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2017 Moderator Election

nomination began
Mar 13, 2017 at 20:00
election began
Mar 20, 2017 at 20:00
election ended
Mar 28, 2017 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

Hi, I'm Levi. You all know me as td512. I'm a software developer, and a systems administrator. I used to be extremely active on SuperUser, but due to university, my activity died down.

So why are you here?

I believe in community, and that together, we as a whole can do amazing things. So why not start today?

I love the Stack Exchange network, moreso, the Super User community, and I'd hate to see it go the way of the spambots (and I know at the very least 95% of the users here will agree with that).

When it comes to issues like grey areas, I believe that we should take a mix of community consensus and foundational principles, dependent on the case. I feel that together, we can make the community better collectively.

So let's get those 110,000+ questions answered, let's get rid of those pesky spambots, and let's make the community better, together.

"It's our responsibility to make SuperUser the best it can be" ~ td512, just now

Hi, I'm djsmiley2k or 'Tim' or Smiley if you game with me. If you google me and ignore anything about actual djing you'll likely find me in a vast number of places around the web. I'm an avid Linux user, Gentoo being my distribution of choice.

Right now I'm slowly building rep, by no means the highest ranked of users, but when I can help, even if its not recorded (such as in chat) I do so and take pride in the fact. I'm constantly trying to see that review queue reduced to nothingness even if that's an impossible task!

As for how I'd approach moderation I'd remember what I say in my day job - the best roles accomplished well are the ones that no one's aware have even been done. I think I have a good rapport with the existing moderators who drop by chat, as well as those from the other sites, plus experience on other platforms such as IRC (Many years moderating channels when sometimes its best not to be seen to be wearing the operator hat).

I've answered the communities questions here!

Greetings, my name is Nick, but I go by nicorellius on the web.

I'm an IT guy by trade, but a developer at heart. I started out on the SE boards primarily as an asker, but I've made it my goal recently to become more of answerer. While I think the success of these awesome Q&A sites rests on the notion of great askers and answerers, I feel I can add more value providing quality feedback to those needing computer guidance.

While my reputation is not all that high, I've been around quite a while. I feel I have firm grasp on what makes a good question and a good answer. I have proven that I have the patience and understanding necessary to be a quality moderator with my steady increase of reputation and badges over the years.

Additionally, I've been reviewing questions and answers for the last year or so. Helping new comers ask well-structured and informative questions has been a great learning experience, and I would enjoy the opportunity to take the next step as moderator.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


My name is John. I'm a college student, earning a degree in computer science (focused on computer programming). I have been a member of the Stack Exchange network for several years now, and I have gained so much from my time here. I learned a lot here, and I shared a lot of knowledge here. I enjoy participating in a community as vibrant and alive as is represented here, and I figured that I should try for a chance to give back much more than I have ever received.

I may not have oodles of badges, or tens of thousands of points, but I do believe I have the required patience and determination to carry out the duties of a moderator. I always observe before I react, and take situational context into account when making decisions. I am very good at sifting through large amounts of data and determining what is, and what is not significant (better yet, I enjoy it). I am not afraid to give my own opinion, but I am also respectful of others' opinions, and I understand that things are not always as they seem.

Here are my questionnaire answers.

Thank you for your consideration,
John Kieran.

Hey all, I'm Music2myear and I'm throwing my hat into the Mod ring.

I've been on SU for a few years and racked up a few points, mostly due to one answer that just keeps giving (thank you mysterious vent holes in hard drives). But at least a few of my points come from seeing through the words a user uses and into the question they actually have.

I attribute that skill to being an IT professional for several years and hearing a lot of questions presented in many odd ways.

I don't vote to close unless OP has been given at least some feedback and has not acted upon it or refuses to understand it. Most of my down- and close votes include feedback and I try to phrase the issue in a positive way: not that their question is unacceptable, but that it would get better answers in a different forum.

What the heck does that have to do with being a Mod?

My greatest strength as a moderator will be that I understand my way isn't the only way, and the ultimate health of SuperUser continues to be in the variety of methods and opinions guiding it.

Here are my answers.

Hi! I'm Ben N. I arrived at Super User after a few years spent hanging around standard Internet forums. I swiftly came to understand the superior quality of SE sites compared to classic discussion boards, and have been here ever since. I want to help everyone benefit from our model.

I love our quality, and defend it by reviewing in the queues. Though we must uphold our standards, there is no excuse for being harsh. When suggesting deletion/closure of new users' posts, I always make sure there's a nice comment explaining what's going on and how to improve.

I firmly believe in remaining level-headed no matter what is said. (To tell you the truth, SQL upsets me far more than any user ever has.) "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."

You can frequently find me explaining the site on meta, where I hold a silver "discussion" tag badge and a bronze "support" one. I can also be found in chat. For more info on me, please see my answers.

As an existing moderator on Artificial Intelligence SE, I know firsthand that the job is not spectacular. I'm just here to do all I can to help keep the site running smoothly.

I have been an active member of Super User for almost 3 years.

During that time, I have taken a keen interest in maintaining the high quality of the site, using my reputation privileges to:

  • Edit and improve ~7000 posts,

  • Cast > 3000 flags (98+% helpful),

  • Review ~29000 posts, and

  • Post > 13000 comments, many advising new (and existing) users how they can improve their Q&As or directing them to another site if appropriate.

Later I joined Root Access (the Super User Chat room) in order to become more involved with the community and to get to know better some of the more active users and moderators.

Subsequently I was trusted enough to be invited to become a room owner and have subsequently played a part in moderating the room.

I'm committed to Be Nice and try to uphold this both in chat and on the main site.

If elected, I plan to build on the above using the moderator tools available, making sure Super User remains a successful, high quality site, and that chat remains a safe place for users to hang out.

Here are My Answers to the Candidate Questionnaire.

My name is Constantine Murenin is Super User,

I'm a Super User, and I nominate myself for Moderator of Super User.

All too often, I see legitimate messages, comments and answers deleted. As such, my moderation policy is simple — unless the post is an obvious case of spam or abuse, I'll let the community moderation tools handle the issue, and would not exert the moderator powers to prematurely delete or close the matter.

Vote 2017!

This election is over.