2014 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 Mar 11 '14 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


1,866 voters were eligible, 681 visited the site during the election, 414 visited the election page, and 253 voted

I would like to step forward as a nominee for the moderator election.

At the time of the previous moderator election, I had 2.5k reputation. I decided not to nominate myself then and to get some experience with community moderation first. In retrospect, that was a good idea.

I design electronics professionally for scientific, medical, industrial applications.

If I were to pick the single most important parameter of EE.SE it is quality. Volume and speed take the second place. Here's my year-old post on Meta, which summarizes my view on EE.SE. [I would just paste it here, but it doesn't fit within the length limit.]

P.S. Who am I going myself to vote for? Dave Tweed, Madmanguruman. I'll have to flip a coin to determine in which order.

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    \$\begingroup\$ My decision just got a whole lot harder. \$\endgroup\$ – Matt Young Mar 3 '14 at 18:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ As a side note, look at the number of flags Nick has made. By voting for Dave you cut out the middle man. He can just handle them. He and Dave have the most use of the system. Nick also has major meta contribution. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Mar 4 '14 at 1:04

I would like to put myself forward as a candidate for moderater of EE.SE.

I'm an EE professional with more than 30 years of experience, with skills ranging from low-level analog and digital design through high-level computer, communications and DSP architecture. I have experience in both software and hardware design, using anything from low-level microcontrollers to high-performance FPGAs.

I have been on the site every day for the past 463 days (and counting), and participate actively in the review process already. I answer questions when I'm confident that I have a correct and relevant answer, and defer to other experts when appropriate.

In addition to my design activities, I'm on the editing staff of Circuit Cellar magazine, which has given me exposure to a wide range of both topics and authors, and has given me the skills and diplomacy to deal with people — both hobbyists and professionals — with very different levels of experience in both engineering and the English language. I'm good at "reading between the lines" to determine whether a question or answer has a kernel of relevance to the site, and I make a serious effort to not just give knee-jerk reactions.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't really have any particular "platform" that I'm running on, in the sense that there aren't any major changes to the site that I'd like to see made. However, one issue that came up for me recently is the question of anonymous voting. I have read the arguments on both sides of this question in meta, and I personally would fall on the side of making voting non-anonymous. I think it would force members to behave a little more responsibly. \$\endgroup\$ – Dave Tweed Mar 1 '14 at 16:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ FWIW, I have the highest ever answer score on this site, but given the nature of the question, I'm not sure that means anything significant. \$\endgroup\$ – Dave Tweed Mar 1 '14 at 16:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ This man has been kind to me when I have made really stupid answers and I'm jealous of his really high score on that stupid question LOL. And I'm in favour of non-anonymous voting. \$\endgroup\$ – Andy aka Mar 1 '14 at 23:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm not sure how to nominate this guy (what's his name oh Dave Tweed) - what do I have to do? Do I just press the nom button thing above his little speach? \$\endgroup\$ – Andy aka Mar 1 '14 at 23:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Andyaka; He has self-nominated. You'll be able to vote in a few days. \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Laplante Mar 1 '14 at 23:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ Well to change the voting system you applied to the wrong role: you should either apply to a position in Stack Exchange or in the global Meta ;) \$\endgroup\$ – clabacchio Mar 2 '14 at 17:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ As a side note, look at the number of flags Dave has made. By voting for Dave you cut out the middle man. He can just handle them. He and Nick have the most use of the system. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Mar 4 '14 at 1:04

cde for less stick, more carrot. 10k+ rep in a year. He fights for the new users who might just not know the right thing to do. Let's push for better question resolution, like closing as duplicate instead of vague "off topic" closures!

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    \$\begingroup\$ It looks like your nomination message got cut off. How would you help new users, and how is that different from what you can already be doing now? \$\endgroup\$ – W5VO Feb 26 '14 at 15:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ @W5VO by directly reopening questions wrongly closed by myoptic readings of the site's scope, with direct quotes of the site's scope as backup. \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Mar 1 '14 at 1:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ The question would get closed again in a matter of minutes, some members are determined to have things done their way no matter what a moderator thinks. Refer to this example \$\endgroup\$ – alexan_e Mar 1 '14 at 10:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @alexan_e yes, some questions are prone to multiple close/reopen cycles, but remember, each person can only vote to close once. So reopening these as a mod means those same 5~7 people can't force a good question closed again. \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Mar 2 '14 at 17:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, I wasn't aware of that. I thought the same users could vote to close the question again. Good to know. \$\endgroup\$ – alexan_e Mar 2 '14 at 17:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @alexan_e yep, to close a question twice requires 10 individual users. On the flip side, the same is required for reopen votes. Unless a mod intervenes on either side. \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Mar 2 '14 at 17:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ In my opinion, mods shouldn't go around closing and reopening questions. It seems like every time that happens, there is some layer of controversy involved. The system was designed to let the community decide, but this isn't the place to have this discussion. \$\endgroup\$ – Matt Young Mar 2 '14 at 19:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MattYoung the system is also designed to let mods close/reopen as needed. If SE didnt want that, mods would not have that option. \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Mar 2 '14 at 19:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ That's not my point. Mods are in place to act as human exception handlers. One vote closures and reopens as a general rule are not fair to the community. \$\endgroup\$ – Matt Young Mar 2 '14 at 19:57

Hello, Mr. Moderator-Election-Loser is back again. Threepeat? :)

Despite my losses, I've stuck with the site and brought myself to trusted user status. I also juggle a marriage, a full-time demanding electronics job, night school and badminton, and still I find time to visit the site regularly.

I hope to be able to moderate as well as contribute with answers. I tend to think of myself as calm and supportive, so I think the moderator role suits me.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Yes I vote foe madmanguruman :).He is good and capable of that.I have read some of his posts and replies and quite informative and btw he is not a rookie like me.As an experienced man he will suit here best.Vote up.:). Good job guys in the sense of keeping the forum quite a nice place to be. \$\endgroup\$ – Rookie91 Feb 25 '14 at 10:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ Previously one of my biggest reservations was your activity on site would often be very low between elections but you have sustained your activity since the last election, you have my vote. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Feb 25 '14 at 21:37

Who am I?

I'm a computer science student and electronics hobbyist residing on the east coast of the U.S. I've been with this community for over 3 years, and feel that I understand its dynamics well. Moreover, I've been with SO for over 4 years (profile); I understand the network, its policies, and the type of content it attracts.

My old display name was SimpleCoder.

"< 2k reputation?"

Like I said, I'm an electronics hobbyist, not a professional. On this site, I tend to lurk, working behind the scenes voting, flagging, and editing posts. My flag history corroborates this.

On Stack Overflow, I have >10k reputation and put the 10k mod tools to good use.

Why me?

My desire is to apply the experience I've gained on other SE networks to this site. If elected, I will:

  • Respond quickly to flags
  • Keep the review queues clear
  • Make the site more friendly for newer users by (1) guiding them so they can learn how to ask good questions and (2) curtailing rude comments directed at them
  • Swiftly handle shopping, "gimme teh codez", and other unsalvageable questions

Thanks for your consideration!

  • \$\begingroup\$ There wasn't room in the post, but here is my review history and revision history from SO. Obviously we don't get that kind of volume here, but I still feel there's lots of work I can do content-wise, on top of the more pressing flags and user-centric stuff. \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Laplante Feb 25 '14 at 2:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ The reputation is merely a matter of recognition. I believe you don't have to have several dozen thousands to be useful. Anyway, I think EE requires a rather different approach to SO. We know each other way better than users on SO, simply because of the user counts. Also, I think people here appreciate reactions much more due to that very reason. This IMO means things have to be on a much more personal level. Do you think you'd be able to adapt to this more personal level? If so, you have my vote :) \$\endgroup\$ – Dzarda Feb 25 '14 at 15:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Dzarda: You bring up a good point. I understand that, because the community's users know each other so well, my actions would be under even closer scrutiny than if I were moderating on a larger site, like SO. Like I said, being here 3 years I think I understand the community well. It's just that I've been observing from the sidelines :). I am very willing to prove this by connecting more with the users through serving them (after all, being a mod is all about serving users, not myself) \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Laplante Feb 25 '14 at 15:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you look @ChrisLaplante 's account you will see it, but please note that he was on the site for a long time as "SimpleCoder" \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Feb 26 '14 at 23:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk: I should probably make a point of that in my nomination. Thanks for reminding me \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Laplante Feb 27 '14 at 0:13

This election is complete.