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 Jul 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.

10,103 voters were eligible, 3,011 visited the site during the election, 2,057 visited the election page, and 1,011 voted

I've been participating consistently for almost two years with daily attendance. Last year I was tied for 3rd place in the MVSU contest.

I am regularly using my reputation privileges to make this site a better place to ask and answer questions. Almost all of my flags are considered useful and acted on. I don't seek use of the review tools as much as some others, but I always check out the flags I have access to in the moderator tools, and respond to requests to act in chat.

I try to improve the site and assist the community by participating on Meta and chat as well. I've submitted dozens of bug reports and feature requests both on our Meta and MSO. I also participate in and initiate several policy discussions with a rather successful track record, and help interested users in learning how to best use the site.

As moderator, I will mostly continue doing what I do now. I am aware that what I say or do as moderator will be perceived differently, so I will take a more relaxed stance on some topics and will let others deal with those I am too biased in. If there are issues that need a mod response, I'm sure I'll learn of them and I'm confident that I can deal with them appropriately.

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    I'm glad to see that you decided to run. – nhinkle Jul 13 '12 at 22:31
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    Your meta participation really speaks for itself. You're putting a lot of thought into discussions and are a great contributor to the site in general. You definitely have my vote! – slhck Jul 13 '12 at 22:45
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    moderator positions available = 1You're a great candidate and deserve to be a moderator. – James Mertz Jul 14 '12 at 0:22
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    That's my third vote decided. – ChrisF Jul 14 '12 at 18:32
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    That's some pretty nice activity! I've seen you contribute numerous time on meta as well as on the site, but am surprised now by the statistics which show that you even have done a lot more than what I saw; hence, you have my third vote. :) – Tamara Wijsman Jul 14 '12 at 19:17
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    I think Daniel's overall activity speaks for itself: significant rep, lots of Meta activity and very helpful in keeping the site clean. I would be very disappointed if DB didn't get elected – Ivo Flipse Jul 15 '12 at 17:29
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    I don’t think Daniel would make a good moderator. He is too nitpicky about irrelevant things. – kinokijuf Jul 15 '12 at 17:48
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    If someone isn't what you call 'nitpicky', then that person is probably not suited to be a moderator in the first place. – Ivo Flipse Jul 15 '12 at 18:10

About Me

Profile Name: romilnagrani

Real Name: Romil Nagrani

Age/Gender: 26/Male

Working: As a software developer

Passionate about: Computers, Internet-Surfing (more like "stumbling"), Gadgets, Music (of-course!)

Activity on stack exchange: Medium

Activity on super user: Medium (but higher than stack exchange)

Reason for being nominating myself

  1. First nomination (hence excuse me if the my nomination filling is novice :-) )
  2. Fair decision maker.
  3. Polite in words.
  4. Aware about the concepts such as Meta-Edit, Flagging, Voting
  5. Last but not least, dedicated and committed towards my work.
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    You claim to be aware about the concepts such as Meta-Edit, Flagging, Voting, but you have no helpful flags and zero meta participation. What's up with that? – yannis Jul 13 '12 at 11:15
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    I don't think your name, age, gender, profession are relevant. You claim your activity is medium, honestly I haven't seen any activity that I recognize. I don't see a single comment which reflects "polite in words" and there's no record of you flagging or voting to close, ever. Add to that, you have voted a grand total of 9 times. Not sure what made you highlight those. Definitely not mod material. – Sathyajith Bhat Jul 13 '12 at 15:32
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    I've never seen your name on the site, never seen a flag from (because there haven't been any), and never seen you on Meta. – nhinkle Jul 13 '12 at 16:05
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    I'm sorry man, but being aware of something, and actually practicing are two different things. – James Mertz Jul 13 '12 at 17:13

My name is Jared and I am a senior support engineer for enterprise storage systems. My past positions include tier 2 support tech for data and voip at a nation-wide ISP and level 4 CO installation and repair tech. I am also an amateur programmer.

As far as moderation experience goes, I don't have any save for what I have done on this site, which isn't too much so far. I don't believe I am qualified quite yet, but I believe that making an attempt now will better prepare me for future tries when I am more qualified. You only learn by failing, after all.

I have been on superuser for almost 2 years now and have been an active participant on the site.

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    I would start using those moderation privileges (flagging, editing, voting to close, etc_ and participating more on meta before making an attempt at modship. – soandos Jul 11 '12 at 8:21


I have been a user here for just over a year, and have been heavily involved in the community for the majority of that time.

Moderation activities and policy:

We are coming up on the one year anniversary of me winning the appetizing sounding "Crap Cleaner" award (2nd place). Basically, this is an award for cleaning up things on the site that had no business being here. It is noteworthy that much of this activity consisted of moderator attention flags (though this had its issues) that these would be things that I can do myself as a moderator. I am a very active editor and voter, and I am confident that this trend would continue should I become a moderator.

As far as policy goes, I am pretty much in the same line as everyone else on the main issues (moderators should be exception handlers, etc) but am perhaps a little more strict with software-rec questions and things like than most other candidates.


I think that I would be a good moderator, and my meta, editing (1000+ posts so far), flagging, voting, and activity in the community all support that. I am running for the chance to be a moderator, but I heartily recommend some of the other candidates.

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    The "Disclaimer" you place doesn't particularly help your case, in fact if you didnt have it, it would have been better. While most of your work appears to be with helpful flags, if you were a moderator, how would you discharge your duties that do not involve cleaning up the site, such as helping to settle disputes between users, users-and-mods, and other disputes that would arise that would need the assistance of a moderator? Such disputes arise and can be much more tricky to handle than standard "This post needs help" things. – Thomas Ward Jul 11 '12 at 13:04
  • @LordofTime, I have part of those a few times (both user to user (can't find the link just now, but there was user that edited my answer, it posted a question on meta about it, rolled it back, then the user did it again), and user to mod), and I think I am even tempered enough to either make the users cool down (talk to them in a private chat, if need be lock posts, etc) and worst case a cool down suspension. – soandos Jul 11 '12 at 13:55
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    @LordofTime As far as the disclaimer goes, I am looking to get the best 3 new mods for SU that are possible. If people believe that is me, then I am very happy, but personally, I think there a better people for the job, and this gives me good experience for the future. – soandos Jul 11 '12 at 13:57
  • @LordofTime, here is the link to the user to user dispute. – soandos Jul 11 '12 at 15:35
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    soandos is quite a level head, and has been quite an active reviewer or low quality posts - and despite the initial hiccup, he's carried forward in continuing the reviews. – Sathyajith Bhat Jul 13 '12 at 15:33
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    (To add on to Sathya's comment) I joined Super User a few months after soandos. I got to see him grow up here, becoming a great, active member of our community. – iglvzx Jul 14 '12 at 19:33


I have been a member of SU for over 2 years, but have only actively participated in the site since January. I have been visiting the site on every one of the 170 days that passed since then, voted over 2000 times, edited over 1000 questions and answers and earned over 100 badges.


Just recently, I unlocked the moderator tools and have been exercising them ever since. I like to believe that I am taking part equally in contributing content to the site as well as moderating it. But I let you be the judges of that.
I have been, and still am, a moderator on the German forum coding-board, which I joined in 2001. However, I have now moved my focus to StackExchange, as this format is more to my preference.


I'm sure that I have a very broad knowledge about a wide variety of software and hardware concepts, but would never pass on a chance to listen to someone more knowledgeable than me. And that's why I love StackExchange. There are always people to listen to and learn something.

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    Oliver's edits already helped me on my questions and answers and he is one of the most upvoted users with him answers. Well-intentioned people that always wants to help everyone. He have my vote on election. – Diogo Jul 10 '12 at 17:45
  • Ofcourse after slhck you are prior for me. My vote s for you. – avirk Jul 12 '12 at 7:30

As most people can see, I'm a brazilian user and I'm trying to do my best to be the most active latin user here. As a telecommunication engineer I usually use some of my time to make questions based on questions of everyday life and answers based on my professional experience. I believe this site is a powerful tool to learning and teaching about software and hardware, and even to learn english.

I recently reached 10k rep and now I'm trying to improve SU using moderation tools to help on closing/deleting bad posts and mainly I'm trying to encourage new and old users to come back here and activelly participate on SU by upvoting them first posts(only threads that I belive constructive). If I reach moderator status I would be more effective on doing such work and would be able to do much more to keep the "exchangeability" of this site(everytime before post anything here, I think about people that don't know anything about the subject that find this site on Google results, they need details). Also, I think important to have moderators from different countries, not only because fuse time, but because of having different oppinions on most of things on moderation subjects.

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    That's a good number of helpful flags right there, and I've already seen you were voting a lot, which is really great and important on these sites. So, keep it up and good luck! :) – slhck Jul 10 '12 at 14:18
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    I couldn't find space on post to put my activities on SU, but, only for record: 425 days from the registration, 402 visited SU. – Diogo Jul 10 '12 at 17:31
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    You have quite an impressive number of helpful flags. A few months ago, there was a discussion on meta (topic 4068) that mentioned your use of flags instead of close votes (which you had sufficient reputation for), that apparently were tolerated by the moderators for a while. Roughly how many of those flags could or should have been close votes instead? What did you take away from that discussion? – Daniel Beck Jul 12 '12 at 20:17
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    Since that discussion I just stopped to flag new questions(started to cast close on them; because of that I'm reaching almost 300 closed quesions until now), after that I started to flag old answers and questions that I consider that should be closed or deleted(really needs mederator attention). I still do this and thats why I have almost 19k reviewed posts until now. On my oppinion, that discussion is a part of the acquired experience that is required from a mod for his formation, every new day is a new day and the last one is a part of the time that change the way you think about the things. – Diogo Jul 12 '12 at 20:39
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    Thanks for the answer. – Daniel Beck Jul 13 '12 at 11:58

I've been with Super User for almost two years now. I have a sound understanding of how the site works and I feel that I already work well with the current moderators. I frequent the chat rooms and contribute heavily to the vote to close room as well as give input to users that may have questions in the Ask a Moderator room

My daily routine on Super User consists of reviewing, editing and voting on posts while flagging any that are clearly spam or otherwise suspicious. Recently I've been collaborating with other users, under the call from Sathya, on a tag clean up of which we've cleaned 24 tags with more to come. I feel that the privileges and responsibility that comes with being a moderator will only help me in doing what I already do. 

Whether or not I become a moderator I will continue to do my best to keep this site clean and useful for veterans and newcomers alike. 

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    Another excellent candidate. With candidates like @slhck and KronoS it looks like I won't have to act on my rashly made statement that I'd stand in the next SU election (sorry!) – ChrisF Jul 10 '12 at 8:18
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    don't let Kronos's recent tag clean up fool you in thinking that's the only thing he's done - he's been actively cleaning up the cruft on the site & helping others since a long time. Another excellent candidate. – Sathyajith Bhat Jul 10 '12 at 8:20
  • How the hell are you not already a mod? – JNK Jul 10 '12 at 14:59
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    Given your participation with helping the blog off the ground, as well as your activity on many parts of the site; you would make up for a good moderator. No need for points, what matters is reputation; you have my vote. – Tamara Wijsman Jul 10 '12 at 16:23
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    Kronos is a very dedicated, involved, and passionate Super User. I would trust him with mod powers any day. – nhinkle Jul 10 '12 at 19:36
  • When I see his gravatar I remember the silver sulphur of Fantastic4 :-P – avirk Jul 12 '12 at 13:11

To me, the essence of moderation is to find and handle appropriately the posts the community feels do not fit the site, so that we keep the site clean for everyone to enjoy, making sure users can rely on Super User to get the high-quality answers they expect.

To help keep this site as clean as possible, I've taken an aggressive approach to "bad" posts. My flagging record includes spam posts, both overt and covert; "answers" that don't answer the question; rants; and more. At the same time, I aim to be supportive to both new and established users to help foster friendship and help the community with any problems that may come up.

I can be counted on to help keep the quality of contributions high and serve as a reliable "human exception handler", resolving key issues for the benefit of the community.

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    DL's been quite helpful with tag & suggested edits & general cleanup. – Sathyajith Bhat Jul 10 '12 at 8:27

I have been a long term user and strong supporter of the SuperUser community for a long time now, doing what I can to help the Community.

I am an avid computer user and keeping up on the latest technologies is a hobby, as is helping our users here. I believe that while some questions are a simple matter of giving people the information to do the task, some other problems are more about teaching people how to find an answer, giving them guidance instead of an answer.

Since I first joined SU I found myself amongst a group of peers who had a similar goal, to help solve problems and promote quality. I believe that these are the overarching ideals of this community and, with the rare exceptions, we really are a true Community.

I have more recently been spending my time supporting the community behind the scenes by helping close questions, finding and flagging answers and generally doing what I can to keep the place tidy.

I have always been a strong supporter of our moderators and their firm, but above all else, fair dealings. Problems have always been discussed rather than simply dismissed out of hand and I would like to see, and help, that continue.

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    Mokubai works silently behind the scenes, without much fuss or fanfare. An excellent candidate/ – Sathyajith Bhat Jul 10 '12 at 8:22
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    I've seen him around, but I don't see him often; yet he shows to have a profile of much activity. Standing back is valuable, and that's why I think Mokubai would make a great moderator... – Tamara Wijsman Jul 10 '12 at 16:25

Who is this Simon guy anyway?

Well, I'm Simon. And I'd like to serve as one of Super User's diamond moderators on the site. A lot of you have gotten to know me over the last year, as I'm a regular around the chat. Perhaps you saw one or two of my edits, or bumped into my blog posts. Since last year, I've been heavily involved in Super User, adding it into part of my daily life. A nice place to visit, tidy up, and have a chat.

So why would I want this guy as a moderator?

Well, let's take a look at my reputation. Around 5000, at the moment. Moderator tools are a long way off, and I'm not exactly the best Q&A guy. I know a little, but I'm not Jon Skeet. What I can do, is clean up, and help keep Super User looking like an awesome site. I feel I represent the community and its goals well. As a regular Meta user, I'm always looking to help out where I can.

My activity in the last month may have been down due to exams, but I'm back and ready for some action. Thanks!

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    I think that even without all the special tools, you've done a really great job at moderating. While you're not posting that much, I know you know how the site works and what's important, so you'd definitely have my support. – slhck Jul 9 '12 at 21:06
  • @slhck thanks! I've been busy the past month with school, but I'm back in for some Super User time now :) – Simon Sheehan Jul 9 '12 at 21:07
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    @SimonSheehan, bad news. You actually have more SU rep than Jon Skeet does :) – soandos Jul 9 '12 at 21:38
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    It's going to be very hard to select just 3, Simon's another excellent candidate. – Sathyajith Bhat Jul 10 '12 at 10:25
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    Simon is definitely a very enthusiastic participant, and he has a level head. – nhinkle Jul 10 '12 at 16:01
  • So much great candidates, Simon is surely part of them. – Tamara Wijsman Jul 10 '12 at 16:27
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    Simon Sheehan has been around for a while, knows SU and it's FAQ/policies well, participates on Meta regularly, would make an awesome mod. – studiohack Jul 10 '12 at 22:57

I consider myself a very dedicated Super User. My goal has always been to help making this place a fun experience and a great way to learn. Learn to solve problems, but also learn to communicate and exchange knowledge.

What would I do as a moderator?

My main contribution as a moderator would be to

  • Be as helpful and constructive as possible to everyone, new users and long-term members alike.
  • Be supportive. I enjoy being around our Meta site and the chat room as much as I like to contribute on Super User itself when it comes down to answering questions.

Of course, that's what I've always tried to do :)

What's my background and experience?

I've had a lot of "community moderating" experience, raising flags, reviewing around 8,500 posts (and editing another 7,000) – all in order to keep the site's signal to noise ratio up and support new users who have difficulties expressing themselves or getting to know the site.

During my time, I've identified a number of voting rings, sock puppets and spammers and therefore helped our existing moderators do their job more efficiently. By becoming a moderator myself, I would be able to get these things done more quickly.

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    slhck's kindness and help during my first few days as a newbie here really made an impact. I am now one of the Top 100 users, and I would be would be proud to have him as one of our moderators. – iglvzx Jul 9 '12 at 20:54
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    I'd like to submit a [bug]: slhck is not yet a moderator on SU. Something's seriously wrong with that. – Daniel Beck Jul 9 '12 at 20:55
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    It's about time Slhck became a full moderator - he does at least as much work as many of our existing moderators, and it'll just make it more efficient for everyone if he can act without having to wait for us to clear his flags. – nhinkle Jul 9 '12 at 20:58
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    Its hard to imagine you aren't a moderator already haha. Good luck my friend, you deserve every vote! – Simon Sheehan Jul 9 '12 at 21:08
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    I approve of this nomination! – Der Hochstapler Jul 9 '12 at 21:10
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    I just did a double take at the sheer number of flags. An average of 2.5 flags a day since you started on SU. Remind me why you aren't a moderator yet? And that's not mentioning the other (equally impressive) stats... – Bob Jul 9 '12 at 21:21
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    ...I honestly thought you were a moderator here. Got my vote for sure – Ben Brocka Jul 9 '12 at 21:24
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    You're really amazing and impressive and fabulous (and <adjective>)+ and you've got my vote :) – Ry- Jul 9 '12 at 22:13
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    moderator positions available = 2 – James Mertz Jul 9 '12 at 22:34
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    A new user with 1 rep asked on Meta SO where he could post his question. He didn't have enough rep to chat to ask if his question would be okay, so I chatted up slhck in one of the SU chat rooms and he swung by Meta SO and helped the new user find a home for his question on SU. meta.stackexchange.com/a/137409/155826 Little things like this add up and make a good impression to new users. This is exactly the type of person who you should elect! – jmort253 Jul 10 '12 at 5:16
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    hard to quantify slhck's activities on site in few words - quite a calm head; very helpful; always approachable & boy oh boy does he do a massive clean up of the site. slhck deserves to be a Moderator. – Sathyajith Bhat Jul 10 '12 at 8:25
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    I wonder if slhck will be the candidate no one votes for, thinking everyone else will vote for (yes, it happens). Hopefully the strong support expressed here will translate into votes, excellent candidate, I've also thought slhck was a mod for a while (because of his MSO presence). – yannis Jul 10 '12 at 9:11
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    Please elect slhck, I'm so tired of having to do all his dirty work! Its about time he does the work all by himself, without the unnecessary intervention from the mods. – Ivo Flipse Jul 10 '12 at 14:11
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    You have my sword. – JohannesM Jul 10 '12 at 14:49
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    slhck deserves to be a mod, his work on this site has been a HUGE contribution and he would make an awesome addition to the diamond team. – studiohack Jul 10 '12 at 22:58

About Me

I am a Computer Technician for a small shop, with over 5,000 clients that I get to serve. Because I work so often, I am on SuperUser every day, looking for new knowledge and sharing what experiences I have in computers. I'm currently also one of the only 2 Apple technicians in my city, serving the northern part of my province.

In my spare time, I love playing pool, going for walks, and flagging or VTC questions on SuperUser that don't belong there. I am also a moderator on another Computer forum, and have been for 4 years, helping people with their issues or helping with * SHUDDER * Shopping recommendations.

My Commitment

Since I've been here for over 2 years actively participating, I have a weird sense that I won't be going anywhere. Having a strict set of rules to follow definitely helps when users have questions about the moderating that they don't understand. As a leader in life, I usually make the final decisions on many topics as well, especially with Cadets where I am the Commanding Officer.

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    Hi Luke, could you add a link or explanation for Cadets? I'd like to understand what it is, and what a Commanding Officer does. – Matthew Jul 9 '12 at 20:43
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    @Matthew Cadets (specifically, the Navy League Cadets) is a non-profit organization for youth 9-18 that teaches them leadership, citizenship, etc, as well as other specific skills (ropework, sailing, first aid, drill, etc). They work on a hierarchy system for positions and ranks, and I am the head-honcho (Commanding Officer) for the unit in my town. I also have command over the other officers that attend as well – Canadian Luke Jul 9 '12 at 21:04
  • I see Luke around the site a lot, and he always puts his best foot forward! – nhinkle Jul 10 '12 at 19:35
  • @nhinkle Much appreciated :) I hope I can serve the community even better if elected – Canadian Luke Jul 10 '12 at 20:02
  • Hard to choose 3 guys among you all. – avirk Jul 12 '12 at 13:09

This election is complete.