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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 Jul 26 '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


1,964 voters were eligible, 928 visited the site during the election, 868 visited the election page, and 417 voted

I've been active on Puzzling for over 18 months and on Stack Exchange since before it was even called that. I've made a few reasonably well received puzzles, have answered a bunch more, and would like to think that I have a good understanding of what makes this site work, both compared to, and contrasted with, the rest of SE.

I care about the health of PSE – as a site; as a repository of quality content; as a community – and want to see it continue to grow. To that end, I'm already fairly involved in meta, promoting improvements to the site, and have started monitoring the review queue over the last month or so. On a more personal level, I strive to improve my own puzzles and thereby "lead by example" in promoting quality over quantity (pearls vs sand & all that).

In the interests of openness/honesty, I'm possibly a little sporadic in the amount of time I can spend on PSE. However, even when not overly "active", I still drop in most days and tend to check meta/review first. Finally, I don't think it should impact anything either way, but fwiw, I'm an antipodean, so if elected, I'd become the "night watch" for the site vs the more populous US/UK time zones.

  • $\begingroup$ I expect Alconja to moderate this site with patience and reason just like he spends time and effort to create his riddles. His work shows great dedication and I'm sure he will thoughtfully handle a mod's duties. $\endgroup$ – Avigrail Jul 15 '16 at 6:54
  • $\begingroup$ @Avigrail I expect every moderator to moderate this site with patience and reason. not only Alconja. $\endgroup$ – Marius Jul 15 '16 at 12:44
  • $\begingroup$ Votes gather, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until the next moderator election. I shall take no rep, hold no upvotes, father no comments. I shall wear no badges and win no bounty. I shall live and die at my keyboard. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of puzzling. I pledge my life and honor to the Site's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come. $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Jul 15 '16 at 13:14
  • $\begingroup$ I have been extremely impressed with Alconja as a puzzler as well as his posts in Meta. He is very thoughtful in both, and as such I would expect him to be an excellent mod. $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Jul 15 '16 at 14:13
  • $\begingroup$ "I've made a few reasonably well received puzzles." Ha! Modest. As of right now, Alconja is the author of three of the top five puzzles ever on this site. Obviously that doesn't necessarily directly translate to moderator abilities, but I thought it was worth mentioning. $\endgroup$ – Dan Russell Jul 15 '16 at 14:36
  • $\begingroup$ Alconja definitely provides a level head and a lot of experience. He would make an excellent moderator. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Jul 15 '16 at 15:21
  • $\begingroup$ Highest respect for Alconja. I'd write lengthy praise, but it's not needed. Alconja's reputation goes unsaid. $\endgroup$ – Travis Kindred Jul 15 '16 at 19:15

I want to throw my name in this election because I want to see a moderator from Mars too.... I think I will be a good moderator.

I was active to this site for half a year. And in such a short span of time I have answered and asked many questions on main as well as meta part of the site. I feel like I understand the rules of this community and can abide by them but can also have the rules molded according to the need of the community members.

The reasons for not choosing me as a moderator can be:

  • I have been inactive on the main site for quite a while now. (Though I was active on the meta PSE and I will return to the main site)

  • Half a year is still a short period of time for choosing someone for this dutiful kind of thing.

  • $\begingroup$ You're very proactive on the site, i've had good experience with you both in chat and multiple comments. See you in the elections buddy :) $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Jul 14 '16 at 19:59
  • $\begingroup$ Hurray, manshu, thank you for being interested in moderating! You got here perhaps a month before I did but seemed like you had been here from the start. Your contributions at Meta and comments on puzzles have always reflected extensive knowledge about this site and its background. I have learned plenty from you about how to feel comfortable here and about how things work. By now it's a running joke, based on truth, that I'm becoming more and more like you and that we'll have to take turns on this planet. (continued next comment) $\endgroup$ – humn Jul 15 '16 at 4:54
  • $\begingroup$ (continued) Through chats along with your posts and comments, I have gotten to know you better than anyone else here and am happy to report that you love all kinds of puzzles and people, are openminded and openhearted, and have an infectious spirit of adventure. Your puzzles are original and, what I especially admire without knowing how to emulate, accessible to broad audiences. Looking forward to finding out just why Moriarty had blood on his sleeve. Teach me more. $\endgroup$ – humn Jul 15 '16 at 4:55
  • $\begingroup$ I noticed you haven't yet posted an answer here. It would be helpful to everyone voting in the election if you could let us know more about how you would answer some of these questions. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Jul 19 '16 at 18:01

My name is Travis. You may know me from my narrative riddles including Internship Available! and Speak The Name Of The Father. Ideally, I wouldn't be a moderator. I like to spend my time serving as a creator and arguing about the direction of the site. I can't be certain that I would be active daily, and I would want this site to have moderators as effective as our current team.

Still, Doorknob and Jeff have not yet been nominated. If they do not wish to remain in their positions, we need good people. Here's what I could bring to the table.

I look at a creator's past work before judging a puzzle. I act in all reasonable ways to encourage the disciplines of puzzle creation and puzzle solving, helping others improve and create work to be proud of. I work to calm situations down before working on solutions so that the resolution is reasonable. I ask why a direction is requested before committing.

  • $\begingroup$ If you think that you wouldn't be an ideal mod, why are you running? $\endgroup$ – Mithrandir Jul 13 '16 at 18:25
  • $\begingroup$ So far, I don't see too many of candidates that are qualified beyond minimum requirements. Being realistic, half of the best candidates will be unable to win because something about them is contentious to the community. If fewer than three good candidates are popular, I'm willing to help. Most of the community knows me; I had the top question on the site once. I helped the community through the ban on challenge questions and the ban on riddles. I have proven through the site's biggest challenges that I would be a great mod when present. Only my uncertainty about time devoted counts against me. $\endgroup$ – Travis Kindred Jul 13 '16 at 21:21
  • $\begingroup$ I second your statements, Travis. I think you would do a good moderator's job (not necessarily an editor's job), but availablility on a regular basis is a handicap. (In fact, it is why I abstain from putting myself up.) You would/will get my vote, but not necessarily my prime-vote. There is no harm in having "a mixture of types" in moderators. If one is a good and fast "editor" and another has strengths in site-and-comunity-development, we are well served by the team. $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Jul 14 '16 at 7:11
  • $\begingroup$ I look at a creator's past work before judging a puzzle. I don't quite agree with this ideology of yours. Each puzzle needs to be good in its own merit. Just because you have a few questions with 100+ upvotes does not guarantee that the next time you create a Guess the password type puzzle, it should be granted any merit based on your track record. A good puzzle is one whose quality will remain unaffected even if the name in the bottom right corner disappears. $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Jul 14 '16 at 8:25
  • $\begingroup$ Agreed, BmyGuest. I won't have my prime vote either. @CodeNewbie, I disagree. While each puzzle must be judged on its own merits, we cannot know those merits till the solution is revealed. At that point, all that matters is the merit of the question. Before answering, I'm not willing to condemn a great user's question because I don't "get it." Does that make sense? $\endgroup$ – Travis Kindred Jul 14 '16 at 15:11
  • $\begingroup$ Are you willing to condemn a new user's question because you don't "get it"? How do you know the question isn't just as good as one by an established user? If the quality of the question can't be determined until it is answered, then it shouldn't be closed until it is answered, regardless of who posted it. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Jul 14 '16 at 21:40
  • $\begingroup$ If there's reasonable doubt of a question's validity, I would take it to chat or comments. If the user engages, I'm more comfortable waiting. I would always lean on the side of leaving something open, but I would potentially close content that is very short, objectional, confusing, or links to other sites. It's not an easy balance. I would be slightly more hesitant to close than the community has been and direct engagement would be my best tool. $\endgroup$ – Travis Kindred Jul 15 '16 at 17:29
  • $\begingroup$ I noticed you haven't yet posted an answer here. It would be helpful to everyone voting in the election if you could let us know more about how you would answer some of these questions. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Jul 19 '16 at 18:01

Hello, I am Anubhav Balodhi. It's been years of experience in puzzling since early days of school. At my college, I conducted puzzling events like Operaomnia & Sphinx, I managed over 5000 participants.

Why I will be a good moderator?

  1. I spend at least one hour daily on StackExchange, be it Puzzling, SO, Sci-fi, etc. I like sharing puzzles, to other sites as well.
  2. I am disciplined, yet humble and polite ^_^
  3. I love puzzling and I believe in giving back to community, so my time is yours.
  4. Some stats : visited site for 322 days, raised 7 helpful flags, reviewed 56 times & edited 34 posts in 2016.
  5. In meta, I'm in learning phase :)

Hopefully, you will find me worthy...

  • $\begingroup$ One hour??? Welp. $\endgroup$ – bleh Jul 12 '16 at 22:51
  • $\begingroup$ Do you think, as a moderator, you would participate on meta more asking/answering questions? Or do you think the community already does a good job at hashing out policies and such on its own? $\endgroup$ – Doorknob Jul 13 '16 at 3:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Doorknob Yes, I do feel that meta participation is a must for a moderator, so I'll be spending more time on questions about the site. Also, community has done a good job, so it'd be great if we continue it. $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Jul 13 '16 at 4:21
  • $\begingroup$ @bleh yes, I am very honest, especially when it comes to time O:) $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Jul 13 '16 at 4:22
  • $\begingroup$ I have seen you around quite a bit, and you have some very decent posts/questions. However I think your lack of meta participation on any SE is quite a sore point, and would prefer to see more in that aspect. $\endgroup$ – Inazuma Jul 14 '16 at 11:47
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks and yes, I do feel the same. I didn't know what to do on meta, maybe still in learning phase. I hope to learn a lot from everyone, especially the moderators. $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Jul 14 '16 at 11:49

I have been a member of Puzzling SE for a little over a year and a half. I've posted some good puzzles and answered some as well.

I've tried to be active in meta, and I've done my share of reviewing, commenting, editing, etc.

I like to think I'm a fair and level-headed person, and I generally try to respond to people with kindness and patience.

I think that I would do well at moderating disputes, and I enjoy doing some types of administrative tasks as well (checking flagged posts, marking featured meta posts, etc.).

I definitely would not be be able to be as active as a moderator as I have seen Emrakul being in the last 1.5 years, but I would hope to be able to check in at least every couple of days to make sure there was nothing that needed my attention.

  • $\begingroup$ Oh man. Get that time problem fixed. Your stats look promising. $\endgroup$ – Marius Jul 12 '16 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ You've only been here for a year and a half? It feels like you've been around since the very beginning! GentlePurpleRain is, as the username implies, gentle, patient, and fair, and very consistent with regards to activity (on main as well as on meta). I think he'd make an excellent moderator. $\endgroup$ – Doorknob Jul 13 '16 at 3:07
  • $\begingroup$ I also would love to have GPR as a mod. He's very active on the site and has contributed several high-quality puzzles. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jul 13 '16 at 6:38

Hello. It's me Marius.
(I bet you read that in Mario's voice).

My answers to the moderator election Q&A here

I've been on puzzling.stackexchange.com since the 8th of March 2016 (I know it's not that long), but since I discovered this website, I've been here everyday (except last Sunday and I have no excuse for that).
I'm not going to talk about my answers or questions in here because that's not what makes a good moderator.

I'm listing below some reasons that could make me a good moderator. If you find valid reasons that would make me a "not so good moderator" please add them in the comments and I'll pull my name from the election.

  • I've been a moderator for 1y and 8 months on another SE website so I know how things work. During that period I handled about 6.4k flags.
  • I've been here 125 days (almost consecutive) since I found the website.
  • Raised 25 helpful flags
  • Edited 21 posts (I think twice before editing a post because English is not my native language).
  • I've answered (successfully) 3 really old meta questions that had no answers.
  • I'm funny, cute and modest. :D
  • $\begingroup$ Can you tell us the name of the other SE site you moderate? $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Jul 12 '16 at 15:44
  • $\begingroup$ It is not hard to find it. Just click on my name and dig around. You can see this as a puzzle. :). Just kidding. If is magento.stackexchange.com $\endgroup$ – Marius Jul 12 '16 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ Do you think you'd have enough time to keep up your activity on Magento while also moderating Puzzling as well? $\endgroup$ – Doorknob Jul 13 '16 at 3:07
  • $\begingroup$ Short answer. Yes. Long answer: For sure I am not going to be here 24h a day, but frow what I saw, the number of posts per day is not that large. I think I can do it. If I won't be able to keep up, I will step down. $\endgroup$ – Marius Jul 13 '16 at 4:46

Hi! I'm Ajanth. I've been an active member of Puzzling for over an year and nine months. I visit the site everyday possible, and take part in puzzles and always tries to contribute every-way possible, asking interesting puzzles, posting answers to puzzles that I think I know the answer and moderating.

About Me: I am a 29 year old senior web developer who spends over 15 hours a day in front of computer and internet (so I have plenty of time to look into the puzzling.SE and moderate). I am married and have a son who is aged 2 years. I am from Kerala (India) which is known as the God's own country and is one of the top heritage tourism locations in the world.

If you would like to know anything more about me and how I am going to contribute as a moderator to puzzling.SE,please let me know and I will answer you.

I hereby promise you all that I will duly perform all my duties as a moderator and will do everything possible to make puzzling.SE a more better place if I am elected.

  • $\begingroup$ Your activity seems to be more concentrated at certain periods of time, rather than spread out. Do you think you'd be able to consistently moderate the site if you're elected? $\endgroup$ – Doorknob Jul 13 '16 at 3:07
  • $\begingroup$ That's a good question. Definitely I will be available to consistently moderate the site if I am elected. I always tries to look into the site everyday possible. But posts a new question only when I get enough free time to create one and answers only if I already know the answer or have enough time to sit and solve the question. :) $\endgroup$ – AeJey Jul 13 '16 at 6:59
  • $\begingroup$ From what I know AeJey has always been around here sporadically and therefore could probably kinda do the job of a mod. With regards to fairness and honesty towards community I feel obliged to mention I made contact with him several times in the past and I experienced a rather short tempered and aggressive person rather than a calm and respectful opponent. Our conflicts ended up in insults and even led to suspension. Maybe he's changed by now but knowing how he dealt with opposite views I doubt it and, no offence, I doubt he has the appropriate temper to be a mod. $\endgroup$ – Avigrail Jul 13 '16 at 12:44
  • $\begingroup$ :P I am not that open to bullying. And I think you were the one who got suspended, not me, right? $\endgroup$ – AeJey Jul 14 '16 at 5:52
  • $\begingroup$ But you have never answered any question on meta. You have asked a not-so-well-recieved question though. $\endgroup$ – manshu Jul 14 '16 at 6:19
  • $\begingroup$ Well, you could ask a mod of your own choice to reveal what insults exactly got you suspended back then. That aside, I usually believe in second chances but your snarky talking back shows your same old way of dealing with opposition (which you can't brook easily it seems). A mod should be able to let go sometimes and shouldn't answer back just to whitewash their reputation. $\endgroup$ – Avigrail Jul 14 '16 at 15:10
  • $\begingroup$ I noticed you haven't yet posted an answer here. It would be helpful to everyone voting in the election if you could let us know more about how you would answer some of these questions. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Jul 19 '16 at 18:02
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you @GentlePurpleRain for pointing it out. I have posted my answer. $\endgroup$ – AeJey Jul 20 '16 at 10:47

Hi! I'm Deusovi. I've been a member of Puzzling for about a year and two months, and I've thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I've asked a few questions (Chess Fortnight being my "magnum opus") and given over a hundred answers, most of which are very high quality.

I visit the site daily, look at all the new questions, and check the review queue - usually several times a day! I always try to welcome new users and give them either praise or soft criticism for their first posts.

Full disclosure: I am young. I'm only 17 years old, and I'm just starting my freshman year of college next month. As the regular chat users would attest, this shouldn't be a problem at all, but I thought it might be worth mentioning.

I feel that I could adequately carry out moderator duties while listening closely to the rest of the community's opinions. I hope to make Puzzling.SE a better experience for everyone involved.

  • $\begingroup$ Deusovi fits all the criteria to a tee in my opinion, and seems wise beyond his years, I have noticed the right traits repeatedly during the last nine months. $\endgroup$ – Jonathan Allan Jul 12 '16 at 4:41
  • $\begingroup$ oh man...why did you have to post your age? now I feel really old and depressed. $\endgroup$ – Marius Jul 12 '16 at 6:59
  • $\begingroup$ I have noticed Deusovi several times as reliable and careful reviewer. He is dedicated to the site, and clearly has strong positive impact. $\endgroup$ – Gamow Jul 12 '16 at 11:35
  • $\begingroup$ I too have repeatedly been impressed by Deusovi's patience and wisdom in responding to others on the site. He seems to consistently make carefully-considered and intelligent comments, and definitely contributes to the betterment of the site. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Jul 12 '16 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ Meh. Deusovi closed my question. It may have been problematic in some ways, but it was not "too broad" and there were not "too many answers". I might be sensitive, as on other SE sites, I have experienced folks who are very quick to close questions. $\endgroup$ – Jiminion Jul 12 '16 at 18:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Jiminion grudges about a closed question do not make good reasons someone should not be a moderator. Did you bring it up on meta? What was the verdict? Unless meta decided that the closure was wrong, that's not a valid vetoing of this nomination. $\endgroup$ – ArtOfCode Jul 12 '16 at 21:53
  • $\begingroup$ I'm a bit torn as well, for all of his great work on enigmatic/cryptic crossword puzzles, Deusovi is extremely trigger-happy when hitting vote to close. And this does matter, as I don't know what that would look like if his vote had the power to instantly close any question. $\endgroup$ – ffao Jul 13 '16 at 2:06
  • $\begingroup$ @ffao: I do VTC a lot. I don't deny that. But I don't make any rash decisions when reviewing - I'm always careful to consider the question thoroughly before voting to close. That being said, I completely understand why you'd be hesitant to vote for me as a mod - I hope I can clear up those doubts before the voting period. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jul 13 '16 at 2:32
  • $\begingroup$ From what I've seen of Deusovi's activity (and that's a lot, since he seems to be everywhere!), he makes effective use of the moderator tools already provided to him, and I would vouch for him to do the same with a diamond. $\endgroup$ – Doorknob Jul 13 '16 at 3:07
  • $\begingroup$ As someone who is only just younger than Deusovi, his participation and discerning mind to moderate this site at his current level of privileges is really something to be praised. His dedication and participation is something of a mystery to me especially as my own is perhaps as periodic as one can get on this site. $\endgroup$ – Xylius Jul 13 '16 at 10:44
  • $\begingroup$ @ArtOfCode, meta never works. The Gods decide and don't change their mind. The question was perhaps annoying and frustrating, and I think many people were bummed at the answer, but there was nothing wrong with it. It was really no different than the "What color is the polar bear?" riddle. I saw a lecture by Kip Thorne on this and thought it would make an interesting puzzle. I still don't know why it was closed. It had a single correct answer, and a 3rd party was able to provide it. [Note: Maybe the 'reasons to close' are to limited, and an 'other' should be provided includes a comment.] $\endgroup$ – Jiminion Jul 13 '16 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ Deusovi's skill is clear. He worked with a team to unlock Alconja's insanely cool newspaper puzzle and has shown that he is truly worthy of the title "Puzzler." He has also shown himself to be a responsible contributor to the community. If any member not currently moderating is qualified to join those elite ranks, it would easily be Deusovi. $\endgroup$ – Travis Kindred Jul 13 '16 at 15:23
  • $\begingroup$ I have seen Deuvosi quite a lot and without a second glance thought he was a moderator anyway, so nothing to get used to. All his responses have seemed miles above what might be typical of his age, so definitely not a negative point. $\endgroup$ – Inazuma Jul 14 '16 at 11:39

Hello, I am The Great Duck. I am skilled at puzzles, and have made a couple pretty good one's myself. I am very active in the community (browsing at least 5-6 hours a day even if not necessarily answering anything).

My policy as a moderator would likely be pretty lenient. I wouldn't immediately report people or anything like that. I'd likely post first and wait for a reply before taking action.

Finally, I made a brief Q&A of myself based on what I believe people will want to know:

  1. Is there a chance of you ever being biased towards users or questions?

Answer:No.Absolutely not.If I see a new user causing trouble or an old user that is good behaving causing trouble, I will treat both the same way.This may seem strange,but other than in the case of bots/vandals,there should be no reason for me to treat them differently.

  1. Uuh...I meant biased towards people you know personally?

Answer:Absolutely not.If anything,I hold my true close friends to a higher standard.

  1. Do you ever plan to ban someone?

Answer:stern look.Only as a last resort or for new user vandals/bots.I intend to keep people from needing to be banned.So should you as a responsible user.

  • $\begingroup$ You have relatively little publicly visible activity compared to many of the other candidates, especially with regards to moderation tools available to regular users (edits, reviews, meta posts, etc.). What qualities do you think would make you a better moderator than the other candidates? $\endgroup$ – Doorknob Jul 13 '16 at 3:07
  • $\begingroup$ Good temperment, very active time (like I said, I do not always post while on here). Plus, I have some experience in moderation. I have been a moderator in a couple now defunct irc channels. They had roughly 20 users each. $\endgroup$ – The Great Duck Jul 13 '16 at 3:12
  • $\begingroup$ 20 users? This site has thousands. $\endgroup$ – Mithrandir Jul 13 '16 at 8:42
  • $\begingroup$ No offense, but you seem like the least viable candidate on this list so far. Even just checking your candidate score, you have less rep than me, you have no relevant badges (or even Silver badges), you have been around for 2 months and many people never heard of you before. Hell, you're the only user on this list who uses a gravatar instead of a custom avatar. Also, moderating a 20 user IRC does not compare at all to moderating a Q&A site with nearly 20,000 users. It's like saying you can fly a Boeing across the Atlantic because you have flown a Cessna around the airport a few times. $\endgroup$ – Nzall Jul 13 '16 at 8:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Nzall technically I don't need any experience and I only one or two who mention mod experience. Also, I have not been on here for only two months. I've been on the network for about a year (mse) and I have been browsing this particular site for quite some before then. I just did not have anything of noteworthiness to post. Also, badges are not at all a good indicator. How is asking a notable question relevant? How is voting a certain number of times relevant? Sure, that indicates participation a bit, but they are not really indicators of mod skills. $\endgroup$ – The Great Duck Jul 13 '16 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ Also, I never use custom avatars. I can never draw ones I am comfortable with sharing, and nothing I could find through Google would suffice for the sort of thing I would look for. Once again, that is kind of irrelevant. Also, you say I have low rep, but now consider that in two months with only two questions, I have managed to land both on the popular post list on the network and land roughly 15 votes each, one of which was posted last night. Plus, for the past month over on mse, virtually every question I've asked has been incredibly popular and highly voted. $\endgroup$ – The Great Duck Jul 13 '16 at 16:36
  • $\begingroup$ If we are going from the pure requirement of "posting ability", that certainly has to be a very good qualification. One good post is a fluke, but someone posting extremely popular posts 5 or 6 times in a row? That has to be a somewhat good skill. Also, while some people said age is not relevant, I am 20 years old, and I have a lot of free time, even when classes start. Also, unlike a 13 year old with a bedtime, I have pretty much no restrictions on that sort of thing (because of my age), so if there were an emergency or something I could easily stay up all night. $\endgroup$ – The Great Duck Jul 13 '16 at 16:42
  • $\begingroup$ A more valid point I think is that you have no recognisable meta activity. While you may have experience with the MSE network as a whole, each community plays by their rules and takes some adjusting to, as I've witnessed throughout the chemistry, mathematics and puzzling sites. The meta is particularly challenging, since each site has a different set of tags that may not follow the same logic. I think having good questions/answers is not a requirement but rather a benefit. Of course you need some experience to know which questions to VTC, etc., but you don't need to be perfect. $\endgroup$ – Inazuma Jul 14 '16 at 11:36
  • $\begingroup$ I agree with Inazuma. You have have good stats on MaSE, but you simply have too little action on Puzzling. No Meta Posts? No edits? 2 flags? That just doesn't cut it. $\endgroup$ – bleh Jul 15 '16 at 0:40
  • $\begingroup$ @bleh I have nothing worthwile to post or ask on meta. I havent flagged more than twice as I have nothing to flag. I have not made edits as no posts as I have needed edits. You are claiming I am inactive, yet I am here all the time. Look at how many answers I have given. Look at how many posts I have marked favorite because I enjoyed them. I am clearly here far more often than you think. Just because one does not post does not mean that one is not active or aware of the community's working. If anything, I would say I am more adept at puzzling exchange then the math stack exchange. $\endgroup$ – The Great Duck Jul 15 '16 at 0:44
  • $\begingroup$ I should also point out that the things you have stated are all things that one does when they have an issue or a question regarding the community. There have been no issues, other than a couple non-answers. This community consists almost entirely of people making and sharing riddles. Other than the extreme stuff there is not anything to find an issue with. Sure, I could nitpick everyone's post formatting, but I find that pretty rude if it isnt damaging. Unlike other SE sites, there is no "wrong answer", per se, which cuts out a large chunk of reporting and editing issues. $\endgroup$ – The Great Duck Jul 15 '16 at 0:48
  • $\begingroup$ I do agree with your point about the wrong answers. And nitpicking everyone's post formatting is what you're supposed to do. Especially if they're a new user. That's how it is, don't feel bad about it. About being inactive, being here all the time means that you should be actively moderating all the time too. Good posts, although helpful, do not get you the mod diamond. $\endgroup$ – bleh Jul 15 '16 at 1:04
  • $\begingroup$ @bleh I meant nitpicking in a silly sense. For instance, riddles. I personally prefer to go line by line with each explanation. Other people prefer to group multiple lines together. Some like to write their riddles as a regular text post. Some like to put them in a quote box. It's personal style of how one formats their writing. Hence, IMO it would be rude to infringe on such allowances. After all, both answers and questions are readable and well written. They are just... Different styles. I would rather spend time editing more severe issues, like a lack of spoilers. $\endgroup$ – The Great Duck Jul 15 '16 at 1:06
  • $\begingroup$ Like... 1st posts. You've just unlocked them. New users usually don't have spoilers for answers. You, as a moderator, are expected to fix that. $\endgroup$ – bleh Jul 15 '16 at 1:08
  • $\begingroup$ @bleh oh yes, first posts I am aware of. That would be something I had fixed. Also, I was not aware I had unlocked it. I thought the prerequisite was 1000. $\endgroup$ – The Great Duck Jul 15 '16 at 1:09

Hello, I'm Emrakul, your friendly neighborhood world-eater er, overlord uhm. M. Moderator. Right.

I've been a moderator pro tempore here for 'roundabout two years, now, and oh man, has it been a bumpy ride. The first year in particular still serves me as an object lesson in moderation, neutrality, and the balancing of tenuous and charged ideas. I've grown calmer and more careful in my moderation since I started - changes, I think, that are for the better.

I think I'm ready and willing to continue the job. The site's grown a heck of a lot, and I can't guarantee I'll be perfect - but I can guarantee I'll continue to put my time and effort into working out the kinks and polishing my skills. Plus, despite (particularly recently) not having enough time to both participate in puzzles and moderate, I still consider myself intimately familiar with the site's bumpy history and development.

I care a lot about the site's continued existence and success. While I certainly couldn't claim credit for reaching graduation, I'm glad, even if I'm not elected, that I could see the site through to this point.

I hope to continue following it as an elected moderator.

  • $\begingroup$ Emrakul has been an outstanding moderation partner on Puzzling, and has repeatedly demonstrated his extreme dedication and ability to moderate tough situations calmly, fairly, and effectively. He's been here on Puzzling since the beginning, shaping the community and our policies, and I've learned a great deal about moderation from him myself during our tenure. If Emrakul wouldn't make a good moderator, I don't know who would. $\endgroup$ – Doorknob Jul 11 '16 at 22:25
  • $\begingroup$ definitely wins of the other 2. You've been a great pro-tem. $\endgroup$ – bleh Jul 11 '16 at 22:34
  • $\begingroup$ why is there already a mod icon after his name? $\endgroup$ – Sven van den Boogaart Jul 11 '16 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ @SvenB I'm currently a moderator pro-tem, which means I was appointed, and am a mod until the first site-wide election. I've been a pro-tem mod for a little more than two years, but unless I run and am elected here, my pro-tem appointment would end. $\endgroup$ – Aza Jul 11 '16 at 22:40
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not a Puzzler, but my interactions with Emrakul over the network and in TL have been overwhelmingly positive, and I'd like to see him stay on as a mod. $\endgroup$ – ArtOfCode Jul 11 '16 at 23:01
  • $\begingroup$ I haven't interacted with you too much, but all of my interactions with you have been very positive. You listen to the community whenever possible, and you clearly care about Puzzling a lot. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jul 12 '16 at 0:06
  • $\begingroup$ You are really Cool, though I dont visit this site often these days, I think you are the best possible candidate without any doubt, I hope you get elected too $\endgroup$ – skv Jul 12 '16 at 9:58
  • $\begingroup$ I fully endorse Emrakul as a moderator. He is competent, fair, and dedicated to the job. I cannot imagine a better candidate. $\endgroup$ – Gamow Jul 12 '16 at 11:26
  • $\begingroup$ I'm adding my endorsement for Emrakul as well. Having been on this site since early (and more stormy) times, Emrakul managed to gain and keep respect, push things forward in a postive way, and be responsive to the comunity requests in reasonably fast manner. $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Jul 12 '16 at 11:38
  • $\begingroup$ Emrakul is reliable and always unbiased. I will definitely vote for him O:) $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Jul 12 '16 at 13:44
  • $\begingroup$ I have watched Emrakul respond patiently and level-headedly to numerous comments and discussions that I probably would have either walked away from or started slinging mud. He definitely has both the ability and motivation to serve the site well. I think the site would be well-served by seeing him stay on as moderator. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Jul 12 '16 at 15:51
  • $\begingroup$ Emracool is a good guy really. He has not always acted in my favour, yet I respect him a lot and he's reasonable and patient. $\endgroup$ – Avigrail Jul 13 '16 at 13:07
  • $\begingroup$ +1 for this guy. I was moderately (get it) around when this site launched and Emrakul helped shaped this site. $\endgroup$ – Bozman Jul 13 '16 at 13:10
  • $\begingroup$ I was very active on the site when it was a bumpy ride, and Emrakul did the community proud. I say as someone that disagreed with him on everything, he'll have my vote. Long live Emrakul!!! $\endgroup$ – Travis Kindred Jul 13 '16 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ You've recently become locked in the moon over Innistrad. Do you feel this is going to impact your ability to moderate? $\endgroup$ – corsiKa Jul 15 '16 at 20:06

Hello! I'm Peanut, and I'm a Stack Exchanger. I first discovered Puzzling when it came out of beta, and it was the first Stack Exchange site I ever visited. I created an account under the name "Puzzles to Go", but later I changed my name and set my account picture to my dog, Peanut.

I've made a couple puzzles before, like Getting a free donut which was my entry into the Fortnightly topic challenge with the tag of . As you can tell by that I've contributed to Puzzling, and I'm not just a lurker.

I also have ~500 reputation on here. This isn't a lot compared to the other candidates, but I've read lots of community wikis, help pages, and have analyzed moderators' actions on Puzzling, and I know lots about moderation on Puzzling because of that.

Here are some other things you should know:

  • I spend an average of 2 hours on Stack Exchange.
    • Stack Overflow and Puzzling are the sites I visit the most, and I occasionally visit Stack Apps or Ask Different.
  • I hadn't created an account when I first visited Puzzling. I visited the site for a couple of months then I decided to create my own account.
  • $\begingroup$ What qualities do you think would make you a better moderator that some of the other candidates, who have had more experience (activity/participation) on Puzzling with the moderation tools available to normal users (reviews, close/delete votes, etc.)? $\endgroup$ – Doorknob Jul 13 '16 at 3:07
  • $\begingroup$ I've read every single help page on moderation. I know what questions/answers I should link to if a new user needs help on writing a first puzzle or has a low quality question/answer. On Meta.SE, I have browsed tons of community wikis. Many users may not know about other Stack Exchange sites like Meta.SE, but I will quote from the help pages and community wikis, and [I know the tour page's URL by heart](puzzling.stackexchange.com/tour). In conclusion, I may not have been around as long as Emrakul or have as much reputation as... $\endgroup$ – haykam Jul 13 '16 at 14:59
  • $\begingroup$ ...Deusovi, but I know all about the moderation of Puzzling and other Stack Exchange sites and I can be a good moderator although I joined later/have less reputation then any of the other candidates. $\endgroup$ – haykam Jul 13 '16 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ @Peanut being a moderator requires far more than 2 hours of activity/browsing. You should be spending at least 6 hours on here, imo. $\endgroup$ – The Great Duck Jul 15 '16 at 3:53
  • $\begingroup$ @TheGreatDuck: Six hours per day? Nobody has time for that! It's not like this is a paid job - 2 hours a day would be perfectly fine. (That being said, I still think Peanut's lack of experience with moderation tools is a point against him - but six hours is a ridiculous expectation.) $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jul 15 '16 at 11:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi fair enough. I guess maybe I go on here a bit much then. (I'm usually here browsing off and on for eight hours). $\endgroup$ – The Great Duck Jul 15 '16 at 20:52
  • $\begingroup$ @TheGreatDuck That's one third of your day. $\endgroup$ – haykam Jul 16 '16 at 21:06
  • $\begingroup$ @Peanut I have a lot of free time on my hands. $\endgroup$ – The Great Duck Jul 16 '16 at 21:41
  • $\begingroup$ @TheGreatDuck I do too. $\endgroup$ – haykam Jul 16 '16 at 23:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Peanut I guess I spend it differently. $\endgroup$ – The Great Duck Jul 17 '16 at 3:08
  • $\begingroup$ I noticed you haven't yet posted an answer here. It would be helpful to everyone voting in the election if you could let us know more about how you would answer some of these questions. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Jul 19 '16 at 18:02

This election is complete.