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 Dec 10 '12 at 0:00.
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.
1,202 voters were eligible, 400 visited the site during the election, 332 visited the election page, and 202 voted

My case for Moderator♦

First, I love the concept, premise and execution of Android Enthusiasts. It is a blossoming community and I am excited to be a part of it. As for my pursuit of a moderator♦ position, I have found that as much as I love contributing to this site, there is always something to be grasped. I have taken large part in flagging and voting and more recently reviewing, but only so much of this can be done. Especially recently, when there's only 8-10 reviews every day or two to be done, it leaves something to be desired in the way of contributing. I believe as a moderator♦ I could contribute more generously to this community.


I enjoy learning new things about the topics found here, even if it means an hour or two of off-topic research. If you would like to know more about my 180 question answers or 64 flags or 52 (including a gold!) badges or other important information, I'd encourage you to visit my profile or more stats, including moderator badges and other participation info. Thank you all for your consideration as moderator♦

About Me

  • My name is Liam
  • I am 14 years old
  • I got my first Android Christmas 2010

Why Should I be Considered for one of the ♦ Moderator Positions?

  • I am from the UK, so I can manage flags when other mods are asleep
  • I can manage flags (or help to manage) flags quicker than they are currently being handled
  • I know my way around A.SE
  • I have a good useful flag count, which is ever increasing
  • I have a good suggested edit count, which is ever increasing
  • I earned a lot of rep last month, which really won't help this election, but I thought I would put it in all the same
  • I am getting used to using the meta, and am visiting it at least once every two days, if not every day (it isn't very active)
  • I believe I satisfy all the qualities of a ♦ moderator
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    Hey Liam. With no Meta posts and few edits or flags, we have little to go on with regards to your moderation capability or style. Can you address (a) Why the sudden interest in moderation? and (b) Why should we believe you can deliver? – Matthew Read Nov 27 '12 at 17:46
  • Hi Matthew - good questions, which I will try and answer. A. I have always wanted to be a moderator, ever since I figured out that they were the people with the Diamonds. I never know this site had moderators until then. I believe that I could be a good moderator, and that I admin a forum, and am super user on annother shows that I can - no? B: I really just answered this is the last part. I can deliver - I am always online, as soon as I get on my computer. You could say I have no free time, and I need to fill it with something. I like keeping busy, and this is what I do best. – Liam W Nov 27 '12 at 17:52
  • @MatthewRead How is my flag count shaping up now? I know it won't make a difference, but it has improved (as has my meta usage). – Liam W Dec 1 '12 at 18:38
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    Like I mentioned in chat, increased participation is excellent. If you don't happen to get elected, I'd encourage you to keep it up -- I found being deeply involved in this site to be rewarding well before I started moderating. – Matthew Read Dec 3 '12 at 15:25
  • @MatthewRead thanks for the positive comment, and I shall :) – Liam W Dec 3 '12 at 15:28

About me

I'm a mobile/web developer with a year's worth of studies to be completed in media engineering, and experience in mobile phone sales, customer care and even as a store manager. That being said, I'd say I have a handle on a wide scale of questions and some expertise in moderation.

What can I bring to the table?

I'm a fairly active user on the site, and even though I started out just going after reputation, I quickly saw the value of a well-functioning community which required a broader approach, and so I started to participate in moderation to the best of my abilities. Mostly I've been active in questions related to Samsung devices due to my personal preference for the devices, but my interest goes well beyond a specific brand. Development-related questions and the latest Android releases are also my bread and butter.

As a moderator?

My goal is to be active, fair and a well-rounded moderator, with a goal of helping others get past that troublesome start and into active members of the community. I'm not good at self-promotion, so check out my profile and form your own opinions!

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    You've been a solid contributor here. My one concern is that your Meta participation has been a little light. Why? Would that change as a moderator? – Matthew Read Nov 27 '12 at 17:23
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    That's a good question, and I have to admit, at times I've forgotten entirely about Meta. I'll have to pay attention to this in the future. In the beginning I had the idea that Meta was a channel to contact the moderators in case of problems, and based on that, I stayed away as long as I had no problems with the site, but now I've realized it's where the community develops to a more coherent unit, and should be a part of the day-to-day. – onik Nov 27 '12 at 18:45

About Me:

I am a software engineer and an enthusiast Android developer. I've been on StackExchange for a while. However, I have joined Android Enthusiasts (AE) recently and currently I am proud top new user on AE!

My thoughts on Android Enthusiasts:

Being only about a month old member, I have observed a big difference on AE as compared to StackOverflow. A lot of questions go unanswered here and answers come up a bit late. There seems to be a very small number of "power users," and you can see them answer most of the questions. Also the questions and answers on AE are not well written.

What can WE do:

More participation from the YOU! More users need to start answering, and editing posts. That's the only way to make AE a much better place and the perfect help for new users. As you go on answering and editing, you will soon become a power user yourself! And we will have healthy community of Android Enthusiasts!

Certainly, I alone can't do anything, it's the community that can make AE a better place! As moderator I'd like to maintain balance between respecting everyone's opinion and yet keeping the site clean and helpful!

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    well that's nice, but why do you want to be a Moderator & and mind convincing me why I should vote you to be a Moderator? You've barely voted, and there aren't too many edits by you either – Sathyajith Bhat Nov 27 '12 at 9:16
  • @Sathya: As I mentioned, I am pretty much new to AE. I don't have too many reputation points or edits like others yet! However, if you check for top editors for this month you'll see my name somewhere in top two rows. Besides, I promise to be active on the site and try to help the Android community with whatever best I can. Thanks! – Suraj Bajaj Nov 27 '12 at 9:34
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    There's more to being a moderator than just being on the top rep/editors list, or just being active and you still haven't convinced what makes you a Moderator material. You should aim at convincing that. – Sathyajith Bhat Nov 27 '12 at 9:41
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    I admit that I would be a little concerned with the fact that you haven't been around and active as long as many other members of the community. How would you respond to such concerns about having a (by your own admission) new member jump into a moderation position rather quickly? – eldarerathis Nov 27 '12 at 14:37
  • @eldarerathis At the right hand side of this page I can read this: "In the nomination phase, any community member in good standing with more than 300 reputation may nominate themselves to be a community moderator." I believe the criteria is of 300 rep for some reason. It doesn't look to be necessary for a nominee to have high rep or to be around for years. What matters is how (s)he plans to help the community for better! That's how I understood it, correct me if I'm wrong. And I want to help AE for better and contribute in bringing it up to the level of more popular sites like StackOverflow. – Suraj Bajaj Nov 27 '12 at 15:07
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    Suraj, you're right about the minimum requirements to put yourself up for election. I think the question Sathya and eldarerathis are getting at is beyond that -- you're qualified to run, but why should we vote for you? Planning to help the community for the better is excellent, but with a short track record you may want to put extra effort into explaining why we should believe you can deliver! – Matthew Read Nov 27 '12 at 17:15

About me

I am a CS student and supporter of the open source idea. I also write Android Apps. One of them is GTalkSMS, which I co-author.


I’d like to encourage the wiki aspect. Every user is able to make edits to every post if he sees an error or has something to improve. Having more than 18.000 registered users, there are currently only 12 people with more than 100 edits. That needs to change!

I am involved in the Tag organisation and clean-up. Since we have a flat organization (e.g. no sub forums), tags are the only thing that prevents chaos.


Shouldn't be done by me. Participation is the keyword. Everyone is invited and warmly welcomed to vote, edit and flag. Moderators are there to have a second look. I did some wrong flagging by myself and was happy that there was someone to to correct that. Humans make mistakes, I am sure you know. ;-)

Of course I promise to follow the decisions that are made by meta. But again, you establish (and change) the rules, not the moderators. Just state your opinion and vote on meta!

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    Wow, you've almost passed me in edits; I need to pick up the pace :P. I like the viewpoint you've expressed here, and engaging more of our users will definitely continue to be something we work on. Glad to see you running again! – Matthew Read Nov 27 '12 at 17:19
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    You've got a good way to encourage people, and helped me a lot in my first days. Though I meanwhile almost caught up with you in rep, I still value your counsel high. Nice to see you running, I'd really like to see the diamond next to you name: You definitly have my vote! – Izzy Nov 28 '12 at 20:28
  • I must admit, I always thought you were a moderator with your stats. You have one of my votes! – Liam W Nov 29 '12 at 9:32
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    I've seen Flow everywhere. Lots of good flagging, edits and comments. I think you'd be a great candidate! :) – Bryan Denny Nov 29 '12 at 16:54
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    I would also like to make note that Flow lives in Germany. All of the current moderators live in North America, so this could help with moderation when us NA mods are asleep :) – Bryan Denny Nov 29 '12 at 16:58
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    Thanks. I really appreciate the positive feedback from everybody. :) – Flow Nov 29 '12 at 17:22
  • You've got my vote! – Chahk Nov 30 '12 at 17:29
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    Despite I am also a candidate, my first voting choice is you (not me). You deserve to be a Diamond... – user3303 Dec 3 '12 at 11:40
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    A well disciplined user that has been serving as an inspiration to us all :) I'll most definitely go with the Flow! no disrespect to the other well fitted candidates! – Zuul Dec 3 '12 at 15:17

This election is over.