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2015 Moderator Election

nomination began
Aug 24, 2015 at 20:00
election began
Aug 31, 2015 at 20:00
election ended
Sep 8, 2015 at 20:00

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!

Hello. You've probably seen me around a fair amount this year. I've been surprised at how rewarding it is to answer questions here, clear up misconceptions through comments, and even tidy up the site through voting, reviews, closing, and the occasional bit of deletion.

I've decided to nominate myself after a good deal of thought and the gentle encouragement of J.R., who I very much hope to be able to work alongside. In my time at SE, I've focused heavily on understanding, explaining, and even refining the key goals of the SE network, and ELL in particular. As a ♦ moderator, this is crucial: only a passion for and a thorough grasp of our core values can result in good leadership and sound moderation.

If I am elected, my focus around the site will necessarily change a bit. I'll be handling more flags, spending less time reviewing what the community at large can handle, and probably hanging out more in chat. ;) I won't be spending any less time on Meta, and I expect I'll keep answering and editing as I have been. I'll keep nudging those few users who exhibit patterns of bad behavior, and with better tools to spot and handle them, I'll be able to help the site out more effectively.

I went through this post. And, I can say that I can make it. I spend a lot of time on ELL and can help other moderators lessening their burden. It's been over a year and I'm thankful to all who supported me, taught me and appreciated (at times!) my work. I feel proud to be an active member here. My graph says it all.

Though I'm not a native speakers, I'm pretty sure to serve as a keen moderator as far as spending time on this site and having a 'keen eye' on all activities going here is concerned. In my career, I've served as a manager to many companies.

It's okay if it sounds off to seniors here. I'll still be in love with ELL!

I'm nominating myself for a moderator position here because I feel like my experience in community moderation, online and offline, would allow me to contribute to English Language Learners.

I've been quite active in answering questions in the past, and am becoming more active presently. I've been quite diligent in completing review tasks - it's one of the few things I'll need to re-evaluate if elected, as I would make binding decisions on all of the review tasks. Having said that, I would contribute to the community in other ways.

I've been slowly increasing the amount of time I spend on ELL, and that'll continue whether or not I'm elected because I really do find helping language learners rewarding.

You'll see that I've been quite active on the site Meta, which is important for a ♦ moderator. I'm also very active in chat, which I believe is also an important place for many communities.

I'm a ♦ moderator pro tempore over on the Law Beta Stack Exchange, and it's a bit of a different scenario. However, the same traits of respect, patience, and fairness still apply, and I feel that my strengths in these aspects of the role would benefit me as a moderator here, too.

I have been fortunate enough to have visited 42 countries, which has enabled me to witness first-hand the tribulations experienced by those grappling with the English language. My most relevant experiences are several visits to India and Eastern Europe, along with a time spent living in Korea. It is clear that those starting from Western European, Slavic or Asian native languages experience different problems with English.

I believe that my experiences help me comprehend a learner's attempt at wording a question. This helps me to help them.

I have been active on the Stack Exchange network for almost two years, 18 months on ELL. Long enough to be impressed by, and to wish to retain, the high standard of the sites.

What would I do differently as a moderator? More time in chat. I admit to not having chatted for several months. Secondly, fewer reviews. A moderator's commanding close vote is something that should be used very carefully.

I would relish the opportunity to help this community to help itself to grow out of beta and stand as an equal to the excellent EL&U. Whether we like it or not, English is a lingua franca, let's help everyone become better at it.

I've been a moderator here at ELL for two wonderful years. More than anything, I am so proud of the community we've fostered, and that we've gotten this far. Congratulations on graduating, everyone!

I would love to continue moderating ELL, and I think the existing team has a good track record of being fair, impartial, and patient... And not taking things personally, which can be hard unless you have the right mindset, but is vital to interacting with users. I think I have done my job well, and I think that all my support interactions with users have, at the very least, made them feel heard.

Moderation is largely a cleanup job... Take care of the daily odds-and-ends so the site keeps running. Meta participation is also crucial; you have to keep your eye on the community's needs and when opinions on issues change. Sadly RL has made it so I couldn't participate as much as I'd like the past few months. Luckily that ends Sept. 1, and I'm looking forward to coming back full-time--moderator or no.

Whether or not you vote for me, please vote for J.R. His joining our team was a blessing for ELL. I would be honored to continue working beside him, and I'm sure the other mods would agree.

I love this site, not just because it's an SE site. I love it because it's a good resource for humans who are learning English and who'd like to know about it better. As an English teacher of a decade or so, a language learner myself, a teacher-trainer, a writer of materials, I know how rare a good open resource for language learners is.

This resource is great and could be, is on course to be, a rich repository of useful information which learners of varying levels from different backgrounds can use to improve their English learning.

The members of this community do a reasonable job of keeping the standards of questions high! They also provide good answers. The need for intervention here on the part of moderators is low. And should be low. Because you guys generally do a good job of sorting things out.

I believe I would be a good moderator here because, erm, I would be moderate! One of the outstanding aspects of J.R.'s, and Wendikidd's moderation on this site is that they intervene judiciously and with as little fuss or silliness as possible because they understand all the users.

I am a pro good questions, and good answers and good house-keeping from members.

Hullo, I'm inɒzɘmɒЯ.A.M, and I'm nominating for mod position on ELL, as I feel I'm ready to bear a bigger responsibility, which would be moderating ELL.

Possible reasons for why I would make a good mod:

  1. I'm very active in meta.SE, which provides me with a better vision of how the SE system works. I've also read a lot of stuff in other metas, and have a clearer vista of how things are and should be.
  2. I'm fairly active on the main site. Doing reviews, editing, commenting etc.
  3. I've been very active in chat, thus am easily reachable and can coordinate meta and chat activity in a more beneficial way.
  4. I've been also fairly active on meta. I believe I have understood ELL's culture, its people and their concerns.
  5. I'm open to ideas, accept and apologize when I made a mistake; and believe in a nice but firm moderation system.

Possible reasons for why I wouldn't be a good mod:

  1. I'm not a native speaker, and there are a lot of more knowledgeable people than me on ELL.
  2. I haven't engaged in answering and asking on ELL recently, but stuck to other activities, such as reviewing, editing etc.
  3. I'm not a mod anywhere else on SE.
  4. I'm a fairly new member.

I have been moderating on ELL for about two years. During that time, my goals have been to remain level-headed, even-keeled, helpful, fair and impartial, and to do what is best for the community at large.

If the community decides to keep me as a moderator, then I am willing to keep serving in that capacity. If the community decides it's time for a change – or if more capable nominees supplant me – then I plan to continue being a positive contributor on ELL and support the new moderation team.

I know that I am relatively new to this site, but I believe that I have what it takes to make a good moderator.

I strongly believe in fairness and I treat all users with respect. All questions deserve a chance and I'm the sort of person who will wait before closing a question. After all, the aim of a Q&A site is to get an answer.

I joined this community not only to get a double dose of English (I am a regular user on ELU) but also to share my knowledge and passion of the English language with others. I also make an effort to answer low-scoring questions, no matter how simple, just to help the asker (I know how frustrating it is when you can't find an answer!).

I love grammar and words and I am a native speaker of Australian English.

I've come to know the ELL community quite well in my short seven months here and I would be honored to commit myself further to the site as a moderator.

Though I'm relatively new to Stack Exchange, I've spent my time here learning about the site. I'm a daily visitor to two communities (ELL and Movies & TV) and an occasional member of several other sites.

I am active on the Metas of the sites I use regularly where I work to improve the way the site functions, and I'm also often on the main SE Meta site as it's the best place to stay up-to-date on the network policies and news.

I interact with the moderators on a few different sites and have learned much from them about the moderation process, the pluses and minuses, mostly the stress of keeping a site clean, which is the ultimate job of the moderator.

I believe that communication is key in the moderation process whether it's communicating with users who have questions or concerns on Meta or in Chat, interacting with closely related SE sites to cultivate relationships, and in resolving disputes between users.

This election is over.