2014 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 1 '14 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.


694 voters were eligible, 238 visited the site during the election, 178 visited the election page, and 122 voted

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Hello friends! I wasn't going to nominate myself, because I have been more of a casual lurker lately, rather than an active poster, but after consideration, I have decided I will, as I think I have some value to offer the community.

I have been active since private beta, and I believe my history speaks for itself.

I am also a Pro-Tem moderator on Spanish.SE, so no stranger to mod tools, or SE policies. (Fear not, Spanish.SE is ver low-traffic, so moderating there won't detract meaningfully from my time here.)

What may be my biggest weakness as a user may also be my greatest strength as a moderator: I don't currently have hours to pour into providing meaningful, well-researched answers. However, what I do have is time to help with moderation, handling flags, and help to guide new users in focusing their questions. I have heard other moderators complain about the number of moderator flags. While this may not be what other moderators enjoy doing, I think I can be helpful in this regard.

I also offer as a simple campaign promise to help drive the addition of a new close reason for truth questions. :)

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I don't know the answers to many questions, but do endeavour to keep civility alive and well in the community as "merely" a high-rep user.

You should vote for me precisely because I can't answer everything - I know my knowledge limits, and prefer to learn than try to answer what I don't know.

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I've been active in the site since the early Beta, and was active in first opposing, then once I understood them, championing the site guidelines. I've been involved in the site during some rough times, and played an active role in supporting the exiting moderators in ensuring that the site made it out of Beta.

My main focus these days is assisting in helping people, particularly newcomers, understand the site guidelines, and what makes this site different from your typical discussion forum. I'm not at all interested in scoring reputation points. All I care about in reference to this particular site is protecting this site from degenerating into what it could have become - just another "Christian forum" where endless debate over "who's right" is the norm.

I've been both supported and hated for the role I play, but as my history shows, I've been nothing if not consistent in my quest to explain, support, and enforce the guidelines that protect this site from that fate.

I see that as the role of a moderator. If elected, I intend to continue operating exactly as I have. If not, I'll still continue. My history is your best view into how I'd serve as a moderator.

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Hello, my name is Dan! I believe in promoting great answers to great questions.

Reasons I would make a good moderator here:

  • I'm a moderator at BH.SE. I frequently check the Review tab. My questions and answers have been well-received here and I regularly participate in chat.

  • I'm Eastern Orthodox. My presence on the moderation team would contribute to its diversity. Even so, I won't allow my religious convictions to interfere with moderation.

  • I will enforce guidelines that the community clearly supports even if I disagree.

  • I have strong opinions, but I'm pliable. I will operate under a well-defined set of guidelines, but when presented with a cohesive argument, I'm quick to re-evaluate my own perspective.

  • I've previously contributed content to the Eschewmenical blog (when it used to be more active).

Reasons why you might not want me as a moderator here:

  • I nominated myself (like all of the other candidates) :P

  • I have made mistakes and will do so again. Your grace and forgiveness are essential for serving you as a moderator.

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While I am not super active asking and answering questions, I am a regular participant in the chat room and a long time veteran of the SE network, including acting as a moderator on both Video Production and Sound Design.

I have a solid understanding of Christianity and the topic of this site as a secular resource for answering questions about Christianity. I know how to keep a level head and deal with complex moderation issues dealing with this potentially sensitive subject matter.

As a moderator, my policy goal is always to understand both sides of an issue and try to bring peaceful resolution to issues when possible, while also dealing quickly with issues so that they don't have a chance to fester in to a larger problem.

I believe the most critical thing for moderation on Christianity is to have a clear understanding of what a Truth question is and why they are not answerable here. Not only knowing this concept, but being able to explain it to others is key to preventing arguments over theological correctness while maintaining a resource that provides clear information about the various religious sects and denominations which identify as Christian.

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Today vast numbers of people still do not know Jesus Christ. For this reason, the mission ad gentes continues to be most urgent. All the members of this Stack are called to participate in this mission, but to do this a good moderator needed.

Now is a privileged moment when the faithful of various users engage in prayer and concrete gestures of solidarity in support of the non-expert users.

The mine is a nomination of grace and joy.

A nomination of grace, because the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, offers wisdom and strength to those who are obedient to his action.

A nomination of joy, because Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, sent to evangelize the world, supports and accompanies my evangelizatory efforts.

This joy of Jesus leads me to propose myself to be moderator bere.

Hence, vote me.

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Like Flimzy, I was also not going to nominate myself because I have been only visiting the site casually and not really participating since about March. However, at David Stratton's suggestion and at a new found willingness to perform the moderator duties to the best of my ability, I have decided to nominate myself for this election.

To address my recent lack of participation:

The reason is mostly personal, which I'm sure you can deduce if you scour the chatrooms records from early March. After nearly a year of heavy participation, I guess I just needed a break, or a sabbatical, if you will.

I have posted the remainder of my speech in the election chatroom.

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I would like to say that I have a good understanding of the StackExchange system, I know that I don't have a lot of Reputation on Christianity but I think that I have a good understanding of the site to where I could step in if things get crazy, and that I could keep things clean and readable.

I know about the Theory of Moderation and that it involves rather a laid back approach to some things and a more direct approach to other things.

I am online, somewhere, on the StackExchange Network most hours of the day (US CST), so I can be reached right away via a ping in the chat room.

I call myself a Christian, but see that there are many views on what that means, so I enjoy reading the answers to questions here to see the different points of view (from the differing religions) and to find new material to read.

I haven't had much participation here on the site because there are a lot of areas of Christianity where I don't have enough knowledge to give a good answer without heavy research on my part, but I can evaluate answers based on their(the Post's) content(following links and such).

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I have been an avid student of the Scriptures for many years now. Scripture study and research has become an obsession of mine. I have delved not only into many numerous topics within Scripture itself, but also the history of the church, the Hebrew and Greek texts, and many different denominations including Catholicism and Mormonism.

I believe that knowledge of the Scriptures is important and sites/networks like Stack Exchange provide an avenue for not only gaining knowledge, but also provides an avenue for understanding the knowledge that one gains as well as helping others in their pursuit of knowledge and understanding.

I have been an active participant in many Stack Exchange venues now for a long time and have come to be familiar with the process and the operation of the various Stack Exchange networks.

This election is complete.