The 2012 Community Moderator Election is now underway!

Community moderator elections have three phases:

  1. Nomination phase
  2. Primary phase
  3. Election phase

Most elections take between two and three weeks, but this depends on how many candidates there are.

Please visit the official election page at


for more detail, and to participate!

If you have general questions about the election process, or questions for moderator candidates, feel free to ask them here on meta -- just make sure your questions are tagged .

  • Do current moderators need to be re-elected? Or are we electing additional members of the team? This wasn't made clear by the announcement post on the main site.
    – EAMann
    Feb 14, 2012 at 20:21
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    Current moderators stay elected, the election is for 3 new moderators.
    – nobody
    Feb 14, 2012 at 20:29
  • Can we only nominate ourselves, or can we nominate others? Feb 14, 2012 at 20:29
  • Only self nomination, there's some background here
    – nobody
    Feb 14, 2012 at 20:33
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    @ChipBennett You should nominate yourself. You've my vote :)
    – kaiser
    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:58
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    IMHO: Moderators should be forced to use a real photo as their profile picture. Just to give WPSE more of a face.
    – kaiser
    Feb 15, 2012 at 10:00
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    @kaiser LOL... you hadn't seen avatar wall in mod chatroom... Not really in the culture :)
    – Rarst
    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:17
  • @kaiser I've been asked, and I'm considering it; but for a few reasons, I'm leaning toward declining. I'll post an answer below, for discussion. Feb 15, 2012 at 13:38
  • @kaiser With the exception of Rarst (just because I'm so used to it now) I completely agree. Using a real photo adds something to the reputation.
    – EAMann
    Feb 15, 2012 at 16:46
  • its that exciting time of the year again :)
    – Bainternet
    Feb 15, 2012 at 18:49
  • Can nominees vote in the election?
    – Jared
    Feb 15, 2012 at 21:01
  • @Jared yes (if I remember right - I don't remember not being able to last time)
    – Rarst
    Feb 17, 2012 at 11:30

1 Answer 1


(If this isn't the appropriate place for such discussion, feel free to delete this answer.)

I've been asked by a couple people to nominate myself, and am considering it; but I have reservations:

  1. I don't think I have the time to commit to the responsibility of being a moderator.
  2. As is evidenced by many of my questions here on Meta, I'm not confident in my own understanding of certain things (namely, scope; but also, the nuances of some of the site mechanics) to be able to become a decision-maker regarding those things.
  3. I'm one of 6 total people (and one of only 4 non-moderators) with access to Moderator Tools. If I were elected moderator, I would gain a few more privileges, but those additional privileges wouldn't represent a huge improvement in the overall ability of the community to self-moderate. I would rather see someone else equally qualified, but with lower rep, be elected and gain full moderator privileges. That way, the "pool" of moderation resources increases more.

Perhaps this is all an exercise in navel-gazing. I'll do whatever the WPSE community wants, and am willing to help to the extent I am able to commit. I just wanted to throw these things out for discussion.

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    There are some users like toscho and me who aren't that far away from those tools, so I wouldn't give too much about the number of people who have access to those. +/-1 doesn't matter. So go and nominate yourself :)
    – kaiser
    Feb 15, 2012 at 14:31
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    I look at the current slate of 5 self-nominees, and realize that I would vote for every one of them before I would vote for myself. I think we already have the slate of best candidates. Feb 21, 2012 at 15:10
  • Same goes for me. You should nominate yourself anyway :)
    – kaiser
    Feb 21, 2012 at 15:14

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