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!

This election ended May 22 '12 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.

726 voters were eligible, 288 visited the site during the election, 149 visited the election page, and 87 voted

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.
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    Now look who's got the best moderation and participation stats by a country mile ;) – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells May 11 '12 at 7:42
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    ++ for creativity. For some reason your posting draws up images of Norse warriors of olde. :) – Chris Aldrich May 11 '12 at 12:50
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    What an excellent choice of candidates this time round! I appreciate their many contributions to the site, but "Vote for Nick Chammas" is what I plan to do: his stats tell a true story. Consistent care for the site and user-moderating along with a friendly attitude to users new and old. – Jack Douglas May 12 '12 at 7:06
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    You've got my vote too. I can see why JD and Shog9 are both keen on you. – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells May 12 '12 at 15:32

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 :)



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    Eric, there is only one mod being elected this time around. Just wanted to say (1) Your contributions to the site are greatly appreciated, and (2) I see you have a blog - how do you fancy having us host it for free ;-) – Jack Douglas May 10 '12 at 14:10
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    Thanks Jack! I defer to the other candidates then :) That's great, didn't know that was available! I'm using Goog Blogger currently with a domain registered. So far those guys aren't charging me but if they start I'll gladly switch :) – Eric Higgins May 10 '12 at 16:40

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!

  • was fairly active on Super User in terms of edit/mod-flagging back then, so an endorsement for JNK from me – Sathyajith Bhat May 9 '12 at 5:24
  • @Sathya Thanks for remembering! Superuser quickly evolved beyond my expertise when I was active there. – JNK May 9 '12 at 12:24
  • You left us chat folks too ;( – Sathyajith Bhat May 9 '12 at 16:23
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    @Sathya - you're more than welcome to come hang out and talk shite with the folks on the heap. – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells May 9 '12 at 17:44
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    JNK's a pretty solid user-moderator wherever he appears, and would make a fine addition to the existing team of moderators. – Shog9 May 10 '12 at 2:39
  • @ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells thanks for the invite! I do drop by once a blue moon, but I'm mostly at Root Access – Sathyajith Bhat May 10 '12 at 3:22
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    Don't vote for this guy. One time my buddy Dave got locked out of the house and JNK was a total jerk about letting him back in. – Nick Chammas May 10 '12 at 22:48


Apart from writing the odd long-winded answer on dba.se 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.

  • You also have the added benefit of being active during times when the current mod team is asleep! – JNK May 8 '12 at 13:17
  • I'm in the UK, about 15 miles from @JackDouglas. – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells May 8 '12 at 13:33
  • JCole and MrDenny are US based though. – JNK May 8 '12 at 13:33
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    Maybe we should encourage @SimonRigharts :) – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells May 8 '12 at 13:47
  • Hey now don't pick on the token antipodean. :) – Simon Righarts May 9 '12 at 10:37
  • @SimonRigharts we can't help it, your water swirls the wrong direction! – JNK May 9 '12 at 14:38
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    @JNK - urban myth snopes.com/science/coriolis.asp – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells May 9 '12 at 15:45
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    @ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells: you should get upvotes just for debunking that myth. I never knew that! – Peter Majeed May 10 '12 at 17:18
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    We're americans. Your snopes 'proof' won't dissuade us! – Derek Downey May 10 '12 at 19:58
  • @Dtest speak for yourself ;-} – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells May 11 '12 at 19:05

This election is complete.