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2018 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 17 '18 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


4,351 voters were eligible, 2,026 visited the site during the election, 1,008 visited the election page, and 511 voted

Hi, I'm Monty Wild.

I've been with Worldbuilding SE since its beginnings - I committed to it when it was in Area 51, and have been active - and very active - ever since. I've written some of the site's top questions and answers, and I have been contributing a little work of fiction called "The Juggernaut" to Universe Factory, Worldbuilding SE's Medium blog.

So, why do I want to be a moderator? Well... I already go through the review queues regularly, and since I have invested so much of my time in WB SE, I suppose I'd like to have a greater say in keeping it nice for everyone.

I haven't been terribly active on Meta - I have posted a few questions and a few more answers, but I lurk there far more often than I post - I suppose I don't often feel that I can contribute there when others are doing quite a good job of that already.

If I'm elected to be a moderator, my grand plan is to... do as little as possible, while still doing as much as necessary. I believe in not trying to fix things that aren't broken, and where things are broken, using the least disruptive means of fixing them.

Hello all,

I'm Marshall, I've been a member of this community for 2ish years, focusing a lot on concepts around sci-fi and magic. One of the many reasons I love this community is it is a great place to find interesting conversation on topics, as well as find references to books I didn't even know I wanted to read. I'm pretty sure most of the great stuff I've read over the last couple of years has come from here.

This SE is pretty unique because we discuss everything from hard science possibilities to completely fabricated "what-if" situations. It truly is a great place, and I hope I can help make it better as a moderator.

As for my moderation style, I'm more of a teacher than a disciplinarian. Most of the mistakes I have seen on any SE are because of new people trying to ask questions while not understanding the culture or process that the SE tries to build. Most newbies get a very harsh treatment, which prevents them from using the site in the future. As a creative SE, we should nourish new people, as new viewpoints are important.

Moderator Questions

  • $\begingroup$ You're relatively low-rep compared to the other candidates. How will your relatively low level of site experience affect how you moderate? How will mod-powers affect the way you post here? What is the most valuable thing you can bring to the mod team, considering you currently have 4K rep? $\endgroup$ – FoxElemental Jul 6 '18 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ @FoxElemental I have fairly low rep because I don't answer every question I could butt in on. If you made an effort, you could accumulate a high amount of rep very quickly by providing "safe" answers to questions that may not provide any real value. As opposed to other SE, there are very few right and wrong answers to questions here, so they garner a lot of answers. If I were a mod, I'd probably end up answering more questions that do not have many answers, as I would see a lot more of them through moderation processes. $\endgroup$ – Marshall Tigerus Jul 6 '18 at 17:13
  • $\begingroup$ @FoxElemental additionally, I think I have a very different mindset about nurturing the community than what I've seen on this and other SE sites. There is a lot of telling new users they are wrong over teaching them how to be good members. TBH, I don't really expect to get elected, as I have not "farmed" the things to raise my candidate score. $\endgroup$ – Marshall Tigerus Jul 6 '18 at 17:15
  • $\begingroup$ FYI - any user can see the unanswered questions list: worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/unanswered On worldbuilding we normally float somewhere between 0 and 5 unanswered questions. Everything else gets answered, closed (or sometimes (unfortunately) both). $\endgroup$ – Tim B Jul 7 '18 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ So, are you saying that those with high rep through providing answers or who have high stats on reviews and other moderation tasks are all 'farming' rep, or just some? I'm not convinced this is a helpful attitude, even though I applaud your stated approach of mentoring the new rather than criticising them. Can I ask; what specifically does a 'good' participant on this site look like to you, and where do you draw the distinction between someone trying to help others and rep or score farmers? $\endgroup$ – Tim B II Jul 8 '18 at 4:14
  • $\begingroup$ @TimBII I'm not saying everyone is farming rep, I'm just saying it's not necessarily a pure metric of involvement. $\endgroup$ – Marshall Tigerus Jul 8 '18 at 19:08
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, I understand that now. Thanks for the clarification $\endgroup$ – Tim B II Jul 8 '18 at 21:42

Hi Worldbuilders,

I would like to participate in the moderators election this year.

I have been a member of the community for something more than 1 and half year, and I really enjoy being part and contributing to this community with my answers. And considering how quick I reached the top 10, I think also the community enjoys my contribution.

Having learned the ropes of this site via the feedback I have received on my answers and questions, I can say I learned by following the example from others, and also like to lead in the same way toward more junior users, welcoming them and addressing their first steps into this community.

And that is also why I want to run as moderator: help more and more users enjoy this place and further contribute to its growth.

About me

I live in Central European Time zone (UTC +1), most active between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. and if I am not traveling I often visit the site.

I am a voracious reader, educated in Engineering and Nanotechnologies, therefore I know bits and pieces of a lot of subjects.

  • $\begingroup$ I will say that L.Dutch is a very good Candidate, whose name can be found almost everywhere on this site and seems to know a bit about everything. Also I think L.Dutch doesn't sleep because it seems to be answering questions all the time (need a NOT A ROBOT TEST to make sure) $\endgroup$ – Creed Arcon Jul 4 '18 at 7:14
  • $\begingroup$ You were a machine when I was active here, and you're still a machine now. You contribute a huge amount to Worldbuilding, both as a user and a reviewer. $\endgroup$ – Snow Jul 4 '18 at 10:49
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, i agree with the others. You really are extremely active, helpful and friendly in this community. It feels like every third question has a quality answer by you. Definitely one of my favorites of the candidates. (To be honest, i kinda hoped you'd nominate yourself and was bummed out when i didn't see your nomination yesterday, but i still had hope.) I'd be nice if you answered the Questionnaire, too. (On a side note: What education do you have? You seem very well versed on many subjects.) $\endgroup$ – ArtificialSoul Jul 4 '18 at 14:33
  • $\begingroup$ @Raditz_35, I don't have any specific example in mind when I read your remark, and would appreciate if you could provide some for having a better reference. However, I think with worldbuilding sometimes one has to stretch a bit the known, to make plausible assumptions and deductions. There is a clear difference between an Asimov's novel and a "I kick the ground in LA and reach the Moon", and I strive to stay on the Asimov's side. $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch Jul 5 '18 at 11:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Raditz_35 Mods are supposed to set examples, yes, but subject matter expertise is not generally a good indicator of how suited a person is to be a moderator. Yes, we're held to higher standards, but that usually means not posting stuff that's going to end up in the Low Quality Posts queue, or not posting NAAs, or stuff like that that's breaking the rules. Everyone's wrong once in a while, including mods. I don't think subject matter mistakes from time to time are really an issue (or even relevant) here. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Jul 5 '18 at 13:40
  • $\begingroup$ Dutch one question I would have is how you would handle answers posted to questions that should be put on hold, or closed altogether? $\endgroup$ – James Jul 6 '18 at 16:58
  • $\begingroup$ @James, it's hard to find 100% consent on when a question is to be closed or put on hold. As such, while personally I have the habit of not answering question which I VTC, I also understand that others may think different and provide an answer. I myself sometimes answer to questions which I see have VTC. On one side I think this is positive, as we as Community don't want to have a single and unified though. On the other side, at least for a subset of the VTC question, I think it is also important to not encourage answering at any cost. (continue) $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch Jul 6 '18 at 20:21
  • $\begingroup$ @James (continued) Until today I have used the personal guideline of not upvoting answers to VTC question where I agree with the VTC, unless they are so extraordinary that my eyes pop out. So, the user is free of answering when it shouldn't and I cannot prevent it, but I am not going to reward this behavior either. $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch Jul 6 '18 at 20:22

I've been active here for more than 3 years, I love being a part of Worldbuilding.SE, and would like to have the opportunity to be more involved in making the site an enjoyable place to visit for both regular users and new visitors.

What I love the most about WB is that it is a place where you can get help on obscure and otherworldly problems by giving users an opportunity to use knowledge and imagination to solve those problems.

As a regular user I try to welcome and guide newbies to the site so they can get up to speed as smoothly as possible.

  • $\begingroup$ Andy is a very generous user on the site. He is level headed and focuses on making users feel welcome and inclusive. He'd be a valuable member of the moderation team. $\endgroup$ – James Jul 6 '18 at 16:59

Hi there, I am dot_Sp0T. I'm here because someone in the chat asked me if I would nominate myself, and I did not see any reason not to follow up to their request.

I've been on this site for quite some time, yet did not accumulate too much reputation, I tend to ask questions on subjects/issues that I am encountering when actually working on some world or another; and I am somewhat selective on writing answers (that is, over time I found that I prefer writing up answers where I am positive that I can contribute something the querist and/or other users will benefit from).

Still, I wager that I've had my fair share of involvement in the community and site-development over the years.

I don't get much time on the review queues, mostly because my online times tend to overlap with some very active other members. Most of my current moderation work is trying to help users define their questions better by asking additional clarification or pointing out issues via comments, or the sandbox.

  • $\begingroup$ Please remember to answer the questionnaire. It's optional, but it does help the community get a better sense of you as a candidate so I hope you will. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Jul 5 '18 at 15:32

Hi all, I'm Secespitus and I would love to serve as a moderator for WorldBuilding.SE in order to help keep our beautiful site as clean as possible. I am already participating a lot in community moderation: editing, Meta discussions and flagging are some of the things I mostly do on the site, apart from guiding new users.

Being a moderator would allow me to more efficiently keep our site clean. One of my favourite places to hang out when not reading the great questions and answers you can find on the Main site is our Sandbox where users can get help phrasing and formatting their question drafts. The Sandbox helped me earn the Deputy badge on Meta already. Being able to handle such flags myself would reduce the load on the existing moderator team.

I am from Europe and you can often find me in the chat if you need me.

  • $\begingroup$ This guy is also a very common name, He helps everyone build their questions cleanly (unless you don't go to the sandbox) . Points out your mistakes, suggests things to make your question a bit interesting. Gives direct answers for your questions, no pun intended. This guy is moderator material. You got my vote sir. $\endgroup$ – Mr.J Jul 3 '18 at 8:53
  • $\begingroup$ I hoped Secespitus would be in the running when I saw we were having moderator elections, he's helpful, polite and very very helpful. Also handily as far as I'm concerned he's on in a similar timeframe to myself when there doesn't seem to be many people around. $\endgroup$ – Ash Jul 3 '18 at 10:58
  • $\begingroup$ Secespitus is a saint when it comes to helping people in the sandbox, sticking with users long after the rest of us have thrown up our hands in frustration. If they are made a moderator this site will greatly benefit from their patience, and dedication. $\endgroup$ – sphennings Jul 3 '18 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ I was hoping you would stand! Secespitus seems to be everywhere, helping people with edits, comments, the sandbox, meta questions... with a good temperament and strong knowledge of SE. Often I see a meta question about how something works, mentally start outlining an answer, and then see I don't need to. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Jul 3 '18 at 14:21
  • $\begingroup$ My first thought when I read "Moderator elections" was Secespitus. You can't really do anything on this site without running into them! I'm glad to see that you're running for the position. $\endgroup$ – Aric Jul 3 '18 at 16:29
  • $\begingroup$ As Mr.J said, you're moderator material. You constantly edit, post tons on Meta, guide users (new and old!) are often in chat, are amazing with Sandbox duty, and help and improve anything. You're my first choice: there's no one more suited to the job than you. Good luck $\endgroup$ – FoxElemental Jul 4 '18 at 0:24
  • $\begingroup$ I agree that @Secespitus has been helpful, and respectful of my participation in Worldbuilding. I support this nomination to moderator status. $\endgroup$ – cmm Jul 5 '18 at 18:53
  • $\begingroup$ Honestly, I thought @Secespitus was already a mod. You exemplify everything that I'd want a moderator to be - attention to detail, focused on cleanup, and a dogged persistence to get things polished up no matter how long it takes. Every one of my interactions with you have been positive and helpful, and I look forward to seeing you keep the site running and have no doubt that you'll continue to improve it as a new mod. $\endgroup$ – Dubukay Jul 5 '18 at 19:08

I'm JBH and I would appreciate an opportunity to serve as a moderator. I've been participating on the site for just under a year with consistent participation. I enjoy the creative aspect of this site very much and enjoy even more the amazing answers that come from this community. I believe I've regularly encouraged good participation and have shown a willingness to help new users improve. With your help, I'd like to take a turn sweeping the halls after the party to ensure there's always a great place for imagination and science to meet.

You can learn more about me through my nominee questionnaire.

Thank you for your consideration!

  • $\begingroup$ I don't know if an endorsement from me carries any weight, but you have it nonetheless. It's been (and continues to be) a pleasure working with you on this site and I've always found you respectful without compromising your passion for good content. I'm looking forward to being able to cast a vote for you, Sir. $\endgroup$ – Tim B II Jul 2 '18 at 23:56
  • $\begingroup$ A very common name indeed, I do think this guy has helped me sometime (and plenty of others) . A very helpful person with simple and understandable solutions on question. I would like to endorse to everybody reading this comment to give a vote for this guy if you may. you wont be disappointed. $\endgroup$ – Mr.J Jul 3 '18 at 8:46

Hi everyone. I'd like to participate on this election.

Why I would like to be a moderator

Because I love Worldbuilding.SE. and I wish to keep it well-oiled and running. I already help with maintenance tasks by protecting questions, editing posts, flagging what needs to be flagged and seeing to the review queues. As a moderator I'll be able to help with the flag review queue, questions and tag mergers, question migration etc.

Reasons to vote for me:

  • I abide the rules. Even when I am evil, I am lawful evil.
  • When the community decides how specific situations should be handled, I stick with the consensus (for example: commenting etiquette, what is on topic).
  • I seek to be fair, open-minded and reasonable.
  • I am one of the most active users.

About me

I live in the GMT -3 timezone. I have a degree in Computer Science. My favorite tags are , , , and . I love natural sciences (especially astronomy and astrophysics), science fiction, comics and languages.

  • $\begingroup$ Just out of curiosity: You obviously know and like D&D (or so suggest your lawful evil joke). How come you havn't participated on RPG.SE? $\endgroup$ – Masclins Jul 3 '18 at 10:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Masclins I only played up tonthe 3.5 edition, and most of the time I was playing GURPS and World of Darkness (also old editions). So I thinknI'd have to gst up to speed with the latest games and editions before I can be of help. But I think I'll give it a try :) $\endgroup$ – Renan Jul 3 '18 at 10:42
  • $\begingroup$ RPG.SE is about all RPGs and as a regular on RPG I can tell you that 3.5 is quite popular over there. WoD and GURPS have quite a few questions, too. Many people believe that RPG is mainly D&D5e, but while that game and edition are producing a lot of content other games are an important aspect, too. See for example How is the community doing? [2017] $\endgroup$ – Secespitus Jul 3 '18 at 10:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Secespitus this has made my day :) thank you, I will definetely spend some time on RPG.SE now :) $\endgroup$ – Renan Jul 3 '18 at 11:21
  • $\begingroup$ I see very little activity from you on Worldbuilding Meta; three questions and eleven answers total (including your answer to the election questionaire just now) plus a few dozen comments, seemingly mostly on your own posts. A few of those posts are pretty clearly not related to moderation. You don't have much visible activity on Meta Stack Exchange either. Could you please elaborate on how you feel this is summarized by your second bullet point, about voicing your opinion on Meta? $\endgroup$ – a CVn Jul 3 '18 at 12:12
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelKjörling at first I didn't think that would be too little. I do have participated in the hot topic Enough is enough, as well as guideline for magical creatures, usefullness of chat and comment etiquette for posts which could also fit in other stacks. However, I think you are right... I need to participate more. I compared what my candidate score is here against what it would be in Meta and I see that I have not participated much there. I will edit my nomination. $\endgroup$ – Renan Jul 3 '18 at 12:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Renan Just to be clear, I'm not saying that low visible participation on Meta is necessarily a dealbreaker; it just seems odd to me when a nominee specifically calls out their participation on Meta when that participation amounts to only about a dozen posts (and a few dozen comments) total. $\endgroup$ – a CVn Jul 3 '18 at 12:27
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelKjörling I understand... I just read what I wrote, and did an assessment of it. I initially felt like I was participating because I had opinions on a few recent posts. I do agree that I cannot make a point of it if it has been less than sporadical participation. I have edited my nomination - I feel it describes me more accurately now. $\endgroup$ – Renan Jul 3 '18 at 12:31

This election is complete.