2016 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jul 11 '16 at 20:00
primary began
Jul 18 '16 at 20:00
election began
Jul 22 '16 at 20:00
election ended
Jul 26 '16 at 20:00
candidates
11
positions
3

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!


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.

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.

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

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

This election is over.