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2017 Moderator Election

nomination began
Feb 6, 2017 at 20:00
election began
Feb 13, 2017 at 20:00
election ended
Feb 21, 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!

I am relatively new to stack exchange, I just joined in the summer, but this is a great community, and I always enjoy checking out the more science based questions to get Randall Munroe style answers.

I know I'm probably not going to get very far in this election because i'm new, and don't have a huge amount of experience, but i'm willing to give it a shot!

Hi! I’m the guy with the famous name that most of you can’t type.

You’ll see from the summary stats box that I’m highly qualified according to which badges they consider important for this (6/8, 6/6, 5/6). In fact, I’m the first/only one to have earned the Marshal badge. I also have a gold topic badge which carries special moderation privileges.

I’ve been a member since the public beta started. I peek in to WB almost every day. Currently it shows 250 consecutive days. I realize that WB isn’t exactly like a typical SE, and answers can be an entertaining exhibition of creativity, not a definitive “right” answer. Good Qs are hard to quantify, and I hope we can improve our mutual consensus on what works, rather than making overly simple pronouncements.

I want to be welcoming and supportive to new users, helping to make a good Q rather than chasing them off. My meta activity of note concerns this: getting people to look at the sandbox, and getting the conspicuous note for .

I think I would make a good moderator because I feel that within boundaries the community should govern itself.

I believe that Worldbuilding is a special place and that anyone should be able to come to get help with their world building problems.

I'm active on the site almost daily, answering questions and offering advice in the comments, in the chat, and in meta.

Lastly, I'm even tempered, slow to anger, no matter how heated a discussion gets.

Mod election questionnaire:

Hah. Do I really need an introduction? :p ;)

Anyhow, since you insist, here it is. I am a guy from Pakistan. I am a science journalist and after writing for some science mags, I am now building my own website (, for the English language articles). Sometimes I write fantasy fiction too.

I've been a member of this place for some time now. I don't recall precisely when I joined, but I do remember the place was in beta stage then.

Most of my contribution to the site has been about answering people's questions to the best of my knowledge. I am not very active on Meta or chat (as the active members would know already) and like to spend my time serving other members by answering their mainstream WorldBuilding questions.

While I have done some review queues, my main focus has been on writing answers. Sometimes I even go on to answer questions which others feel off-topic and vote to close, later. I just don't like to stifle someone's creativity by red tape. Ha! That's me!

I am not standing up for the election to build regulations, or to have my say in resolving disputes. I just want to be the guy who takes newbies by hand and helps them merge in.

Hi, my name is MolbOrg, it is like Terminator but MolbOrg.

I participate on WB for a year now and recent time I tipped the point when I feel to understand the rules of the game.

I think that WB needs a bit of fresh blood, to develop further and on the way forward as a first step he should begin a critical thinking about what he actually is, what differs it from other SE places and act accordingly to what will be discovered by the community about itself.

I'm your 3rd party candidate. It is not easy to suggest my own candidature, as I can't guarantee more than 5 months of service(because of my personal situation) and because I'm usually do not like that kind of duties if I see there is someone else capable of doing the same and more excited/willing to do so.

I encourage anyone who reads to consider nominate yourself, sometimes things are no fun, but they have to be done on behalf of the community for it to thrive, for you to enjoy the fruits the community makes and who else if not you. Let it be 30+ candidates.

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;

(William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

Hello WorldBuilding!

My name is Aric and I am a sixth form student in the UK. While I have interests in music, physics, and programming, I also enjoy worldbuilding. I have not been particularly active over the last few months due to unforeseen circumstances, however that no longer applies.

I'm an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy novels, and I enjoy everything worldbuilding. The science (or not-science!) of how a setting works and why things are there are great fun to come up with. I find that creating the history and language of your own world is a hefty but worthwhile activity which extends your imagination and vision into your creation.

While my knowledge of linguistics, physics, history, and geography may not be as high as others, I will often read a post on any stack exchange site and research possible solutions because I, too, am interested. If I find anything, I am sure to reply or simply give input as a comment.

I have never been a moderator on a site, and let's be honest i'm practically brand new here, however I think this will be a challenging but rewarding new experience for myself, and more importantly a help to everyone else.

Hello everyone!

I am James. I have been around the site since we were defining what the site was going to be on Area 51. I have participated uninterrupted from that first inception phase all the way to today.

I am active on meta and always available in the chat, I like to help keep chat lively as I find it to be an excellent way to get to know your fellow community members as well as resolve issues and answer questions. As a bonus it is also pretty entertaining.

I stay pretty active in the review queues with a grand total of around 2000 review activities completed to date.

With the help of Nex Terren, Green, ArtofCode and several guests I have also helped organize the site's podcast (episode 3 will be up soon).

I am also an itinerant contributor to the site blog.

I would like to continue my involvement in the site and thus am throwing my hat in to be a moderator.

My answers to the candidate questionnaire can be found here

Thank you for the consideration.

I was a pro tem moderator during the site's beta phase, and fell short of the stellar team chosen during the site's first community moderator election. I have also served as mod on Amateur Radio. I am now hoping to join the team here in their efforts to keep Worldbuilding SE a great place.

As a moderator, I will always aim to be fair, impartial, and to handle similar situations in similar ways. I will do my best to moderate with a gentle hand, focusing on guidance and consulting with the community before taking mod-powered binding action whenever I am uncertain, and 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 yet respecting the confidentiality of all involved.

I have 120 A's on Meta, only one net negatively voted, and 31 Q's, none of which below net +2, indicating a good feel for the unique style of WorldbuildingSE. My previous experience as a Stack Exchange diamond-powered moderator means that I am familiar with the tools available to moderators and can thus quickly get up to speed.


This election is over.