2016 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 25 '16 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.

1,189 voters were eligible, 455 visited the site during the election, 327 visited the election page, and 200 voted

Hi, I'm Ducatikiller

I'm honored to participate in this election and be a member of this community.

I have only been a member of SE for 19 months but have become quite hooked on the SE Mechanics site. I can't think of another online community that has given me as much joy and knowledge that excites me than Mechanics SE. It's been quite a journey of editing, going after unanswered questions and learning from the all of the amazing resources that have contributed over the years to this place.

I would like to continue to give to the site in the form of a moderator and lend any expertise I have attained as a mechanic, engineer or IT leader to Mechanics SE.

My experience include being a Certified Motorcycle Mechanic as well as working in Honda Motorcycle dealerships when I was younger. As well, I have stayed active in club racing with my son and friends and continue to work on motorcycles as a hobby that I am passionate about.

Hi,I'm Larry. I'm honored to have served you as a moderator since the sites beginning. I would like to nominate myself and continue to serve you as a moderator.

My philosophy on Moderation was initially based off of Jeff's post A Theory of Moderation and pretty much still is. You all make my job relatively easy as we have a great group of core users that flag posts appropriately. I'm level headed and good at deescalating conflict. I try and be objective when moderating and like Bob will let my history here speak for itself.

A little about my background. I started working on cars professionally in 1990 while in high school. I have an Associates degree in Automotive and Diesel from UTI. The majority of my career has been with General Motors, but I also spend a few years at an Acura dealer, as well as a few independents. I specialized in drivablilty and electrical and have held positions as Technician, Shop Foreman, and Service Manger. I am currently the department head over Fleet Maintenance for a Hospital fleet. I have also been an I-CAR instructor since 1998


He's quick to those calls of distress;
Turn failed fixes into success:
"Welcome to the site"
And "Check Engine Light?"
You'd think they're his email address!

He conferred on The Pitstop its name;
Fuel trims are his number one game;
With Close Vote Café
He helped keep at bay
Wild site stats - and now they're so tame!

They call him Unflappable Zaid,
Petrol-head of the finest grade.
With youth on his side,
He'll take in his stride,
Mod duties. (Without getting paid!)

  • If you're elected, will you promise to write all your mod messages in verse too? – ArtOfCode Oct 11 '16 at 22:25
  • @ArtOfCode Please no! It's hard enough to figure out which end of the wrench to jab into my eye as it is! :) – tlhIngan Oct 12 '16 at 5:08
  • This would be even more fine — with two spaces at the end of each line, — instead of a gap in the rhyme. — Because what good is poetry — without proper typography? – Wrzlprmft Oct 12 '16 at 12:05
  • @Wrzlprmft thanks for that! – Zaid Oct 12 '16 at 13:21
  • Bringing Order to the site! Go Zaid!! – Shobin P Oct 14 '16 at 13:10
  • @ArtOfCode If I could I would // Alas I can't so I shan't // The real world calls me... :) – Zaid Oct 14 '16 at 13:45

Hi, I'm anonymous2, nominating for moderator on mechanics.SE. I'm not a 100k user; I don't have tons of badges: just looking at the numbers, I'm way out in the sticks. The major thing going for my nomination for moderator is my personality. Without meaning to boast, I can honestly say that I tend to be a quick learner and have thoroughly grasped the concepts behind stackexchange and its "be nice" policy.

I am not at all an explosive or provocative personality: having had experience in counselling, one of the delights of my life is settling disputes. Notwithstanding, I can be definitive in my judgements and am prepared to foresee, attend to, and at necessity, intervene in abrasive interactions, provided I have am vouched the authority and responsibility so to do.

The downside of my candidacy is a somewhat limited motor knowledge, albeit I have been working in it part time for the past few years. I do not see this as a major issue, since I continue to learn, and I foresee very few situations where I would be unable to perform my duties because of inadequate technical information.

For those who have studied personality types, I am an ENFJ, with a strong second on T&P.

  • Being a moderator isn't about being a mechanic, it's about putting out fires and keeping everything spinning. :) – tlhIngan Oct 12 '16 at 5:09
  • I agree. I think the major thing going against me is simply that people don't know me. I'm slightly anonymous. But that will change with time. – anonymous2 Oct 12 '16 at 12:03
  • Well, you did want to go with the whole anonymous thing. :) – tlhIngan Oct 12 '16 at 17:58
  • I know. I've thought of changing my username, but every time I consider it, I think, "Naw, at this point everyone knows me by anonymous2. They'll start associating a picture with anonymous2 by this point." I should have the first time I thought of it, because I was extremely unknown then. @tlhIngan – anonymous2 Oct 12 '16 at 18:03
  • Maybe change your profile picture to something non-generic? – tlhIngan Oct 12 '16 at 18:04
  • Here I thought the profile pic was some new traffic sign (like maybe a traffic circle ahead) that you needed to use your smart phone to read. – spicetraders Oct 17 '16 at 16:58
  • Lol, it should have been, @spicetraders. – anonymous2 Oct 17 '16 at 17:12

Hi All,

I'd like to nominate myself for moderator here. I've been a member for 5 and a half years, and active throughout that time. While I might not answer quite as many questions as some of the other candidates, I spend a lot of time voting (I'm the second highest voter, after Paul), reviewing and doing other moderation tasks.

I'm a self-taught amateur mechanic (professional software engineer by day), and I think I'm pretty good at sticking to the 'be nice' ethos of the site - I always endeavour to be fair and even in all things in life, both on and off the internet.

I think the biggest issue we currently have here is with new members failing to give enough information in their questions, and others quickly closing them - I always leave at least a week (usually longer) before casting a close vote for such questions, and would encourage others to do the same, to allow the asker time to come back with more information.

I think this is the best, friendliest and most fun site on the SE network, and, whether or not elected, I will continue to do my best to make sure it stays that way.

  • The Unsung Hero of this site :-) GO Nick!! – Shobin P Oct 14 '16 at 13:11
  • Thankyou @ShobinP :-) – Nick C Oct 14 '16 at 13:13

Hi to anyone that I haven't met: I'm Bob Cross and I'd like to nominate myself for a official moderator position in the newly graduated Mechanics Stack Exchange.

I was one of the first users on the site, starting with the original Area 51 proposal. Shortly after we completed the public beta, Larry suggested that I would make a decent interim moderator (and, with respect to whether he was correct, my history here will have to speak for itself). My strategy has always been to try to follow Wheaton's Law above all else.

With respect to my history in the field, I am an enthusiastic amateur mechanic (my real life job is complicated but is mostly centered in the area of computer science). As such, this made me an active advocate for people like me that want to learn more but sometimes don't even know how to phrase their question properly.

  • SWAG!! I say pure SwaG and its worth retaining that honour of moderation. – Shobin P Oct 14 '16 at 13:12
  • Interesting that everyone seems to be self-nominating. I would have nominated Bob myself, except I don't feel it's my purview. It just might be he's sick and tired of herding us cats. It also might be he has some socket-head capscrews loose, and in that case, by all means - candidate scores aside - I would vote for a proven incumbent. – SteveRacer Oct 17 '16 at 8:45
  • @SteveRacer thanks! – Bob Cross Oct 17 '16 at 15:29
  • @SteveRacer All nominations on Stack Exchange are self nominations, as far as I know. – Lynn Crumbling Oct 17 '16 at 16:54

I'll throw my hat in the ring, if only to see how my grasshopper stats stack up against Master Paulster. :)

I spend some time here and there researching answers for other people, I find it a good way to learn stuff. I also find that sometimes people are too quick to pull the trigger on closing questions, we need to keep in mind that somebody may be freaking out about their vehicle and just need a little guidance.

Hi there - I'm going to nominate myself for a moderator role here, as while I'm very much an amateur mechanic (enthusiastic, rather than skilled, when working with cars or motorbikes) I do bring a fair amount of experience moderating Stack Exchange sites both large and small, and I love this community, which is one of the most laid back sites in the Stack Exchange network.

I'm fair, generally even tempered, and am a mediator when arguments get heated. That said, I'm not averse to closing down trolls and rudeness quickly. I have been instrumental in helping community growth on other sites, through beta and past graduation. I understand the real-life connections, promotion and interaction needed to ensure healthy progression, and if elected I plan on working as hard moderating, promoting and growing Mechanics as I do my other sites.

I have been a member here for over 5 and a half years, and by rep this is my highest site I am not a moderator on - as I am here almost every day, usually morning, lunchtime and evening (GMT)

If I don't get elected, I'll still be here doing what I do now, aiming to help, guide and contribute, answering the questions I can.

  • "A fair amount", says the veteran moderator of 7 sites within the network. If you want wide-ranging experience, you can't beat Rory. – ArtOfCode Oct 11 '16 at 20:46
  • GO Dr DOOM!!.... – Shobin P Oct 14 '16 at 13:07
  • @ShobinP - That's actually The Insidious Doktor Mayhem ... :o) – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Oct 15 '16 at 18:59

My name is Paul Johnson (aka: Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2). I would like to self-nominate for being a Moderator on Mechanics.SE. I'm doing this because I believe I have a duty to participate to my full extent.

I would make a good moderator because:

  • I've done more for this site than any other single person (I know it sounds like I'm boasting, but I'm just stating fact ... check the stats).
  • I enjoy being a mechanic, even though I don't do it professionally. It is my first great love.
  • I enjoy this community and the people who come with it. Great people: great fun.
  • I've learned a lot about patience from others on here and can exhibit those tendencies without effort.
  • I enjoy teaching others and believe I do a good job of it.
  • I know what's on/off topic.
  • I participate regularly on Meta.
  • I answer questions with regularity, though I'm not a question hound.
  • I've been on this site every day for the past 1033 days (as of this post) since I joined Mechanics.SE - I will continue to be here for the duration. Only heck or high water will keep me away.

I hope in the end you'll find reason to vote for me to be amongst the few who will be selected.

  • I don't know, man. You're missing that one Participation badge... – JoshDM Oct 10 '16 at 20:40
  • @JoshDM - You are right ... kinda hard to get the Constituent badge when there's never been an election, lol! :o) – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Oct 10 '16 at 20:41
  • Sounds like a lame excuse to me. – Ellesedil Oct 11 '16 at 5:16
  • @Paulster2 i'd vote if I had privileges on this forum to do so. You've got my vote. – Mathew A. Oct 11 '16 at 16:12
  • @MattA. - Thanks for the vote of confidence; it's appreciated. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Oct 11 '16 at 17:28
  • @JoshDM - You know what's crazy? I'll have that badge before this is all over, so it will be a 40/40, lol ... crazy I tell yah! – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Oct 11 '16 at 17:29
  • This person has helped me on all my questions, may it be an answer or just a comment. I will vote for Paulster2! – Jomar Sevillejo Oct 12 '16 at 0:34
  • You really don't have to have a write up when the person closest to your rep is having a difference with yours which can be as much as the combined rep of 4 people from the top 10 users on this site. – Shobin P Oct 14 '16 at 13:10

This election is complete.