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2018 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 Oct 16 '18 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


1,299 voters were eligible, 368 visited the site during the election, 270 visited the election page, and 128 voted

I will be voting for Geoffrey Thomas.

I was expecting to see more people nominate themselves. Since I didn't yesterday, I placed myself up for nomination. I plan to remain as a candidate to make sure there are enough candidates until the election is over.

Here are some reasons why I might make a good moderator.

  • I am active on this site.
  • I am a top participant in the review queues.
  • I have edited over 500 posts.
  • I have flagged over 170 times mainly for low quality answers although occasionally for comments I felt were inappropriate.
  • I have voted over 4000 times all but three of which have been up-votes.
  • I have raised over 20 questions and offered over 200 answers.
  • I have posted to the meta site, questions and answers.

However, there are reasons why I shouldn't be a moderator.

  • I joined this site less than a year ago, 303 days precisely based on my profile.
  • I would prefer a moderator with more experience than I have in philosophy and who is professionally trained in the topic. My training was in mathematics and professional activity was in database engineering.
  • I have less than 4000 reputation.
 

I would like to nominate myself as a candidate for the moderator position of Philosophy Stack Exchange. As you can probably see from my profile, I have only asked questions in Philosophy Stack Exchange.

Part of the reason for this is that I am only a postgraduate student in Mathematics and had no formal training in Philosophy. However, I have always found Philosophical questions (especially regarding different viewpoints of the nature of Mathematics and Logic) highly interesting since I read Frege's The Foundations of Arithmetic (which was around the same time when I joined this site). Honestly I found this community to be an excellent place where I can ask about my philosophical musings and get feedback. My main motivation for applying to this post is simply to give back something to the community and help it grow so that more people like me come to know about it.

I won't be saying anything else here because I think my answers to the questionnaire will reflect more about me. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me.

Thank you.

 

I put my name forward in this election with a strong sense of the responsibilities of a moderator. I taught philosophy at university level for many years but the most I can claim from this is that I have a reasonable knowledge of some major areas of philosophy. Much more is required of a Moderator.

Then what more do I offer ? First, a total belief in the value of PSE. What follows ? I consider carefully the level at which a question is asked (I am used to beginners’ questions since I have taught students from basics).

Questions that are non-philosophical, too wide, or incompletely intelligible need to be gently but firmly handled. Critical comments I answer as patiently and fairly as I can. Sometimes comments and replies extend too far and need to be halted. Flagged comments are top priority; they must be dealt with promptly and effectively.

Every moderator brings something distinctive to the role. My questions, answers, edits, and comments are open for all to see. It is up to the community to make up its mind about me and whether it would be prepared to accept me as a moderator.

 

This election is complete.