2015 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 14 '15 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


4,684 voters were eligible, 1,385 visited the site during the election, 1,513 visited the election page, and 631 voted

Two years ago, I started answering questions here, thinking that this was a useful resource to help good programmers become great. I figured that contributing a few answers would help this site graduate. As it turns out, I was pretty good at it, and soon got hooked.

Well, we got our graduation… sort of. I'd like to be elected as moderator to help finish the job and ensure a smooth transition.

Some of my ideas that have shaped Code Review include Best of Code Review (@MatsMug liked the idea so much that he executed it for me — which I think is excellent!) and the follow-up question policy.

I try my best to put out fires. I'm one of the broadest generalists on the site. (People say that moderators don't need to have domain knowledge, but I think that having it helps make better decisions.)

  • \$\begingroup\$ I will certainly vouch for you having a very vast knowledge about many things, and while I don't see you as often in chat, you always seem to pop in just at the right time. Keep up the great work, and hope you get re-elected! \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jul 6 '15 at 3:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ I appreciate your decision to run for moderator election. You had done a great job in the past. \$\endgroup\$ – Heslacher Jul 6 '15 at 4:53

This was the first SE site that I ever used (yes, even over Stack Overflow!) so it has and will always have a special place in my heart - not even counting what I have learned from asking, reading, and answering questions here.

I'm one of the oldest people on the site, and one of the few running who has actual experience as a moderator - both on Astronomy (where I was effectively the only moderator for nearly a year) and now on Music Fans. My age, in this case, is probably one of my biggest advantages - I have reached an age where I am very nearly unflappable. In trying circumstances, I can remain calm and objective and work with the community, my fellow moderators, and community managers to achieve a fair and reasonable resolution.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Would moderating on multiple sites be a bit much of a time constraint? I understand Music Fans is not quite as busy as CR, of course, but still I think worth mentioning. \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jul 4 '15 at 21:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ Neither Music Fans, nor Astronomy are particularly busy sites, and on both there are other active moderators. \$\endgroup\$ – Donald.McLean Jul 6 '15 at 12:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Phrancis Moderating beta sites is very responsibility-light. I'm a moderator on one of the largest beta sites on the network and it requires about ten minutes a day. I give more because I can, but to do a good job it doesn't take much time at all. \$\endgroup\$ – Undo Jul 6 '15 at 15:46

Hello there. I'm Vogel612, a 20 year old male from southern Germany (GMT +1).

I would love to get into moderation on this site for a few reasons, the first and foremost being:

I love this site

I want this to be the place it deserves to be and want to actively help with shaping and protecting it. I think this reflects in my consistently high meta-participation.

I am one of 16 users that currently hold a bronze discussion tag-badge on meta, I have become positively addicted to Code Review since my first day here.

Why me?

  • I know my way around the help center, the network in general, the sister meta sites and chat
  • I'm regularly working on educating SO users about the CR help-center, and try to find a home for off-topic posts I stumble upon
  • I am told I'm level headed, fair and wise ... Well I'm giving my best :)

Why not me?

  • Contrary to seemingly popular belief I'm not a very patient person, and I have a hard time controlling myself when my buttons are pressed.
  • I'm often feeling insecure and sometimes need my time to think.

As a moderator I hope to be of service to the community as a whole, making calm , rational and unbiased decisions.

  • \$\begingroup\$ What is one example where you "lost your cool"? (can be general) How could you have better handled, in hindsight? \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jul 4 '15 at 20:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've lost my cool several times in discussions with my former superior... In hindsight I might have been better of ignoring the respective reasons, but then I might not have had the opportunities I have right now. I learned from such encounters in finding ways to get people to press my buttons less and trying to resolve miscommunications early. These two things may have resolved the situations more ... peacefully. Whenever I have the chance I made it my habit to get myself out of such situations by "timeout". Getting distance to such a situation is often a help for staying calm \$\endgroup\$ – Vogel612 Jul 4 '15 at 21:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ Distancing yourself is often a good strategy. What about insecurity? Can you clarify? \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jul 4 '15 at 21:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ Insecurity arises from not having enough information, and even then I often feel in a "subpar" position when in conversation on topics I can't fully grasp. This leads to me making either overgeneralizing statements or taking my vis-á-vis' statements for truth without thinking (which may or may not be a factor in heating up the conversation). Even when I decide on actions these often are meant for "testing the waters". In face of an alternative approach I often drop them even when in hindsight the original action was probably better. \$\endgroup\$ – Vogel612 Jul 4 '15 at 21:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ In a case of insecurity like this, would you tend to perhaps delegate to someone with more information/insight, or try to handle by yourself anyways? \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jul 4 '15 at 21:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd definitely prefer to at least bounce off my idea (on another mod / community member) before acting, given I have the luxury of doing so. On the other hand if I'd assess time to be of the essence, I'd handle myself to the best of my knowledge. \$\endgroup\$ – Vogel612 Jul 4 '15 at 21:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for all your answers, best of luck :) \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jul 4 '15 at 21:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ Good luck, Nice to see you here :) \$\endgroup\$ – 422_unprocessable_entity Jul 5 '15 at 2:34

Questionnaire answers

I'm a huge fan of code reviews, as an effective way to reduce bugs and improve the quality of code. My friends and colleagues know me as the guy trying to get everybody to take up this practice. But it's not easy. I'm hoping that increasing popularity of this site will help convince more programmers in real life to take the leap.

I think I'd make a good moderator because:

  • I obviously love this site, otherwise I wouldn't have spent so much time here ever since I discovered it

  • Domain knowledge: I'm one of the broadest generalists and contributor of answers on the site

  • Experience with SE, most notably SO, and dealing with conflicts

  • Fairness: when dealing with conflicts, you can count on my fair, impartial judgement, empathy

  • Yielding to reason: everybody makes mistakes. I handle criticism very well, admit when I'm wrong and change course as necessary

As a moderator, I would be as low-key as possible. Currently the site seems to moderate itself pretty well, and it's great that way. I hope that together we can all keep it that way.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Happy to see you nominating! Do you feel that the time commitment would be an issue? I thought you mentioned some time ago that a long commute was making it more difficult to spend as much time on CR as you would like to. \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jun 30 '15 at 22:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ Despite my new long commute, I still spend a lot of time on CR. Surprisingly, over the past month I've actually been rep-capping more than ever. That's going to change if I become a mod. Lot less capping, and a lot more modding. That way, it can work. \$\endgroup\$ – janos Jun 30 '15 at 22:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ Good luck, Nice to see you here :) \$\endgroup\$ – 422_unprocessable_entity Jul 5 '15 at 2:34

Questionnaire answers

I'm Simon and I would be honored to be your moderator

  • joined the site back in November 2013, and was very active in "The Mission" to answer unanswered questions
  • I'm one of the room owners of The 2nd Monitor
  • Even though I do not answer as much as I used to, I am active on CR, I vote to close, I up- and down-vote and post comments guiding users in the Stack Exchange jungle
  • I push strongly for adding friendly comments on questions when voting to close, and a friendly atmosphere generally. It is possible to be strict, but still friendly.
  • I have previous moderating experience on forums (I know, "We're not a forum!")
  • I created bot Duga

Why not me?

  • I travel much, I am very likely to be away from Code Review about 3 times/year, for about one week every time
  • I have made mistakes, but I believe I have learned from my mistakes
  • \$\begingroup\$ Everyone deserves a vacation once in a while. That's one of the reasons we have multiple moderators. I don't see being away for 2 or 3 weeks of the year as a huge issue. There will be others here to pick up the slack. I'm very happy to see you've entered the race. \$\endgroup\$ – RubberDuck Jun 30 '15 at 11:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ When you travel, you have zero access to Stack Exchange? You don't have a mobile device to access Code Review via the app? You couldn't be there for chatting about issues with the other mods? (I don't think it's too much time, I just want to clarify what "away" means) \$\endgroup\$ – nhgrif Jun 30 '15 at 12:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ @nhgrif On most of these journeys, I tend to not have any internet access at all. I can not be there for chatting, no. I am sure that the other mods, or even the community itself, will be able to deal with things during those few weeks of the year I am not available. \$\endgroup\$ – Simon Forsberg Jun 30 '15 at 13:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ I consider your work on Duga to be a huge positive in your favor, and I recommend adding that to your nomination post. \$\endgroup\$ – durron597 Jun 30 '15 at 13:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SimonAndréForsberg I can vouch personally for your friendliness and constant willingness to help, I think that's a huge thing in your favor. \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jun 30 '15 at 15:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @durron597 I'm having problems with keeping it within the character limit, but I managed to fit her (Duga) in! \$\endgroup\$ – Simon Forsberg Jun 30 '15 at 18:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SimonAndréForsberg Just remove "Even though I do not answer as much as I used to, " \$\endgroup\$ – durron597 Jun 30 '15 at 18:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ @durron597 I could do that, but I don't want to hide the fact that I am really not answering as much as I used to. \$\endgroup\$ – Simon Forsberg Jun 30 '15 at 18:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think that the mistake in codecrap.com will frown some people and make some doubts about picking you. (Some people may think: "This guy comes here, takes out code and shames us! Heck no!") Yes, you show you wanted to improve and that is important. The counter-measure would be to post some code you did on your own on codecrap. It's not a requirement, I'm just warning you. \$\endgroup\$ – Ismael Miguel Jul 2 '15 at 8:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @IsmaelMiguel I think I have already done that, I can't tell exactly which one though. It happened two months after I registered on Code Review, and it has never happened again. I'm not proud of what I did, but I'm not hiding it either. If voters don't vote for me because of that, that's fine, there are many other nominees here who I think would do a really good job. \$\endgroup\$ – Simon Forsberg Jul 2 '15 at 9:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm not oposing or anything. I'm just warning you about a weakness and I provided a solution. It's a good thing that you already did that on your own. But there is no link for that, which makes it a bit sketchy. I'm just saying. I'm not imposing anything on you or anything. But I really think that trying to find the link for a code you posted about yourself would be a good addition to show that you trully regret and are willing to fix your mistakes. Honestly, no one wants a moderator that screws up and does nothing to fix it. (I'm not saying you don't try to fix, but someone may think that.) \$\endgroup\$ – Ismael Miguel Jul 2 '15 at 9:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ @IsmaelMiguel I'm not sure how me posting my horrible code would make up for my mistakes, but here you are: codecrap.com/content/1855 (it may take some time before it appears on the front page). It's hard to search on that site so I posted a new entry. Here's a chat message when I shared parts of that code in The 2nd Monitor: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/13975792#13975792 \$\endgroup\$ – Simon Forsberg Jul 2 '15 at 10:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ It just shows that you actually fixed the problem. Sadly, there's no upvote button on the comments here. But I think it will keep dodgy people believing (misspelled?) more in you and, possibly, voting on you. I think you would be a great moderator and I have nothing bad to point out towards you. I'm just trying to help you here. \$\endgroup\$ – Ismael Miguel Jul 2 '15 at 10:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ Good luck, Nice to see you here :) \$\endgroup\$ – 422_unprocessable_entity Jul 5 '15 at 2:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ It is worth mentioning in your nomination post that you are in a European time zones. All of the current moderators and many of the current nominees are in an American time zone. \$\endgroup\$ – nhgrif Jul 5 '15 at 13:19

Questionnaire answers

I've been a member of CodeReview.SE for just over a year, and my focus is primarily database and web dev.

Pros

  • Due to many years of working customer support, as well as reading books on topics of human relations, I have developed solid people skills. I'm quick to encourage and compliment, quick to apologize, and most importantly, quick to admit that I'm wrong, especially if I have wronged someone.

  • I'm a firm believer in direct, open and honest communication. I say what I mean and I mean what I say. When a problem arises, I try to address it directly, albeit with gentleness and kindness whenever possible.

  • I'm in chat all the time. I make myself available as much as I can. I even get push notifications and use chat on my phone, if I'm not near a computer. I don't have children to take care of, so my evenings and weekends are usually spent on Code Review.

  • I'm actively responding to notifications from SO to educate users about CR guidelines.


Cons

  • My technical knowledge of programming in general is not very vast, especially compared to some of the highest-scoring users.
  • \$\begingroup\$ Moderators aren't actually required to have domain knowledge. If you're unsure about dealing with a post for this reason, then that's when you talk to the community. \$\endgroup\$ – Jamal Jun 29 '15 at 22:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ Good tip, thank you @Jamal! \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jun 29 '15 at 23:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ Cons part is not that important, but I like honesty :) \$\endgroup\$ – 422_unprocessable_entity Jun 30 '15 at 0:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ SQLGUY! Good to see you're running for mod :D \$\endgroup\$ – Nic Hartley Jun 30 '15 at 7:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ Having worked together with you for almost a year now on an open source project, I can certainly vouch for what you're saying here is true. I think you have great potential as a moderator. \$\endgroup\$ – Simon Forsberg Jun 30 '15 at 11:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think so too. People skills are the most important consideration here IMO. You have that and domain knowledge isn't required as Jamal pointed out. My question for you is, "Can you assert yourself when you need to?" and "How do you know it's time to assert yourself?". Okay, so that was two questions... \$\endgroup\$ – RubberDuck Jun 30 '15 at 11:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ My assertiveness style is usually pretty calm, I try to lead by example, when being assertive is needed. As far as "how do I know it's time"? I'll have to answer with the ever-important it depends :) \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jun 30 '15 at 16:02

When I first came here, I was not yet fit to answer any questions well. I soon started posting answers worthy of upvotes, and eventually I became interested in the site community and making the site a better place. This has been my focus, even before my appointment. Over time, it has only grown stronger.

I've served as a pro-tem for over a year and a half. My appointment process was actually a bit uncommon because I nominated myself in an unofficial election on Meta after a previous mod stepped down. I was not yet sure how I would handle this new role, even given all my network-wide activity and strong motivation. It seemed that I have fit into the role just fine. I am quite good with approaching many confused and problematic users, and easing a range of disputes.

If elected, I will continue to help keep the site going in the right direction as a graduated site. I am also willing to adjust my editing if it'll benefit my position and the site in any way. A great community such as this deserves a strong moderator team, and I believe I deserve to stay a part of it.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Who will otherwise jamalize all the questions and answers ☺ \$\endgroup\$ – chillworld Jun 29 '15 at 21:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @chillworld I imagine Jamal can still Jamalize things, what with his ~24k rep. \$\endgroup\$ – Nic Hartley Jun 29 '15 at 21:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ You know you don't need to be a moderator to edit things, right? :) \$\endgroup\$ – Simon Forsberg Jun 29 '15 at 22:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ I thought you were already a mod! Jamal 2015 ftw \$\endgroup\$ – jperl Jun 29 '15 at 22:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ You mentioned your editing. It's been a great service to the community, but I think it's odd you brought it up in the context you did. Do you feel the community would be better serviced if you reduced the number of edits you make? If so, why? \$\endgroup\$ – RubberDuck Jun 29 '15 at 22:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KickimusButticus he is, but as a protem (appointed) moderator. This being our first election, all four of the positions are open. \$\endgroup\$ – RubberDuck Jun 29 '15 at 22:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you elaborate on what you feel you've been best at as a moderator during your protem period? And what you've been the worst at (areas you intend to improve on if you are re-elected)? Preferably focus on the things that you do as a moderator that you'd only be able to do as a moderator. \$\endgroup\$ – nhgrif Jun 29 '15 at 22:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RubberDuck: I don't know for sure, considering I still miss things or may sometimes still make bad edits. I brought it up because I had a feeling someone would've mentioned it, considering it might be the main complaint, if any. I wanted to show that I am aware that the community can see all of this activity. \$\endgroup\$ – Jamal Jun 29 '15 at 22:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ @nhgrif: I feel that I've done best at cleaning up the site (purging bad content that cannot readily be deleted by regular users) and maintaining a good attitude when dealing with frustrating users. As for improvements, I can try to work on specifically how I communicate with users behind closed doors. Again, I have never been hostile towards anyone, but I can try to adapt to different users as needed. \$\endgroup\$ – Jamal Jun 29 '15 at 22:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ That's a fair answer. I like the "nip it in the bud" thinking. You're a great mod. I was just curious. Thank you. \$\endgroup\$ – RubberDuck Jun 30 '15 at 0:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ @QPaysTaxes all his effort in editing the questions means more then just nice styling. He's like a shadow over CR, not always visible but doing a lot of work. \$\endgroup\$ – chillworld Jun 30 '15 at 6:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ I had my encounters with Jamal, and I've had some encounters where I didn't appreciate the edits. This because I have long toes that are easily stepped on. Just the fact Jamal, pointing me to the facts and being professional is a big GO for me. For me Jamal is a no brainor. I believe we, the community can really benefit from him being and staying around. (Feel free to edit this comment ;) ) \$\endgroup\$ – Pinoniq Jun 30 '15 at 7:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ A few rare mistakes are perfectly normal, "to err is human". By the sheer volume of your contributions, and by the law of large numbers, mistakes are simply inevitable. Just take criticism gracefully, and it's all good. As Pinoniq said, electing you is a no-brainer, without a shadow of a doubt. Keep up the great work! \$\endgroup\$ – janos Jun 30 '15 at 7:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jamal I think you have done a great job so far, however I have rarely seen you handle conflict (at least not in chat), it seems like rolfl does that most often. Is that an agreement between the pro-tems, or otherwise, what is your approach when confronted with conflicts/arguments? \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jun 30 '15 at 21:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Phrancis: I do often handle conflict in comments and sometimes in chat (privately as well). Usually if it's because of an action of mine, and the user won't listen to me, then I have another mod handle it to help reduce tension. I do help out with this whenever I can. \$\endgroup\$ – Jamal Jun 30 '15 at 21:55

I believe I would make a good moderator, because I'm becoming increasingly involved in:

  • The state of affairs for (Meta.)CR / SO / Meta.SE
  • Providing answers to zombies & normal posts.
  • Providing support mechanisms to new & existing users through helpful comments, related meta links along with simple explanations, friendly language, invitations to chat to discuss any issues they may have.
  • Community projects with CR & non-CR users.

My timezone is AEST (UTC+10:00), and often during the middle of my day, there's a lack of community activity, meaning I can (and currently attempt to) provide support while others can't.

Despite my young age, 16, I also believe I'd be a valuable mod because:

  • I've plenty of time on my hands
  • I'm willing (and planning) to learn anything I can to improve myself in programming & SE
  • I'm open to absolutely any type of constructive criticism

I am currently employed on a C# platform, by part-time basis, where I must display a manner befitting a employee, so how I conduct myself shouldn't be a worry.

I've been leaning towards PHP, but that's evolving ;-)

I frequent The 2nd Monitor, where you can ping me, with any personal questions.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I couldn't help but notice your low reputation across the whole network. Are you sure you know how / when to make use of the "higher" privileges, like deleting and protecting? While the will to learn is definitely a good thing I know from my own experience that the network is an unforgiving and brutal place, are you sure you have the luxury to "learn the ropes"? \$\endgroup\$ – Vogel612 Jun 29 '15 at 20:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Despite not having access to these privilges, during my time on the network, from observing those with such privileges, from reading many MSE and MSE blog posts, I feel I have somewhat of a grasp on things, and if unsure on a specific case, wouldn't hesitate to ask my fellow moderators for their opinion on the situation, or given the situation, other moderators on a sister site. My low reputation is what I'd call my kryptonite, and am working around the clock to improve that :-) \$\endgroup\$ – Quill Jun 29 '15 at 20:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ Have you ever been a moderator on any forum, community, group, etc? \$\endgroup\$ – PM 77-1 Jun 29 '15 at 21:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ At my highschool, not exactly SEN, I volunteer my lunch breaks for repairing & managing students laptops, and leading a makerspace dedicated for furthering interest in IT, encompassing around 10 at the moment. \$\endgroup\$ – Quill Jun 29 '15 at 21:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is school likely to detract from your ability to moderate? I know it would for me. \$\endgroup\$ – Tim Jun 29 '15 at 21:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ In the same respect that most adult users have work, school may detract, however, it's about time management, and idling and intervening when necessary, whilst studying or similar can go together. \$\endgroup\$ – Quill Jun 29 '15 at 22:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Tim would your job/life detract from your ability to moderate? I know you're not in the running (yet at least), but that feels like a straw man argument to me. Of course it will. The question is, can Quill do the job regardless of other responsibilities. \$\endgroup\$ – RubberDuck Jun 29 '15 at 22:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't think you have enough experience yet to be up for this job. Maybe it's personal, but I feel you lack some professional experience. I like your answers, and they are good an welcome on this stackexchange. But I always have this feeling that they lack experience. Especially if compared with top contributors on this stackexchange. But keep up the good work, keep reviewing and you will gain more experience! It's certainly good having you here. This is a personal feeling, so feel free to ignore it ;) \$\endgroup\$ – Pinoniq Jun 30 '15 at 7:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RubberDuck Fair point, I was trying to get across that he's about to start a lot of exams etc. I'm thinking he will have large variants in the time he can spend. \$\endgroup\$ – Tim Jun 30 '15 at 10:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Tim, yes, I have exams that will arise soon, however, time management is a quality skill in both everyday life and programming, that I feel I have, and a potential moderator should have. Also, to point out the fact, so do three other candidates. (Hosch, Jamal (right?) and Ethan) * Sorry to name names guys * \$\endgroup\$ – Quill Jun 30 '15 at 10:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Quill I am in college, yes, but Jamal is graduated. \$\endgroup\$ – Hosch250 Jun 30 '15 at 18:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ah, thanks for clarification. \$\endgroup\$ – Quill Jun 30 '15 at 21:54

Questionnaire

My big tags are and but I am a well rounded user on CR I have answers in a total of 218 tags.

I have my ups and downs when it comes to answering and/or asking questions, but I am almost always around and have the the Stack Exchange App installed on my phone along with ChatSEy, so I you can be certain that I am always lurking about.

I have been very active in the community and would say that I had a little something to do with the "Great Revival" (citation link needed). Bottom line and I don't mean to boast, but I know quite a bit about CR and what it has become.

I am not quick to take sides in an argument, unless we are talking about one of the "Holy Wars" issues like Java bracing versus C# bracing, but hey, either is better than VB right? I like to see conversation versus yelling matches, and will try to figure out what is going on before making rash decisions, and you can be certain that I can make decisions when needed.

I have run out of Characters... (To Be Continued ...)

  • \$\begingroup\$ "Java bracing versus C# bracing, but hey, either is better than VB right?" I prefer Ruby over all of them ;) \$\endgroup\$ – Nic Hartley Jun 29 '15 at 20:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've noticed in the past that you've been unsure about what constitutes as spam. As a moderator, your spam/offensive flags count as 6 flags, so any hasty flagging can have repercussions. Would you be willing to get more familiar with the kinds of posts that should be flagged as such? \$\endgroup\$ – Jamal Jun 29 '15 at 21:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jamal, I think that I have gotten better with the definition of Spam, there has been very little that truly constitutes as spam, anything borderline would probably be a group decision, and how many spam flags would also play into which way I would lean, but I think that I would really have to lean on my fellow moderators if it isn't a blatant advertisement for some product or site. I am more cautious about the spam flags than I used to be, that you can be sure of. I can tell you, I haven't been flagging spam unless the answer/question is not salvageable, IOW Blatant Spam. \$\endgroup\$ – Malachi Jun 29 '15 at 21:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jamal Spam is in your face, go to my site, style questions or answers. those examples were the kind of things that should be discussed on Meta, like we did there. someone was concerned whether or not someone was strictly trying to lure people away from the site or trying to give good information. it was decided on both cases that they weren't doing that, but they were bad answers. \$\endgroup\$ – Malachi Jun 29 '15 at 22:08

Questionnaire Answers

This site is a gem of the Internet - possibly the best place anyone could ever go to learn and become a better programmer and SE citizen. It deserves to be moderated by people that are passionate about it and that want this gem to shine and make the Internet a better place. I'm one such fanatic.

If you don't know me, I named The 2nd Monitor chatroom, coined the "zombies" meme, and I wanted this site to graduate more than anything else.

If you do know me, you know that I haven't been as active as I used to be since last summer. I'm a proud father of 3 year old twins, I work on my Rubberduck project, and I have a day job that's requiring the better part of my weekdays; I respond to pings, but my CR activity during the day is generally pretty low.

So, can I still be a moderator? If I'm elected, I'll fulfill my duties mostly in the evening - mostly between 8-9PM and 1-2AM (Eastern time).

Would I be a good moderator? Honestly, I don't know - never been one. If you think I'd make a good moderator, vote for me and I won't disappoint.

(edited to fit link to Moderator Q&A)

  • \$\begingroup\$ wanted this site to graduate more than anything else. It was @rolfl who tweeted all the bad puns... \$\endgroup\$ – Hosch250 Jun 29 '15 at 20:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ Hi, Mug! One question for you that really only applies to you as of right now: How on Earth do you manage kids, a job, Rubberduck, and CR? It's incredible. \$\endgroup\$ – Nic Hartley Jun 29 '15 at 20:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Hosch250 that was after the graduation announcement - my first meta question and meta answer was about beta-progress, and I made the Call of Duty response to our CM review... and the 100-days-later follow-up post. \$\endgroup\$ – Mathieu Guindon Jun 29 '15 at 20:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ @QPaysTaxes and an open source project. The guy is superhuman I think. \$\endgroup\$ – RubberDuck Jun 29 '15 at 20:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ @QPaysTaxes job is during the day, kids are in bed around 8PM, and wife is lovely and understanding, so I have my evenings :-) \$\endgroup\$ – Mathieu Guindon Jun 29 '15 at 20:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ It would be great to have a community with C# mods. Tired of dynamic scripty people. \$\endgroup\$ – Den Jun 29 '15 at 20:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Mat'sMug I've seen your involvement and how much "real-estate" you've invested into CR, and I would vote for you as moderator at a moment's notice! \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jun 29 '15 at 23:48

Questionnaire Answers

I became active on Code Review in November, 2014, and have been more or less active on a daily basis since then. My current record of activity is 194 consecutive days, asking questions and providing answers as my abilities allow. In addition to learning from participation on the main site, I have been somewhat active on our meta and am looking to increase my participation there.

Because of the brilliant people on Code Review, my programming knowledge and abilities have gone almost up a cliff, and I would like to pay back to the site by becoming a moderator and helping the site remain healthy. If I have the honor of being elected as moderator, I will do my very best to help the community's growth, including kindly and helpfully educating new users about the site and its scope. In addition, I will encourage them to become regular users and help them gain the abilities and knowledge needed to become the moderators this site will need to continue being successful in later years.

If you wish to talk to me about anything, please ping me in The 2nd Monitor or the CR Moderator Election Room.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I have to say, personally, I'm very impressed by how much you have progressed and gotten involved. Glad to see you've nominated yourself! \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jun 29 '15 at 23:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, @Phrancis. You get the "First Commenter" award. \$\endgroup\$ – Hosch250 Jun 29 '15 at 23:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Good luck buddy :) \$\endgroup\$ – 422_unprocessable_entity Jun 30 '15 at 0:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, @JaDogg. \$\endgroup\$ – Hosch250 Jun 30 '15 at 0:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Hosch250 Could you give an example of how you have handled a conflict in the past? Forum, anywhere on the internet or whatever? How do you react if/when you're on the "wrong" side of a conflict? \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jun 30 '15 at 21:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Phrancis I have been involved in conflicts with stubborn SO users who will not accept the defined scope of CR and users who don't understand why their question is closed here. I try to stay calm and back up each point with a citation. As for being on the wrong side of a conflict, I try not to be (my citations help), but I am willing to accept I am wrong when given the correct sources and apologize for causing an issue. \$\endgroup\$ – Hosch250 Jun 30 '15 at 23:20

Questionnaire Answers

Why me?

I think that this community, and it's collection of active users are some, if not, the best on the Stackexchange network. I want to help foster Codereview's growth, and keep it as one of the best sites on the network.

As a moderator, the below goals would be those that I strive towards every day.

  • Spend at least 1-11/2 hours on the site each day, reviewing flags, review queues, etc.
  • Treat all users with respect, and dignity. No exceptions.
  • Be friendly to new users, who may not understand how the site works.
  • Be active in chat.
  • Help community members resolve problems in a calm, non-threatening way.
  • Help resolve arguments between users.
  • Participate in meta as much as possible.
  • Let the community do their moderation.
  • Be very active.

I also have quite a bit of free time. I have no job, and school is very lenient. This allows for me to moderate quite a lot.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I recommend you account for your lack of meta activity. I consider this a very important task of the moderators. \$\endgroup\$ – nhgrif Jun 29 '15 at 20:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ I really hate to bring this up, but there quite possibly will be users that think you are too young to moderate. While I am not one of them... How will you deal with such users? \$\endgroup\$ – Vogel612 Jun 29 '15 at 20:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @nhgrif I've made not of that in the "Why not me?" section of the nomination. I've also noted that it's something I hope to change, in the "Why me?" section. \$\endgroup\$ – Ethan Bierlein Jun 29 '15 at 20:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Vogel612 As of right now, I'm not really sure how to answer that. I think once we have the election Q&A set up, I can provide more useful information to users who may think that. \$\endgroup\$ – Ethan Bierlein Jun 29 '15 at 20:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ There are only four moderator positions available. Why do you think you're one of the four users that should be awarded this privilege and responsibility, instead of the other candidates? \$\endgroup\$ – Mast Jun 29 '15 at 20:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Vogel612 Speaking as a youngish moderator myself, on a relatively active beta site, I've never had trouble with people bringing up age - really, it doesn't matter. If someone questions a decision over any aspect, be it age or sun position or eye color or whatever else people come up with, I simply turn it over to another moderator. I wouldn't worry about age, one should think more about the qualifications of a candidate. \$\endgroup\$ – Undo Jun 29 '15 at 21:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Mast That question is a little generic, and I feel that I've partially answered it. Is there something more specific you're looking for? \$\endgroup\$ – Ethan Bierlein Jun 29 '15 at 21:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @EthanBierlein I disagree. I'm not asking what you can do. I'm asking what you can do better than the rest. \$\endgroup\$ – Mast Jun 29 '15 at 21:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Mast To be completely honest, I think the only thing that really sets me aside is the large amounts of time available to me. I don't have a job, and school is very lenient. \$\endgroup\$ – Ethan Bierlein Jun 29 '15 at 21:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ Time is certainly a valuable asset. You seem willing to do it, @EthanBierlein, and that's also valuable. Can you tell us about how you handle conflicts of interest, outside of Stack Exchange? \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Jun 29 '15 at 23:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Phrancis I generally try to figure them out in a calm manner, without starting arguments or fights, and if it gets out of hand, contact an authority figure to take action. I'm the case of Stackexchange, that authority figure would be me. \$\endgroup\$ – Ethan Bierlein Jun 30 '15 at 0:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ @EthanBierlein do you thinks school will be a problem is 2 / 3 years time? I know my time on SE dropped to about 20% during exams. \$\endgroup\$ – Tim Jun 30 '15 at 10:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Tim Possibly. The decrease of time spent wouldn't be too much, just at more in the afternoons. But that's still quite some time away. \$\endgroup\$ – Ethan Bierlein Jun 30 '15 at 12:30

This election is complete.