2011 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 2 '11 at 20:00.

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

302 voters were eligible, 164 visited the site during the election, 97 visited the election page, and 65 voted

As a frequent visitor of StackExchange (and a migrant from the StackOverflow days), I feel that the quality of posts and promotion of best practice processes and methods is critical to the successful implementation and adoption of SharePoint projects. Accurate voting, correct tagging, and the use of best practices are the three core things I look to when reviewing a post for quality, answering, or commenting.

I have been working with SharePoint since mid-2007, I specialize in SharePoint Branding, UI and UX, I have been involved with the moderation of the SPServices discussion forum on Codeplex since November 2009, and of late have been focusing on PowerShell and farm configuration. I’m also very active in the local SharePoint community, a member of the leadership council for the Triangle SharePoint User Group, and a frequent speaker on the SharePoint Saturday circuit.

You can learn more about me on my blog, twitter, or linkedin.

My approach to moderation is to do as little as possible, which fits well with the Stack Exchange ethos. Sometimes this is out of necessity. I spent quite a bit of time on SPSE leading up to graduation, to try and get us over the finish line. I have done less over the last couple of months due to work pressure, but I answer questions when I can. If elected, I will do what I can to maintain the quality of the SPSE content.

I have been following the progress of StackOverflow (as recorded in a series of podcasts by Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky) since it was in beta, and I think StackExchange is a great Knowledge Exchange platform. It isn't based on SharePoint, but nothing is perfect...

  • Your work is much appreciated especially with that push before SP.SE's graduation. Lots of good voting too!! :) – Kit Menke Oct 25 '11 at 19:24

This is a nomination on behalf of Alex Angas courtesy of the Community Team.

As Alex is out for the month of October (which extends longer than the nomination process), he is without internet and unable to submit his own nomination. We feel that he would nominate himself, as he had warned us ahead of time about his month-long absence.

The following nomination is from fellow community members on meta

In general:

  • Owner of the site's previous incarnation (SharePoint Overflow)
  • Tireless dedication to the site's community and future
  • Helped co-ordinate the site's transfer to SharePoint 2.0

Some specific examples of community guidance and dedication:

  • Ok, i could quite grok why Alex didnt sign up :-) – Anders Rask Oct 24 '11 at 17:44
  • I sorta just assumed Alex would stay a moderator. =P – Kit Menke Oct 25 '11 at 19:22

After being the Pro Tempore moderator, I can honestly say moderating is something I'm proud of and something I've enjoyed doing. We have a lot of very qualified nominees so far and I am happy to just be among them.

Why am I qualified?

How do/will I moderate?

  • I try to maintain a good balance between my desire to help people and our established FAQ/meta policies.
  • I try to leave comments to explain why I did something and provide a course of action if possible.
  • I'm always open and willing to discuss changes on meta/chat.

In the end, it comes down to what is best for the community as a whole and how we can keep contributing the best questions & answers.

I hope my actions will speak for me, so here are some highlights:

I would really like to help improve SPSE further by being a moderator. The quality of questions and answers on this site far outstrips any of its peers, and I want to carry on the good work we started to get out of beta:

  • Keep our answer rates spectacularly high
  • Maintain our (well known) high quality of questions and answers
  • Recognise the under-appreciated experts of the SharePoint world
  • Continue to build the definitive site to find the answer to any SharePoint question
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    Loved the MSDN Comparison blog post. – Tom Resing Oct 18 '11 at 20:23
  • @TomResing Thanks. :) – Stu Pegg Oct 18 '11 at 20:37
  • Yea I was going to say you have some sort of sixth sense when it comes to flagging (or hard work). :) – Kit Menke Oct 18 '11 at 23:52
  • Great to see you've decided eventually to nominate yourself! As for me, it would be very nice to see you as a moderator. IMO, you have almost unbeatable arguments. Actually haven't known that you've done so much here already :) Huge thanks for hard work! – Andrey Markeev Oct 19 '11 at 6:15
  • @KitMenke Thanks! To be fair, the 'First Answers' page does most of the work. – Stu Pegg Oct 19 '11 at 7:35
  • @omlin Thanks. :) There are many people who put a lot of work into the site (such as yourself and the current mods), and it isn't always obvious how much they do. – Stu Pegg Oct 19 '11 at 7:42
  • Agreed about the MSDN post, I actually stopped going there and came to SPSE as the responses seemed better. Problem with the MSDN forums is within a few hours you are off the short list on the front page, if you don't get a bump there your question may never get answered. – MichaelF Oct 19 '11 at 17:38
  • @MichaelF The brief front-page opportunity is indeed a big problem on many sites. I think the Stack Exchange method of having tags largely mitigates this, as people can then easily hunt down questions on the subjects they're interested in. – Stu Pegg Oct 19 '11 at 21:12

In my understanding, moderators have a very important role here on SPSE. Note: not dominating, but important. So, what are their responsibilities?


First of all, moderators are the people who keep up the quality. That's an essential point, because quality provides the whole site reputation. And moderators can influence community to care about it. Not by force - mostly by posting comments or reproofs, and also by leading by example.

I'm always trying to do my best in terms of quality: you probably have noticed :) I have now a bunch of article-like answers here on SharePoint SE. These answers are my input, my contribution, my blood and tears.

And cannot resist to mention: it is not the luxury rush! You can check it yourself: comprehensive answers are rarely earn many upvotes. I know this, and consciously, not going to change. Because I like the site, and that is what I can do for it: post qualitative answers.


The other thing which is also very important here on the site - is a positive climate. Community there people are exceedingly jealous, is fragile. Noone wants to upvote answers of their fellow community members, because there is a kind of greediness competition between them. But when one rarely gets upvoted, sooner or later, he will leave...

So, one of the responsibilities of moderators here - is to always upvote decent answers. To keep people on site and to maintain their good mood by respecting their effort :)

Btw, that's why moderators have to be competent (to recognize good answers). The only measure of competence here is the rating points. And I'm now the 11th in the list of top-rated users here - although my first answer is dated Apr 8, 2011 (so I'm only 6 months aboard).


I'm ready to devote myself to SharePoint SE, because I love it, and I want it to become even better. Also I have a deep experience with SharePoint, good rating, I'm active expert here, and also active blogger, opensource contributor and speaker.

  • I can attest to the high quality of your answers! Would you apply the same to other people's questions/answers as well? – Kit Menke Oct 18 '11 at 14:54
  • I reckon noone has a right to directly compel the people to improve their answers, because every correct contribution is valuable, every opinion is important - even if a man can't explain himself well in English or doesn't have enough time or whatever... On the other hand, good quality of answers and questions is highly desirable, so veiledly, we should do maximum we can to increase it: 1) upvote good answers, 2) advertise particularly qualitative answers, 3) inspire people by own example. – Andrey Markeev Oct 18 '11 at 16:54
  • Thannks for all the hard work, omlin. I hope you get it. – Tom Resing Oct 18 '11 at 20:23

After having followed this site from the very beginning, watching it evolve to a great Q/A site that literally have helped thousands of SharePoint'ers, I want to stay a part of the moderation team if you guys will have me.

I was a bit hesitant accepting the job as a temp-moderator during the SP.SE beta, but think i have found a good balance between moderation duty, answering questions and doing my job as a SharePoint professional.

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    I think you have been a great moderator Anders! – Mike Oryszak Oct 18 '11 at 1:00
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    Yes, you have been a great moderator and have helped build the site. – Lori Oct 18 '11 at 12:54
  • Thanks for doing the beta and agreeing to moderate going forward. You're a lock! – Tom Resing Oct 18 '11 at 20:21
  • lol... i have been called alot of things Tom, but being called a lock is a first :-) What the... – Anders Rask Oct 18 '11 at 20:23
  • Ander's you've helped resolve some of my problems so you definitely get my vote. – MichaelF Oct 19 '11 at 17:39

Lori regularly participates in answering and reviewing questions. She upvotes and downvotes when necessary to ensure the most accurate answers are viewed appropriately. She has answered many questions and has a strong technical knowledge of the subject. Lori is also one of the first members and asked the very first question when this forum started as SharePoint Overflow. It is a forum that she values highly and wishes to see continue for many years to come.

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    Very nice to have you as a candidate! :) I would recommend being giving out more upvotes (47 is pretty low). Could you maybe elaborate on your moderation strategy? Ex: What you would do, things you would improve.. – Kit Menke Oct 18 '11 at 14:57
  • I still cant belive you beat me by 1 on user id's ;-) – Anders Rask Oct 18 '11 at 20:17
  • Way to go Lori! – Tom Resing Oct 18 '11 at 20:23

This election is complete.