work at assisting OPs with clarifying their question in order to help the community better understand what is being asked rather than jump the gun to downvote and close as quickly as possible. I will, however, move to close a question when there is no hope for it or it truly does not belong. My job is focused on training junior engineers in troubleshooting and problems solving techniques, so I try to bring that experience to SU.

I am running to become a moderator so that I will more quickly be able to assist and tidy the site and keep the quality of questions as high as possible.

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meta questions: 4 / +15
helpful flags: 347
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I've been a member of Super User for a little over a year, and have grown very familiar with how we roll. I've participated in a great deal of reviewing, editing and cleaning up of the community and love keeping things tidy.

Lately my focus has been on spending as much time as I can working through the review queue, and attempting to answer and ask quality questions. One thing I love about this community is that it's easy to find quality answers to questions and not have to go digging through dirt to find gold. I would like to keep it that way!

Fortunately, I work a job where I can keep SU open and plug away at my work whilst simultaneously poking through reviewing posts. This leaves me relatively available most of the time.

Vote for me, and all your wildest dreams will come true.

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meta questions: 20 / +76
meta answers: 6 / +32
helpful flags: 366
Vote Moses for Benevolent Overlord –  Mat Carlson 2 days ago
If I'm elected I will also write up the "SuperUser 10 Commandments" in the help center. –  Moses 2 days ago
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A guardian for the community with an open heart for newcomers.

As a member with more than three years of experience on Super User, I'm running for moderator because I can put the tools to good use for the benefit of the community.

While I mostly work "behind the scenes", I have contributed significantly to both the global and local metas. Keeping the site clean is of utmost priority to me, evident in my efforts to eliminate spam at the root. I also maintain a strong record of flagging and reviewing content, helping to keep our content quality as high as possible.

At the same time, I have worked hard in making the site friendlier to newcomers and improving overall civility. I am a firm believer in clear and respectful feedback, and have been influential in the development of a tour for beginners. In keeping with that, I always try to leave comments whenever I downvote or vote to close so that users can understand why I did so.

As a moderator, I can help keep Super User a place everyone can trust for high-quality computer hardware and software Q&A.

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meta questions: 28 / +212
meta answers: 33 / +119
helpful flags: 744
Veteran users have earnt their right to be dicks imo. –  Pato Sáinz 2 days ago
@PatoSáinz as a mod on a site with a lot of dicks, I disagree –  Mark Henderson 2 days ago
I know I'm technically running against you, but I think you have a good solid body of contributions under your belt that would justify you becoming a moderator. I think the voting community will judge you favorably and you will have a good chance of getting voted in. –  allquixotic yesterday
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Fellow super users...

For many years now, you've been subject to truly horrific question, after truly horrific question, after truly horrific question after truly horrific question. Your elected moderators have toiled respectfully and politely to shield you from the worst of the worst, but the flood of st00pidity has not abated, and you all suffer needlessly as a result.

But I am here to tell you today, that the way things are is not the way they need to be.

Fellow super users, it is time to take a stand. For all your sakes, to end your suffering, I implore you... bring in a professional to handle this ceaseless wave of luser. Bring in a sysadmin. An experienced sysadmin with over a decade of experience crushing users' spirits. A sysadmin who is not afraid to wield his LART. A sysadmin who can bring his well-earned reputation of surly cruelty and snarky sarcasm to bear against the hordes that torment you.

Vote for me, that the trolls and the st00pid may tremble with fear and flee far from SuperUser and never return.

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helpful flags: 58
Violence IS the solution! –  Wesley 2 days ago
You've said some pretty abhorrent things lately which [email protected] had to discipline you for, including using gendered patriarchal insults. You're exactly who we don't need as an admin, Oh, and I see we have a whiny bitch posting a question on Meta. Fun, fun... time to check that out. - HopelessN00b. Clean your act up. –  Evan Carroll 2 days ago
^Yeah, I'm not voting for you just for that feminist propaganda bullshit. :) –  MarcusJ 2 days ago
Although you have a lot of experience at Server Fault, it is important to realize that Stack Exchange aims to be a venue for high-quality Q&A, not mindlessly bash users who intend to contribute with good faith but may not fully get how things work here. Being mean to users doesn't help us towards this goal in any way. –  DragonLord 2 days ago
@EvanCarroll That's a blatant lie, and you know it. I was never disciplined for that... and it was true. Besides, I don't know what you're getting all bent out of shape about... oh, wait, yes I do. Someone leaked my "ban the trolls" initiative and you realize you'll be the first one to feel the sting of my modhammer. Well... you could always try not being a troll on for size, see how that works out. –  HopelessN00b 2 days ago
@ChrisJester-Young No, no, no. My brand of justice may be cruel and harsh, but I only dole it out to those who are in need of punishment. The help vampires, the plz-to-be-halping-me-cimputer?!?! types and the various trolls, who need not be named by name. I may be cruel, harsh, and even a crime against humanity... but I do not wreak my vengeance on the innocent or those whose minor infractions do not warrant cruel and unusual snarkiness. –  HopelessN00b 2 days ago
@Wesley Both DVRs and VCRs are potentially on topic, so long as the question in question is a legitimate question, and not a thinly veiled, masturbatory ego-stroking troll, I would allow it. Of course, DVR or VCR questions that are thinly veiled, masturbatory ego-stroking trolling would be disposed of with extreme prejudice... as would the author. –  HopelessN00b 2 days ago
Besides quashing noobs, is there any reason behind your sudden interest in Super User? It seems that you have relatively little prior activity on the site. –  nhinkle 2 days ago
Aggressive eh? Not a good trait in a moderator. –  Seth 2 days ago
@nhinkle Well, I like helping people. In this case, helping people overrun by horrific amounts of brain-rotting st00pid. I saw the notification for the SuperUser elections and realized that my talents and temperament could be just the help you lot need. –  HopelessN00b 2 days ago
@Psycogeek True, but the point of Stack Exchange is to provide quality information. If people want information of dubious/hilarious quality on why their butt hurts after sex, that's what Yahoo! Answers is for. –  HopelessN00b 2 days ago
When I first read this nomination, I got a laugh from it because I thought it was a joke. After reading these comments, I see it wasn't. Too bad. –  Joe 2 days ago
binge flagging at last moment just to bump up your numbers isn't nice. (23 of 44 flags have come in the last 9 hours) –  Sathya yesterday
so why wait till you put in your nomination? Why not get involved earlier? We see this trend every time there's an election, someone with low "stats" goes on a binge just to bump "stats",doesn't make it & then never returns.If you're doing for good of the site, then that's great. But your timing makes me question your motives. Your Server Fault flagging summary history is irrelevant for us(and neither is page visible except you & Mods); that's the time you've spent on Server Fault, no here. As far as Super User goes, your contributions wrt flags hasn't been much till 9 hours ago, and that's why I'm calling you out. –  Sathya yesterday
Moderators are expected to be diligent in their words and actions, leading by example. Your excessive use of expletives and derogative terms for users who might not have a lot of experience with our system worries me. Our primary goal is not to turn away new users. –  slhck yesterday
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