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2017 Moderator Election

nomination began
May 8, 2017 at 20:00
election began
May 15, 2017 at 20:00
election ended
May 23, 2017 at 20:00

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!

I'm Marius.
I've been here for a little over 1 year now.
Since I started, I raised 51 helpful flags, edited 42 posts, I've reviewed over 200 items in most of the review queues (Except late answers and reopen votes. Those are hard to get.)

I've been a moderator on an other SE website for 2.5 years, so I got some experience to help me.
During that time I handled 9k+ flags.
Also, this may look like bragging (and it is a bit) I killed the election on that other SE website.

Here are my answers for the "moderator wannabe questionnaire".

Anything else you want to know about me, just ask.


I would like to nominate myself. Why? A few users have encouraged me too and more importantly, I think I could do the job well, and commit a lot to it. There may be more qualified users to take on this role, but I am more than ready to step in.

I don't have experience moderating or a lot of experience with the 10k rep tools, but I do have experience with edits, reviews and the likes, especially over on Arqade where I also hangout.

I am very active in TSL chat, and the Contact room where I participate as a room owner.

With the help of Deusovi (for my sake initially), the Cryptic Workshop room was created and I think rooms similar to that could be made to encourage more collaboration and teaching opportunities among the community.

I would love for the opportunity to support this community and help it grow even more, to give back even more than it has given me in the few months I have been here.

Version 2 of my intro (original here) ...
only 7½ months ago I stumbled across Puzzling and felt right at home;
the great riddles, the fun wordplay exercises, the intricate puzzles —
everything appealed to me, and I've been active here ever since!

Relatively new though I am, I think I've amply demonstrated my
unwavering interest and commitment to PSE: the time I spend here, the
badges and reputation I've earned, the contributions I've made here
in adding helpful comments, doing edits and reviews, raising flags, and
of course answering and posing questions, hopefully speak well of me.

Friendly, fair-minded, and funny — I try to be all three. I believe I am
objective and patient, and a good communicator, all qualities I think are
really important for a Moderator to have.

My desire is to give back to this community; I'd be honored to be elected
one of your Moderators. I feel I have shown the commitment to the site and
demonstrated the qualities and character needed to excel in that position.

 2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire answers here

I will be honest, I can think of a few people better suited than me to be moderator, but unless they show interest to become a moderator, I am more than up to the challenge and willing to better myself so I can be worthy of the job.

I have been around for a little while and learned a lot. I am not as good as I wish I were at solving puzzles, but I certainly enjoy making some once in a while. I like our small but close community. I would be proud to help our community stay clean and friendly.

I am quite active, fair and hate injustice. I take time to analyze the situation and never take rash decisions. I will be objective and make decisions regardless reputation etc.

It is important to note that I am currently living in Japan and therefore am active while most are asleep. So unless another moderator is already in this time zone, it might be good to have someone for night watch or with the Asian/Australian crowd.

@Emrakul left some big shoes to fill behind, but I am willing to try them on and see if they fit.

Election questionnaire answers


I've been in Puzzling for a little over a year. Right now I'm the fourth-highest-rep user here, for what little that's worth.

Why I should (maybe) be a moderator

I'm an active community member and have a good idea of how things work (and are meant to) around here. I'm a room owner in the Sphinx's Lair and don't think anyone has regretted voting for that.

I'm intelligent, sensible, well-spoken, and nice. Also, exceptionally modest.

Timezone diversity: I'm in the UK.

Why I shouldn't (maybe) be a moderator

I have, so far, never posted a puzzle here. So beware of equating value with reputation :-).

I am only moderately active in patrolling review queues and the like. (In fairness, I think that may be partly a matter of timezones.)

I don't know how much time I can commit to moderating. I am around, though not necessarily very active, on Puzzling for many hours of most days, but being around isn't the same as being active. I have a job and a family, and frequently they have to take priority.

I have been on Puzzling for over two years, and I participate in a lot of the (usually logic-based) puzzles.

Top answer of over 200, over 2000 reviews (second in every review list at time of writing), and I initiated the Puzzling Tools meta-post.

I own the Research Assistant badge (edit 50 tag wiki's) and Electorate badge (600 votes) amongst others.

I have answered the meta-site questionnaire here.

I don't like introductions; knowing each time, our beloved, excellent community overanalyses moderator elections, and might outright disqualify enthousiasts reiterating all too obvious remarks.

I'm Glorfindel and I'd like to run for moderator. I've been interested in puzzles my entire life, and while not very good at solving or creating them (proof: see above) I enjoy them as much as you do.

I'm already quite active in moderating the site; I'm one of the top First Posts and Late Answers reviewers, even though I have this privilege for less than a year now. My passion for moderation extends to all sites in the Stack Exchange network; I have over 13000 helpful flags and over 33000 reviews across the network. I'm active in Charcoal HQ where we're trying to keep SE free of spam, and it's always a puzzle to come up with new defenses against the spammers.

Puzzling is a small but healthy site, and I'd like it to stay healthy. Hopefully, I can contribute with my network-wide experience and a little touch of humor.

My answers

I'd like to nominate myself. Why? @GentlePurpleRain said to :). Seriously though, I believe that I can do the job well.

I have experience in moderation - I've got over 3300 helpful flags on the network, and I was appointed as a moderator on Literature, (where @Emrakul is also a mod), so I have experience on both sides of the moderation process.

I'm fairly active on meta (currently 3rd by participation), and I'm fairly confident that I know the policies pretty well. (I'm also active on main Meta, and I know the network-wide policies well too.)

I'm also a member of Charcoal - you can read more about that here.

I'd be honored to be elected as a moderator for this site that I enjoy. :)

Here are my questionnaire answers.

This election is over.