2017 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 May 2 '17 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.

3,005 voters were eligible, 906 visited the site during the election, 769 visited the election page, and 366 voted

I've been around RPG.Stack for a few years now and if there's one thing out I've learned its that tons of nerds out there who play tabletop games have tons of questions, and I've learned a lot in the process of answering those questions as well.

So I'll throw my bread into the ring and get into the meat of this election. With the power of both patience and knowledge I will force everyone to submit to my phenomenal moderation power, ruling with a crusty fist as the Chaotic Neutral despot Sandwich this country of RPG.stack needs.

In all seriousness though, I don't really know a lot about moderation, In this aspect I am a very inexperienced sandwich, fresh out of the toaster oven. but I do know what makes a good answer and question. (Text formatting, non-ambiguous, non-broad topics with a clear cut answer, meat pressed into the middle of two pieces of bread.)

So I'll try my best to not grow mold in the face of overwhelming adversity, appearing when the time is right to panini press bad questions into submission.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Congratulations! As our 11th nominee you are the lucky winner of ONE TICKET TO PARTICIPATION IN A PRIMARY ELECTION CYCLE!!!! :D (Availability limited, terms and conditions may apply, offer not transferrable, void where prohibited by law) \$\endgroup\$ – Please stop being evil Apr 22 '17 at 10:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @thedarkwanderer What happens if the Sandwich gets eaten? (It is freshly toasted after all...) \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Apr 22 '17 at 19:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Sandwich I'm happy to see you nominated and still running with the sandwich puns. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Apr 22 '17 at 19:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @doppelgreener That would be dining and dashing. \$\endgroup\$ – Sandwich Apr 22 '17 at 19:39

Hi! I'm nominating myself for moderator this time around. Principally, I'm interested in how our moderation team shapes community process-- in that way I'm a bit of the opposite of Erik. I think that the way being a moderator alters the community's perception of a user is the single most important power we give our moderators, and that the authorization to do all the background work is just an extension of that.

On the upside, I'm told I'm good at taking criticism. On the downside, I have substantive issues with the way we currently do things and that might make it hard (but hopefully not!) to work with the existing moderators. I don't have problems with any of them as people, and I think that any problems we had could be talked out, but it's possible that that sentiment is not mutual, which would make me a bad pick for moderation.

Also, I'm told I write text walls too much, but I'm working on that.

My Questionaire Responses

  • \$\begingroup\$ My questionaire responses can be accessed at rpg.meta.stackexchange.com/a/6998 \$\endgroup\$ – Please stop being evil Apr 21 '17 at 4:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ I am curious (unless taboo) how other moderators feel about this writeup. I have 0 insight into how much moderators intercommunicate on SE (presumbably behind the scenes, off the site?). If they just trust each other to agree and have similar ideals, this seems like a big deal. Respectfully. \$\endgroup\$ – joedragons Apr 21 '17 at 20:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ PS: After reading some questionaires, it seems multiple people feel such; I was apparently unaware of ongoing drama. So my query to the moderators really applies to any candidate who felt such as well (and believe the up front candor here is admirable). And thanks for the link, I was unaware of that section. \$\endgroup\$ – joedragons Apr 21 '17 at 20:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @joedragons Re: mod communication, each site has its own mod-only chat room. I don't know how much the mods use that resource, though, not being a mod myself. \$\endgroup\$ – Please stop being evil Apr 21 '17 at 20:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ @joedragons We have a private RPG.se chat room that's our main communication channel, and we use it quite a lot. There is also a network-wide mods-only chat room where all mods can discuss things and provide each other support regardless of home Stack. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Apr 22 '17 at 4:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ Okie, thanks gents=) \$\endgroup\$ – joedragons Apr 22 '17 at 12:50

I'm Marshall, long-time SE member, but relatively new to the RPG-SE.

I am a Software Engineer by day, and a DM and Game Designer by night. Most of the time I spend on the RPG-SE is a combination of looking for answers to odd questions that have come up in my own games, or looking for new perspectives other than my own. One of the challenges I have is trying to understand the viewpoints of my players, so reading many of the question threads on this stack has come in handy numerous times and it is an excellent source for fun and weird things to throw into a game.

I feel that I am fair and respectful to others, and would make a balanced moderator. The SE environment is designed so the community ultimately is the driver for moderation. It should be a relatively rare circumstance when a moderator intervenes without the support of the community itself. There are some instances where enforcement of the agreed upon rules are necessary (e.g. lengthy conversations in comments, answers in comments [which I am also guilty of], etc).

I feel like the nature of the RPG side of this SE makes it different than the traditional idea of a Q&A site, as there are many unique situations.

Hello I'm Josh and I would like to be your moderator

We have both a truly unique Stack in the wider Stack Exchange and an incredibly unique service that we offer the wider RPG community as a go-to resource. Our community is full of experts and is both highly active and welcoming to new users.

I've been active on the site for just under 5 years and involved in Q&A on the main site, meta questions, Review tasks, and curating and updating wiki tags. I always enjoy helping a user in RPG.SE main chat and generally discussing gaming issues. I was heavily involved in RPG.SE's push for D&D 5e's release and believe that we should continue similar efforts for other releases.

As moderator I would continue the focus on letting the community taking action first in all but the worst cases. I believe that the site works best when users handle the majority of the review tasks. This civic ethic makes everyone a stakeholder and strengthens our community. I assume no ill intent until proven in all interactions with users and always seek to listen and respond thoughtfully.

Moderator Questionnaire

Thank you.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Hooray, glad to see you toss your hat into the ring. This is great news. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Apr 18 '17 at 19:06

I'll put myself down as the "noob" candidate.

I've loved RPGs since like 20 years ago as a teenager, been playing them "seriously" ;-) for about 2 years and collected almost all of D&D 5e.

I like old school stuff but I don't hate new stuff. I love the research and background reading aspects of RPG gaming too.

I'm about 100% in all three "pillars" of RPG (fluff, crunch and collecting shiny overpriced stuff), but I don't consider my "acheivements" any more than a cool hobby (while not hating those who find it more all-consuming).

I'll also happily assist those who have the gall to come on a question and answer site to ask questions without knowing the answers to their questions up front ;-) or even knowing how to ask a good question. Because that's me.


Oh, yeah, what Erik said too.

Hi. I'm Erik and I'm giving this a shot.

I believe in letting experts do their thing, as they're experts because they know what they're doing. I prefer suggesting a course and two-way communication over leadership or strict guidance.

I hope to create a site where moderators can sit back and watch the community handle things well, as the Stack is intended to function. When that doesn't work (does it ever?) I will seek to talk with those involved, find out what's going on and hopefully correct actions by showing and teaching our users the vision of StackExchange rather than telling them how they should act.

That said, I am willing to confront those who really do not want to help us make the best Q&A site possible. I have been in charge of large communities before and while I took pride in only having to use administrative powers very rarely, I had no problems doing so to protect the community.

Hi, I'm Korvin Starmast

(Full Disclosure: not the name on my birth certificate)

I like RPG.SE, and particularly like the wide mix of people, games, and topics that come up here and get great answers to questions. I came to the site to get a question answered about something D&D 5e, as I was just getting back into the hobby, and I stayed because there is a great community of users here who

  1. Know RPG's
  2. Help new users ask good questions
  3. Help new users write good answers
  4. Promote a good signal to noise ratio
  5. Share a passion for this interesting hobby
  6. Are all about fun (which is why we play)

I'd be happy to serve you all as a diamond mod. What we have here is good. I offer my efforts to keep it that way.

Mod Questionnaire Link here

  • \$\begingroup\$ This is definitely true. When I get answers here, they're usually either awesome answers or they help me realize better questions. When there's no answer I'm often confused but hey, it's an RPG Q&A site. Should this thing even exist? \$\endgroup\$ – Michael Apr 18 '17 at 15:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Point of Order: I am not all about fun and it's not why I play. It does seem like playing-for-reasons-other-than-fun is very frequently occluded here, though, so I think your list is representative in that way. \$\endgroup\$ – Please stop being evil Apr 18 '17 at 17:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ @thedarkwanderer Perhaps the veil is made of thick material. The thought behind my point six is that RPG is a hobby (though for some it is their living), the point of a hobby is a leisure activity (aka fun) and I don't see that much "I do this for work" though some Q's and A's do address the business side of the RPG business. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Apr 18 '17 at 18:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KorvinStarmast I primarily use RPGs to teach and to learn. Reading is a hobby, and I sometimes read for fun, but I certainly didn't read The Brothers Karamazov or watch Redhill's Goodness for fun. \$\endgroup\$ – Please stop being evil Apr 18 '17 at 18:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @thedarkwanderer OK. I've a friend who used D&D in youth counseling sessions back in the 70's .. teaching moral lessons .. he was in training for ministry ... but this was before the anti-D&D madness took over. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Apr 18 '17 at 19:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ Starmast is a pretty boss surname, even if it isn't your real surname. \$\endgroup\$ – Axoren Apr 18 '17 at 21:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Axoren Sadly, the Starmast line ended with Korvin, as he died in a dungeon next to his friend, a dwarf paladin, whereupon the ogres consumed them both for dinner (or perhaps as tapas to go with their beer). \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Apr 18 '17 at 21:11

Hi all-

I'm nitsua60 and am a relatively-new member. I came out of curiosity, lingered for the high signal-to-noise ratio, now I've come to think of it as my "internet home." I love the gracious professionalism that abounds here, the experiences we share, and the mutual respect we display.

I'm particularly interested in the experience of newer users. While not every visitor will want the community and resource we offer, I think we can do a better job of showing off the things we do best: being patient and kind, listening to and learning from each other. Basically, I'd like more people to have this reaction:

I'll admit, a bit flabbergasting to find the Roleplaying Stack Exchange is a healthy community full of knowledgeable, considerate people. I hardly expected anyone to read my monsterlith of text.

I'm active just-about every day, I hope to bring a fresh perspective to the project's new (and old!) problems, and I generally assume when I'm confused it's because I've got something to learn.

Want to know more? Check out everyone's fuller statements.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd just like to say, for someone who has been on the site for less than 2 years, you seem like you've been on it for at least 5. I say this because of (1) your rep, and (2) your understanding of the rules and of others, which is apparent to me any time I see you post on Meta or on main. :) \$\endgroup\$ – user27327 Apr 18 '17 at 2:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ nitsua60 is very active member of rpg.se in all three parts: main, meta and chat. Always kind and helpful. And I saw many cases when nitsua proved his interest in newer user experience with his actions. Glad to see you in the running! \$\endgroup\$ – RollingFeles Apr 18 '17 at 3:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ Man, And I so was going to nominate you, even if you didn't do it yourself ;) \$\endgroup\$ – Trish Apr 18 '17 at 22:02

Hi, I'm doppelgreener. I'd like to join the diamond moderator team.

I see the role as a natural extension of the caretaking I've been doing for the site. I believe I'm very well-suited to the role, and should do what I can. (With great power comes great responsibility, sorta.)

I'm even-tempered, thoughtful, patient, and I'm confident I can handle the stresses of being a moderator. I'm well-trained in handling difficult personal situations, and I'm confident I can moderate firmly and appropriately when needed — and step back enough to empower the community as a whole. I feel that I can add useful different perspectives to the moderator team based on my background.

I've been active here for five years, maybe best known for editing all the things. _o\ I've consistently focused on supporting site members via help in meta or chat or comments, and keeping the site clean via editing and flagging and other tasks.

I know I won't be perfect, and I'll make mistakes, but I'll be mindful to listening and learning and improving myself to support you all as best I can.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Glad to see you in the running! \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk - SE stop being evil Apr 17 '17 at 22:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Good luck in the running's! You are one of the more active people I have seen on the site and always does a good job. \$\endgroup\$ – Fering Apr 17 '17 at 23:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Glad to see you in the running. 👍 \$\endgroup\$ – Amazing Rando Apr 18 '17 at 1:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ As a note, the only qualification lacking is the Steward badge, which itself has only been awarded 4 times so far. Impressive! \$\endgroup\$ – Please stop being evil Apr 18 '17 at 18:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ ...Wait, you're not a moderator? \$\endgroup\$ – Novak Apr 19 '17 at 6:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Novak heh, I was like I think you're thinking of Board Game SE but I checked and he's not a mod there either;) So I guess I'm surprised too=) \$\endgroup\$ – joedragons Apr 21 '17 at 20:22

Hi, I'm Lino.

I am active daily on the boards, provide polite but firm discourse to address questions and answers, and routinely assist with both Q and A as required. If and when issues arise, I have dealt with them in what I think is a polite and logical manner.

I'm primarily concerned with D&D 5e, which is where my presence has and will be most felt, but I do venture outside of this bubble quite frequently in order to familiarize myself with others on the boards, as well as with other systems in general.

I am consistent and thorough. I prefer to set a standard for which others can follow and rigorously adhere to it. I also have a lot of free time available to assist with any of the tedious moderation activities such as cleaning up old comments and addressing flags.

For both your consideration and potential approval, this is my formal submission for the position of moderator.

Am I qualified? Probably not.

Will I do a good job? Meh.

Should you vote for me? Probably not. But you're going to anyways ;)

Checkout my mod questionaire. Answered some questions, laid out some plots. The usual. https://rpg.meta.stackexchange.com/a/7019/33317


I'm 100% serious about this nomination. Dedicated.

I know markdown, so that's nice.

I own both a cat and a dog, so I can finally bridge that divide.

As a Lawful Neutral Modron, I'm morally and legally qualified.

If you vote for me and I'll give y'all a free shirt! Clarification, that's one shirt for all of you, but we'll work out a sharing schedule.

daze413 says I'm "Ok". If that's not an endorsement you can hang a hat on, I'm not sure what is!

I also value brevity to a fau-

  • \$\begingroup\$ My apologies, updated my nomination to reiterate my dedication. I've listed out my qualifications. Take them for what they are :) \$\endgroup\$ – Bryant Jackson Apr 17 '17 at 20:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ Strangely, I find myself more curious about this candidate than any I've ever seen. \$\endgroup\$ – candied_orange Apr 17 '17 at 21:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ The larger SEs get a variety of styles of nominations, and their elections run fine. To look at it another way: congratulations, RPG.se, we've levelled up! \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Apr 17 '17 at 22:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SevenSidedDie - Leveling up is fringe element? And just how fringe do you have to be to be a fringe element on an RPG group? \$\endgroup\$ – JohnP Apr 17 '17 at 22:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ Scary. He made me laugh and I want to vote for him. Time to go to sleep. ;-P \$\endgroup\$ – LAFK says Reinstate Monica Apr 17 '17 at 23:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you, thank you. Just put your ballots in this box. Move along, citizens, don't ask too many questions. \$\endgroup\$ – Bryant Jackson Apr 18 '17 at 13:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ Bryant, I have contacted my friends in Cook County (Illinois) and in Duval and Jim Wells counties (Texas): for the usual fee, they'll take care of the rest ... 8^D \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Apr 18 '17 at 14:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Fun? On an RPG website?! \$\endgroup\$ – Michael Apr 18 '17 at 14:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ Vote for me and I'll give all my avid fans a free shirt! Clarification, that's one shirt for all of you, but we'll work out a sharing schedule. \$\endgroup\$ – Bryant Jackson Apr 18 '17 at 15:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ Heyy, his reputation is "Ok"... :) \$\endgroup\$ – daze413 Apr 19 '17 at 4:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ ^ This guy gets it #blessed \$\endgroup\$ – Bryant Jackson Apr 19 '17 at 21:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ Candidate score is now 2, Who would vote for #2, ehhhhh? \$\endgroup\$ – Sandwich Apr 22 '17 at 9:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ah dang :/ Now updated :) \$\endgroup\$ – Bryant Jackson Apr 22 '17 at 15:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ Bryant, can you link your mod questionnaire answers? \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Apr 24 '17 at 14:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ah, of course :) rpg.meta.stackexchange.com/a/7019/33317 \$\endgroup\$ – Bryant Jackson Apr 24 '17 at 14:55

This election is complete.