2012 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 31 '12 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.

863 voters were eligible, 332 visited the site during the election, 203 visited the election page, and 105 voted

I'm not a very old member of the community, but I really care about this site and since I signed up I've collected quite some days of presence on-site (just ended the streak on day 195).

I've tried to participate to the site by giving some ideas and spending some time in meta. I've also become Kortuk n.1 annoyer, and he taught me quite a lot about the site and the people around here. Who talked with me knows that I'm quite friendly and hard to get mad.

My career as a student has just ended, therefore I don't know what will be my timings in the next period, but I'll do my best to cover the european timezone :).

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm glad you entered the election :-) You have my vote. \$\endgroup\$ – m.Alin Jul 23 '12 at 14:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ I enjoy working with you a lot. I vouch for your almost constant attention(except this last week when you defended your thesis). I would appreciate you as a moderator and have no doubt that you can handle the task. I greatly look forward to seeing the election results and hope you show up. Your willing to share your view on meta and you have the most flags of any running for election. I feel you would be a master of handling the flags and the main page at the same level W5VO could handle the meta site discussion. As with Jippie your EU timezone is a plus. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 23 '12 at 16:42

I've been active in electronics ever since I was a little boy. Trust me, you can learn a lot from reading magazines, trying to figure out how things work, designing stuff and of course by burning fingers and being zapped by HT transformers. I studied electronics and found a job at a British PCB assembly company and later at a company near Eindhoven that did a lot of work in professional measuring equipment (Gould, Schlumberger/Wavetek, Singer, Philips/Fluke, HP, ... ). Last couple of years I've been in ICT (Unix, networking, security, ...), but lately I'm returning to my roots, my passion: electronics.

I've been around on various electronics websites, and only quite recently discovered this website. I enjoy the site because of the high quality articles; for reading solutions to problems people have; for realizing some people have entirely different problem than they initially wrote about. Although I still need to find my way around a bit, there are some mods eager to teach me all about the ins and outs. My unique selling point is living in an different timezone than many others. And most importantly, I have the time to spare to visit this site and its chat almost every day.

  • \$\begingroup\$ You are the least technically qualified and least active on the site of the current three applicants. I can attest that since being roped into chat you have been visited every day(minus a couple holidays), but do you feel you can dedicate yourself to attempting to help keep the EE.SE community and deal with the frustrations required of a moderator? There is no issue with on the job training, we all had to learn and I still learn, but is helping to manage the community your main goal here? I do support your nomination and we have discussed this some in chat, but you probably should share here. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 22 '12 at 13:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ If you are up to that challenge there will be no issue teaching what you need to know, and not all moderators handle everything, historically I spent the most time on flags of the moderators and other moderators handle their own pieces, this might be a perfect task to share some of the load on, but how do you plan to deal with this? Do you see any issues that might be caused by your career with electronics mostly just being rekindled? \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 22 '12 at 13:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk I experience EE.SE as a new age electronics magazine and like I enjoyed reading the paper magazines from cover to cover in the old days, exactly the same I enjoy reading the various questions and answers on EE. My main goal is on here is to learn from other people's questions, answers and suggestions AND on top of that I enjoy explaining problems to other people and I hope to learn from others too. If being a mod means changing my main goal from learning and teaching electronics into managing the well being of EE.SE, then maybe this mod task isn't meant for me. If on the other hand \$\endgroup\$ – jippie Jul 22 '12 at 18:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk - learning and teaching electonics goes hand in hand with keeping high quality content and managing EE.SE in the right direction and as this all goes in a single go, why wouldn't I do so? I enjoy spending time here and if I can help improve the stack at the same, I enjoy that too. You mention me being 'least technically qualified' and I think I understand what you mean by that. In my opinion it is not so much required to be the best qualified technical specialist to mod the stack, but I do think that it is important to be able to estimate if a writing (or behaviour for that matter) \$\endgroup\$ – jippie Jul 22 '12 at 18:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk - is of value to other users or not. If you mean by 'least active on the site of the current three applicants' that I've entered the stack most recently, then I'm with you. I don't think I'm doing too bad at activity since I discovered it. \$\endgroup\$ – jippie Jul 22 '12 at 18:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Well put, luckily all three users have my vote right now. I hope you make it, I enjoyed your response. There will be times were you get to do nothing fun on the site though and have to deal with some moderation issue that exploded, maybe every month or so. You have let me know in chat multiple times when things needed my attention, which is a perfectly effective way to let me know before you have rights to give more of the moderator flags, your inclusion in multiple sites probably means you know more about the SE system then otherwise! \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 22 '12 at 23:18

I have been a long-time active member of this community, dating back to the Chiphacker days, over two years ago. I have learned much from this site, and I want an opportunity to give back and help support the community.

My academic experiences include analog and digital full-custom ASIC design, as well as some power electronics design. For fun I play around with microcontrollers and test automation. I am not afraid of getting my hands dirty and figuring things out, and I enjoy learning new things.

I feel that I have enough time to commit to this endeavor, to be able to provide the necessary load relief on our existing moderators, and to be able to help enforce the rules and quality standards of our community. I enjoy visiting this community daily, and I want to help see it grow further.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I can vouch for time you have been spending on the site. Your recent answers in meta share a large fraction of Kevin Vermeer's clear concise writing style. You have raised my attention to appearing issues and discussed site issues with me in chat proving to me that you understand what is needed from a moderator. Currently looking at the elections statistics page for nominations you have the most qualification in badges of any running and have visited the site consistently historically(124 days running now). You can do the job. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 22 '12 at 13:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ You have flagged me the most of any candidate, and although not as often as others your flags have been of high quality and show the clear analysis required of a moderator. We all make mistakes, myself included double, but what you have chosen to flag me for have been specific occurring site issues that needed my immediate attention. I wish you the best of luck, I would ask, do you think you are prepared to deal with the load of learning to be a new moderator and then sustaining spending a decent fraction of your time just helping steer the site? \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 22 '12 at 13:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk Yes, I do feel like I can spend a considerable amount of time learning my role as a moderator, and then I feel that afterwards I can maintain that level of activity. \$\endgroup\$ – W5VO Jul 22 '12 at 23:38

This is my second kick at the can as a moderator candidate. I've continued to contribute to this site (despite my showing last election) and will continue to do so moving forward.

My main career focus has been switching power conversion, with some embedded development thrown in as well. I've worked as a factory line technician repairing production fallout, as a sustaining engineer solving yield and reliability issues, as well as in product development (both in a supporting role and as a project lead, which I currently do).

I believe that my experience in both the front-lines and behind the desk give me a certain amount of insight that someone solely focused in either of these areas may lack.

I'm not nearly as senior as some site colleagues, sure, but I believe that I have sufficient experience to be a fair moderator for you, as I've dealt with, and continue to deal with, a wide variety of people with non-overlapping interests in both my professional and personal lives.

  • \$\begingroup\$ The last time you ran I was a supporter of yours, and I still am but this time I have a few things to ask. You have not been as active recently as previously. Last time you had been writing the skeletal structure of our tag wikis, filling in when most pages at empty which was invaluable, but I have not see such from you recently(to my memory). Are you going to be able to dedicate teh time required of a moderator? There is a large amount of work we do behind the scenes, but are you prepared to maintain site activity and enjoy dealing with the problems that occur? \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 22 '12 at 13:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ We have more then the facilities to help you get on your feet between our moderator room and the SE wide moderator only room, but it can sometimes take more time then you might expect and sometimes you might have to spend 2 hours dealing with just a spam attack. Not always a glorious job, just the one you are signing up for. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 22 '12 at 13:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's a matter of my short-term workload. My job is at a busy point of late, which has eaten up some of my free time. This is a cyclical thing, and will pass fairly soon. \$\endgroup\$ – Adam Lawrence Jul 22 '12 at 16:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ahh yes, that happens to us all. I wish you the best of luck when election time happens, we will have to see if anyone else nominates. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 22 '12 at 21:52

This election is complete.