Stemming from this question on the webapps meta: https://webapps.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/271/moderator-nominations , I believe it's time to start nominating moderators. Copied as a template from the webapps meta:

I hereby open up this question for moderator nominations.

  • Each nomination should be a separate answer. Link the name to the user's profile so we can see their activity.
  • The nominee should indicate their acceptance by commenting on (or indeed editing) the answer.
  • The top voted nominations can go forward to the vote.
  • The voting will be done on a separate question.

Some guidelines (from Jeff's original answer):

  1. Must be a currently registered user in good standing
  2. Must have a reasonably high reputation score to indicate active, consistent participation.
  3. Should exhibit patience and fairness at all times in their questions, answers, and comments.
  4. Should lead by example, showing respect for their fellow community members in everything they write.
  5. They should want the responsibility. Nominating users isn’t the same as an obligation. It’s purely voluntary!

More on the moderation nomination and selection process: How to organize a formal moderator election on a beta SE site?

Of the nominees, the SE team will select 3 candidates a week after public beta starts.

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    This comment may result inflammatory, but I feel I should point out that (regardless who is right, if one of them is) both Aaronaught and Pulse fail a bit on points 3 and 4 with their quarrels. – Vinko Vrsalovic Jul 21 '10 at 20:25
  • It's not inflammatory, it's true. I can only add that most of those quarrels have been on one very specific topic here on meta, not the main site, and that I don't think either of us would take unilateral actions contrary to the current community standard. But by all respects, people should still take that history into account and vote for someone who's strong on all fronts. My vote goes to Joe, if he wants the job. – Aaronut Jul 21 '10 at 20:41
  • The only discussion I'd really count as argumentative was the issue with language (for which I'm still trying to figure out if someone's already done it, or if there's good software out there so I can maintain and host a multi-lingual thesaurus.) As for wanting the job -- I'd edit / tag / whatever stuff anyway. I just don't want to the only person, as I might get bogged down for weeks at a time from my jobs, or be on travel where I don't have easy internet access. But I'm passionate about food & learning, so I'd be willing to do what I can to help out. – Joe Jul 21 '10 at 23:14
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    And just from having done the moderation type stuff over the years on various things ... it helps to have more than just Americans ... because the Europeans and Aussies live in different time zones, they might be around when all of the Americans are sleeping and someone's being harrassing/etc. I think JustRightMenus might be another possible candidate ... strong showing so far, even with starting a week after many of us. – Joe Jul 21 '10 at 23:21
  • @Joe, it's CW, so please edit your entry if you're accepting, and please nominate justrightmenus. – Mike Sherov Jul 21 '10 at 23:29
  • @Joe, it's also my understanding that you get access to special moderator tools to facilitate with the job, and while I'm not certain, I would guess there has to be more than one mod. – Mike Sherov Jul 21 '10 at 23:31
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    @Mike : it's hard to judge after just a week ... I'll nominate JustRightMenus when I get a better feel for (her?) ... I'll likely wait a few days, and try to read through (her?) comments / answers / etc. – Joe Jul 22 '10 at 0:30
  • @Joe, yeah, it is early. No pressure :-) – Mike Sherov Jul 22 '10 at 2:28
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    It's probably worth making sure the nominations cover the main timezones/locales when the site is active, too. – Rowland Shaw Jul 22 '10 at 12:51
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    How many moderators are we looking for? – Sam Holder Jul 22 '10 at 14:57
  • @Sam, these are just nominations. So as many as we want I suppose. I'm kind of playing this by ear, and will seek more input from webapps as guidance. – Mike Sherov Jul 22 '10 at 23:29
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    I believe that they end up choosing 3 moderators. – Aaronut Jul 23 '10 at 14:40
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    They choose 3 a week after public beta has started: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/57986/… – Mike Sherov Jul 23 '10 at 17:13
  • Which is the difference between a nominated moderator and someone that reached the reputation level for moderator tools? – Wizard79 Jul 23 '10 at 20:34
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    As Rowland Shaw pointed, we should have moderators spawned on all time zones: so at least one in Central Europe (UTC+1), one in USA or Canada (UTC-7), one in Asia (UTC+9). This should hopefully cover all the 24-hours. What about adding the timezone (e.g UTC-8) to the nomination? – Wizard79 Jul 23 '10 at 20:39

hobodave - accepted

  • Hey! Thanks guys. I accept. – hobodave Jul 22 '10 at 5:13

JustRightMenus - accepted


Sam Holder - accepted

  • I can't promise to be available all the time, but I'm happy to help spread the load. – Sam Holder Jul 22 '10 at 7:31

Mike Sherov :) - accepted

  • I'll accept the nomination. – Mike Sherov Jul 21 '10 at 23:16

Joe - accepted

  • I guess I accepted. – Joe Jul 22 '10 at 0:18

Aaronut - accepted

  • I'm sure that all of us on the list would do a good job, but if I somehow end up near the top, then sure, I'll accept. – Aaronut Jul 22 '10 at 14:08
  • Sorry but -1; I'll be quite blunt and say that I've down-voted because having seen the way you talk to people on here (not all the time, admittedly, but enough to bother me), I don't think you're suited to being a moderator – Rob Jul 28 '10 at 17:55
  • @Rob and @Aaronut: Before this turns into an epic comment thread... Do you think we should just keep our reasons for down-voting moderator nominations to ourselves? It's been avoided so far (I have 4 down votes and I don't care to know from who or why), and I think that might be for the best. There's just really no nice way to say it. Should we just let the votes speak for themselves? – hobodave Jul 28 '10 at 19:54
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    @hobodave: If there is one thing I consistently believe in, it's that people should speak their minds. People choose to take offense at what others say. I choose not to take offense at these comments or any that follow. And I'll be blunt: I am not the "diplomatic" type, and if that is a hard requirement for being a mod, then I shouldn't be one. What I am offering is a ton of experience with the Stack Exchange system and the SO/MSO communities and a determination to make this site succeed. People should vote accordingly, and if they have something add, there's no reason to hide it. – Aaronut Jul 29 '10 at 0:36
  • @Aaronut: Fair enough, and I too agree with the people speaking their minds. I sure do. :) I was just trying to keep a heretofore positive thread, well... positive. I'm not trying to squelch anyone. – hobodave Jul 29 '10 at 5:07


  • Thanks to whoever put my name forward and thanks to whoever down-voted with out explanation. I'd really rather not be considered for a position as moderator, as I will have long periods of absence due to family commitments. – Pulse Jul 21 '10 at 22:43
  • I nominated, and have now removed, you. Thanks for responding. – Mike Sherov Jul 21 '10 at 23:15
  • Thanks Mike, appreciated. – Pulse Jul 21 '10 at 23:56

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