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!

A Town Hall Chat with the candidates will take place Wednesday the 13th at 15:00:00Z UTC / 11:00 AM EDT. For more information, click here.

This election ended Jun 19 '12 at 20:00.

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617 voters were eligible, 248 visited the site during the election, 138 visited the election page, and 101 voted

7 Candidates

I would like to offer my services to the community as a moderator.

I am not the most experienced gamer on the site, nor do I excel at answering all of the questions here. I am a good candidate for moderator because of years of leadership experience. Obviously I've been a moderator here for a while. I've also been on community leadership councils, lead working groups, and played several party leader roles. I believe in building consensus, but obviously I have strong opinions on how things should be done.

I'm a big fan of the StackExchange network, and there's a reason (or dozens) why I'm here and not on some forum. I've been involved with the site since the very beginning. I think that Role-Playing Games StackExchange has a bright future,and that we can really make the internet a better place for role-playing gamers. I want to help you make this a great place that you're proud to be a part of.

Moderator Traits:

  • Caretaker: I'm always looking out for the health of the site as a whole.
  • Grounded: I know what's important and stick to that.
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meta questions: 36 / +274
meta answers: 79 / +422
helpful flags: 20 of 20

I have been a supporter of this site since its time on Area 51, and a follower of the Stack platform for some time before that. I've contributed to a variety of tags in my time here, and was part of the second wave of Pro Tempore moderators appointed to the site.

My focus, both as a moderator and as a user, is to understand how the experiences of other Stack Exchange sites apply to this one; which ideas make the site run better and which ones need to be bent for this community.

My goal is to learn how to draw out the best, most interesting, questions from the community, without being too much of a jerk about it.

Arcana: Hermit [Hubris: Overzealus/Virtue: Focused]

(I'll leave it to the reader to determine whether it's proper or inverted)

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meta questions: 4 / +22
meta answers: 72 / +387
helpful flags: 19 of 21

Although this was my introduction to the Stack Exchange network of sites, I'm a fifteen-year veteran of the adventure games hobby industry. I've put in my time in as a creator, evaluator, and vendor of RPGs, and I'd like to bring that experience and perspective to bear as a moderator here. I'm a regular contributor and editor; I have a fondness for the material and a love for the people who play and run games. (Can you see my customer service background showing? I think there's a place for that, too.)

Since I'm working primarily freelance these days, I'd be able to monitor the site diligently and keep an eye out for transgressors and spammers. I like to think I'm approachable and reasonable, but with the kind of quick wit that makes even admonitions go over smoothly. Give me the diamond, and I'll do right by you and by RPG.StackExchange.

  • My StackExchange Virtue: Charity. I'm free and giving with knowledge, and I extend the "benefit of the doubt" where possible.
  • My StackExchange Vice: Envy. I view posters with a higher rep count than mine covetously, and I curate my favorite tags so that they'll rise in prominence. (Don't worry; I pledge to moderate without bias.)
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meta questions: 7 / +43
meta answers: 19 / +77
helpful flags: 75 of 75
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Also, I've noticed you don't use the chat feature much, would that change if you became a moderator? –  wax eagle Jun 8 '12 at 18:46
    
@waxeagle I hadn't given the matter much thought. But, upon reflection, I can see how being more active on chat would make my job easier and make myself better known to other contributors. So, sure. If I were a moderator, I'd be more of a presence in chat. –  Jadasc Jun 8 '12 at 19:29
    
@waxeagle It looks like all the positive alignments are taken. :) Let me think a bit and I'll add something appropriate. –  Jadasc Jun 8 '12 at 19:35
    
just looking for something game mechanical, like DForck chose aspects from Fate. It's not a requirement, but it helps give the site a genuinely RPG flair :) –  wax eagle Jun 8 '12 at 19:37
    
chat is a really important element of moderating a site (IMO). It's the only way to have realtime chats with your users. It's also the primary means of communicating with mods on this site, other sites (where there is a huge trove of helpful information and advice if you aren't sure about decision) and SEI employees. –  wax eagle Jun 8 '12 at 20:12
    
@waxeagle Thank you for the insight. That's enough to convince me that spending time on chat is an essential part of the role of a mod. –  Jadasc Jun 8 '12 at 20:14

Hi, I’m DForck42. You may have seen me around here on the and tags or on one of several other StackExchange sites. I get around a little.

I’m throwing my hat in as moderator for a couple of reasons. The first is that I absolutely love this site and its community. My second reason is that I wish to see the community keep on growing, and the best way to ensure that is to be hands-on with the community.

What are my credentials? I’m glad you asked. I am currently a pro-tempore moderator on Movies.Stackexchange. I was also a pro-tempore moderator on Literature.Stackexchange. I have been moderating Stackexchange sites for just shy of a year now. In that time I’ve learned a lot, and hope to keep learning as my tenure in moderation grows.

As for my gaming credentials, I’ve been playing table-top RPGs for about 3 years now. My experience mostly consists of Dnd-4e and Dresden Files. During that time I’ve been on both sides of the table, as a GM and a player.

Thank you for considering me for a moderator of RPG.Stackexchange.

I'd put my aspects as the following:

  • High: Level-headed movies moderator
  • Trouble: Devil's advocate
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meta questions: 4 / +25
meta answers: 9 / +29
helpful flags: 4 of 5

Hello, I am wax eagle and this is my nomination.

I am an experienced Stack Exchange moderator, having been chosen as a Pro Tem moderator on both the Christianity and Gardening sites. I have been an SE mod for almost a year, working with both sites as they've defined themselves and begun to grow towards their own launches.

I have been playing tabletop RPGs for only a short time, a bit less than two years. My knowledge of the field is currently relatively limited, but I am learning and expanding my stable of games relatively quickly.

I think this site is awesome and I’d like to continuing to see it become even more awesome. If elected I look forward to working hard to continue to improve the quality of Q&A on this site through moderation, and working with other users and SEI to promote this site in the broader gaming community.

I will be a lawful neutral moderator. I am against several things that we have permitted on this site, but will not actively shut them down as a moderator without a clear mandate. However I think that SE sites run best when there are fewer exceptions to the ideas of clear, focused, on topic questions rather than more.

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meta questions: 15 / +148
meta answers: 95 / +750
helpful flags: 247 of 264
    
"I am against several things that we have permitted on this site" - Mmm, I think of you as a fairly stringent closer, but that's stringently applying the same understanding of the rules as pretty much everyone else. Is there something else you mean by this? –  Alticamelus Jun 5 '12 at 13:51
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@Alticamelus I'm not in favor of sys rec and a lot of the campaign research questions that have been permitted. However, there is (at this point) a pretty clear mandate to keep them. So if elected I will uphold that mandate, if it comes up on meta again I'll argue how I feel, but I'll uphold the views of the community. And yes, I'm a stringent closer. However, with a mod close (automatic closure) I think quite a bit harder about what I vote to close, and am more likely to let borderline stuff go until such time as there is some support from the community. –  wax eagle Jun 5 '12 at 13:57
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Wax eagle's a pretty good guy, and is currently a mod on both christianity and gardening. –  DForck42 Jun 5 '12 at 14:05

Hi! I'm a long term gamer with a wide experience in gaming and blog extensively and am otherwise active in the gaming community. I was an early committer to this SE, am very active, being the second highest rep poster, and have the highest rated question. I've been a provisional mod since the beginning and have what I think is a pretty good mod record. I've tried to balance cleaning up content with being accommodating to different approaches. Even when I disagree, I am willing to let the community have its way when there's a clear mandate (like the historical research questions - I posted against them but have defended them when they appear based on the meta question consensus). I championed the banned-on-other-SEs system recommendation questions and believe that has worked out to a net positive.

I will be a Neutral Good moderator. I believe in the SE way and having some order, but think we should find a way to let many different kinds of questions thrive. And I've shown my commitment by putting in the time consistently over the (long!) beta of the SE.

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meta questions: 29 / +273
meta answers: 267 / +1,378
helpful flags: 32 of 32
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Forgive me for being dumb, but doesn't the diamond after your username mean you already are a mod? –  Pulsehead Jun 7 '12 at 16:18
    
I am indeed a current mod and have been one since the beginning - but I think this election is for reelections too? I guess it's not clear, I'll post a question on it. –  mxyzplk Jun 8 '12 at 1:10
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They answered - all the current RPG.SE mods need to put up for election if they want back in! meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/1529/… –  mxyzplk Jun 8 '12 at 2:22

I will be an active, informed, and patient moderator.

As one of the more avid users of the site, there is little to introduce about myself. I've written papers about both RPGing and this site. I am aware of the different theoretical approaches of users towards answering rules and see nothing wrong with a lively contribution of all the different paradigms.

I contribute to the site and to meta. I am a frequent user of both of our chat areas.

My downvotes always have constructive comments attached and I frequently welcome new users to the site.

I believe that my current behavior is functionally that of a moderator without flag-response powers. I pledge to be a Lawful Good moderator in serving this site.

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meta questions: 27 / +193
meta answers: 77 / +442
helpful flags: 124 of 126
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Brian's knowledge of DnD-4e is insanely detailed, and he's always willing to help people out. –  DForck42 Jun 5 '12 at 14:06

This election is complete.