2015 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jan 12 '15 at 20:00
primary began
Jan 19 '15 at 20:00
election began
Jan 23 '15 at 20:00
election ended
Jan 27 '15 at 20:00
candidates
14
positions
2

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!


Cheers! My name is Zoe, I'm a Senior UX designer / Data Visualisation design expert with a background in Psychology.

I like UX Stack Exchange for the friendly atmosphere, but there always is a place for improvement or for an effort to maintain the status quo. I am good at keeping discussions constructive and positively neutral and thus I can contribute to this community's social health. Fun fact: I've joined just recently and gained my first 1000 points in three weeks.

Together, we can keep this place helpful and friendly and help the global community of UX designers excel and grow.

Vote for me and I will do my best to help the community thrive!

I'd like to nominate myself as a moderator.

I've put in significant time and effort over the last few years to this site, answering more questions than anyone else that I'm aware of, and asking questions that I believed would bring out interesting UX arguments.

However, simply having a high reputation and asking questions only shows a commitment and interest in the community and topic, and doesn't necessarily make someone a good moderator candidate.

I believe that I would make a good moderator for the following main reasons:

  • I'm fair and impartial. I don't take sides in a discussion or disagreement, and give my judgement based on the facts - even if they conflict with my own personal opinion.
  • I follow the spirit of the law rather than the letter of the law. In the context of UX.se that means that my overriding question is whether or not an action will make the community a better resource for UX or not.
  • I'm typically at my computer for 12+ hours a day, so I would give good time coverage.

I've decided to throw my hat in the ring too.

I've been a pro-tem moderator here during the public beta up until the site graduated, and personally I think I did a decent job :).

I've withdrawn my candidacy from the post-graduation elections because I was starting a new job at the time and I didn't believe I'd have the time. Then I realized that I do have the time and that I really missed being an integral part of this site. My participation had dwindled and I think that being a moderator again would be a good "hook" that will draw me back and make me reacquaint myself with it.

I have a Master's degree in Cognitive Psychology, I've worked as a UX expert for a number of leading local agencies for a few years before I went in-house to work on enterprise software.

I believe that my vision for the site is the same as the general vision behind the SE network - to make sure that when you google a UX question, the first result will be a question on this site, with a clear, high quality answer. We're already halfway there.

I'm conveniently located in the Middle East, which is 6-12 hours earlier than the US - this should help to provide a good moderation coverage around the clock.

Hello! I would like to step forward as a candidate for one of the open moderator positions for this Stack Exchange site.

I have been an active member in good standing for a little over two years, and I have found this community to be a valuable resource.

As I mod I would primarily focus on healthy community growth. I seek to foster an inclusive culture that integrates new voices into the community.

The new user's experience can sometimes be harsh with down-votes and votes to close slamming the door in the face of a well-intentioned new user who runs afoul of community norms.

A moderator can soften that experience by counter-balancing that negative input with constructive feedback that encourages the user to try again.

In cases where a firm line needs to be drawn, I would not hesitate to do so--especially in cases where a user expresses gross insensitivity or hostility to others based on gender, religion, culture, etc. No group should feel that this community is a hostile or unsafe place.

I would also seek to foster a strong partnership with the veteran mods and work to integrate into their team quickly and respectfully.

Thank you for your consideration!

UX.SE covers a range of how people and tech can best work together. Although we use the moniker of UX I feel the site is appropriate for many similar fields. I would enjoy the opportunity to help community members see this site as a place to ask questions across those fields which fall directly in, or are so closely aligned with, UX.

Keeping the questions on this site tidy is important, but I also feel that making sure people understand why something is not appropriate for this SE, or a Q&A site, is important too. Through community-review I've felt certain questions/answers where out of scope, and felt some closures were in scope, learning from others when they disagree and what the community at large sees as good questions. It is how the community works!

Advice can sometimes be contentious. Some see UX as a little more opinion based than it is and comments can be viewed more harshly than intended. Opinions are important; so is stepping in when someone feels wronged or when that person is wronging someone else.

By acting as a moderator I hope to help maintain the professional state that we have at UX.SE, while broadening understanding of UX.SE's place within the SE umbrella.

My name is Code Maverick and I am throwing my hat in the ring!

Now that we are in the primary phase, here are my answers to your questions ...


My Background

I am a Sr. Software Engineer with UX at the heart. Once I found this site I was hooked, as, all I want to do is make the web a better experience for everyone: visually, functionally, for ALL people, on ALL devices.

I solve problems on a daily basis and make tough, unbiased decisions, often putting me on an island; not unlike moderating does. If chosen, I will bring to the table a different point-of-view be the best moderator I can be.


Your Concerns

Rep and flag history: Low? Somewhat, as a major medical issue took about 75% of 2014 away. That said, in my first few months, @JonW told me that I was repping up faster than anyone he'd seen. That will change this year and beyond.


My Promise To You

Because, what would a campaign be without a promise?

I promise keep this site PRISTINE so it is THE site that sets the example for all sites to follow!

I've been a member of UX.SE for a little over 2 years and a UX designer at an enterprise software company for a little over 1.5. When I was first getting into the field, the site helped me to learn what UX was about. I try to pay this positive experience forward by helping to welcome and orient new members.

A lot of what I do here is already moderation-like. I don't often have time to answer questions nowadays, but I've remained very active in the review queues. I've flagged hundreds of posts and comments for moderator review. I participate actively in Meta.

Most of the time, mods should remain fairly passive, but viral questions are a key time to become actively involved. At such times, I encourage all users to actively down-vote and flag opinion-based answers, and I think it becomes the responsibility of the mods to delete such answers. (I won't delete things randomly, but if several members challenge the quality of a post—and if the author makes no effort to improve it—I will take the somewhat controversial position of removing it.)

On the whole though, I think a good moderator should be like a good UI: invisible unless something goes very wrong.

User experience is a great area, I would simply just enjoy to be a bigger part of a site which supports something I love.

I have lower reputation that most people for this, but that does not make me any less capable at moderation than anyone else. My flagging history is also low in comparison because of lesser time spent being a member than others. I still endeavour to read through the site at any spare moments in my day and flag appropriately.

I actively participate in review tasks and pop into the site every few hours when taking a break from my work.

I have the right attitude to be a moderator, I am passionate about the subject and I love this site. I am patient, fair and committed. This would help me to be an even bigger part of this community.

Howdy from Texas!

I recently took the leap and switched jobs from UI developer to UX designer. Yee-Haw!

I'm so glad I found this awesome community to help me as I make the transition. I want to give back.

With a developer background I can enhance screen shots by providing links to working prototypes:

Thanks for looking and I will continue to give UX Exchange my all regardless of the election outcome.

Dave

I'd like to nominate myself as your next moderator. I've been here for almost four years and have had met so many new ideas I couldn't even dream of in the beginning. This community is one of the most precious ones with superb score compared to other communities with over 99 percent answering score. That is truly amazing.

My task, if you would elect me, would be to extend my moderation skills from the pure technical one I now hold at SharePoint.SE. UX is in my mind more delicate to moderate since it's more blur on the edges what is on topic and what isn't.

Professionally I hold a Bachlor Degree in Informtion Architecture from Malmö University I received in 2010, which I have extended to my SharePoint Architecture role. Trust me when I say SharePoint really need to improve on its out of the box User Experience. ;-)

See you around!

This election is over.