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
  • signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct, 2.0, and link to your Launchpad.net page showing you have signed.

We encourage everyone who has contributed to the success of Ask Ubuntu through all moderation tasks - flagging, editing, Meta Q&A, chat discussions etc. to put their names forward.

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!

Nominees, please consider placing your answers to questions you deem helpful to your nomination inside your Nomination post.

This election ended Feb 19 '13 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

4,315 voters were eligible, 1,333 visited the site during the election, 1,115 visited the election page, and 240 voted


My name is Rick Green formally blueXrider I nominate myself with these qualifactions:

  • I am a advanced linux user because I am self-taught, enthusiast and motivated.
  • Member of AskUbuntu for a year.
  • Active in reviews
  • A member of Launchpad since 2008 and belong to several memberships there.
  • My activity is mainly focused in the AU cleanup and was awarded the prestigious Ubuntu SWAG for my participation last year.

"Being a community moderator is seriously unglamorous - why do you want to become a moderator?" so let me answer it now. ~I want to give back to the community as I feel utilizing the tools of moderation is a privilege, not a gift nor an entitlement to used with fair judgement and understanding.

I know my list of peers such as: Oli, Fossfreedom, Bruno Pereira and others will help guide all of us but also myself with this responsibility.

Please give me your support and I promise I will give back in the best manner I can.

Thank You

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    What can't you do now that I you look forward to doing if you become moderator? What feature will you miss most, that you have now, if you become a moderator? – Marco Ceppi Feb 11 '13 at 16:02

My Self Karthick and i am regular user of Askubuntu. I would like to nominate myself inorder to have a moderator position. I will spend most of my time in Askubuntu for reviewing questions / answers.

Also in my working place we use more than 800 linux systems running ubuntu which helps me to gain new experience daily. I hope most of the people here knows me as i am here since last two years. It doesn't matter if i gonna get selected or not, i will always give my best to make this site and community a better one.

I wish everyone a good luck!

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    What will you be able to do as a moderator that you currently are unable to do as a regular user? – user98085 Feb 7 '13 at 15:07
  • Being a community moderator is seriously unglamorous - why do you want to become a moderator? Do you consider your relatively (compared to some of your fellow candidates) low Helpful flags numbers to be a handicap or advantage to becoming a moderator? (Sorry @fossfreedom got your comment away) – smartboyhw Feb 7 '13 at 16:04
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    Hi @FEichinger i am regular user. Am in india, and i can support all the day time. GMT +5.30 – karthick87 Feb 8 '13 at 5:02
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    Daily How much time you can spend on Ask Ubuntu ? you have Zero on Flags. – rɑːdʒɑ Feb 8 '13 at 13:26
  • @karthick87 Yes, but why do you want to become a moderator? What would change for you? – user98085 Feb 8 '13 at 14:53
  • Sup @karthick87, you have zero flags? I swear I thought you had like a 1000 buddy. – Luis Alvarado Feb 8 '13 at 21:21

Hey! I'm Amith.

I'm nominating myself for moderator. I have been using AU for the last 1 year and I think I have experience with everything that happens here

I regularly use the review queue. And also, I'm almost always on chat.

I'm also on the other side of the globe, in relation with the current moderators. So I can work when they sleep

I have read up on the Theory of moderation and also pretty much know what a mod has to do.

So, I end this short nomination speech thingy by requesting you, the community to vote for me as your moderator.

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    Well then, the obligatory questions: What would you do, if you were to become moderator, and why do you want to become a moderator to begin with? – user98085 Feb 6 '13 at 16:53
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    Another young 'un :) You seem to be pretty active in the community at all sides. Obligatory age question: As a very young user, do you think your age may have any bearing on your moderation activities? How mature do you consider yourself? – Manishearth Feb 6 '13 at 19:59
  • @FEichinger I basically want to serve the community better :D. – Amith KK Feb 7 '13 at 10:45
  • @Manishearth I don't think age matters as long as you can keep a straight mind – Amith KK Feb 7 '13 at 10:45
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    +1 for putting yourself forward - we need more UTC-4+ mods! – fossfreedom Feb 7 '13 at 11:08
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    Thank you @AmithKK for running:) – smartboyhw Feb 7 '13 at 13:02
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    Amith KK is a fast learner and is always willing to help whenever he can. He has good manners and is respectful to everyone. He is enthusiastic about his work and would make a good candidate for moderator. – jokerdino Feb 7 '13 at 14:08
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    I echo @jokerdino. – Mahesh Feb 7 '13 at 17:49
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    I echo @jokerdino too – smartboyhw Feb 8 '13 at 15:29
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    I echo @jokerdino, but I would also like to add: I've known Amith for a handful of years, and he is a positive contributor to any project he is involved in. – William Feb 8 '13 at 19:56
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    why do I feel I started a I echo dino thread? :| – Mahesh Feb 10 '13 at 9:06

Hi everyone, I'm RolandiXor (better known as Roland Taylor), and I would like to announce my nomination for the Ask Ubuntu moderator elections of 2013.

Why am I running? Quite frankly,

  • Because people asked me to.
  • Because I've wanted to contribute as a mod for a while now.
  • Because there are some things that non-mods cannot do (such as making non-answers into comments, for example) that I often find myself wishing I could do to help the site (instead of merely flagging, and thus deferring).
  • Because. (Yes, because.)

Why would I make a good moderator?

  • I like to be fair.
  • I am usually kind and friendly to new users, but not so friendly with spammers and trolls :)
  • I can function well alone or in a crowd.
  • I'm familiar with the community and how things work.
  • Opposition is something I'm familiar with and when needed I can hold my ground, or gracefully step aside if asked (or if need be).

On a serious note, I'll add anything useful that anyone needs to know if asked (before nominations close).

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    yes it is true that he has pretty spaceships... however I am the one with kittens...unless @RolandiXor is smuggling them into my basement... Anyways seriously... what would you do with trolls and spammers? – TheXed Feb 5 '13 at 17:12
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    Roland is a great human being and a wonderful person to have around. He has been quite nice and helpful since my early days in the community and he continues to be one. I wholeheartedly support his nomination. – jokerdino Feb 5 '13 at 17:17
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    @Gui with trolls (not spammers) should be warned at least once or twice, (most 3 times) and then disciplined if they won't listen. Of course I believe that such things as cursing and ranting should just not be tolerated, but I would consult with mods who've been around longer on any actions before taking them. With spammers, there would be an absolute NO WAY policy. – RolandiXor Feb 5 '13 at 17:26
  • @jokerdino thanks! – RolandiXor Feb 5 '13 at 17:27
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    @RolandiXor is really nice to talk with you in the chat. Also, anyone can see that you're involved with the moderation of the site looking your helpful flags. – Lucio Feb 5 '13 at 18:25
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    Yet another awesome candidate joins the race. I am going to run out of votes... – Nathan Osman Feb 5 '13 at 18:37
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    Please support @RolandiXor for his nomination. It took quite a few people in the chatroom to urge him for that. – smartboyhw Feb 6 '13 at 13:56
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    @RolandiXor Can you just clarify if you meant for your third "Why I'm running" reason to just be 'because'? If you didn't, what should it say? You also say you like to be fair - as a very short self reflection question, do you think you are actually fair? – BrownE Feb 6 '13 at 15:04
  • @BrownE to your first question - yes. To your second question, I strive to be fair wherever possible, and if I'm not, you can always point it out. – RolandiXor Feb 7 '13 at 0:59
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    He's an awesome guy. This is one extraterrestrial I'd vote for – Amith KK Feb 9 '13 at 2:03
  • How will you handle disagreements with your philosophical viewpoints as a moderator? What can't you do now that I you look forward to doing if you become moderator? What feature will you miss most, that you have now, if you become a moderator? – Marco Ceppi Feb 11 '13 at 16:04

Hello. I am regular user of Ask Ubuntu & from GMT +5:30. I am here from more than one year.everyday I am helping here with my answers to users and helping the community to keep clean. I will provide the answers what I know and by learning new things and answering I will do from mobile too.

In Ask Ubuntu I have done editing posts and flagging posts for review.

I can continue with the same way I mean answering the posts and flagging , review , editing the posts.

I am friendly with all other fellow users of Ask Ubuntu .I have signup for code of conduct too.

My lp is http://launchpad.net/~genupulas

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    Well, if you "can continue the same way", as you say - what will you be able to do as a moderator that you currently are unable to do as a regular user? – user98085 Feb 5 '13 at 13:44
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    @FEichinger Hi,Thanks for your interest on me.I will put my best effort to keep askubuntu clean.I usually do askubuntu from mobile also. So in a day you can find me in askubuntu almost 10-14 hours from Mobile and Desktop.So If I became as a Moderator Then I can extend my work to askubuntu by reviewing the flags of other users also.So that I can work in a more effective in all circumstances.I can help other users to have a quick response on their flags. – rɑːdʒɑ Feb 5 '13 at 14:44
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    Just so you know, it's "Ask Ubuntu" – Marco Ceppi Feb 5 '13 at 15:44
  • @MarcoCeppi but its also askubuntu.com :) – asheeshr Feb 5 '13 at 17:39
  • @AshRj: But it is not "askubuntu". – BoltClock Feb 6 '13 at 6:37
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    Grammar is also important in the Ask Ubuntu community. – WindowsEscapist Feb 6 '13 at 16:08
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    @WindowsEscapist I am in learning , Everyday. Thank you. – rɑːdʒɑ Feb 6 '13 at 17:07
  • @Snow Why do you only have 91 helpful flags? How much time do you normally spend a day in the review tab? – Alvar Feb 7 '13 at 13:46
  • In the review tab I spend Less time that's for 1-2 Hrs (only Night time). Remaining time I will roam in Ask Ubuntu(Day time with Mobile and Night time with PC). – rɑːdʒɑ Feb 7 '13 at 14:02
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    Why do you spend such few time on the review queue and do you plan to spend more time there, regardless of the result of this election? – user98085 Feb 8 '13 at 20:00
  • Hi @FEichinger . Yes I am planning to spend more time on review tab along with Ask Ubuntu main site. It's not related to my election here. Thank you. – rɑːdʒɑ Feb 9 '13 at 4:38

I am a regular user in Ask Ubuntu for more than a year now and am familiar with most community practices.

I help make Ask Ubuntu a better place in every way I can including flagging, reviewing posts and promoting the site on Planet Ubuntu and other places.

I care about the site and use the 10k+ mod tools to good effect. As and when I get time, I do most of the things that I have listed in my meta post.

If I get elected as a moderator, I'll continue to be helpful, constructive, positive and supportive of the community through my actions. And I'll be a good human exception handler.

You can also go through my previous year's nomination.

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    in Go SpeedRacer tune Go JokerDino, Go JokerDino, Go JokerDino, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! – Sathyajith Bhat Feb 5 '13 at 6:20
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    1k+ on MSO, 10k+ on this site, knows about moderation-- yes please :) – Manishearth Feb 5 '13 at 6:28
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    Hahaha I hope you get lucky bro :) – Mochan Feb 5 '13 at 7:20
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    I hereby endorse jokerdino for moderator. – Nathan Osman Feb 5 '13 at 7:34
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    @jokerdino go for moderatorship! – smartboyhw Feb 5 '13 at 9:06
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    I voted for you the last time and I'll be happy to do so again. Good luck! – Tom Brossman Feb 5 '13 at 11:20
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    If this awesome dinosaur doesn't make it, there must be something wrong with the voting system; I vote for you! – Tamara Wijsman Feb 5 '13 at 12:05
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    Good Luck You Dino !! – HackToHell Feb 5 '13 at 12:23
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    My vote goes for you. Keep up the good work buddy !!! – devav2 Feb 5 '13 at 14:29
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    Almost 15k rep in 16 months is impressive. I like your commitment. – André Stannek Feb 5 '13 at 17:07
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    @MarcoCeppi I consider moderator to be the next progressive step in my contribution to Ask Ubuntu and this nomination is an attempt on my part to increase my contribution to the site and the community. – jokerdino Feb 5 '13 at 17:29
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    Of the nominees I saw until now, jokerdino is the first user I can recall seeing around the community. – Sri Feb 6 '13 at 3:11
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    +1 for putting yourself forward - we need more UTC-4+ mods! – fossfreedom Feb 7 '13 at 11:09
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    Vote for Jokerdino! He's awesome in the AU community and beyond, shown tremendous dedication to making this website awesome, while also helping in other ubuntu projects :) – Amith KK Feb 7 '13 at 16:34
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    jokerdino can take the initiative when others are 'still considering'. He can weigh the situation appropriately and assume authority when needed. And needless to say, he goes the distance to help others. His massive fanbase at AU is a clear proof of that. (Okay, may not be massive, but he has got a substantial fanbase. enough that I envy. AUGR dwellers very well know this. :P ) – Mahesh Feb 7 '13 at 16:41

I'm Ravi Mohan, but I go by Journeyman Geek on stack exchange -I'm a trusted 20K user on SU, and while I'm not quite at those epic levels elsewhere, I'm fairly well known to on SF and here as well.I have previous experience in moderation - for example on lords of the battlefield. I seem to more often do edits, help flag things, and share information between sites so my rep and meta activity is just one aspect of things. I try to build bridges, and standing for moderator is one way I think I can do so.

I've been using linux and KDE for the past decade, often as my primary OS, though I consider myself an IT generalist, running a wide variety of distros and OSes over the years.Kubuntu is my prefered linux distro, and I'm fairly enthusastic about it.

I realise that I'm signing up for a janitorial job, and am willing to wield my mop and bucket with patience (letting cooler heads handle things when my fuse runs short).

I've signed ubuntu code of conduct without reservation since It matches my own viewpoint anyway

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    I have known Journeyman Geek for a couple of months now and he has been most helpful. While the reputation points he has in Ask Ubuntu may not be high, he has a big heart and a vast amount of experience in computer-related items. His 45k+ rep in Super User should be a good enough indicator of that. I hope he continues his contribution to the Stack Exchange network of sites. – jokerdino Feb 5 '13 at 5:54
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    Are you sure you are active enough on this site to be a moderator? It seems you participate only some days? Are you sure you will have time for the duties of a moderator? Also, you have made relatively few moderator-like contributions to this site, e.g. edits and flags, why? – N.N. Feb 5 '13 at 6:22
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    @jokerdino: I agree, while I haven't interacted with him much, his meta posts show that he has a clear idea of what moderation is and general SE network policies. He may not have an idea of AU policies, though. Which shouldn't be that big a problem :) – Manishearth Feb 5 '13 at 6:31
  • @JourneymanGeek, you are real good at Stack Exchange:) – smartboyhw Feb 5 '13 at 9:07
  • N.N: good question. Admittedly in the one year and eight months I have been a member of AU, I've only had 142 days on the site - and my active period here was somewhat after I first signed up. I've been on most months except december, and haven't been active that long. If I had a platform, I would say that part of it was to endevour to do better, but really I want to have quality contributions over clocking in. If elected a mod, I would discharge my duties to the best of my abilities, and If i felt they were not good enough, consider passing the torch to the next candidate. – Journeyman Geek Feb 5 '13 at 11:23
  • Moderating this site is less glamorous than moderating forums. If you weren't able to keep up pace as a moderator on the site what would you do? – Marco Ceppi Feb 5 '13 at 15:48
  • I'd note that I have a run as a SU mod candidate planned in future as well, so I really hope that I can manage! I personally believe responsible stewardship includes knowing when one is over my head. I'd try my best to keep up, working with my fellow mods to try to pull my weight. Otherwise, at some point, I would consider resigning as a mod - there's a precedent for this, and I'd rather have someone else do the job well than do it badly just for the sake of pride as I mentioned. I want to be a kickass mod. Part of that is putting the bigger picture first, and decideing when I am not one. – Journeyman Geek Feb 5 '13 at 18:32
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    @JourneymanGeek: Don't worry, resigning is easy. But it's always preferable if a mod candidate has a lesser chance of having to resign. So, the counter question is "do you feel that you can keep up?" which you already have answered to a certain extent. – Manishearth Feb 6 '13 at 6:39
  • With your experience on SU, you've got my vote. – Linuxios Feb 6 '13 at 22:33
  • Being a community moderator is seriously unglamorous - why do you want to become a moderator? Do you consider your relatively (compared to some of your fellow candidates) low Helpful flags numbers and Ask Ubuntu reputation to be a handicap or advantage to becoming a moderator? (Sorry @fossfreedom got your comment away) – smartboyhw Feb 8 '13 at 15:36
  • I've moderated in far worse places. As I see it, its a way I can give back to the community, even if my reputation here isn't that stellar. I've got good relations with the regulars on SU (where, as I've said, I intend to stand for mod elections as well), and the folk on servefault. I do not consider my lack of flags to be a major disadvantage. I do admit, there will be a short period of learning the AU ways of doing things but I believe in quality flags (I've had one rejected - an answer I felt was spam and was downvoted into oblivion) over quantity, even if some of the others have both. – Journeyman Geek Feb 8 '13 at 15:44
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    @JourneymanGeek er hrm the helpful flags both show the quality and also quantity..... I know you are good in other sites, but probably this site isn't your best place to moderate. – smartboyhw Feb 8 '13 at 15:49
  • Or the site has less of the sort of things I tend to flag. A good chunk of my flagging is spam, and Not an answers, both of which are less common here. I don't see my reputation and flag count as being a hinderance to being an effective moderator should I be elected. Whether or not others will see it that way, well, we'll need to see at the primaries. – Journeyman Geek Feb 8 '13 at 16:06
  • I don't know about being effective, but a moderators main job is to review flags. The more helpful flags you have, the more you will understand the flags and the flaggers and have a better grasp on when action needs to be taken. – Seth Feb 9 '13 at 4:31
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    I don't think such a requirements is needed--the voters can make up their minds about each candidate, by taking into account all relevant factors together. However, please note that there are actually a lot of non-answer answers ("me too", "thanks", and the like) posted on Ask Ubuntu, every day. – Eliah Kagan Feb 9 '13 at 13:52

Hello YOU ;). About.me:

Professor in Linux/Ubuntu for several years. Basically the Wololo priest in Age of Empires.. but with Ubuntu.

Started with Ubuntu after going through the normal, not guided tour of testing Mandrake (Now Mandriva), Caldera (Dead now), Gentoo, Fedora, Mepis and then... what.. wha.. WHAT'S THAT!!... OMG UBUNTU!! (OMG Ubuntu Ad paid for by penguins).

Turned my dad towards Ubuntu (Dad Badge Earned!).

I enjoy the Askubuntu site, but even more, the community in it which is a very positive one. You will notice the spontaneous happiness most users have here and the friendly way of helping everyone. This is one of the most important facts about the way Askubuntu is handled by not only the moderators, but by the community itself, so I will continue this way of thinking which also extents outside of AU.

You can check out my information by clicking on the horrible picture of me in the lower right corner.

I got about 200 characters left to type so here is a joke.. oh my, only 140 characters now. I should stop typing but I can't.. what is wrong with me.. 60 characters left.

Vote for me because [Voting stuff] and I will do [Stuff].

Enjoy AU friend ;)

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    I just wanted to say, if you go through Luis's answers, you will see he has contributed some of the longest and most useful answers on this site (e.g. this one). Keep up the good work; you have my vote! – Seth Feb 5 '13 at 0:28
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    ...and you have a significant number of helpful flags as well! – Nathan Osman Feb 5 '13 at 0:59
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    Luis Alvarado is one of the regular contributors of Ask Ubuntu and he has been there since almost the start of the site. He regularly chips in with some of the most excellent answers in the site and helps with bringing up the quality of the content in the site. His number of helpful flags should be one telling factor. He is witty and has a nice mentality and will make a good candidate for moderator. – jokerdino Feb 5 '13 at 6:11
  • Had to Google Wololo. Since you're doing good work now, why become a moderator? How does you being a moderator help the community? – Marco Ceppi Feb 5 '13 at 15:49
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    @MarcoCeppi - The only thing I can think of, apart from the way I have being working, is that I can add to how the community has worked so positive, can dedicate time to optimizing/merging Q&A to simplify the site (With team approval of course) and can add ideas to how we can collaborate better as moderators to simplify life for new users, old users and the AU community. This might not mean much, but if I can enhance the help I give to Ubuntu through this site just a little by having moderation features, it's worth it. Not the normal deep answer one would expect but it's what I have in mind ;) – Luis Alvarado Feb 5 '13 at 16:18
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    Hey @LuisAlvarado you are the man for this elections! I wish you good luck and I'm hoping to have the first native Spanish mod!! Un abrazo ;) – Lucio Feb 5 '13 at 17:11
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    What can I say - you have my vote! – RolandiXor Feb 5 '13 at 17:28
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    Luis Alvarado is another user I keep bumping into :) – Sri Feb 6 '13 at 3:17


My name is Jared Burrows and I would like to nominate myself in order to have a moderator position on this website. Most of the time you can find me helping out with Android and Object Oriented development problems and solutions on StackOverflow.

I use Ubuntu everyday, it is my favorite Debian distribution and I mainly use it for development. I am very familiar with many questions and issues that come with installing and using Ubuntu daily. At my previous job, did a lot of Linux security and administration with Red Hat servers and I currently use Linux at work for development.

I come to this website all the time looking for solutions not only for myself but for others as well. I enjoy browsing the "unanswered section" for questions to edit and add comments to in order to help users achieve their own solution.

I wish everyone the best!


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    Being a community moderator is seriously unglamorous - why do you want to become a moderator? Do you consider your relatively (compared to some of your fellow candidates) low Helpful flags numbers to be a handicap or advantage to becoming a moderator? – fossfreedom Feb 4 '13 at 23:44
  • I am very enthusiastic when it comes to being helpful towards others! I know my low flags are discouraging; however, I believe with my current experience with Linux, I can share my knowledge with others. – Jared Burrows Feb 4 '13 at 23:51
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    What will you be able to do as a moderator that you currently are unable to do as a regular user? – Nathan Osman Feb 5 '13 at 0:00
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    If you're looking to help users, then answering questions, editing posts, and using the site is the way to go. You don't actually help anyone as a moderator. You will probably end up helping less people than you would as a moderator. – Marco Ceppi Feb 5 '13 at 15:50
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    Your profile indicates low participation on the site. Any comments on that? – Mahesh Feb 7 '13 at 16:55

I am known here as mateo_salta. I am a graphic designer, and also a Computer enthusiast. In answering questions I will try to tackle almost any problem, as I believe trying to teach something is often the best way to learn.

I frequently edit questions to give them the best possible chance, and participate in meta often. I also frequent the Ask Ubuntu chat, and enjoy working with fellow Ask Ubuntu members on projects.

As a Moderator, I will look to understand others views, uphold Leadership and Community decisions, and intercede fairly when the situation warrants it.

I try to see the whole picture, and have skill in troubleshooting. To the position I would bring my vast free time (currently employed part-time), and do many of the things I currently do, but in a higher capacity.


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    As a fellow penguin, I have found mateo_salta to be nothing short of extremely helpful and eager to learn. He will also make an excellent candidate for moderator. – Nathan Osman Feb 4 '13 at 22:44
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    I see that you've contribited many good ideas as answers to meta. I think that you should also start asking more, to learn, and to get the community as a whole to think. – Reinstate Monica - ζ-- Feb 4 '13 at 22:58
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    Perhaps you can expand your bio as to how you think becoming a community moderator will benefit the community and what strengths you bring to the role. – fossfreedom Feb 4 '13 at 23:12
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    I have known mateo_salta for quite some time now and he has been most helpful either by providing his opinions or through his support. He is levelheaded, broad-minded, funny, creative and cheerful and I am confident he will make an excellent moderator if elected. – jokerdino Feb 5 '13 at 6:08
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    Moderation is a ruthless job, how would you handle someone not agreeing with your actions? – Marco Ceppi Feb 5 '13 at 15:52
  • I would try to understand where the other person is coming from, and consult with fellow moderators if the issue is gray area. If I am wrong, I will stand down on the "issue" and ultimately work towards helping out the user, after-all people come here asking for help. One example of this was this Q: askubuntu.com/q/233065/47291 where there was dispute of weather or not it is on topic, despite my opinions on the subject, we continued to work with the user to Improve the Q, and I was able to solve the question. – Mateo Feb 5 '13 at 16:50

Hi, Ask ubunturian people, I would like put myself forward as a candidate for moderator:

I am a dedicated professional and committed both at work, and personally.
I adapt easily to change.
I consider myself responsible, sincere. I am also optimistic, proactive, and I always try to find a solutions to problems that arise.
A feature that characterizes me is to be very passionate with all my activities, I enjoy and have fun at work. 

I am an active members of Ask Ubuntu. since 2010

I have been on the site for two year. Even had a look around on Christmas Day, Easter, or Vacation, contributing many valuable answers. I have done my best to close questions only as a last resort, attempting to fix them up if at all possible.

I always have fun doing the more janitorial types of things:

Editing, Re-tagging, Flagging, Closing and re-opening, Creating tag wiki summary, Answering Question, Improving Question.

NOTE : I know I can improve my karma it's hardest and I'm in process and take time to archive it. I am open to learn new things and return this to the community, also I'm not as good as I would like to be. I'm learning every day.

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    That's a lot of helpful flags you have there. – Nathan Osman Feb 4 '13 at 22:10
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    Being a community moderator is seriously unglamorous - why do you want to become a moderator and what do you think you can achieve as a moderator compared to the privileges and tools you already have? – fossfreedom Feb 4 '13 at 23:15
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    hhlp is one of the moderators in Ask Fedora and has been positively contributing both in Ask Fedora as well as Ask Ubuntu. His high number of helpful flags would be a good indicator of his janitorial work. – jokerdino Feb 5 '13 at 6:03
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    @fossfreedom, I love ASK sites, I believe that there is more to do than just editing, flagging and discussing. It is not the first time I while handling a hopeless amount of editing in a questions and answers site, I love taking care of the site and seeing it how it grow up for better. I want to be able to handle that by myself (with some support at first, true): handle other people's flags, make a point when needed, fix posts, remove "answers" and place them where they should. – hhlp Feb 5 '13 at 11:04
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    What skills do you think moderating Ask Fedora has given you? – Marco Ceppi Feb 5 '13 at 15:55
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    @MarcoCeppi 1.) be a person who help others with problems, promote and sustain our communities 2.) keep “Calm” 3.) deal with others in a respectful manner, be objective and in general, have the ability to control anger, and promote a friendlier atmosphere on the community. 4.) common sense in dealing with people in a professional manner. 5.) and the most important gives the community what the community gave you (time and knowledge). – hhlp Feb 5 '13 at 16:16

Heya; My name is Frederic Eichinger. I'm a Web Developer and I study Computer Science at the University of Augsburg. With my joy with Ubuntu and the ever-growing number of people around me using it, I joined and embraced Ask Ubuntu.

I participate actively on the Chat and Meta, as well as our CleanUp Ops, watching the good, the bad and the funny. We have it all here and voting, handling and otherwise improving them is fun.

As for what I expect regarding the diamond, I was told I should prepare for a bloody awful interface, sounds fun.

What I seriously expect the most, however, is a lot of responsibility that's gonna weigh pretty heavy. And that's scary. Especially so for someone like me, who knows that they aren't exactly wrapping all their words in cotton candy. But I feel like I'm ready for that no less.

I also expect a lot of interaction with what the community decides. Especially in its execution and general handling of whatever pops up.

I have signed the Code of Conduct 2.0 and thus agree to abide by it, while hereby nominating myself for the election.

If you wish, you may also see the comments as well.

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    Being a community moderator is seriously unglamorous - why do you want to become a moderator? Do you consider your relatively (compared to some of your fellow candidates) low Helpful flags numbers to be a handicap or advantage to becoming a moderator? – fossfreedom Feb 4 '13 at 23:22
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    Why do I want to become a moderator? For the same reasons I am a simple user here. I want to contribute to the site, and help improve it further, by being a go-to person for the community, and an active contributor to the site. Both of these, as well as the inherent desire to improve the site, are greatly enhanced in effectiveness by being a moderator, while still being firmly grounded in the community. – user98085 Feb 4 '13 at 23:55
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    What effect does my helpful flag number have? I have rephrased this question a bit, because the number is only low in absolutes. In relation to both time and reputation, it is actually quite high. Thus, the answer is: I can't tell. I am no mind-reader, so I don't know what people read into the number and what they will decide based upon it. Personally? I see it as one piece of information about my activity, rather than an absolute "achievement". – user98085 Feb 4 '13 at 23:57
  • I don't think reputation has too much to do with flags, except that you get more flags with more rep. You should have about 40 flags a day now. – Seth Feb 5 '13 at 3:20
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    You have only been 3 months in AskUbuntu. That's scary. Can you give us an example of some other community where you had a longer commitment? – Javier Rivera Feb 5 '13 at 8:21
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    In what other communities have I been active longer? This one is quite hard for me. The gaming side of me usually participates in the forums of games I get deeply involved in - sadly those are niche enough to get canned, or end up changing to something I don't wish to support anymore. Then there's the programmer side, which had me fly solo for nearly a decade. When visiting SO to look some stuff up, I usually end up feeling unwelcome by some of the posts, even without participating. So, currently, I have nothing I can properly list - and I haven't felt as "home" as on AU in a while. – user98085 Feb 5 '13 at 13:09
  • In addition to the previous one, I would definitely talk about my past with communities in an extended chat session. I just don't feel comfortable listing anything here, without an explanation as to what kept me there, why I started there, and - what's probably most important to some - why I left. – user98085 Feb 5 '13 at 13:12
  • What would you do if someone doesn't agree with your actions? In the event you're "right", in the event you're actually "wrong"? – Marco Ceppi Feb 5 '13 at 17:11
  • What would I do when questioned? I find it hard to determine how I would act depending on if I was right or wrong - this assumes knowing the "truth" to begin with, which pretty much boils it down to "admit and accept that I'm wrong, apologize/solve if necessary" or "point out precisely why I'm right". But on the way to finding out whether or not I am right, when questioned, I would try to collectively research - with the person questioning my actions - and conclude when the case is made. – user98085 Feb 5 '13 at 17:27
  • What would I do about an improvable and closeable question? I would prefer to improve it alongside closing it, so the resulting answer is viable for a Q&A format - after all, the issue should still be described in the best manner possible, when found. I've often suggested edits alongside flagging in the review queue (sometimes it's just not doable on the spot), and I find this the most beneficial in the long run, even if it takes a little more effort when dealing with a post. (From the chat) – user98085 Feb 6 '13 at 23:43
  • How much do I know about the philosophy behind closing? What with me helping with our Cleanup, lurking the Regulators Room and having a helpful flag per day with "only" 1k rep and a couple of months here, and active Meta participation, I'd say "quite much, but refinable". (From the chat) – user98085 Feb 6 '13 at 23:45
  • @JavierRivera In what other communities have I been active longer? (Full Answer) I have now answered your question in detail on the chat: Read it here. Prepare for a long read. – user98085 Feb 7 '13 at 18:20
  • Stealing my tactic which triggered length limits on nominations, I respect that. – casperOne Feb 8 '13 at 16:56
  • @casperOne Well, what shall I say - it is efficient. :D – user98085 Feb 8 '13 at 19:45
  • @casperOne I think most of the current moderators used that tactic. – jrg Feb 11 '13 at 14:41

Greetings brothers, sisters, and cyborgs alike,

I am Gui, (aka Joshua/TheX) I am herfore and now-ever more nominating myself in the general election of the Year of Our Lord 2013.

I have been a member of Askubuntu.com for 2 years and 3 months, and have earned 3 Gold badges, 20 silver badges and 54 bronze badges. I have always received the AskUbuntu swag for being in the top 10% of users in Year 1.

I have been an IT Administrator for the last 4 years for my local school district. This affords me a well rounded experience in all things IT related and has lent experience in managing students and staff members alike

I can't promise that I am always perfect, but I can promise that I will be swift, just, fair, and always helpful. I try to visit the site as much as possible, and will make it even more of a priority. I believe I have the time to dedicate to your service as long as I have a reason.

I have been known to ask questions, edit, leave comments, vote (both up and down) or whatever it takes.

I have signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct and will forever uphold its values.

Please consider me when it comes time to cast your vote! I am here for you always and forever!

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    Being a community moderator is seriously unglamorous - why do you want to become a moderator? Do you consider your relatively (compared to some of your fellow candidates) low Helpful flags numbers to be a handicap or advantage to becoming a moderator? – fossfreedom Feb 4 '13 at 23:23
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    Why do I want to be a moderator? Simply because I want to find a way to make the community a better place for all Ubuntu users new and old. Lack I helpful flags may be a disadvantage but it may also say that I look for alternative methods to correct a situation before being it to a moderators attention. – TheXed Feb 5 '13 at 0:48
  • I need to proof read before I hit the "Add Comment" button... – TheXed Feb 5 '13 at 13:48
  • You didn't greet aliens, but I support this nomination. I can confirm that Gui (like me) is less likely to flag, and more likely to seek other options, though I would advise flagging more in the future ;) – RolandiXor Feb 5 '13 at 17:31

Greetings, I am ObsessiveFOSS, and with this message, I am nominating myself as a candidate for the Ask Ubuntu moderator elections. I've spent a good amount of time here, and have, in accordance with a theory of Moderation, have already helped clean the site, with various methods available to me. I easily adjust to new situations, such as moderating Ask Ubuntu, and in a matter of days, can adjust my mentality to being impartial. I also often visit and post on [meta.SO] and I feel as if communicating with other moderators, especially those with more experience, will be my first step to learn, as well as the moderation guides carefully constructed over at MSO.

Of course, nobody is perfect. I must admit I've received a mod warning for one of my comments, and made my own share of mistakes.

I have signed the code of conduct, and agree to abide by the Ubuntu Leadership code. I am also relatively active on Meta Stack Overflow. I also plan to do real-world community outreach with Ubuntu.

I can handle about 1-2 hours per day, except some Fridays and Saturdays.

Anyway, I wish all candidates the best of luck.

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    I should also point out that ObsessiveSSOℲ has been very active and helpful in the Ask Ubuntu chat rooms. He will make an excellent candidate for moderator. – Nathan Osman Feb 4 '13 at 20:15
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    So, question: you're younger than most users on the site. Do you think that poses a potential problem? (full disclosure: I am one of the ~12 under-18 moderators on the network) – jrg Feb 4 '13 at 20:24
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    Of course, I have a good courseload, but with the way my classes are distributed, I can find a good half-hour to hour each day, except every other Friday, and a few odd weekends here and there. With that said, I might be performing multiple tasks at once (such as checking on the flag queue while a CompSci assignment compiles). – Reinstate Monica - ζ-- Feb 4 '13 at 20:26
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    Perhaps you can expand your bio as to how you think becoming a community moderator will benefit the community and what strengths you bring to the role. – fossfreedom Feb 4 '13 at 23:25
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    @fossfreedom I unfortunately hit the character limit, but IMHO I bring in a fresh mind with a new set of eyes. I easily adjust to new situations, such as moderating Ask Ubuntu, and in a matter of days, can adjust my mentality to being impartial. I also often visit and post on [meta.SO] and I feel as if communicating with other moderators, especially those with more experience, will be my first step to learn, as well as the moderation guides carefully constructed over at MSO. – Reinstate Monica - ζ-- Feb 4 '13 at 23:38
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    @ObsessiveSSOℲ Your Bio is the space on your profile, not here ;) – Seth Feb 5 '13 at 0:49
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    ObsessiveSSOℲ has been a nice lad and is always willing to help others whenever possible. He has a nice attitude towards the community and others and I find that most compelling. He is pretty open-minded and willing to listen and learn and I think he would make an excellent candidate for moderator. – jokerdino Feb 5 '13 at 5:58
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    Another recognisable user. – Sri Feb 6 '13 at 3:23

This election is complete.