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2017 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jan 16, 2017 at 20:00
election began
Jan 23, 2017 at 20:00
election ended
Jan 31, 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!

Hi I'm Dannii, and I'd love to be considered for a moderation position. I have loved this site since joining it three years ago, and have visited almost every day, racking up over a year in consecutive visits (which I'm sad to say was broken only two days ago, when I was out of phone reception while on a church camp.)

But loving this site isn't all that a moderator needs. I am one of the most committed users of community moderation on this site: I have the highest number of flags (2117 helpful), 5501 reviews (top in the close and reopen queues), the most edits, third highest voter, and a very high Meta participation. I would like to believe that my interactions with other users on this site has been very fair.

Read my questionnaire answers here.

I love Stack Exchange. The first time I came across a C.SE question, I exclaimed, "This is exactly what I've been looking for!" I'd previously spent lots of time on Reddit discussions (largely on /r/Christianity, though I was briefly a moderator on /r/ChristianApologetics). When I came here, I immediately loved the quality of the answers. I loved the Q&A format. The combination enabled a focus that had been lacking in my previous web communities.

I love SE's community moderation model. I had a legitimate rush the first few times I raised a flag and returned to see it marked "helpful." Other communities could learn from this model.

I love C.SE's current moderators. I'm not alone: the entire team from beta (save one, who declined to run) was easily reelected upon graduation; the one additional moderator since then had their endorsement. They generally act with a light touch, but are decisive when necessary. Just the right balance. I'd try to continue that tradition.

I love this community. If elected, I'll do my best to deal fairly with all users and to only step in as an exception-handler when called for. I intend to remain active as a content contributor as well.

Hi I'm Peter Turner:

  • Until recently (and I'm throwing down the gauntlet to retake the crown) I'd been the foremost Catholic dude on the site. (Of course, since I'm user #4, I'll always be the foremost).

  • I've participated in many of the discussions that helped form the site since its inception.

  • I fully appreciate the sifting and winnowing that has brought it to its present position.

  • I do not support unilateral efforts of mods to change established norms.

  • I think I've given away more rep in than any other user.

  • I'd be a good steward of what the site has became.

  • I'd throw my hat in as the mod liaison for an official blog.

  • I do support working on questions to lower our higher than average close rate.

Besides participating on this site, I had been a Catechism teacher in my Parish for 10 years and am currently a leader in my sons' Federation of North American Explorers troop. (Which is like being a CCD teacher with more games, singing and fires).

Finally, I always thought that I'd make a good moderator, knew that I would make it if I tried. Then when I retire, I can write a Catechism so they won't call me a heretic when I die.

Nomination questionnaire for KorvinStarmast is here.

Why vote for me?

I am not as seasoned as some other candidates (Obama POTUS a possible parallel?). That said, my support for the SE model grows the more I participate. I find myself more often here than other SE sites. (Currently active on 6 SEs).

  1. Primary reason: I love the inter-denomination dialogue and understanding that Christianity.SE brings via its chosen method. It presents answers and questions about the wide variety Christian practice and belief.

    • I love SE's model of a high signal to noise ratio.
    • While I can be grumpy at times, I find that approaching this SE with Christian charity as my guiding principle gets the best results. If I become a mod, that will be my modus operandi.
  2. Secondary reason: sheer humor. If Trump can be elected POTUS, and Marion Barry re-elected Mayor (Washington DC) after his cocaine conviction, there's hope for me.

    Obligatory caveat: Any votes from Duval and Jim Wells counties will be reviewed to ensure that only living voters voted.

Hi, bruised reed here.

I've been consistently engaged with Christianity.SE for nearly 3 years. I've cast over 5k votes in that time, earned my marshal badge for flagging and 1 steward badge so far. Like most people, it took me a while to get a handle on the site standards and the ins and outs of community moderation (this was the first SE site that I started participating in), but I'm pretty sure I've come to grips with things now and am keen to keep things running smoothly - not discounting the possibility of incremental beneficial change. There are a lot of other really strong candidates for this election and I'm confident whoever you vote for will do a good job, but here are my answers to the election questionnaire for your consideration and I'd appreciate your vote if you're amenable.

My questionnaire

Community moderation is a strength of the Stack Exchange model, and I'm a huge fan. In addition to writing plenty of questions and answers, I'm habitually in the review queues, and I'm one of the top voters, editors, flaggers (2025 helpful, 12 declined), and meta posters. I do this because I believe the success of this site depends not just on the creation and upvoting of new, quality content, but also the removal or downvoting of unhelpful, off-topic material.

This is my favorite place online, first because of the content, and second because of the community. I've found no better place for those who are eager to learn the history and doctrines of Christianity and willing to coexist with those who disagree with them. Such a format isn't for everyone, but I think it is worth protecting and fostering.

That's ultimately why I'm here, and why I hope to serve as your elected moderator. I believe I have both the experience and disposition to charitably handle exceptions and encourage the continued advancement of Christianity.SE.

This election is over.