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2013 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jun 10, 2013 at 20:00
election began
Jun 17, 2013 at 20:00
election ended
Jun 25, 2013 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, I'm Shotgun Ninja.

I'm applying for the position of community moderator because no one else has at this point. While I'm not that active in the Meta, I do my own level of policing the new posts that come in on GD.SE, focusing on providing quality answers to questions I understand and eliminating issues that occur with rep abusers and misguided new users. You can find me in the chat Monday through Friday, with the occasional weekend foray. I try to defuse tense situations with humor, provide answers rather than criticism, and have a personal vested interest in improving the community's ability to perform independent research and exhibit critical thinking, especially when discussing game development with beginners, this being a fairly oft-misunderstood field. While I'm likely not going to get past the nomination stage due to my low level of professional experience and involvement with the Meta, I still feel that I can motivate other, more capable and motivated members of the community to apply.

While I still have your attention, I'd like to remind you that you've now lost the game.

I'm Vaughan - many of you will recognize my face around the site and some of you may not. I'm a very active member of the community seeing 294 days of logged days and of that I've been registered for 330. You'll see myself mostly kicking around the review section sweeping up tasks as they come in.

Instead of a self plug, here's what I want to do:

Now - onto my philosophy onto why I think my ability to moderate would benefit the site. Many of them are code dumps and are very much unsuitable for our site but many of them honest to god questions that they can't find the answers to anywhere else. Many times these questions end up closed as a result and we get many of the same question. Many will disagree - but I believe that at least for me, one issue I'd begin on is re-opening some of these common questions and trying to bring quality answers to them.

TLDR; I want to be more rookie friendly and help us provide both an advanced and beginner friendly academic Q&A site. Help me realize that goal!

Hello, I'm Byte56.

Many of you know of me already, as I'm very active here on gamedev. Along with Josh Petrie, I'm one of the highest rep users on the site. I visit the site just about every day, I've missed about 25 days in the two years I've been a member of the site (730/764). Gamedev is part of my daily routine. I'm highest rated for votes cast and second for edits.

I regularly act as moderator already. I post comments for new users, to clarify my understanding of their questions, and to help them clarify their understanding of the rules. I flag posts needing attention above my powers, and cast my votes on questions I believe should be closed. I also answer a lot of questions!

I'm often the first to comment and vote to close on questions that aren't a good fit for the site. As a moderator, I'd usually just be the first to comment :). I intend to use my binding vote sparingly as a first vote. My role as a moderator would be to process the flags of other users first and foremost. My goal is to keep the site professional and friendly to new users.

Being a moderator won't change how I use the site in any way. I still support these ideas:

  • Answers for simple questions, or links to duplicates.
  • Speedy closure of dupes and OT
  • Avoid overuse of "Too localized", prefer close as dupe, or edit
  • Near 0 tolerance for code vomit


I'm Anko.

I've done these things:

Understanding is my favourite word.

I want to help keep GameDev clean, clear and human.

Usually I do not even THINK about nominating myself to moderator elections...

But when I visited the pages and saw no 5k+ people, I decided to take the dust off my moderator hat.

I am a ex Ultima Online GM (on pirated server... although it was the most popular brazillian one), and I am a not much active moderator in brazillian development forums, I stopped moderating there when the forum activity went down and no crazy newcomers appeared.

Also I was once a volunteer moderator on IGDA (International Game Developer Association) forums until the Tim Langdell incident made me quit (and I revoked my membership entirely).

Currently I work in my own company ( and I am fairly active in Hacker News, I cannot promise I will keep responding questions here, since most of them are out of my fields (ie: lots of questions are about 3D programming, that I avoid like the plague), but I can edit posts, teach newbies, and so on.

If I get elected, I hope to not disappoint anyone here.

Also, if 5k+ people show up, please vote on them instead of me, I am offering myself here as a sort of "less worse" option.


I'm interested in being a moderator for the Game Development Stack Exchange site. Though I do not have a ton of rep here, I have 2.5k over at Stack Overflow, so I am quite familiar with how SE sites are supposed to work. I have 163 helpful mod flags at SO, with 2 disputed and 2 declined. I have 27 helpful flags here, with non declined or disputed. The reasons I have less rep and flags here than at SO is mainly because I joined this site much later than I joined SO.

I have a history of leading communities. I ran the Quake 3 server at Ubisoft for 5 years (if you think leading programmers is like herding cats...), I have run a corporation and alliance for 7 years in EVE-Online, and schedule a lot of boardgame sessions among my friends.

I'm a game designer, so I have an interest in creating and maintaining systems through which people interact with each other.

I communicate very well with the written word, and have a lot of patience.

I should add that I have over a decade of professional game development experience, and that I hang out in the chat room a lot.

In closing, I'd just like say that I look forward to the opportunity to help GD.SE become a better place.

Hi All,

I live in Australia and am an indie game developer as well as working professionally in the games industry for a larger company.

If I am elected as the next mod I promise to be apathetic and not involve myself at all in this community. I can also promise that when I am involved it will just be to ask difficult to answer questions.

You know I will keep this promise because if you look at my history you'll note that all I do is ask questions and seldom provide any insight into anything, my last post here as of writing this post was many months ago.

Even for those of you who disagree with my leadership style you must at least respect my principles of apathy to which I stick to, and for that I deserve your vote.

Vote apathy, vote libertarian, vote #1 meds!

This election is over.