2011 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 Oct 12 '11 at 20:00.

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

329 voters were eligible, 150 visited the site during the election, 77 visited the election page, and 48 voted

About me

I develop technologies for replicating data between databases. I am a big fan of everything open source. I have learned a lot from the Hadoop and VLC communities and want to contribute back.


  1. I haven't piled up a big reputation score here yet which is because the site is new, and I haven't been around very often lately.
  2. I was one of the early members of this site and also have been very active on www.stackoverflow.com and some other exchanges.
  3. I work with databases day in and day out.
  4. I think I have just enough free time now to be on the website almost all the time.
  5. I have never done web moderation before, I have been around long enough on this exchange to understand the essence of our community.


  1. If elected, I want to not only focus on general moderating, but also how to attract more traffic here. The number of people visiting is less according to my expectations and that needs to be taken care of. Not many people know about this website. We need to make people aware that this site exists.

  2. Also, I want a better logo for our website.

I am fairly new to the stack exchange community (not quite a year on any of the networks), but during that year I've come to value the expertise offered by the different sites' communities.

DBA hits closest to home as that is the community I mostly fit in. Thus, I've been pretty active on this site as far as offering what little knowledge I have, and learning from others.

I'd like to offer more to the community in terms of being a glorified Janitor and also:

If elected as a DBA.SE moderator, I will strive to bring about world peace and stuff.

‐ Dtest

  • I would like to add that he knew some things I didn't about the new UI changes and where to find information ;) +1 – jcolebrand Sep 28 '11 at 17:57
  • @jcole Turns out that's not a true count towards the badge. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/39215/… – Derek Downey Sep 29 '11 at 14:33
  • What about free coffee and fruit instead of world peace? – gbn Sep 30 '11 at 4:37
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    @gbn Since coffee is the essence of peace, yes, though I would urge others to provide it since this is a non-paying job. – Derek Downey Oct 2 '11 at 18:50

I'm willing to commit myself to giving the job my best effort if you decide you want me to. I've been active in helping the moderators do their job for a while by flagging posts, commenting and hanging around meta and chat, so I know at least some of the ropes.

A lot of the moderation work is extremely mundane, almost janitorial. It’s deleting obvious spam, closing blatantly off-topic questions, and culling some of the worst rated posts in various dimensions.

This I think I can do. Helping resolve (hopefully extremely rare) disputes gently and graciously? Well I'd try...

I care about dba.se and I want to help the site to do well - either by moderating or by not moderating, you get to choose :)

  • Dispute resolution; now that will test a moderator. I'll vote for that. – StanleyJohns Oct 2 '11 at 10:21

I'll throw my hat in the ring. I'm currently a moderator for ServerFault where I've been a moderator since the site started so I've got a good understanding of what is needed to moderate the site.

I've been using this site for quite some time (as my rep score shows) so I'd like the chance to give back to the site for a bit.

  • you've got my support denny ;) – DForck42 Sep 27 '11 at 16:17
  • Thanks @DForch42. – mrdenny Sep 28 '11 at 1:32
  • @mrdenny +1 for you mate – David George Sep 28 '11 at 10:33

* It's a screenshot because you cannot view these stats for the month after it has passed.

I'm gonna go ahead and toss my hat in the ring.

I'm one of the current three pro-tem mods on the site, and I am probably the most vocal here. I've got several sites on the Stack Exchange network where I'm active, including Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Overflow, here and English Language & Usage, so I'm rather well versed in what it means to be a mod. I'm also pretty well always available on chat.

I am also a moderator on some non-stack exchange sites, and I lead some local user group sessions, so this is already something I'm doing. I definitely enjoy being of service to a community and pitching in where I can. In addition, I'm trying to coordinate with some other individuals here to start a Sql Server users group (we already do .NET on a monthly basis) so as you can see I'm dedicated to promoting database administrators helping each other.

Other reasons to elect me would probably include my rather extensive involvement on our local meta, my mid-level rep here on the site (I'm in the top 20 users of this site), and the fact that adding filler to my paragraphs looks better, since they're more flushed out. And now, a joke:

This is an object-oriented system. If we change anything, the users object.

Thank you thank you, I'll be here all night.

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    You're a glutton for punishment if nothing else... – gbn Sep 27 '11 at 17:15
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    It looks to me like gbn's comment will win the election :p – Jack says try topanswers.xyz Sep 29 '11 at 9:50

This election is complete.