2014 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 Apr 8 '14 at 20:00.

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1,071 voters were eligible, 298 visited the site during the election, 187 visited the election page, and 131 voted

Ever since I received an invitation from Chris Rea to join the group, I've been a regular, consistent, contributor.

I hope my record speaks for itself. I have recognized expertise in the topic of Personal Finance, and have been a contributor at the blogs for both TurboTax and H&R Block. I keep links to my own blog to a select few, and only when my own longer article is a worthy complement to an answer offered at Money.SE.

On a personal note, I was retired from a position in high tech sales where I made use of an undergrad degree as a BSEE (Bachelor Science Electrical Engineering) and MBA with finance concentration.

In my second life begun after retirement didn't stick, I passed exams for my state's teaching license and real estate license, and now hold two jobs. Working at the math center in a nearby high school, I make use of the patience I acquired as the father of a teen age daughter. I believe it's one thing to know something, another thing to be able to explain it to a friend, and most important, to explain so a teen can understand it. I will continue the kind atmosphere here, we can accept conflicting opinions while remaining polite to other members.

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    Glad to see your name on the list! +1 especially for "I make use of the patience I acquired as the father of a teen age daughter". LOL! – Chris W. Rea Mar 26 '14 at 19:04
  • I'm just surprised to see that you aren't a mod already. You will definitely have my vote. – JohnFx Mar 27 '14 at 16:56
  • Good to see you that you've nominated! – Peter K. Mar 27 '14 at 21:50
  • Great to see you on the list Joe. I think you've helped make this a friendly, fair environment where we can all learn. – John Bensin Mar 29 '14 at 17:55

In the grand scheme of this SE, heck the whole SE-verse, my stats are of a little fish. As such, I don't hold a lot of hope that me throwing my had in the ring will be very constructive but potential is as valuable, so we'll see.

I have had 20+ years of moderation experience, going back to the days of IRC, did I just date myself? I am currently an active mod/admin on many forums. This brings me to my experience here, which is nothing like the forum moderation as politics seems to run a lot deeper than value.

I have sympathy for the weary new user who wants to know something but doesn't know how to ask it and gets buried in so much vitriol, downvotes, sarcasm, quips and jabs that they often leave. I wonder how many quality members of SE community we have lost because of this and how many quality sites have failed their beta because of this and how may undeserving stat pumpers we have that are not worth the bytes that stores them.

To conclude, I will bring my experience in this subject and life, my experience in moderation, and my eye for the diamond in the rough to support the success of this site. Treat everyone firmly but respect that judgment without teaching is just bullying.

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    I haven't seen much of your work, but I respect your helpful flags. Maintaining high standards and being friendly to new users is one of the long standing problems that face all SE sites, not just this one. What would you propose to do to mitigate that problem? – C. Ross Mar 26 '14 at 18:01
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    Do you moderate any relevant forums that you'd be comfortable linking to? – C. Ross Mar 26 '14 at 18:01
  • @C.Ross thank you, I do what I can because I invested time into the SE and try to bring what I can to it, if I can't, the least I can do is make sure it runs clean. I propose that those who leave negative votes and leave take the time to express to the person why they felt the question was lacking so that they have a chance to learn or address that shortcoming. Without feedback, how are they to learn? If reasonable engagement shows that the person is not willing to learn, then be firm with them and do what is necessary such as downvote flag for closure, and so on. Just a thought. – GµårÐïåñ Mar 27 '14 at 0:29
  • Most certainly I would be glad to share. One of the longest running associations has been with a colleague and dear friend Giorgio Maone who develops NoScript and FlashGot, I have been with him since the beginning and actively participate on the support forum. The member list is visible only to registered users but you can look for my username here: forums.informaction.com – GµårÐïåñ Mar 27 '14 at 0:34

I'm willing to give moderation a shot if the community will have me.

Moderation Experience

Never been a formal mod on a SE site, but I have Trusted User privs on StackOverflow (22.7K rep) and am getting close here (18.8k rep). I've used the review/mod tools a fair amount.

Other reasons to consider me

  • Active on this site almost daily for 4+ years (1,177 days active) including the beta.
  • SE user for more than 5 years.
  • Have Announcer badge on this site for promoting it.
  • 19 helpful flags on this site and 300+ on SO.
  • Copy Editor (Gold) badge on SO for editing over 500 posts.

Moderation philosophy for this site

Growing the community is a priority. That means being welcoming n00bs who aren't used to the SE format. I'd be aggressive at removing snarky, mean-spirited, or condescending material and encourage constructive comments/edits. I'm more carrot than stick as shown by my vote history (1,525 up / 7 down)

I also favor (limited) tolerance of slightly off-topic questions (e.g small business questions) if they are high quality and could drive traffic to the site.

  • I support your candidacy. I'm intrigued by the "(limited) tolerance of slightly off-topic questions," as I find a number of macro questions to be interesting but OT. Do we allow, or discuss to change OT a bit to accept these officially? – JoeTaxpayer Mar 25 '14 at 22:11
  • I'm not suggesting we tear down the walls completely on OT macro questions. Just saying that we give the benefit of the doubt to questions in the gray areas and where the question/answers are well written and of genuine interest to the community. If we had the traffic of SO I think we could draw a harder line, but let's face it. We need more content and eyeballs to take the site to the next level. – JohnFx Mar 25 '14 at 22:19
  • Agreed. One will need to oppose the hard-liners in this case. Until now, the community has embraced the zero-tolerance on Economic questions. I support the softening. – JoeTaxpayer Mar 25 '14 at 22:33
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    +1 for your candidacy. As to the OT questions issue: I'm not a hard-liner, but on the other hand I wouldn't want the site to be inundated with strictly academic economics or accounting homework questions. "genuine interest to the community" should be defined carefully. – Chris W. Rea Mar 25 '14 at 22:47
  • @ChrisW.Rea I agree. Maybe macroeconomics was a bad example, I'll remove that. I was thinking more about questions that were borderline PERSONAL finance like: "What are the advantages of an S-Corp over a sole proprietorship?" Macro questions would only be if there was a reasonably strong tie to Personal finance. – JohnFx Mar 26 '14 at 0:16
  • You have my support, but be warned, people take removing aggressive and snarky comments as more stick than carrot. – C. Ross Mar 26 '14 at 18:02
  • @C.Ross Sometimes even big contributors need to be reminded that a little patience and less snark will go a long way to build the community. – Nathan L Mar 27 '14 at 14:25
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    @NathanL Absolutely!, I was just pointing out that comes out as negative reinforcement. It has to be done, but it usually isn't pleasant. – C. Ross Mar 27 '14 at 14:41
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    @NathanL - I agree, and part of my respect for the current mods is their own good discretion in cleaning up comments that cross the line, even if they are my own. The comments shouldn't be a running dialog, nor a place for cheap shots. – JoeTaxpayer Mar 28 '14 at 14:56

Greetings and Salutations.

I would like to continue my time as a moderator on the site. I hope to provide a few things:

  • Experience with Money.SE. Other people may have a mod background on other sites, but I think my memory of what happens in this community will be valuable so soon after graduation.
  • Patience. I am not prone to lashing out with emotions in my responses or moderation.
  • Open minded. I hope I present myself as equally skeptical and open to new ideas. I am very willing to disagree with somebody while welcoming and letting their opinion stand over mine in votes. I tend to vote quite a bit, which reflect my natural inclination to think that everybody adds something.

Those are my best traits as a moderator. Of course I am not the smartest end-all be-all when it comes to personal finance. I learn something on this site almost everyday. Frequently I learn many things a day here. While I am not the greatest at answering or racking up points, I am consistently here and consistently welcoming our new members.

As a mod my focus is on building a welcoming and friendly community.

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    Vote MrChrister. He gets the job done: well and without any fuss. – C. Ross Mar 24 '14 at 22:07
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    Vote for MrChrister! No new taxes! :D – Chris W. Rea Mar 25 '14 at 18:38
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    Everybody on the fence: nominate yourself. The community is very easy and fun to manage. Once you get into a groove, moderation is pretty simple on Money.SE. <styx>Come mod the site, come mod the site, come MOD THE SITE WITH MEEEEEeeee!</styx> – MrChrister Mar 25 '14 at 20:15

This election is complete.