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2012 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jul 9, 2012 at 20:00
election began
Jul 16, 2012 at 20:00
election ended
Jul 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!

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

This election is over.