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2017 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 Jul 11 '17 at 20:00.

The results of this election can be viewed online via OpaVote. 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


6,591 voters were eligible, 1,784 visited the site during the election, 860 visited the election page, and 432 voted

Hi all! My name is Gerwin and I'd like to run for moderator. I'm a little late to the party; I was hesitating because I don't have the stellar track record on this site that you might expect from a candidate.

Nevertheless, I'm very enthusiastic:

  • I'm an Apple enthusiast: I own a Mac mini, two MacBooks, two iPhones, two iPads, an Apple TV and an Apple Watch.
  • I'm an Ask Different enthusiast Fanatic.
  • Above all, I'm a moderation enthusiast. I have 1450 helpful flags here (over 16000 across the SE network) and almost 1500 reviews in little over 3 months (I gained the privilege March 24th). Network-wide, I have over 35000 reviews and I participate in Charcoal HQ where we keep Stack Exchange free of spam – Ask Different is one of the main spam targets.

I have quite some experience with moderation tools (including the dupehammer) on other sites in the network, and I have confidence that I can quickly catch up on any knowledge I currently lack about e.g. the canonical questions here.

Oh, and one more thing:

Here are my answers to the questionnaire.

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  • I should note that 1000 of those flags (±100 on Ask Different) were automatically cast by SmokeDetector - this compensates for the time I spend helping to configure the system. – Glorfindel Jul 2 '17 at 9:54
  • Thanks for putting your nomination in and also for explaining the flagging system. It's partially responsible for why we delayed calling for an election for quite a long time. – bmike Jul 2 '17 at 16:48

Hi, I'm Joe (aka Monomeeth) and I'm nominating for one of the moderator positions.

I'm based in Australia and I've been a member here for about 1.5 years. In that time I've fallen in-love with the site (corny I know, but it's also true).

This site is without a doubt the best Q&A site for Apple users anywhere on the planet, and that includes Apple's own Discussion Forums.

So, why am I nominating myself?

Most importantly I feel I can contribute to our continued success and growth. In summary, I'm:

  • committed, energetic and love helping people discover the potential of their Apple products
  • readily available - in fact I've been here every day for the past 300 days
  • active in all aspects of the site and have a passion for user experience and engagement
  • someone with the right temperament and personality for this type of role

Please feel free to read my answers or ask me a question by using @Monomeeth.

Finally, I want to thank all of you for making this site awesome, and I wish all candidates the best.

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  • Ah, good to see you in this list :-) – nohillside Jun 30 '17 at 18:27

Hi, I’m George, an avid member of the Ask Different community for over 4 years. I would like to volunteer as a moderator.

A great deal of my time is already spent in review queues; I’m the top reviewer of first and late posts alongside my other contributions. I believe it is very important to provide users with a welcoming experience, as well as maintaining the high quality of content on the site. Expressing ideas clearly is paramount on a site dedicated to helping everyone alongside the original poster of a question.

I’m an active meta participant, providing support and participating in discussions. I keep up-to-date on global meta as I believe keeping up with the latest developments are important in taking action where appropriate.

Having two gold tag badges for popular tags means I am familiar with binding votes. The 10k tools are extremely useful to me in monitoring the site operation from an elevated perspective, thus potentially actioning questions with unusual activity or anonymous feedback anomalies.

I look forward to your questions and wish the best of luck to all the candidates.

My answers to your questions

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  • I'm missing some serious hacking efforts to change candidate score 39/40 to candidate score 41/40 ;-) – klanomath Jun 28 '17 at 16:35
  • I'm trying to figure out which participation badge you're missing... ;) – Tetsujin Jun 29 '17 at 7:00
  • Aw man, so close and yet so far... ;) – Monomeeth Jun 29 '17 at 8:50
  • It's been so long since the last election (Feb 2013), I'm missing the Constituent badge for voting for a candidate in an election. Also, my nomination is to the character on the character limit, so if the grammar is slightly off it's probably because I had to keep shortening it to fit — you'll find much more information in my considerably longer answers to the question collection – grg Jun 29 '17 at 14:57

Hi everyone! I'm Jackson, and I'm nominating myself for moderator. I have benefited greatly from this site and people's great answers, and I hope to make it better.

Why me?

  • I'm fairly active, and that activity will only go up from here
  • I will be available throughout the day (and sometimes night) CST
  • I'm a fairly level-headed person
  • I have lots of  products

Why not me?

  • I'm not terribly active on meta, but I hope to be more active
  • I don't have a very high reputation here, but I have been steadily climbing recently.

Here are my answers to the community questions

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  • Thank you for stepping up and taking the time to thoughtfully answer the community questions. I certainly won't rule you out based on the candidate score. If you care to try and get some of the badges that are reachable this week - please ping me or the other mods in Ask Different Chat. – bmike Jun 27 '17 at 22:15
  • Just letting everyone know - I will be unreachable from 5PM Sunday, 2 July - 5PM Saturday, 9 July UTC. If you have any questions for me, please ask them before/after those times. Thanks! – Jackson1442 Jun 28 '17 at 4:17

This election is complete.