2013 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 Nov 12 '13 at 20:00.

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847 voters were eligible, 385 visited the site during the election, 215 visited the election page, and 112 voted

8 Candidates

I'm here every day, I try to answer anything in my wheel house, I edit/review/flag appropriately. Not much more to say really. I'll let me rep and review history speak for itself.

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meta questions: 7 / +13
meta answers: 8 / +22
helpful flags: 289 of 302
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Eric, I was wondering if you were going to submit a nomination. :) With a lot of helpful flags and the only person on SharePoint.SE with the Copy Editor badge (over 1300 revisions!) I think you are definitely qualified. Could you elaborate on what you would accomplish as a mod? –  Kit Menke Nov 2 '13 at 13:55
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Yep, most welcome as a candidate :-) –  Anders Rask Nov 4 '13 at 15:26
    
I'm not trying to feed the hungry or achieve world peace, I'd just make sure people are following the rules of the forums and contributing appropriately. –  PirateEric Nov 4 '13 at 16:14
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When I told my fellow colleagues, I was going to learn SharePoint they almost had me shot. I come from a background of Information Architecture (within the field of User Experience) where SharePoint is not seen in the light of what it can accomplish. My view of the matter is that SharePoint can be a great tool, both useful and simple enough for users not living their lives with a computer, tablet or smartphone. However, to reach that goal, you need to configure, program and govern SharePoint the right way. This is where SharePoint.SE come into play, where knowledge sharing is at its best.

My main goal as a moderator would be to get new users to stay on the site. We have many "one shot users" who register, post a question, get an answer and disappear. This is the single most important question, imho, for our community. We need to make these casual visitors stay a little bit longer. Other SE metrics are fine, but new user’s interest is not. If I were elected, I would focus on having new users stay longer and have them explore the knowledge treasure we all govern.

"In other news" I have leadership skills from 10+ years as Project Manager, Supply Chain Manager and Production Manager.

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meta questions: 9 / +43
meta answers: 26 / +69
helpful flags: 382 of 384
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Benny, you would make a great moderator - you have a lot of great answers and raise a ton of helpful flags which is invaluable to the mods. How do you envision keeping new users active on the site? –  Kit Menke Nov 1 '13 at 15:27
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@KitMenke Thank you! My idea to keep new users on the site circles around what we already got but don’t use as much. New users often run into trouble since their question seldom is unique, and it gets closed for various reasons. This is hard for new users and a bit excluding. I’d do my best to keep a friendly tone, and help new users in comments on their own answer, where they can interact. I would also help them by editing their question to show how a good question looks like here. Also I would continue to up vote new users question, to get them to get a taste of how the rep system works. –  Benny Skogberg Nov 1 '13 at 18:12
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I have extensive SharePoint Administration experience, some development, and currently a SharePoint MVP. I have extensive moderating experience on the MSDN/TechNet SharePoint 2010 and 2013 forums, managing threads, spam, making sure questions inappropriate marked as answers are unmarked, and so forth.

SharePoint StackExchange could use dedicated moderators, making sure questions are marked as answer as appropriate to prevent Community from bumping 2+ year old messages, in addition to not being quite as strict with regards to specific topics.

I'm not interested in post numbers, but just getting the job done, and done right.

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meta answers: 1 / 0
helpful flags: 3 of 4
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You certainly seem to have the right background, but I'm concerned that you don't seem to take part in the user moderation side of SE: You've only raised 1 flag, made 3 edits, 0 meta posts, have a low vote rate, and have never used the Review pages. Is this a conscious decision, or something you're looking to improve on? –  Stuart Pegg Oct 31 '13 at 16:23
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I'm sure that your experience on MSDN/TechNet will stand you in good stead, but you say that you will make sure questions are marked as answer as appropriate. How do you plan to achieve this? –  SPDoctor Oct 31 '13 at 16:53
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MSDN/TechNet MSFT CSG often do mark 'answers' where it truly is not an answer, that is not my intention here. Nor is it my intention to mark replies that are helpful as answers (which is acceptable for MSDN/TechNet). I think engaging those who do have answers is the appropriate thing to do -- the SP: SE community (as noted in meta) doesn't seem to have the correct fit of askers to answerers. This is something I would look forward to assisting with. –  Trevor Seward Oct 31 '13 at 22:19
    
Stuart, this is something I'd like to improve on. I feel a moderator should make frequent visits over the site they're in charge of moderating, something I do with MSDN/TechNet quite frequently throughout the day. –  Trevor Seward Oct 31 '13 at 22:20
    
Experience wise I think you are one of the most Knowledgeable people on here and I would like to see someone with your moderation experience play a part in lowering the amount of low quality questions we have on here. Is this something you would address? –  Hugh Wood Oct 31 '13 at 23:38
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Yes, low quality or no responses I think are key threads to tackle and I would look to bringing in others that can help answer questions here. On the flip side, I think we need askers marking questions as answers -- a lot of askers do not mark appropriate questions, thus we get thread resurrection by Community. This is something that also needs to be addressed, and where marking appropriate answers to prevent the resurrection would be appropriate. Nothing screams "dead community" like seeing a flurry of 2+ year old posts near the top. Right now we have 8 threads on the front page from 2012! –  Trevor Seward Nov 1 '13 at 0:01
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Thanks, Trevor, I agree that we need to get OPs to mark answers. But please bear in mind that, unlike MSDN/TechNet, marking as answer is not within the gift of moderators on SP.SE. –  SPDoctor Nov 1 '13 at 11:35
    
Nope, the closest thing we have to that is, that voting up an answer removes it from "unanswered" statistics –  Anders Rask Nov 4 '13 at 15:28
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Dear SharePoint lovers,

I have been working on SharePoint for about 3 years and I have been on SharePoint Stack Exchange for 2 years. I joined the community when I started development on SharePoint and since than found it very useful. I have been an active member of SharePoint Stack Exchange, following are few stats:

Among TOP 30 contributors of all time

328 Answers having 6 Answers with 5 upvotes

168 Revisions, 17 Reviews, 13 Suggestions

member for 2 years, 3 months

visited 259 days

I rely most of the times on SharePoint Stack Exchange for enhancing my knowledge and getting my issues resolved or my questions answered.

As a moderator I believe my responsibility will be to make sure the content on SharePoint Stack Exchange is up-to-mark, all questions are related, respect the fellow community members, participation in meta community and so on.

I understand the responsibilities and hereby declare myself as a NOMINEE FOR MODERATOR

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meta questions: 3 / +9
meta answers: 1 / +1
helpful flags: 41 of 47
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Arsalan, you have contributed a ton of great answers to SharePoint.SE which is great, thank you for that. The things that worry me are: 0 flags and only 31/9 votes. You have a good start with 168 revisions. Keep it up! –  Kit Menke Nov 1 '13 at 18:35
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Having being around the block for 2 years with only 31/9 votes is something which needs to be improved –  Falak Mahmood Nov 3 '13 at 20:51
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As one of the newest members of SP StackExchange, I have quickly risen up as one of the top contributors on the site.

During my 8 month of membership I have became one of the top 25 contributors of all times.

I try to always help the new guys feel welcome in the community, while I teach them to follow the ground rules. It was not to long ago that I was in the same position as they are now.

Some stats:

  • member for 8 months
  • visited 227 days
  • 325 answers, 1 question, 5420p
  • Total number of reviews ~ 1400
  • ~ 400 helpful flags
  • 24 badges; 3 gold, 9 silver
  • 360 votes

It would be a great honor to be nominated for the position as moderator of the community I learned to love!

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meta answers: 25 / +63
helpful flags: 438 of 444
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You do seem to review pretty much everything! :) –  Stuart Pegg Oct 31 '13 at 20:32
    
@Stuart Pegg, it has became somewhat of an addiction :) –  Robert Lindgren Nov 1 '13 at 6:48
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Tons of answers, votes, flags, and revisions which is a huge contribution to the site and really awesome!! Think you can keep that momentum going? –  Kit Menke Nov 1 '13 at 18:36
    
I hope so, now that I have learnt more about what drives this community to be one of the top resources for SharePoint developers all over the world, it feels even more vital to make sure it keeps on growing and helping people master the beast of SP! –  Robert Lindgren Nov 1 '13 at 19:07
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Hey SharePoint enthusiasts,

I have been a part of the SharePoint community of StackExchange for over 3 1/2 years! I have had plenty of experience with SharePoint and have had prior forum moderator experience. I visit the site almost everyday.

I would like to nominate myself as a moderator for the following reasons:

  • The most reviews (383) in the Late Answers category
  • The most reviews (1230) in the First Posts category
  • Currently display 55 badges including 3 gold badges
  • Have 350+ helpful flags
  • Currently at the top of my game and this community with moderation.

I would like to add that I want to make SharePoint StackExchange work for YOU. Whatever is need that is in my grasps to make SP.SE a better place or work in a better fashion, I'm all ears. I also respond to requests via email. I would be the moderator you can talk to freely.

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meta questions: 11 / +20
meta answers: 14 / +40
helpful flags: 366 of 373
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Mike, all those flags and revisions are an amazing contribution to SharePoint.SE, thanks for that. I definitely think you could handle the moderator job. You mention more open communication with mods, what are your ideas around making things work better? –  Kit Menke Nov 1 '13 at 18:44
    
You're welcome! I'm not sure what limits I have, but I think I would be an empathic and fair moderator. There is still much cleaning and structure to be looked at, so that would be my first concern. Second concern may be to look into how to keep people coming back to contribute to the SP.SE. I think it should be a solution that can be discussed and agreed upon amongst everyone here. I'm trying to look at the big picture of what SP.SE could/should be and think outside our limits of how it can be an overall better experience for everyone. –  Mike Nov 2 '13 at 2:05
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Why would you nominate me ?

  • I have been member of SharePoint exchange for nearly 2 years with high attendance rate. I visited site for 538 days out of 665 since I became a member.
  • I up vote a lot too, I have up voted 1,421 and only down voted 3 times. I don't believe in down voting as it doesn't do any good.
  • I raised 109 helpful flags.
  • I am addicted to SharePoint Exchange and SharePoint.
  • Involvement in SharePoint meta.
  • I believe in following rules and building communities.
  • Added Tags for SharePoint certification exams.

What difference am I going to make as Moderator ?

  • Keep SharePoint exchange spam free as I almost go through every post almost everyday.

  • Keep a friendly environment for users and settle disputes effectively.

  • I ask a lot of questions (mostly good questions I guess), somehow I believe it's a good skill to have for a moderator, as it helps improving any type of system (e.g. SE).

  • We are facing problems with not so many returning users and empty chat room, which is something we can focus on. I got a plan but will need help from other moderators.

  • I will take steps for building SE Community :-)

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meta questions: 15 / +26
meta answers: 5 / +4
helpful flags: 128 of 150
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From my history of being on the site, it seems to me that you may have had a history of being argumentative with other users. What would you do to calmly and appropriately resolve disputes between community members? –  RJ Cuthbertson Nov 3 '13 at 17:03
    
You have a really good memory ;). Yes you are right, there were few misunderstandings with a community member, which have been resolved nicely like a year ago :) –  Muhammad Raja Nov 3 '13 at 20:57
    
I am always in a nice and calm mood, my conversations with other community members on posts are the best examples as I respect everyone in a professional and easy manner. My involvement in meta and +100 helpful flags prove that I am capable of doing the moderator job with honesty and in a friendly environment. I won't let past disputes drag my future away :) –  Muhammad Raja Nov 3 '13 at 21:02
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@MuhammadRaja Sorry to correct you, but the dispute was more recent than that (see meta: meta.sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/781/…). Both you and ali-sharepoint have since changed your profile names and seem to have moved on which is good. –  SPDoctor Nov 4 '13 at 10:08
    
@SPDoctor Thanks for correcting me but just for sake of knowledge "like a year" which I thought means somewhere near a year not exactly a year :) ell.stackexchange.com/questions/11890/… –  Muhammad Raja Nov 4 '13 at 12:15
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@MuhammadRaja Okay. Not that you are being, like, argumentative ;-) –  SPDoctor Nov 4 '13 at 12:48
    
Lol, seen it coming... :D –  Muhammad Raja Nov 4 '13 at 15:43
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Have been part of SharePoint StackExchange for about 2.5 years now and have come to love the community a lot. This is a placen where I get to share my knowledge about SharePoint and at the same time, learn a lot from fellow community members.

I really appreciate the work done by the moderators and the members in keeping this community free from spam and maintaining the top notch quality of questions as well as answers. Compared to other SP forums, SPSE is really leaps and bounds ahead in content and quality.

I would like to nominate myself as a moderator so that I can help the community in even more ways than I do now.

Statistics and Numbers:

  1. Started with SharePoint 2.5 years back and have been part of SPSE since then.

  2. In the top 20 users by all time reputation.

  3. Total 275 answers with 222 Comments and 345 Responses totaling to 5.6K+ reputation

  4. Visited 680 days since I have been a member.

  5. 131 Revisions, 68 Reviews, 11 Helpful flags and 10 suggestions

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meta answers: 2 / +2
helpful flags: 22 of 23
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Vardhaman, worries me a bit that you have a low number of flags. You have a good start on revisions so I would keep working on those two things. That being said, you have a ton of great answers which is awesome. You mention helping the community, did you have some particular things in mind you would improve? –  Kit Menke Nov 1 '13 at 18:48
    
Thanks Kit! For helping the community, I would like to primarily focus on creating quality content. By that I mean reducing spam, reducing duplicate questions and raising flags regularly. I do understand that I have low number of helpful flags right now but I am definitely working on that. Also I would like to reduce link only answers so that when someone arrives on SPSE, they should get their full answer without having to navigate to other pages. –  Vardhaman Deshpande Nov 1 '13 at 19:29
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This election is complete.