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2012 Moderator Election

nomination began
May 7, 2012 at 20:00
election began
May 14, 2012 at 20:00
election ended
May 22, 2012 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!


Apart from writing the odd long-winded answer on my principal claim to fame is the proposed B.I. site on Area 51, which has now been officially merged with DBA.SE.

I'm not a database administrator, although I did work as a dev DBA at one point. These days I build data warehouse and reporting systems for a living and do the odd product design gig for various consulting firms in the industry.

I've been on Stackoverflow since 2008 and DBA.SE since the latter part of 2011, and for reasons I can't fathom people seem to like my answers. Regulars or visitors to The Heap will have trouble missing my random emissions there.

The community here's been good to me and made me feel welcome. I'm nominating myself because I can give something back and I'd like to do that.

I would gladly help out with this if you are seeking more than one mod. If not I'd probably vote for one of the other people nominated so far myself :)

I'm on during West Coast U.S. business hours (-7 GMT). I like answering questions and helping people, and I think it's not so terribly difficult to be polite online.

I like this community so that's why I keep coming back. It's great to interface with the Aaron Bs, Brent Os, Grant Fs, et al, of the world, I've learned a lot. And the direct Q/A style fits my own communication style well. Just the facts ma'am :)



I'd like to throw my hat into the ring for this as well.

I've been on Stack Overflow since July 2010 (only in the SQL and PowerShell tags), and on DBA.SE since May 2011. I've been active on DBA.SE since late last year.

I've been relatively active on Meta.SO as well, and read the Meta on DBA frequently.

I believe strongly in encouraging the right kinds of questions and answers. This has not been a huge issue on DBA so far, but as the site grows it'll continue to be a problem so getting the right precedents set from the beginning is important.

I think the current moderation team has been doing a great job and I'd like to help continue that work.


It also occurred to me that this is fairly important from a deleting/editing perspective as well, since most sites rely on 10k users for a lot of this work and we only have 3 non-mod 10k users here.

I'll obviously take that into consideration if elected!

Quality content is the most important output of this site, and I have taken a lead in creating, improving, and rewarding others for creating kick-ass content:

Quality users are the most important input to this site, and I have taken an active interest in strengthening the audience of this site. I'm a big fan of CoTW and the work he's done to merge BI into this site.

This is what I've done and who I am as a member of this community.

As a moderator, none of that will change.

Vote for Nick Chammas

Tamer of beasts.                  Fearless leader.                  Database Administrator.

This election is over.