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2013 Moderator Election

nomination began
May 13, 2013 at 20:00
election began
May 20, 2013 at 20:00
election ended
May 28, 2013 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!

Seeing as a 2 horse race for 1 moderator isn't really in the spirit of an election, I'll chuck my hat into the ring. 2 horses and a lame one are more fun :)

I've been working in the IT industry (predominantly Telecoms) for 14 years, 10 of which have been as a Sybase and Oracle DBA. I think myself lucky to have discovered the amazing community 16 months ago - The quality of answers and helpfulness displayed by the main contributors to the site is truly outstanding.

I am incredibly active on - 105 helpful flags, 191 days of consecutive visits, 7th in yearly rank for reputation, and always maintaining a presence in the site chat room, The Heap, and have just recently hit 10k reputation .

My Meta participation isn't great by any stretch of the imagination (unless you count my epic Christmas competition contribution), but that is something that is easily fixed.

I am already fully committed to the quality, community and spirit of this site. The addition of a little blue diamond to my profile would just reinforce that commitment.

I am going to toss my name in the ring. I'm willing to commit myself to this site to help grow and maintain it. Even though I just lost my consecutive days usage, I am active on the site by flagging and am typically available in chat.

While my rep can't compete with some of the other users of this site, I have been extremely active on StackOverflow and others so I know how to maneuver the Stack Exchange sites. I care about these sites and want to see them grow.

In the real world, I am still learning the ropes of being a DBA but I consider myself a pretty level-headed person and I believe that I would be a good fit for moderator. I would like to give back to the community that I have learned so much from.

I would like to assist in as many ways as possible to prevent dba.SE from becoming the next StackOverflow. I think we can achieve great things here with high volume and valuable discussions without the inevitable onslaught of low quality posts and help vampires.

Now, I will be the first to admit, I am not StackOverflow's poster child for patience. But I do believe I have set a much better example here, very likely correlated with the difference in quality. I have also been involved in many discussions with existing moderators about certain aspects of the site, its users, and what kind of traffic we wish to encourage.

I've contributed to meta here, but most of my meta contributions have been on the main site's meta. That said, they would also affect this site - I don't believe any of my feature requests, bug reports or discussion questions would apply only to the main SO site unless they involved a very specific incident.

I do believe I meet the reputation and active participation criteria.

This election is over.