2016 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 16 '16 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

1,464 voters were eligible, 777 visited the site during the election, 640 visited the election page, and 309 voted

My name is Andy and I'd like to nominate myself for a moderator position.

I've grown to love and enjoy the Worldbuilding community over the last year, and would like the opportunity to be able to help grow and improve the site.

My favorite thing about this site is the opportunities it provides to stretch my imagination and combine my knowledge and learning skills to help others.

Hello everyone, I am a relatively new user of Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, both in meta and on the actual website. I don't have a lot going for me, so you may be wondering why I want to be a moderator:

Worldbuilding has some of the most interesting and insightful questions and answers I've seen on any SE site and I would love to be involved. And yes, although I have only been a part of this great community for a (relatively) short time, I've become very well acquainted with the unique feel of the subject matter on Worldbuilding.

I have already cast numerous flags, almost all helpful, proving that I have a keen eye for what is and isn't suitable for Worldbuilding. While moderating, I believe the best approach is to leave a constructive comment describing how a misguided question can be rewritten/clarified to receive higher quality answers. If the user makes no action to fix their question, I flag it. If I see spam or an off-topic question, I have no hesitation to vote to close the question.

I don't really have any other major real-world or time-consuming activities, and I'm already on the site every day, so I would be able to give this site my full attention.

  • $\begingroup$ Your low candidate score is going to be a point of note. How can you show us that despite your apparent lack of experience on the site, you'd be a good moderator? What are your credentials? It's great to hear that you've got a good flagging history, but most of us can't see that - is there anything public that you can show us? $\endgroup$ – ArtOfCode Feb 7 '16 at 19:23
  • $\begingroup$ @ArtOfCode For one, although I have only 358 reputation, in terms of how long I have been on WB, 3 weeks, that equates to about 17 rep a day, just over an accepted answer everyday. Once again, I have to reiterate that out of 13 flags I have cast 11 have been helpful. Also, I am active on meta, and just today, I pointed out a flaw in the flagging system for users with under 500 rep. See here. $\endgroup$ – fi12 Feb 7 '16 at 21:41
  • $\begingroup$ Continued from previous comment -- I am dedicated to improving the site by fixing any flaws I can find, and I have asked several quality questions (here and here), so I know what what is suitable for the content of this website. $\endgroup$ – fi12 Feb 7 '16 at 21:42
  • $\begingroup$ It seems that in some of your questions, you ask more than 1 question per post, and edit them frequently even after answers have been posted to your original question. How does the invalidation of previous answers due to editing factor into your editing? $\endgroup$ – Aify Feb 7 '16 at 21:54
  • $\begingroup$ @Aify I do my best to make minor edits that don't completely change the meaning of the question but rather than clarify any misunderstandings. By doing this, any previous answers are not completely irrelevant; a lot of what the answer says is still useful information in answering the question. $\endgroup$ – fi12 Feb 7 '16 at 21:56
  • $\begingroup$ Just a note that 17 rep per day is a good start when using the site but many of the other candidates regularly hit the 200 rep from upvotes cap per day and even go past it via accepted answers etc. I have noticed that you've been asking well received questions rather than writing answers though and acknowledge it's harder to gain rep with questions. $\endgroup$ – Tim B Feb 8 '16 at 10:03
  • $\begingroup$ I think you've made an excellent contribution to the site but are going to struggle in the election due to lack of experience. However should you not do well this time please don't let that put you off trying when the next elections come around as by then you will have shown the experience and longevity that you're lacking now. $\endgroup$ – Tim B Feb 8 '16 at 10:03
  • $\begingroup$ I think so as well. This is sort of my "practice run" so I can see what the election process is like. :) $\endgroup$ – fi12 Feb 8 '16 at 13:02
  • $\begingroup$ @fi12 your 3-week site-time may cause a little skepticism among people who are looking for a frequent and reliable source. Not that you aren't beneficial in your activity, but anybody can be on a site for 3 weeks without necessarily caring, whereas the people like DaaaahWhoosh and bowlturner can prove without a doubt that they won't get bored and leave. $\endgroup$ – Caleb Woodman Feb 8 '16 at 17:53

First and foremost, I want to say that I appreciate you as a human being. You're not just a number, and your failings (if you even have any, I mean just look at you) stem from the same human frailties we all share. So when I moderate, I always imagine myself on the receiving end.

That said, I'm not going to let anyone off easy just because they're human. This site is precious to me, a beacon of logic and civility among the Lovecraftian soup of the Web. I've had questions closed, and answers downvoted, and while I may not have always agreed with these verdicts, I've understood that it takes a lot of work and a lot of struggle to keep things informative, useful, and fun. So if you want a moderator who'll let bad questions slip by, or upvote answers just because they reference a line from a famous film, then please look elsewhere.

But if you want a moderator who sees the all-too-common failings of our common species and, instead of stamping them out with brutal force, chooses to investigate them with an empathetic eye and work with the user to find a way to solve the problem to everyone's benefit, then who knows, I may be a good choice. But so would most of the other candidates.

  • $\begingroup$ I think it's interesting to see someone mention that we are not numbers. While the world we live in is inherently analog, I think that it is much easier to view everyone and everything as a construct we can digitize into a number, allowing for maximum fairness (or at least it is so for me). How effective is the empathetic approach help towards fixing future questions compared to the stamp them out approach? Would you have to do this on a per-person basis? There are instances in history that tell us diplomatic negotiations may not always get as much done as wars... $\endgroup$ – Aify Feb 7 '16 at 21:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Aify While I agree treating people as numbers is fairer, I would also say that humans are often too complex to be reduced to numbers; there's just too many variables. All I'm saying is that I realize this, and I'll do what I can to factor in as many variables as I have. It is my belif that with a broader understanding of the users on this site, and an insight into their mindsets, I can help us to find the right ways to solve the site's problems. $\endgroup$ – DaaaahWhoosh Feb 8 '16 at 14:20

Hey there everyone, I am going to nominate myself for moderator.

I have been around World Building since it first showed up on Area 51. We had to convince the Area 51 moderators to reopen the proposal after it had been closed down. A few years later here we are, graduated.


  • Active regularly throughout the course of the day, I like to keep chat lively.
  • Work to aid users as often as possible, particularly new users
  • Help manage the topic challenges
  • Active in review queues, generally in the top 5 for reviews all time
  • Top 3% overall reputation
  • I am not a horse (horses cannot type)

About me:

  • 34 years old
  • Degrees in Philosophy and International Relations
  • I like archery and shoot often
  • I like forging and metalwork, blades are fun to create
  • Long walks on the beach are overrated

Why not the other candidates:

  • The other candidates cannot spell.
  • The other candidates want to make everyone wear a mind controlling symbiote.
  • The other candidates turned Kylo Ren to the dark side and are responsible for the death of Han Solo.

Justice for Han, vote James 2016

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  • $\begingroup$ Wadya mein ai cnnat speel? i speel juts fine Ill av u no! $\endgroup$ – Tim B Feb 3 '16 at 16:27
  • $\begingroup$ Mind-controlling symbiotes are so last decade. We do that through your smartphone now. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Feb 3 '16 at 16:52
  • $\begingroup$ I just don't know if I can support candidates that don't put Force Awakens spoilers in spoiler tags. $\endgroup$ – DaaaahWhoosh Feb 3 '16 at 19:07
  • $\begingroup$ @DaaaahWhoosh If people haven't seen it yet they deserve to have it spoiled. You really can't wait over 6 weeks to see one of the most anticipated movies of all time and expect not to have things ruined...unless you were in an Iranian jail cell...then you have a pass. Apologies to any of the recently released Americans who may have read this. $\endgroup$ – James Feb 3 '16 at 19:09
  • $\begingroup$ @James there are plenty of people who have not seen it yet, but would like to at some point. I hope you would be more considerate of other people as a moderator. $\endgroup$ – Jason Hutchinson Feb 3 '16 at 21:09
  • $\begingroup$ @JasonHutchinson As a moderator yes, as Star Wars fan no. $\endgroup$ – James Feb 3 '16 at 21:33
  • $\begingroup$ For what it's worth, I was against the whole training-Kylo-Ren thing from the beginning. "He's a threat to us," I told Luke. "He's too powerful," I told Luke. "He could turn to the Dark Side, like your father," I told Luke. But did Luke listen? Noooooo. That said, I can see the points that James and @JasonHutchinson have made. If you're really into Star Wars, then you probably should have seen it now, but I can understand less-fanatical people who might be casually interested waiting for it to come out on DVD. I know people like that. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Feb 3 '16 at 21:41
  • $\begingroup$ @HDE226868 I get your point, but I am one of the few people who has not seen it, yet is a Star Wars fan. I have seen so many spoilers, mostly on SE sites that it probably doesn't matter. I was speaking out for the people who have not seen the spoilers. $\endgroup$ – Jason Hutchinson Feb 4 '16 at 14:56
  • $\begingroup$ I'm sorry, are we trying to nominate Kylo Ren or Darth Vader for this position, or the actual user who calls himself James (wait, is he really one of those Star Wars characters?) $\endgroup$ – Zizouz212 Feb 8 '16 at 2:23
  • $\begingroup$ James is playing the election like an attention-grabbing trump. While funny, I must say that your rep or area-51 existence and/or non-equine lifestyle don't convince me that you would make a great candidate. $\endgroup$ – Caleb Woodman Feb 8 '16 at 17:43
  • $\begingroup$ Wow...some people just dont appreciate humor. $\endgroup$ – James Feb 8 '16 at 19:51

Hi I would like to nominate myself for the position. I have noticed that I seem to be one of the individuals who asks the most questions about really interesting topics on Worldbuilding Stackexchange. I have also answered a variety of questions on Worldbuilding and am willing to answer questions even if they are more than a year old if I think my answer will contribute new information. I also have created a few new Tags if I thought they could uniquely describe a question I was asking.

If I see a question that I think fits one of the reasons for closing a question I try to make sure it really fits that reason before voting to close it as some questions can appear to fit one of the reasons for closing the question but on closer inspection that reason to close it may not hold. If I see a question that is closed and I don't think the question fits the reason it was closed I will vote to reopen it. For instance if I see a question was closed as a duplicate and I see it has some important differences from the other questions I will vote to reopen it or if I see it is in some way about other worlds and it was closed as off topic I will vote to reopen it.

  • $\begingroup$ Interesting points in the second paragraph. If elected, your moderator vote will be binding, so one vote from you can singlehandedly close or reopen a question. Will your close/reopen voting change because of that? $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Feb 3 '16 at 21:45
  • $\begingroup$ "I have noticed that I seem to be one of the individuals who asks the most questions about really interesting topics on Worldbuilding" - Contentious claim. $\endgroup$ – AndreiROM Feb 4 '16 at 20:03
  • $\begingroup$ @HDE226868 This won't really change my close/reopen voting other than that I might try to double check my decision a bit more before voting on rather to close or reopen questions. $\endgroup$ – Anders Gustafson Feb 5 '16 at 15:31
  • $\begingroup$ This is a little opinionated, something I as a candidate just posted that I try to avoid. $\endgroup$ – Caleb Woodman Feb 8 '16 at 17:44

Hello everyone,

I'm a regular user of Worldbuilding Stackexchange proper meta & chat. Top 1% by reputation. Why did I go for Moderation? Simple:

  • As a heavy user, I am very familiar with the unique style and content of Worldbuilding, and have come to appreciate the ways in which it is different from the other Stacks.

  • I believe in light moderation, while keeping the site on topic. I will work tirelessly with the other moderators to promote our site online both within the stack community and outside of it.

  • As my Fanatic badge, my rep, and other badges attest, I am on this site every day, and with my current reputation, I already perform most of the moderation duties that I would be taking on anyway.

  • I'm not a moderator elsewhere, so I would be able to dedicate my full attention to this site.

About me: 31 year-old, suffered through a PhD in poli-sci & stats methods, now working in Business Intelligence in D.C., but at ease with topics from cell biology to astrophysics. I write short stories and create worlds in my spare time, although the book I'm currently writing is on Supervised Learning with Python. As a Romanian native, I'm also a (very civilized) vampire.

  • $\begingroup$ Could you say more about how you'll promote our site within Stack Exchange and outside of it? $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Feb 8 '16 at 2:06
  • $\begingroup$ Well, there are a few ideas, some of which have been already circulating in Meta: use Twitter, encourage more users to participate in the Blog, boost the prominence and debate changing the medal rewards threshold for the announcer and booster medals. $\endgroup$ – Serban Tanasa Feb 8 '16 at 13:44
  • $\begingroup$ @SerbanTanasa you sound like you are already the height of influence and power and maybe a little pomp, but if you are already nearly a moderator in every way, perhaps... the spirit might count more for you than the badge? $\endgroup$ – Caleb Woodman Feb 8 '16 at 17:46
  • $\begingroup$ @RileySantos, I am about as far from an influencer as you can get, but a WB twitter account is being discussed on meta. $\endgroup$ – Serban Tanasa Feb 8 '16 at 17:50
  • $\begingroup$ @RileySantos, if you haven't already, I also encourage you to visit the WB Blog, where quite a few of our regular contributors have been vigorously active. $\endgroup$ – Serban Tanasa Feb 8 '16 at 18:04

I'm throwing my hat in the ring. I found World Building on Area 51 while it was in the commitment phase and thought it was a worthwhile site to add to the SE. I've been here ever since.

I enjoy spending time here on the site and the added responsibilities shouldn't be much more than I already do. I already moderate the SE site Woodworking as well.

If I'm elected many of the review queue's will have more items for others to review! ;)

  • $\begingroup$ You are a bit of a review hog... $\endgroup$ – James Feb 4 '16 at 16:56
  • $\begingroup$ @James I consider it being dedicated! $\endgroup$ – bowlturner Feb 4 '16 at 16:58

Hi, I'm bilbo_pingouin!

Worldbuilding activity

I have been around Worldbuilding for about 8 months. And since then I have come to the site almost every days.

I am not very active in answering questions on the main site, which is reflected in my comparatively lower reputation (compared to other candidates). However, if you've looked behind the curtain, you almost certainly saw me around as I am very active on

  • Meta (Civic Duty, Mortarboard, 14 Q/ 52 A),
  • Review Queues (Reviewer), and
  • regular Chat user (outspoken).

Furthermore, I am familiar with the community. As an illustration, I am one of the 3 editors (and one administrator) and one of the main contributors to the dedicated chat.

I believe in a firm moderation approach. But I am always opened to discussions.

Stack Exchange

I am less active on the rest of the network, however I have answered a few questions on SFF, Politics and Economy.


I am a software engineer, with a PhD in Physics. And strong interests in politics, economics and societies. I am reasonably fluent in four languages.

Vote for me as someone who supports the community and helps it keep on track.

  • $\begingroup$ You're one of the regulars in the review queues and in chat, both of which are valuable contributions. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Feb 7 '16 at 21:47
  • $\begingroup$ "Get yourself in?" $\endgroup$ – Caleb Woodman Feb 8 '16 at 17:47
  • $\begingroup$ @RileySantos, I'm not exactly sure what you meant, but in a sense, you are right, the formulation wasn't the best. I tried to change a bit the things. $\endgroup$ – clem steredenn Feb 8 '16 at 19:36

Salutations of your choice, ye Worldbuildlings! I greet you, the community.

I have been a moderator on Worldbuilding since the initial pro tem appointment, and I now stand before you seeking your vote.

My aim is to keep up the work I have already been doing. A vote for me as a moderator is a vote for a no-surprises moderation style. In my moderation activities, I aim to always be fair, impartial and to handle similar situations in similar ways.

I try to moderate with a gentle hand; whenever I am uncertain, I focus more on guidance than taking mod-powered binding action. This means I have relatively few mod-closures of questions, lots of comments (a large fraction subsequently deleted) to posts pointing out areas of improvement, as well as some flags intended to bring uncertain cases to the community's attention.

I aim to always ensure that any action I take as a moderator is something that I am willing to explain in public on our Meta, should the issue be raised.

While I have relatively few posts on the site, I often visit both the main site as well as meta several times daily, and in doing so stay on top of any flags raised by community members.

  • $\begingroup$ "I aim to always ensure that any action I take as a moderator is something that I am willing to explain in public on our Meta, should the issue be raised." -- This is a very important point; thank you for bringing it up. You've done a lot of good work as a pro-tem moderator, including providing a lot of good answers on meta. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Feb 7 '16 at 2:55

I'd like to continue as a moderator. I've been active on Worldbuilding since the private beta. I'm also active on meta, where I earned the first silver discussion (tag) badge. I think I have some decent clues about our norms and aspirations. I'm also an editor and regular contributor for Universe Factory, our blog.

I'm active elsewhere on the Stack Exchange network and have gained experience that helps me here. I'm an elected moderator on Mi Yodeya and The Workplace, and my highest-rep site is Meta.SE, where I've asked useful questions and provided well-received answers on a variety of topics. I understand the SE network. I'm also currently the highest-reputation user on Community Building, which is all about helping groups of people achieve their goals together.

As a moderator I'll keep doing what I've been doing -- no surprises. My job is to facilitate, not dictate. I try to take the smallest action that solves a problem, and I strive to always remember that there is a human being on the other end of the online handle. I'm fair, level-headed, and thoughtful.

I like binary stars, sociology, and consistent magic.

  • $\begingroup$ I can't say enough for the work Monica's done for the blog. I may have set it up, but Monica has been the one effectively keeping it going while I've been dealing with life. $\endgroup$ – ArtOfCode Feb 2 '16 at 7:54
  • $\begingroup$ I've seen Monica all over the place on this site as I've been browsing (lurking). From what I can tell, she's doing a really good job. $\endgroup$ – DonyorM Feb 2 '16 at 16:17
  • $\begingroup$ Having been a frequent user at WorkPlace, Meta, etc; I can vouch for the fact that her knowledge and capabilities when it comes to moderation are par excellence. Good luck Monica! $\endgroup$ – Dawny33 Feb 3 '16 at 3:33
  • $\begingroup$ Simple proof the candidate score isn't everything. :) $\endgroup$ – James Feb 3 '16 at 18:27
  • $\begingroup$ To be fair, I can't think of a better moderator for WB than Monica. She is like the always-present bit of wisdom that pops up whenever necessary. It would be really good to keep her around as our mod. $\endgroup$ – T. Sar Feb 5 '16 at 18:09
  • $\begingroup$ I like your work as a mod, it seems every action I've seen you do has been helpful in some way. Plus, I totally relate, "binary stars and can consisten magic". Also, I've been itching to ask you, where does Cellio come from? Wen I Googled it a place in Italy came up. $\endgroup$ – Xandar The Zenon Feb 8 '16 at 1:26
  • $\begingroup$ Xandar, Cellio is my family name. We are Italian; the ancestors for whom I have data are from farther south in Italy, but I don't know that some of them didn't come from there. Weird things happened to names in the course of immigration sometimes. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Feb 8 '16 at 1:39
  • $\begingroup$ I must say, you have a lot of good reelection points. Best of luck, you have my vote. $\endgroup$ – Caleb Woodman Feb 8 '16 at 17:48


The introduction

As someone who loves the site and has been on Worldbuilding since the site was in Beta, I'd love to take the place of a moderator. I'm primarily a programmer, but I also dabble in many other areas, such as art/poster/website design, music, story writing, etc. You may not have seen me around much recently, but I have always been there. At the very least, lurking. I also visit Puzzling and StackOverflow fairly often.

Reasons to pick me

  • As a programmer, I tend to be a very logical person when it comes to dealing with issues that may arise - thus, you can be assured that each issue I handle will be dealt with in a fair manner
  • I'm a very efficient person, and I will never throw personal attacks at anyone; but I may be blunt while talking, as I prefer not to beat around the bush
  • I visit WB almost daily (except in the last couple of months, where real life got in the way)
  • top 5% rep

Why me though?

I consider myself a well-rounded type of person. Sure, having specialists is good, but sometimes you just need someone to fill that hole, especially when it comes to "uncommon disputes and exceptions".

Vote for me! Keep WB hole free!

  • $\begingroup$ I like holes. You're anti-hole! God the potential puns are killing me. :) $\endgroup$ – James Feb 3 '16 at 18:28
  • $\begingroup$ But I liked Holes. $\endgroup$ – Xandar The Zenon Feb 8 '16 at 1:28

Greetings and salutations!

As one of the founding members of Worldbuilding SE, I'm nominating myself to be a moderator.

About Me

I have been building worlds for almost forty of my forty-five years. I have a science-based education, specialising in the life sciences, but also including studies in chemistry, geology and computer programming. I'm also an amateur student of history.

Why I want to be a moderator

I'm a fan of the Worldbuilding SE site, and I want to keep it running well. I often notice things that I could help with, but without mod privileges, I can't do anything but flag them.

Why should you vote for me?

  • I'm active on WB.SE regularly, and have a reputation in the top 2%.
  • I'm impartial - I'll judge each issue on its merits, regardless of its source.
  • All my flags have been helpful.
  • I regularly use the Review tools.
  • I'll look at everything I need to, but change as little as possible.
  • I visit WB Meta regularly.

Have a look at my Q&A answers.

Hi there!

I'm HDE 226868. Here's a bit about me:

  • I'm 17, and a senior at a STEM magnet high school in the United States, having finished my final midterm exam ~ 2 hours ago.
  • I'm into astrophysics, which is my intended major at college.

Some stats and other stuff about me (because everything I write needs some numbers!):

  • I'm #1 in edits (1050), and the first person to earn the Copy Editor badge. Many came from tag wiki cleanup edits.
  • I'm in the top 3 in flags (92), and the first person to earn the Deputy Badge.
  • I'm a mod on HSM and Mythology, and one of the top reviewers on Worldbuilding.
  • I write for our blog (I'm behind deadline for my new article!).
  • I was behind the topic challenges here.
  • I'm active on WB meta and Meta SE.
  • I'm the number one proponent of the tag.

What I would do as a moderator:

  • Promote us on other sites. I'm big on cross-site relations.
  • Ensure that new users get a good introduction to the site.
  • Work on improving closed questions, so they can be reopened. Oh, and working on migrations to and from other sites.
  • Take on Wall Street

Oh, and no matter who wins, Don't Panic!

  • $\begingroup$ I have one bit personal question, because I have been there, done that. Do you feel co commit one year of moderation to this site? Because, y'know away from keyboard life can happen $\endgroup$ – Pavel Janicek Feb 2 '16 at 9:15
  • $\begingroup$ Participation matters. Yours says it all, you got my vote. $\endgroup$ – kaiser Feb 2 '16 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ @PavelJanicek Away-from-the-keyboard life has happened to me already, in a couple of ways. It hasn't affected my ability to moderate. The last part of the next year may be busy, but the next eight months or so will be relatively stress-free and not busy. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Feb 2 '16 at 16:03
  • $\begingroup$ HDE226868's contributions to WB are high-quality and numerous -- in the science tags on main, helping us nail down site policies on meta, helping to guide new users, building the blog, in chat, and more. (I didn't know about Copy Editor -- kudos.) $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Feb 3 '16 at 3:39
  • $\begingroup$ Hm, I'm not entirely sure if I can trust you as a moderator, seeing as "take on Wall Street" is a major part of the campaign of a socialist who looks like he could have a heart attack at any minute (aka Bernie Sanders). $\endgroup$ – Xandar The Zenon Feb 10 '16 at 5:03

I'm knowledgeable about and interested in the topic of world building.

On closing questions/answers

My philosophy on closing questions and answers tends towards leniency - if I can at all justify keeping the question / answer open, I do so. I let the user votes determine the quality of the post.

On Impartiality

I'm usually more interested in the discussion a question generates than the selection of the "best" answer. I won't be playing favorites.

Hi all!

I'm ArtOfCode. Those of you who've been around for a while might recognise me; newer users may not have seen as much of me. Given that, I'll explain the elephant in the room straight away: I haven't been around as much recently because of various real-life commitments, though I have still been lurking and making an occasional meta post.

I can offer you a firm but fair hand moderating, with some experience to back it up. I'm a moderator on Open Source and Hardware Recommendations (and, before you ask, yes, I'll have time to do all three.)

I'm vested in this community's well-being and development: I've been around a fairly long time, I participate on meta, and I set up, write for, and occasionally help organise the Worldbuilding community blog.

And since everyone's got one of these so far: A vote for me is a vote for community and stability.

  • $\begingroup$ You wanna be a triple-mod? :-o Best of luck, and I hope you'll be able to cope with the extra workload! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 2 '16 at 3:07
  • $\begingroup$ You already has my vote. :D $\endgroup$ – Victor Stafusa Feb 3 '16 at 0:04
  • $\begingroup$ You've contributed a lot to this site, and I've seen growth in your contributions too (going in the right direction! :-) ). Are the commitments you mentioned in your first paragraph wrapping up or ongoing? Can you say something about your anticipated participation levels? $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Feb 7 '16 at 17:54
  • $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio Wrapping up. For the next couple of months my workload will be much the same as it is now (i.e. enough to have time to be active and contributing and all those good things), and after that I'm anticipating a steep drop in what I have to do. Participation here or anywhere else won't take a hit. $\endgroup$ – ArtOfCode Feb 7 '16 at 19:14

I visit the site nearly every day, often relaxing while reading on a tablet so it's a end-of-day "fun" activity. There doesn't seem to be all that much to do as more often then not there is never any "review" tasks available; but I do check and go through them.

I'm an experienced writer, contributing editor and technical editor, and as a "top 2%" rep holder I think I have a pretty good idea of what's expected on this site.

I'd like to do more for the WB community, and would easily fit this into my daily habits.

  • $\begingroup$ You might want to re-check your spelling. $\endgroup$ – Jasper Feb 2 '16 at 1:15

I imagine a lot of people have seen my name somewhere on the site. I was one of the first users (joined during the commitment phase before the beta began) and helped build the site up. Among many other contributions I started the very successful creating realistic worlds question series using some of my own reputation as bounties to set the quality bar.

I have a strong history of activity on the main site, in chat, and in meta. In addition I've been a pro tem moderator since the start and have helped guide and shape the site in that role. With the recent launch of the Worldbuilding blog Universe Factory I've also been contributing articles and interviews there.

A vote for me is a vote for more of what you've had for the last year-and-a-half: Firm but fair "light touch" moderation, stepping in only where necessary and trying to steer things in a positive direction before any moderation tools are needed.

My answers to the Candidate Questionnaire can be found here.

  • $\begingroup$ Your guiding touch on meta and in comments, and the many good examples you've provided in main-site questions and answers, have really strengthened the site. A light touch in moderation nudges the community to use its privileges (rather than relying on mods to "just fix it"), a strategy that has worked out very well here. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Feb 7 '16 at 2:57


I'm nominating myself for a moderator position. If there is an Archduke of Moderation title, I'll take it, but being a regular moderator is cool too (that's a joke, I'd be honored to be elected).

I've been on the site for over a year now and I've answered some questions and even asked a couple to help the site expand. I went from the top 100% to the top 0.19% for reputation. I have the highest number of accepted answers for the site (me:129, second place:98). I believe I have a good idea about what quality questions and quality answers look like and I'd like to help maintain the high quality we've come to expect across the Stack Exchange network.

I've answered some questions posed by the community here.

A vote for Samuel is a vote for Worldbuilding.


  • $\begingroup$ Do we really want someone who just makes up words like "amputationility" to be a moderator? I say absodamnlutely. $\endgroup$ – MichaelHouse Feb 2 '16 at 17:09

This election is complete.