2013 Moderator Election

On Ask Different, 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 Feb 19 '13 at 20:00.

Download the election data and use OpenSTV to audit the results.

2,034 voters were eligible, 842 visited the site during the election, 476 visited the election page, and 217 voted

7 Candidates

I'm not really qualified to be a moderator here. I don't have much reputation. I haven't flagged many posts. I haven't made many edits. I don't participate in chat. I haven't built up trust with the comunity. I don't use my real name. I don't even have one of those fancy icon thingies. So here's my campaign promise: elect me moderator, and I'll accept the position and serve just long enough to make the election "count," then I'll resign without handling a single flag.

Consider me a vote for the status quo: the current moderator team seems to have things wellenough under controol. If you don't think we need to add two moderators to the team, make me one of your choices. A vote for me is a vote for no one!

If elected I promise to do nothing, and then to resign. Vote for me; the site is already moderate enough.

meta answers: 1 / 0
helpful flags: 1 of 2

I live in Kansas (Central Time), and enjoy the four seasons that it typically brings - when not in drought.

Just a little about me: While I don't have a tremendous history with Apple, I got my first Apple laptop about 2 years ago, and my first iOS devices over a year ago. Before that, I used a variety of slow, and volatile PCs - a process that made me enjoy the transition (easy as it was) to Mac all the more.

My activity on here: I've enjoyed the review tasks that my reputation allows me to do. As is pretty apparent, the First Posts queue alone has kept me doing something. Keeping this site a high quality place anyone can come to for relavent answers to their Apple questions is something that I'm very much committed to. I have worked very hard on learning the system, and using it accordingly. I also work extra hard on wording so that I am as gentle as possible. I believe, as this community does as well, that this creates a more welcome environment to new users.

If I was elected: That would allow me to participate more fully in the community. I love reviewing, helping others out with answers, and policing in any way I can.

meta questions: 3 / +4
meta answers: 2 / +3
helpful flags: 352 of 364

After having passed the opportunity to run during the last election I would like to throw in my hat this time.

Some background I first got in contact with Macs shortly after they became available in Switzerland, later I moved to Unix systems. I rejoined the Community with OS X 10.3 The long time I spent with Unix based systems was one of the drivers in writing Interesting new Unix commands/binaries in OS X Mountain Lion.

Me and this site I've joined AskDifferent 18 months ago and enjoy the accumulated knowhow and the good atmosphere on this site. Besides giving me the opportunity to help other people to get things done in iOS/OS X, I also keep benefiting from question/answers posted by others.

As a moderator I'm already doing quite a bit of reviewing so my daily life wouldn't change dramatically. I want to put more emphasis on helping users to make questions/answers more valuable for the long term to keep the site's quality up. In addition I could extend timezone coverage of the moderator team by being active mainly during European prime time.

meta questions: 2 / +13
meta answers: 46 / +176
helpful flags: 1368 of 1393


I nominated myself for the last election, and was pleased to see the right guys win; namely someone else. You can relive my pitch here and here.

I'd stand by what I said then, but I don't want to just repeat it.

Initially I did not want to re-nominate myself; as of late my participation levels at the grass roots level of Q&A are not what they have been in the past. I'm still kicking about near the top 10 all time, but I'm not as active as I have been. But then I think back to last year, and the various challenges that immediately threw themselves in the way of the Mod' team IRL, and think that actually, a Moderator isn't there to clock in and pull a shift every day, they are there to do a great job when they are there, and that's why we have more than 1.

I think I'd make a great mod. I can't promise to be here every day. But when I am here, I'll be on GMT, or "Earth Time" while the others sleep ;) I'm not sure how much extra moderation we need, but consider a vote for me to be a vote for Global Expansion!

meta questions: 11 / +62
meta answers: 58 / +221
helpful flags: 158 of 166

I, Caleb, hereby throw my hat in the ring. I consider this a long shot and hope that more experienced community members will step up to the plate. I may withdraw my nomination before the final phase if other qualified candidates enter the race in order to not dilute the pool.

I bring to the table experience as a pro tempore mod on two SE sites, one of which has gotten the green light to graduate. I know the ropes, not just as a set of tools but also the necessary communication, community education and cultural issues.

My primary roll as a moderator would be to support the community, not hijack it. I would not have carte blanche right to curb established habits in this community, however I would use my voice and influence to support a few changes. In particular, I have always been bothered by this site's approval of polling style and CW questions. In this one aspect I would advocate that the overall SE trend away from these is a net gain in content quality that this site could benifit from.

I don't see any major differences in vision in other areas and would see it as my roll to learn from the local community first, then support their visions with gentle enforcement.

helpful flags: 5 of 5

I'm 16, currently living in Oslo, Norway (CET/UTC+1). My interest in Apple and their products started when I was 10, and has only grown since then, and I can now proudly call myself an Apple-nerd.

When it comes to the StackExchange Network, I have experience from Stack Overflow, where I am an active editor and reviewer. The StackExchange platform is familiar to me, and I would like to become an even more active participant and moderator here on AskDifferent, not just for my own gain, mostly to contribute to this community and help it grow.

One of my main points of concern is the trend on SO at the moment with questions of decreasing quality. I would like to prevent this from catching on here at AskDifferent. I have always been a person who likes to be in control and teach others the social norms and ways to act and not to act in societies, both web-based and in real life.

I know I'm underqualified when it comes to reputation and activity here on AskDifferent, but I think I can still be able to make a change and be a good resource to the community .

Thank you!

meta questions: 1 / +2
helpful flags: 22 of 25

I'm a long time AD user and as much as I've given to this community, I've got many times that back. The knowledge contained in the collective here is staggering and I enjoy being able to help curate and coax the content being posted here to the highest quality and standards.

I have previous moderator experience with guitars.stackexchange.com (now merged with music.stackexchange.com) and avp.stackexchange.com. Both were successful moderator tenures.

I take a "tread softly, use a light touch" approach to moderation and along with a daily incantation of the mantra "be more like @bmike when I'm here" I think I'd make a good addition to the moderator team.

meta questions: 4 / +28
meta answers: 29 / +112
helpful flags: 71 of 75

This election is complete.