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2017 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 Mar 28 '17 at 20:00.

The results of this election can be viewed online via OpaVote. 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


27,977 voters were eligible, 8,711 visited the site during the election, 3,697 visited the election page, and 1,887 voted

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!

  • It doesn't seem like you're very active on Meta. Are you going to change that if you get elected as a moderator? – Donald Duck Mar 18 '17 at 20:49
  • Hi @DonaldDuck, yes I plan to be more active anyway on meta - A lot of the discussion there is simular issues as to whats covered in meta and so I've tended to not post there. However I can see the value of having a record there which helps show community involvement and such. – djsmiley2k - CoW Mar 18 '17 at 21:26
  • It is "an avid", "Linux", "Gentoo", "if it's not", and "sometimes it's best" (not "a avid", "linux", "gentoo", "if its not" or ""sometimes its best"") [its = possessive, it's = "it is" or "it has". See for example <wikihow.com/Use-Its-and-It%27s>]. How do you plan to improve your English before you start as a moderator? – Peter Mortensen Mar 19 '17 at 8:16
  • Has never really stopped me. I do make the effort, but sometimes wierd spelling errors slip through :( – Journeyman Geek Mar 19 '17 at 9:39
  • @PeterMortensen I was typing this one handed with my son asleep on my lap. I actually meant to type an avid, but typo'd it, and clearly typo'd the correction too! As for capitalisation of Linux and Gentoo - I guess my nonchalance comes across from IRC in this case. - I don't feel my grasp of the English language stands in my way of being a good moderator however the best way to improve is to use it, right? :) – djsmiley2k - CoW Mar 19 '17 at 9:44
  • @JourneymanGeek was misspelling "weird" meant to be ironic? – Burgi Mar 19 '17 at 17:51
  • In this case. Yes it was, but its something people commonly comment about. – Journeyman Geek Mar 20 '17 at 1:29

My name is Constantine Murenin is Super User, http://cm.su/.

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 cm.su 2017!

  • you've been here for 4 years.. and I see 4 helpful flags cast of 6 in total.. not in the best position to nominate self – Sathyajith Bhat Mar 14 '17 at 19:25
  • @Sathya, I've never seen any spam posts here; as mentioned in my candidacy, I will not remove any posts that are not obvious spam; my whole platform is about less moderation, not more. – cnst Mar 14 '17 at 19:32
  • there's more to moderation than just spam posts.. edits, reviews, votes.. I dont see any great signs of those either – Sathyajith Bhat Mar 14 '17 at 19:35
  • @Sathya, those things you mention don't require moderating powers – cnst Mar 14 '17 at 19:51
  • @cnst then you could easily do what you are going to do without mod powers it seems. What do you intend to do that will benefit the community? – Mokubai Mar 14 '17 at 20:17
  • @Mokubai, not getting into its way; which is the whole point of moderation – cnst Mar 14 '17 at 20:52
  • So with one person screaming in one ear that something absolutely must be deleted, while another screams in another ear that it absolutely must not.. what exactly would you do? Nothing isn't always an option. – Mokubai Mar 14 '17 at 20:55
  • You might want to fill in the the questionnaire – Journeyman Geek Mar 14 '17 at 22:58
  • As a moderator, you will have to communicate in great detail, moderators rarely delete questions and answers themselves (at least without community guidance) are you willing to trust 6 community members guidance and delete answers and questions you might think is legitimate? Furthermore, are you willing to follow the guidance of the community, instead acting unilaterally? Seems like you should have more experience working with the community before becoming a leader of the community with the power to do things unilaterally. – Ramhound Mar 15 '17 at 4:25
  • IMHO, you really need more rep (though it may not be so important) and cast more helpful flags and overall just be more active on the site to stand a chance. – PulseJet Mar 15 '17 at 11:10
  • You can be involved in the community moderation and not have a great deal of reputation. If a potential moderator isn't willing to be involved in the moderation of questions and answers as a community member, it doesn't give me high hopes, for them to do that as a moderator. I don't want a potential moderator to only get involved when its a task only they can perform. They need to be involved in all facets of the community including being a community member themselves. – Ramhound Mar 15 '17 at 13:53
  • "All too often, I see legitimate messages, comments and answers deleted." Are you saying the current team is too heavy handed? – Journeyman Geek Mar 15 '17 at 14:27
  • How you do to see deleted messages, comment or answer ? you are not over 10K points to see those – yagmoth555 Mar 16 '17 at 18:04
  • If your position is to do nothing as a moderator and let other people handle the mess, what stops you from not running at all and continuing to not help out in moderation? – random Mar 19 '17 at 14:10
  • Moderator Sploterator.... I think we all know who is going to win.... drum roll.... the obvious choice is....I'll tell you what though, the "best moderator" award goes to.... Journeyman hands down!! – Pimp Juice IT Mar 19 '17 at 17:34

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.

  • You might want to fill in the the questionnaire – Journeyman Geek Mar 14 '17 at 22:52

Hello,

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.

  • Reputation isn't everything. I do notice though, your badge cabinet is somewhat bare, and you have no meta posts. While bright eyed bushy tailed idealism is awesome - what practically do you have that can demonstrate the skills and understanding of the way things work here? I also notice that many of the people who stood in the last election are gone. What do you plan to do - with respect to the site if you don't win? – Journeyman Geek Mar 14 '17 at 6:09
  • You have hardly any experience on any SE site. You have never reviewed, voted to close or voted to delete. You haven't even flagged yet. Why do you think you can handle the job? – Patrick Hofman Mar 14 '17 at 10:08
  • @PatrickHofman He doesn't have enough reputation to vote to close or delete, but I agree that I would probably not vote for someone who has never reviewed but has enough reputation to do so. – Donald Duck Mar 14 '17 at 10:20
  • @DonaldDuck Well, that is my point exactly. If you are not that experienced here on SU, but very active in moderation on other sites, maybe you could pull it off here, but not if you have no experience at all. – Patrick Hofman Mar 14 '17 at 10:21
  • You have never posted on Super User Meta, you don't have a Meta Stack Exchange account, and as far as I can see, the only thing you've ever posted on Meta anywhere on Stack Exchange has 5 downvotes. Do you really think that you can be a good moderator if you've hardly ever participated in Meta? – Donald Duck Mar 14 '17 at 10:31
  • @JourneymanGeek I have been participating in this community for some time (albeit not as much as some other members), I don't see the outcome of this moderator election affecting my use of the network negatively in any way. Also, I'll have the questionnaire filled out very soon, thanks! – Ulincsys Mar 15 '17 at 7:57
  • It is "Stack Exchange", not "stackexchange" (the last section, "Proper Use of the Stack Exchange Name"). – Peter Mortensen Mar 19 '17 at 8:31
  • Who are you? Your votes tally shows you barely even vote. And you appear to not have ever run into one that deserves a downvote. Either you don't vote in general, or you don't think there are any bad posts. A moderator who only sees happy shiny is delirious and unfit – random Mar 19 '17 at 14:09
  • @random Any posts I come across that I deem worthy of being down voted are usually already recognized as bad enough to have received a sufficient amount of down-votes. – Ulincsys Mar 20 '17 at 14:55

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.

  • Would you make your presence felt in Root Access? – Burgi Mar 14 '17 at 1:15
  • "I don't vote to close unless OP has been given at least some feedback" - what is your reason doing so? I'm not aware of any guidance giving protection for question for a certain time. Off-topic questions are already off-topic when asked. Closing is not as negative as deleting or banning user, just indicate there is an issue with the question. I think this is very useful information both for the OP, both for new users preventing them to waste their time answering off-topic / unclear questions. – Máté Juhász Mar 14 '17 at 8:01
  • Kudos for your close policy. I think that has lots to do with moderation: not lightly wasting the work of others. I disagree with @MátéJuhász, closing does not send the message "there is an issue." More like "hush up and go away." Constructive comments are classier. – Bob Stein Mar 14 '17 at 15:39
  • If off-topic means it'll get a better answer elsewhere on SE, then it's not really a close, because we're just moving it. If off-topic falls more towards the too-broad/opinion side, then I'll explain that SU is about "specific questions and specific answers" and that open discussion is really what that question needs, and SU just isn't designed to provide that. Closing may not be as negative in reality as banning, but for a new user it can feel worse. Trying to communicate what SU is and why it is better over the long run because people will learn to appreciate this purpose themselves. – music2myear Mar 14 '17 at 15:56
  • SU isn't trying to be Reddit or Tom's Hardware forums. Not everyone gets the concept of a QA site as being distinct from a forum with its open discussion. But knowing the difference and then seeing how they each have their place creates either people who find they have a preference one way or the other, or allows people to put the right sort of questions in the right sorts of places. Either way, SU is better for it. – music2myear Mar 14 '17 at 15:57
  • Regarding Root Access @Burgi, I do plan to be more involved there. A few years ago was a regular for probably close to 3 years in the RedditSysadmin IRC channel. I wasn't the most prolific participant, but I was always there and if someone came in needing help and I could give it, I would and did. There are reasons in my life I haven't been as into chat for the past year, but as I get to a place where that can happen again, I intend to do so. Promises aren't as good as history, but right now it's what I've got RE Root Access. – music2myear Mar 14 '17 at 16:01
  • Don't forget to post your answers! I'm really looking forward to what you have to say. – Burgi Mar 14 '17 at 17:22
  • The name of the site is "Super User", not "SuperUser" (the last section, "Proper Use of the Stack Exchange Name"). – Peter Mortensen Mar 19 '17 at 8:34
  • I'm going to give my support for music2myear. Looking through his answers, he seems to understand what a good detailed answer looks like. – Stevoisiak Mar 20 '17 at 0:47
  • @StevenVascellaro please note that being able to post great answers is not among the skills a moderator needs. Music2myear might be an excellent candidate, but his answering skills have no bearing on his moderation ability. In fact, by and large, when someone becomes a mod their post output tends to drop significantly. – terdon Mar 20 '17 at 9:55
  • I don't disagree with @terdon, but I appreciate your support Steven. – music2myear Mar 20 '17 at 16:00

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.

  • Glad you're here! I really appreciate your activity and attitude on both superuser and meta. – Máté Juhász Mar 14 '17 at 8:02
  • From what I've seen of your meta participation, you'd make a good candidate. Good luck! – angussidney Mar 14 '17 at 10:19
  • One of the best users with high quality answers, you deserve it. I recommend you. Good luck! – NetwOrchestration Mar 14 '17 at 12:57
  • I came here to make sure you were listed as a candidate. – root Mar 15 '17 at 15:39
  • Only you and David are upto the job, in my perspective. Kudos for being so great!! – Don't Root here plz... Mar 16 '17 at 8:07
  • + for not being harsh and remaining level-headed – Peter Mortensen Mar 19 '17 at 8:37

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.

  • /me highly endorses David's candidacy for mod. If you want a sane, level-headed user with an excellent attitude towards janitoration, this is him. – ArtOfCode Mar 13 '17 at 21:28
  • As a fellow Charcoal HQ member, I can highly recommend David. He's not afraid of digging deeper than most of us, just to make sure everything is handled as it should be. – Glorfindel Mar 13 '17 at 21:30
  • David's good stuff. I generally agree with his philosophy and find his input to be consistent, valuable, and prodigious. – music2myear Mar 13 '17 at 21:37
  • There is only one be nice policy and you say you uphold this in chat and main. Do you think there is a difference in moderation between chat and main? Can you elaborate about the difference, if any. – rene Mar 13 '17 at 21:37
  • @rene I don't see any real difference when it comes to being nice - the guidelines are the same. Of course the culture in each chat room is different, so that has to be taken into account where appropriate. That doesn't apply to the main sites. – DavidPostill Mar 13 '17 at 21:51
  • I thought you're already a moderator :-? You got my vote! – NetwOrchestration Mar 13 '17 at 22:39
  • David's helped me more than I can imagine on SU & Root User, attitude is exemplary. – Insane Mar 14 '17 at 2:08
  • David is an an awesome contributor to this site; not only have his answers helped me and many others thousands of times before, but his work in keeping the site clean and welcoming has been outstanding. I've had the privilige of working with him personally in Charcoal HQ (a chatroom devoted to the detection & deletion of spam around the network) and I can easily recommend him as a moderator on SU due to his ability to stay sane, reasonable and open to ideas, even when multiple people disagree with him (as rare as that is). (next comment) – angussidney Mar 14 '17 at 6:46
  • Highly recommended by me; and the best of luck to David in winning this election! – angussidney Mar 14 '17 at 6:47
  • I'm not a member of this community per say, but I must attest that David is a highly professional and skilled user and has helped tremendously in the effort to keep the network clean. – mag Mar 14 '17 at 8:06
  • As a regular user of SU, I had the impression that you were a moderator, because you are always there to help. You have my vote. – jcbermu Mar 14 '17 at 8:20
  • David's the obvious choice because he does so much moderation work already. Glad to see you're running. – Excellll Mar 14 '17 at 14:03
  • +1 for David! I have seen you just too many times correcting and helping people around the site (including me)! – PulseJet Mar 15 '17 at 13:49
  • Good luck!! You'll have my vote, too! – Jason C Mar 20 '17 at 1:11
  • As others have said, I also thought David was a moderator. He follows and enforces the structure already on SU very well. He gives very detailed answers. He would definitely get my vote! – Eric F Mar 20 '17 at 15:39

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

  • You talk a lot about "those pesky spambots". Could you describe what the severity of that problem is, and where it manifests itself? – Undo Mar 13 '17 at 22:09
  • @Undo during my active time, I noticed that spam questions were created on almost hourly basis. It's since improved dramatically, but can still be problematic – td512 Mar 13 '17 at 22:21
  • Created - sure, but swiftly nuked, even pre-smokey. What practical issues do you have with moderation and spam here? – Journeyman Geek Mar 14 '17 at 4:35
  • @JourneymanGeek I take very little issue with moderation at the moment, and yes, you're correct, spam is practically non-existent – td512 Mar 14 '17 at 5:39
  • You say that your activity has died down due to other aspects of your life taking up most of your time. If you are elected as a moderator, will you be able to make the time to fulfil your duties? Would your activity increase if you became a moderator? – angussidney Mar 14 '17 at 10:22
  • @angussidney Not really. My workload is already extremely low, and I don't see that increasing in the next year, that, and the fact that I'm back to contributing to projects for the foreseeable future – td512 Mar 14 '17 at 10:38
  • You might want to rewrite this a little. You start out by saying that you no longer have time for SU (which is not true as you explain above), focus much of the post on spam which isn't really a problem any more (again confirmed in your comment) and then talk about answering unanswered questions, a job that a moderator isn't able to do any better than any other user. None of these points is really making a case for electing you as a mod. – terdon Mar 14 '17 at 11:51
  • Spam and answering questions should be handled as a community member. So what will you bring to the table if you were a moderator. Answering questions and flagging spam (or accepting spam flags) is the job of a responsible community member. You have little experience with editing and partcipation within the community (based on your badges) and your community moderation experience is a concern of mine. How will you overcome your lack of community moderating experience? – Ramhound Mar 15 '17 at 4:38
  • The name of the site is "Super User", not "SuperUser" (the last section, "Proper Use of the Stack Exchange Name"). And it is "Stack Exchange", not "StackExchange" (see the same reference). – Peter Mortensen Mar 19 '17 at 8:42

This election is complete.