2015 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 Apr 21 '15 at 20:00.

The results of this election can be viewed online via OpaVote. 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


1,809 voters were eligible, 723 visited the site during the election, 446 visited the election page, and 324 voted

Role-playing Games SE is my "home" Stack and I'd be pleased to serve as a moderator! I'm a very active user, with 90k+ reputation, interest in policy and curation, and the time to do the job justice.

I see the moderation team as a stable core, lending continuity to the community's past consensus on policy and traditions, while nurturing the community's self-moderation and consensus seeking. I've been here since shortly after the beginning, giving me a long view of the site that's useful for that role.

Ironically, that means I'd be stepping back a bit. I often use my flags, comments, and 10k+ votes to highlight things I'm unsure of, trusting that when I'm wrong, other votes will bring out the truth. With a mod's "super votes" I'd be using a lighter touch with these heavier tools, knowing others will step up.

My RPG experience is broad with a few deep spots of expertise, since my tastes are wide-ranging. As a mod I would continue to speak for a balanced, inclusive approach to our hobby. In this hobby I'm always learning, whether it's an RPG's dynamics or what the Stack needs from me. (Especially: when to keep my peace!)

Thanks for your consideration. :)

  • \$\begingroup\$ I haven't been here long, but when I read above what was wanted in a moderator, SevenSidedDie immediately popped into my head. I guess I can't nominate him, since he's already stepped up, but I can second. \$\endgroup\$ – Zeiss Ikon Apr 7 '15 at 0:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ I can third, because Seven always steps in with good advice for people who need a little guidance for their questions/answers, and is always very direct, but not rude, about the advice he gives. \$\endgroup\$ – Zibbobz Apr 7 '15 at 15:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ SevenSidedDie was the first name that came to my mind as well - I fourth this. \$\endgroup\$ – Faye Apr 7 '15 at 16:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ +1 from me, can't think of a better candidate. \$\endgroup\$ – neontapir Apr 7 '15 at 18:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ +1, you've got my vote. \$\endgroup\$ – user2102 Apr 7 '15 at 20:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Absolutely agreed. Seven would be a great choice. \$\endgroup\$ – As If Apr 8 '15 at 5:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ SSD's greatest impact, in my opinion, has been in the meta exchange, starting community discussions and asking questions that should be asked. He has a clear grasp of how to improve the community and usually knows what's best. +1 \$\endgroup\$ – David Reeve Apr 8 '15 at 11:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ I know I'm supposed to be engaging in the comments here, but y'all are being too nice and I'm just kinda shuffling my feet and blushing. I appreciate the voices of confidence though, I really do. :) Ask me something harder though! \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Apr 8 '15 at 17:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ +1. I'm stepping in in favor of SSD, too. \$\endgroup\$ – T. Sar Apr 9 '15 at 14:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ One of the hardest aspects of being a community leader is dealing with interpersonal conflicts. How do you propose to handle a) disputes between two reputable users that turn ugly in comments and b) a similar dispute wherein one party is directing their frustration at you directly? How would you use these disputes to help shape policy on the site? \$\endgroup\$ – sillyputty Apr 9 '15 at 19:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, even though I'm pretty darn new here, I'd like to reiterate the sentiment that when I saw that this site does mod elections, my first two thoughts were SSD and Brian Ballsun-Stanton. \$\endgroup\$ – sillyputty Apr 9 '15 at 19:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @sillyputty You should submit that question here! \$\endgroup\$ – BESW Apr 9 '15 at 23:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @sillyputty I hate to deflect after asking, but that's a pretty meaty question that'll be hard to answer properly in comments. The short of it is that I think we have good system tools for managing (a), and for (b) the main tool to handle that is just not taking it personally. How to do those with leadership is a great detail that I'll have to ponder, though. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Apr 9 '15 at 23:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ @BESW oops, must have misread or misremembered some things. I'll move all three of my questions over. \$\endgroup\$ – sillyputty Apr 10 '15 at 3:05

Joshua Aslan Smith for Moderator

I have both the expertise and the temperament to be an effective moderator for RPG.SE. I believe that I would be an asset to our community as we continue to grow helping to maintaining our high level of quality for both question and answers. Below are what I consider to be my most important qualifications for this role:

  • I have over 22k Site rep and make use of the privileges I’ve earned on weekly, if not daily basis.

  • I regularly check and use our Meta to improve our site quality.

  • I am able to maintain a cool head and always treat users, no matter my disagreements with them, with respect.

  • I am highly active from 8am – 5pm EST/EDT in America (UTC -5/-4) and am in Main Chat daily

I'll be hanging out in the election chat if anyone has any questions they would like to ask me.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Would you mind talking a bit about how you feel about the current moderation? There is clearly much to appreciate; our site works well and has very high quality, from what I can see. But if there are any, it would be valuable to voters to note any changes you might bring to how our site is moderated. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Apr 6 '15 at 20:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think more interaction with the community in chat couldn't hurt anyone, and I could help provide more real-time interaction coverage for the user base during the hours I described above. I remember having some great chats with Brian and C.Ross during my early days on the site. Beyond that, I am a firm believer in guiding new/novice users to becoming power users being helping them write better questions and answers and leading by example myself. \$\endgroup\$ – Joshua Aslan Smith Apr 6 '15 at 21:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ I can vouch for respecting new users. You've always seemed more polite than many of the other high rep users I've interacted with since I started using the site nearly a year ago. If you feel any need to campaign (which is probably unnecessary) I would focus on that. \$\endgroup\$ – DCShannon Apr 6 '15 at 21:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ You have my vote, I just need to know how to give it to you \$\endgroup\$ – Flotolk Apr 7 '15 at 13:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Flotolk voting will start either next week or the week after depending on the number of nominees. \$\endgroup\$ – wax eagle Apr 7 '15 at 14:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ What, in your view, is the role of a moderator as opposed to the role of an active, high-rep user? Why would you being a moderator make this site better than you being an active, high-rep user who can lead by example? I like all the candidates, by the way, which is why I'm asking questions. It's going to be difficult to decide who to vote for. =) \$\endgroup\$ – sillyputty Apr 9 '15 at 19:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @sillyputty firstly, the questions you asked all of us can and probably should be put here: meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/5466/… \$\endgroup\$ – Joshua Aslan Smith Apr 9 '15 at 22:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ @sillyputty Secondly, to more briefly answer in a comment: A moderator should moderate; i.e. use the unique privileges they are given when necessary, but leave as much of the actual administration of the site in the hands of the 10k and 20k users as possible. Proactively a moderator should be looking for, supporting, and creating opportunities for the community to grow and increase its quality and impact. Long-term planning and introspection on our guidelines and rules as a community are a must. \$\endgroup\$ – Joshua Aslan Smith Apr 9 '15 at 23:08

Hi! I'm Wax Eagle. I've been around here for a while, and am most active in the D&D 4e and 5e tags though I read, welcome new users and vote on questions/answers in a lot of other tags.

A bit about me first, I am most active here, though I moderate two other sites on the Stack Exchange network (Christianity and Gardening). I'm also very active in our site chat, and run a 5e game for several of the site regulars on Roll20.

My theory or moderation is pretty consistent with what you already see on this site. I'm in favor of early closure for clarification. I believe one of the best ways we can turn a new user into a long term site user is to close their poor question and help them workshop it into a great question.

I'd like to be a moderator of this site, in large part to keep doing what I'm already doing, welcoming new users, answering question, closing questions that need it, answering meta questions and helping to direct the site via meta. However, I'd also like to help with the deeper maintenance side of the site. Comment cleanup, spam destruction and other mundane and boring tasks that make up the daily life of a moderator.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Given you are a mod for two other sites, how much time do you think you'll have to dedicate to moderation? Do you foresee yourself needing to give up other forms of participation? \$\endgroup\$ – Aza Apr 6 '15 at 20:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Emrakul I don't. I'm already more active here than I am on the sites I moderate. I don't see much of a change if I'm a moderator here. \$\endgroup\$ – wax eagle Apr 6 '15 at 20:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ wax eagle!!! i miss chatting with you \$\endgroup\$ – DForck42 Apr 7 '15 at 8:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ Go wax eagle! Thanks for your welcome and showing me the ropes, despite my blunders! \$\endgroup\$ – Khashir Apr 8 '15 at 15:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ Could you clarify why you would like to be a moderator? You said that it is in part to do what you're already doing. If that's the case, why not just continue to be a high-profile, high rep user who leads the community through example in that role? I guess the heart of my question is: what will being a mod allow you to do that is both beneficial to the community and that you aren't already doing? (I like your bid for the position, btw, so this isn't supposed to be an attack on you or anything.) =) \$\endgroup\$ – sillyputty Apr 9 '15 at 19:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ @sillyputty There are a lot of things a high reputation user can't do that a moderator can. The big ones are cast decisive votes and handle flags. I've cast my fair share of flags, and would love to help on the other side (yes, I actually like flag handling). So basically, I'm running not just to keep doing what I'm doing, but to take on more responsibility here and also keep doing what I'm doing (and doing it more effectively). \$\endgroup\$ – wax eagle Apr 9 '15 at 20:40

This election is complete.