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 Feb 29 '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

481 voters were eligible, 242 visited the site during the election, 126 visited the election page, and 74 voted

Hello all,

Let me introduce myself to those that don't know me; my name is Scott and I have been a member here since 12th April 2011. I'm a very active member here and I have visited WordPress Answers every day since I joined minus 5 days. I spend most of my time here in WordPress Answers chat room StopPress. WordPress answers has become like a second home to me and has become my one stop place to visit if I have a WordPress related issue.

So why do I want to become a moderator and why should you elect me? Quite simply because I want to give more back to the community. This community of people has helped me so much more than I have them. I'll be the first to admit that I'm no WordPress know it all and I don't know the answer to all your WordPress related questions. There are many members here that answer so much better than I can ever do. What I can do here is use my time to help moderate this site and help with the day to day running of WordPress Answers.

Please elect me and let me show you how much more of an asset I can be to WordPress Answers.

Thanks for reading.


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    Finally! Cool. :) – fuxia Feb 20 '12 at 9:43
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    Oh, yes. The wpse-chat-bot nominated ;) +1 from me (and thanks for all the help so far). – kaiser Feb 20 '12 at 11:51

Hi Everyone!

Below are a few points of context about me for those who don't know me:

  • My life as a web dev began by hacking WP themes and plugins ten years ago. It began as a hobby, and has now become my full-time career.
  • I enjoy helping others with simple questions because many of the pros on this site helped me when I had simple questions.
  • My schedule is flexible which allows me to keep an eye on the WPSE community throughout the day.
  • I've had a range of experience with all types of WP sites that generate hundreds to millions of uniques per month.
  • I heart clean code.
  • I enjoy helping others, who have difficulty with English, communicate clearly in their questions with proper grammar, spelling, etc...
  • I'm not the absolute expert on WordPress, but I am committed to learning something new every day.
  • I enjoy creating tools to aid others in their WPSE workflow. Please check out this discussion on Meta.

It would be an honor to serve the community as a moderator. I would not take it lightly.

Let’s keep the race interesting. I am a member here since 18 months ago; before that I was also quite active on Stack Overflow.

I've hesitated with the candidacy … because my English is sometimes not good enough just to say, what I want to say. On the other hand: That is what makes me extra patient towards other non-native speakers.

During the recent weeks I visited the review-tab almost daily. I want to make new members come back: welcome them with patience, try show how our community works and help to ask better questions. So, I see myself rather as an inclusionist.
As a moderator, I would do the same.

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    You have my vote as well! May the best moderator win! – Brian Fegter Feb 17 '12 at 3:56
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    Pssst: hey @BrianFegter, you should nominate yourself, too. :) – Chip Bennett Feb 17 '12 at 4:13
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    @ChipBennett I've been a doing my research to see what's expected. I will come to a decision tomorrow I imagine. :) Thanks for the nudge. – Brian Fegter Feb 17 '12 at 6:10
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    +10 from my side. We need someone who cares about tag-improvements and someone who cares about democratic processes like close votes. toscho got both. What imho also is important is participation in chat. Mods should be available and toscho is there 24/7. – kaiser Feb 17 '12 at 10:27
  • @BrianFegter Just do it :) – kaiser Feb 17 '12 at 10:28
  • @Kaiser I'm calling you out to nominate yourself - along with T31OS ,Jan Fabry, milo - because he like cats. :) and Wyck - because of that kick a** animated graphic on his profile. – Chris_O Feb 18 '12 at 5:50
  • @Chris_O I've no experience with moderating and I can't promise that I'll be here for a longer time. I also ain't got the needed patience for this. ;) So: no I won't nominate myself, but the other ones you mentioned would be a great addition, as well as the deadmedic. – kaiser Feb 18 '12 at 13:38
  • great, you have my vote. – bueltge Feb 21 '12 at 11:54

Last year i was a candidate in the moderators election but didn't make the cut and i feel that i had the time and experience to show you guys Who I AM.

If You don't know me (then you must not be an active member here :) ) anyway I'm Bainternet (Ohad Raz), an hyperactive WordPress Answers member.

WP experience: over 6 years of developing Websites and web applications with WP, I develop Themes, I develop and publish GPL plugins, keep a blog where i post articles and tutorials for working with WP and Consult Companies and private clients about WP.

WPSE experience, (at the time of writing this) Member for over a year, 1,084 Answers, 24,528 Reputation, 389 Tags, 35 Badges (that's all you guys, not me).

I'd love to be a moderator to contribute even more to this community, Because and I'll quote my last year peach:

i really see WordPress Answers becoming the best resource site for WordPress developers online (if not already).

I'll sign off by saying good luck to everyone.

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    You've got my vote/support for the nomination – kaiser Feb 15 '12 at 20:19
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    You have my vote as well (if I can vote). You've helped me numerous times. – Jared Feb 15 '12 at 20:58
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    Add another vote from me for nomination! – Brian Fegter Feb 15 '12 at 21:26
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    +1 nomination from me – Joshua Feb 15 '12 at 23:13
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    $Bainternet_nomination += 1; // Bainternet's answers have helped me a ton! He definitely takes it to the next level. – Dave Romsey Feb 16 '12 at 5:01
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    $moderator_positions_available -= 1; Nothing should hold back a hyperactive member from becoming a hyperactive moderator ;) – Michal Mau Feb 16 '12 at 12:47
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    +1............. – Alexey Feb 16 '12 at 13:33
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    +1 [..........] – Zack Feb 16 '12 at 17:32
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    +1 always from me! :) – Sisir Feb 16 '12 at 18:10
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    +1 from me to you :) – user1147 Feb 16 '12 at 22:06
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    You have my vote! – Pippin Feb 16 '12 at 22:42
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    +1 You always provide great help. – Chris_O Feb 16 '12 at 23:10
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    You have my vote too :) – Giri Feb 18 '12 at 2:28
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    Helped me a number of times, you've certainly got my vote. Good luck! – dunc Feb 20 '12 at 14:51
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    +1 //always here to support the community! – Philip Feb 20 '12 at 20:28

I am an active participant here and I feel I can help lighten the load off the other moderators as they have been requesting lately. I am always in the StopPress chat room here, I leave both WPSE and StopPress windows open at all times.

I have plenty of time on my hands and I love working with WordPress. I plan on staying around here, I enjoy being a part of this community and it has helped me out tremendously, so I would love to give back to the community if you would give me a chance. :)

I wouldn't consider myself an expert WP programmer, but I can usually tell the difference between what is in the WPSE scope and what is not, and if I don't, I usually ask for others' opinions in StopPress first.

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    Also +1 from me for your constant engagement in helping out. – kaiser Feb 16 '12 at 21:35

This election is complete.