2012 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 Aug 28 '12 at 20:00.

Download the election data and use OpenSTV to audit the results.


962 voters were eligible, 378 visited the site during the election, 257 visited the election page, and 132 voted

7 Candidates

Hi, I'm Jeff. I've been here since the public beta. It's easy to see I've spent some time around here answering questions. It's the quieter things in the background that I think speak more to a moderator.

Both here and on Serverfault, I've made a concerted effort to focus on helping the community and making a good experience for newer users in the hope that the will eventually become experienced users and grow the site in a good way. While it's from our sister site, I'm particularly proud of this question as an example of something that started with negative votes and "rough" comments. With some editing and explanation, it became a relatively popular question.

While I miss my regular chats with other site regulars and moderators in the DMZ since I moved to California, the timezone availability is probably a bonus as well.

I also continue to work outside the site, helping to promote us. I've passed out site shirts, stickers, and cards at DEFCON. That's also a Security.SE shirt on Forbes.com, courtesy of me. :)

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meta questions: 7 / +55
meta answers: 28 / +130
helpful flags: 37 of 40

My motivation

About to finish a Ph.D in IT security, I am proud to be a member of our Stack Exchange community. I can give more time for other tasks now and I am willing to spend more to this community I have good time with.

I had the opportunity to use the rep-moderation tools on FL&U and did moderate many forums in the past. Besides, I fully commits to the values and relevance of the SE mod-system. I'm hopping I can be part of it to continue its development and help the community itself.

About me

Owner of a Master of Science in Information Technology, I have been a Ph.D student for 4 years now. 3 of these years have been spend working in a company involved with in security. I had the opportunity to work with ISO27k standards, some pen-testing and infrastructure building in addition to my own research work (authentication, watermarking, geolocation). I'm teaching classes since the last year.

My strengths as a moderator would be :

  • Experience in text edition for topic salvaging
  • High academic knowledge in InfoSec with a three years experience in a company
  • Patience of a teacher

Anyway, as usual, good luck to all candidates.

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meta questions: 6 / +27
meta answers: 6 / +21
helpful flags: 24 of 25

I wish to nominate myself for the moderator position.

While I am pretty new to the site, I think that I can be considered an active contributor. I have been on every single day since I joined.

I am still a student learning IT security, so my knowledge usually isn't sufficient to answer the more advanced questions asked here. This makes it difficult to gain large amounts of rep every day. (Looking at you here @Polynomial). However, I do make an effort to answer any questions within my scope of knowledge. I am also very active in The DMZ.

I love Sec.SE as it provides me with incredibly detailed Q&A's that covers a huge, diverse set of topics. It truly is an unmatched resource for learning. I try as much as I can to contribute back to the community, as evidenced by my flagging of poor quality answers almost every day. I would love a chance to do more by aiding the first set of moderators in reviewing and fixing some of the poor quality questions on the site.

Lastly, I would wish all the other nominees good luck for the election.

Thank you for your consideration. I hope to have a chance to contribute more to the community.

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meta questions: 10 / +52
meta answers: 13 / +64
helpful flags: 213 of 222

My Motivation

I feel that in any field, community involvement makes everyone better. Communities allow us to learn from one another, to make use of resources we might not otherwise have had, and to build pride in your work. This is especially hard in a field where maintaining operational secrecy is often a job requirement.

Breaking into the field can be hard. I want up-and-comers to have a better shot. Providing this as an open forum, and encouraging a community that people want to join supports that goal.

About My Contribution

I have long been an active member of the StackExchange network joining ServerFault during public beta. I am an active member of that community and jumped in feet first to Security.SE as soon as I discovered that it was available. I wanted this to be a site where I could proudly display my name to my peers. I see this site as a professional endeavour, and as such, I want the professionalism to be evident. I try to keep the standards high by way of editing and flagging. The best examples of that work is the fact that I was the first user to earn the Deputy badge, for submitting helpful tags, and am the 3rd most prolific editor.

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meta questions: 6 / +34
meta answers: 29 / +174
helpful flags: 346 of 359

I've been an active participant in the IT Security StackExchange community, since its Public Beta days. While I may not be in the five-digit rep club with some of the more elite on Sec.SE, I still have several badge-earning questions/answers and have been on the top page of users by reputation for some time.

I'm also active in the IT Security Meta space, and occasionally in Stack Overflow Meta when issues affecting our community may also affect others. I'm very regularly in chat, and occasionally assist as an editor of the IT Security BlogOverflow. I've also been a regular participant on several other StackExchange sites.

I have great respect for our current moderating team, and regularly do what I can to support their work via flags, comments, and voting where appropriate. My opinions are rarely secret and, while I tend to be rather frank and dry in expressing them, I believe I do well to temper this with a degree of user friendliness and understanding.

If elected, I hope to follow the great example set forth by our charter moderating team. I'm primarily here to learn, and to help learn. I believe stepping into the moderator role will help me to better do the latter.

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meta questions: 23 / +130
meta answers: 36 / +235
helpful flags: 249 of 253

I'd like to nominate myself.

I'm one of the most active members on the site, and have regularly ranked at the top for weekly, monthly and quarterly stats. I'm currently ranked 6th for this year and 22nd for all time. However, I'm not here for the points, I'm here for the knowledge!

  • Regularly hit the 200 rep cap per day.
  • Knowledgeable in a wide range of security topics, active in many tags. Also an active member on StackOverflow, and occasionally Electronics SE.
  • Active in chat, and regularly keep an eye on meta for latest rulings and other information.
  • Clear and explanatory style of writing, in high quality English.
  • I take the time to educate new members, and provide them with tips to improve their questions and general experience on StackExchange sites.
  • Patient and civil, but with a no-nonsense attitude to troublemakers.
  • Open to correction, and not afraid to admit when I'm wrong.

Thank you for your consideration :)

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meta questions: 5 / +37
meta answers: 14 / +154
helpful flags: 131 of 136

I'd be honored to get a chance to moderate this community. IT Security is my biggest passion - I think my history of decent answers speaks to that, although I am by no means amoung the terrific top 10 answer-ers on the site these days. In fact, I've been more a learner and lurker recently as I've made a job switch and so I'm learning more often than answering these days.

I'd love to make the transition to moderator because I enjoy building communities, and the Stack Exchanges have been my favorite medium for that of late. I haven't spent as much time as I'd like on the meta site - but I'm willing to commit more time to play an active role in moderation and community improvements. I think my posts show that I have a history of clear communication and respectful behavior that backup my interest in moderation.

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meta questions: 1 / +3
meta answers: 1 / +4
helpful flags: 2 of 2

This election is complete.