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
  • 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 25 '14 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

6,587 voters were eligible, 2,025 visited the site during the election, 1,549 visited the election page, and 680 voted;


I love the spirit of Community, and Ask Ubuntu has one of the greatest Community in the network.
The members in this Community are ready to contribute with the site as return for any little help received from others.

This phenomenon is what gives me the idea that reputation score is not the priority here, it's neither the most important user's attribute, it is their contribution in several ways to the Community (edits, flags, comments, advices, and more that can't be counted).

This is the reason of why do I think that a moderator is more than a user with a super reputation score, it is about understanding the values of this Community, the respect with our fellows and the commitment to learn from my own mistakes and from others users without look at their reputation level.

Things you may know about me:

  • My real name is Lucio.
  • I had been moderator in a Spanish site
  • I have a dog :)

My commitments:

  • Keep participating, no matter the results of this election
  • Keep learning and listening to everybody
  • Show responsibility in front of privileges gained
  • What's your timezone? – Olli Feb 16 '14 at 23:12
  • UTC/GMT -2 hours – Lucio Feb 17 '14 at 2:25
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    Have you participated meta.stackoverflow.com? What's your opinion, is it important to participate wider community meta discussion, or is it enough to participate only on a specific site? – Olli Feb 17 '14 at 14:45
  • The short answer is chat. You can hear opinions faster in chat than using meta. After said this, meta is the bets place to discuss global issues that are useful to everybody and resolve specific user's errors with the site. In the first case I'm always there; if not writing answers, listening to others ideas and voting. – Lucio Feb 17 '14 at 18:51
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    I guess I should have composed that better: in your opinion, is it important to participate wider community meta discussion - meaning, meta.stackoverflow.com - or is it enough to participate only on a specific site? – Olli Feb 17 '14 at 19:01
  • It is never enough to participate only on main site, because in such case scenario you will never know if what you are doing is right or it is not. Everyone that participates on site maintainability should pay attention to meta activity. – Lucio Feb 17 '14 at 19:13

Hey!, my name is Amith KK(lp),

Some of you might remember me from last year's election and I've been quite inactive for the last year, mainly because of studies.

Meanwhile AskUbuntu has grown alot, and along with the growth came many problems like low voter count, many spam accounts e.t.c

But I think this can be solved by co-operation between mods and the users, and adding more moderators would benefit us.

I think that I would be able to take up this effort, but I need your vote to do it.

Q:You did not have time participate actively the last year, what makes you think you'll be able to make time to moderate this year?

A:Yes, I believe I can because my board exams get over after next month and hence I will be left with more free time.

Q:What experience do you have in maintaining this site that make you a candidate for becoming a moderator?

A: I've been a user for quite a long time and have participated in the previous 2 clean-up runs, which helped the site immensely

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    Did you finish your studies, or is there some other reason why you'll have more time for askubuntu? – Olli Feb 16 '14 at 12:52
  • @Olli The important part gets over next month. Then there's college (1PU). Where I can slack a bit :) – Amith KK Feb 16 '14 at 12:54
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    Also, you really haven't been active even during past month. There's 50 or so reviews for past 2 days, and then 20 day gap back to 26th of January, and then again only very intermittent reviews. From your review history, it seems you have never sustained longer periods of participating. Is there any guarantee that would change if you would become a moderator? If yes, why? – Olli Feb 16 '14 at 12:59
  • @Olli Already answered in the nomination and above :P – Amith KK Feb 16 '14 at 13:02
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    well, kinda. I couldn't find any longer periods of active participation over past three years. You have been busy all the time, or just not too interested? Also, please post a link to your launchpad profile, as requested in instructions. – Olli Feb 16 '14 at 13:17
  • @Olli Lack of time. I try my best to be active when I have time – Amith KK Feb 16 '14 at 13:22
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    I find it hard to believe you haven't got time during past three years, and suddenly after graduating that would semi-permanently change. I mean, after graduating, you'll probably start a (new?) job. Similar to studying, you'll have limited amount of free time, and it's up to you to priorize things. Your past history indicates Ask Ubuntu is not particularly high on your priorities (which is totally okay, except for a moderator). – Olli Feb 16 '14 at 15:23
  • No job. It's more studying, but the syllabus changes to a much more easier one, and it will stay easy for a year or two, hence giving me much more time :) – Amith KK Feb 16 '14 at 16:05
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    And now that I'm on this, why do you have so few meta questions and answers? Can you describe your feelings/attitude towards meta participation? You've relatively nice meta score, but only because majority of the answers are reposts to "Community Promotion Ads" questions. – Olli Feb 16 '14 at 17:07

I'm Seth. I've been using Ubuntu since 11.04 and participating on Ask Ubuntu for slightly over 2 years now. In that time I've become one of the top editors, voters and reviewers here, while maintaining a steady stream of answers. I am familiar with The Theory of Moderation.

I am a regular contributer on both the Ask Ubuntu Meta and Meta Stack Overflow. I also participate in the Software Recommendations, Chess and Amateur Radio sites. I'm in GMT-8:00 so, while not quite as early as Australia, I can be around when most of the other moderators can't.

Why me:

  • I have lots of experience with the way the Stack Exchange network works.

  • I am familiar with most aspects of moderation on Stack sites.

  • As I mentioned earlier, I'm in GMT-8:00 so I can be around a bit longer than the other mods.

  • I always try my best to be patient and to keep an open mind.

When I'm not answering questions I'm usually around cleaning.

My Launchpad profile

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    You have just breached the 10k reputation mark, unlocking access to flag handling. Why do you see the need for yet another step, so quickly, and what do you expect of it? – user98085 Feb 16 '14 at 5:43
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    You, sir, have my vote. I heartily endorse Seth for moderator. – Nathan Osman Feb 16 '14 at 8:48
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    @AvinashRaj Does age really matter? About location, I think timezone is enough. – Eric Carvalho Feb 16 '14 at 15:20
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    @FEichinger Contrary to what you may believe, I think reaching 10k reputation made me think about nominating myself more than I otherwise would have. It opened my eyes to a whole new aspect of the site that I could help with. It made me think, instead of sitting here in the flag queue adding flags to flags, I could be handling them instead, helping the site much more. What do I expect it to be like? I expect it will be a lot of work, with little actual reward. But I also think it will be fulfilling, knowing that I am helping keep Ask Ubuntu a nice, clean place. – Seth Feb 16 '14 at 17:37
  • Also, for brevity, 10kers don't actually get to handle flags, just see them and add our own agreement or disagreement flags to help prioritize the real mod queue. – Seth Feb 16 '14 at 17:41
  • @NathanOsman: You actually meant Seth when you said "Sir"! Seth(kinda slang) in Marathi is Sir :D. Even my vote to you Sir considering your activity and timezone! – jobin Feb 16 '14 at 18:12
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    @Seth not only "tried to be patient and keep an open mind" but he also was one of those who took time to guide newcomers like me (and I guess I am not the only one). He did this in a very polite and friendly way, which made it easy to follow. – guntbert Feb 16 '14 at 20:52
  • Wow Seth, you became a Ubuntu user on the same version as me! Plus you were very helpful with all the questions I asked. I will be voting for you. So don't let me down :) – davidbuddy9 Feb 17 '14 at 17:03
  • @Seth you got my vote. – rɑːdʒɑ Feb 17 '14 at 18:16
  • Thank you for all the support you have given me :) – Seth Feb 19 '14 at 19:03

I'm John Bartley K7AAY, an amateur radio operator, American Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer, and have made my living from PCs ever since before there were PCs, starting with S-100 bus machines.

I also teach at http://www.freegeek.org in Portland, Oregon, an Ubuntu-centric computer recycling and reuse center in Portland, Oregon, and founded two Freecycle.org recycling groups.. There, and with Red Cross, I've led by example by creating new courses to support the Ubuntu community, demonstrated I'm patient and fair, and shown respect for their fellow community members in their actions and words.

You may see that I have signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct, 2.0, by visiting my Launchpad.net page https://launchpad.net/~jwhn , and am open to some light but firm moderation to keep the community on track and resolve (hopefully) uncommon disputes and exceptions.

My intent is to make Ask Ubuntu more user friendly, especially to the flood of new users we will see arriving shortly with the expiration of XP support from Microsoft.

And, I have three cats.

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    You have very low meta activity and helpful flag count - How come? Speaking of that low meta activity - it appears your contributions have been met with disagreement. Why do you think you would make a good moderator, if your contributions don't align with the community? – user98085 Feb 16 '14 at 5:48

Most of you will know me in Meta for my tag evangelization (?) campaigns, calls to action and drawing the line between what is good or not to be asked in Ask Ubuntu. In the main site you will find me normally in the Close Votes review queue and participating in the apt/dpkg tags and I have been one of the youngest rising stars here, you also will find me in the General Chatroom. Outside AU but still in the Ubuntu community I had a participation in #ubuntu-* channels and as Launchpad bug squad member. My first system with Linux was Ubuntu Dapper Drake which I still miss but right now my main is Debian.

I'm very proactive and strong-willed. I have participated as voluntary in other projects and organizations, and I also participate in other SE sites.

Two of my mottos are "fix a problem before it becomes a problem to fix" and "the only way you can advance is by taking action".

My Launchpad link

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    You have incredibly high helpful flags, and sufficient reputation to perform almost all usual site privileges. What will change for you if you become a moderator? – kiri Feb 14 '14 at 21:33
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    "fix a problem before it becomes a problem to fix" to me sounds like you're trying to fix something that isn't broken. Stron willed will also get you in a lot of trouble as a moderator given how flexible, level headed, and collected you have to be to be a moderator – Marco Ceppi Feb 14 '14 at 21:51
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    @MarcoCeppi strong willed isn't bad. Nor it prevents you from being calm and flexible. Strong-will is someone that doesn't give up in adversity, someone with the courage to stand up. You can be strongwilled in your desire to help someone. You can hold up your ideals when you know most of your peers will ridicule you when you are strong-willed. Strong-willed is something good unless you are being stubborn. – Braiam Feb 14 '14 at 22:36
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    @MarcoCeppi about the first, you don't wait until the train wrecks to start taking preventive measures, nor you will not try to prevent that the train wrecks if you have the mediums to do so. Keyword here prevention, prevent bad things from happening. If you know something will end badly you will step in and fix it before the users gets a bitter feeling about the site. – Braiam Feb 14 '14 at 22:39
  • @minerz029 there's so little a man can do without the proper tools. I believe I'm ready for those tools. – Braiam Feb 14 '14 at 22:42
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    Finally the man arrives.I know @Braiam for past 5 months,and he has been most helpful.I think he had much more experience on handling 10k tools.And you are the perfect one for a mod.My vote for you. – Avinash Raj Feb 15 '14 at 3:29
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    Gotta love this. Increase in reputation in askubuntu.com is rather steep. – Olli Feb 15 '14 at 8:18
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    "I have been one of the youngest rising stars here" - I think someone should not become moderator out of desire for their personal glory or because they want to feel like a star. Rather, a moderator should be an experienced user who has been around for a long time, is calm and helpful and friendly towards new users. IMO a good moderator is one who is not even that intent on doing the job, and will do it for the site rather than for themselves. – Malte Skoruppa Feb 15 '14 at 10:49
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    Braiam, what I essentially miss in your description is what direction would you like to steer the community into? What kind of problems do you see with AU, and how would you like them to be addressed? How would you use your influence as a mod in order to achieve your goals? Your description says a lot about yourself, but hardly anything about those matters. – Malte Skoruppa Feb 15 '14 at 22:57
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    @MalteSkoruppa I totally disagree with you. You can make as many shallow promises to get a position, but if you describe yourself and what can you do, your ideals, those wouldn't lie and you at least know what you can expect from a cadidate. If I will fulfill my role as moderator? Yes, you will be sure. What kind of problems I see in AU? Those are in MetaAU along with my proposal of how to solve them. My goals? Improve the community as whole, as I've tried without being moderator (maybe a bit more assertive if I got to be one). (cont.) – Braiam Feb 16 '14 at 1:51
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    You say you are strong willed. I'm not sure that is a quality we want in a moderator. What if something the community wants doesn't agree with your opinion? Do you use your strong will for your opinion or what the community decides? If both, how do you decide which? – Seth Feb 16 '14 at 18:01
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    Braiam, I notice you frequently edit the questions of others to the point of being pedantic. How do you reconcile this with the need to be "patient and fair" and respectful of "fellow community members in their actions and words"? – Sean Feb 16 '14 at 21:51
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    @Sean Before I answer anything I look what could be improved in the question, sometimes while answering other times without answering. The tags should be obvious for people that frequent the Ask Ubuntu Chat. Is only improvements, you feel they are wrong in any way? If not then they are good. – Braiam Feb 16 '14 at 23:29
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    @Sean: Because this site is collaboratively edited. Tag edits keep the site organised. See the Help Center for more information. – kiri Feb 17 '14 at 9:26
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    @Braiam you got my vote. – rɑːdʒɑ Feb 17 '14 at 18:17

My name is Matthew, I am known here as Mateo.

I am a graphic designer, and also a Computer enthusiast. In answering questions I will try to tackle almost any problem, as I believe teaching 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.

To the position I would bring my vast free time (currently employed part-time), and do many of the things I currently do, but with mod powers (and with mod powers, come mod responsibilities).

  • I believe in this site.
  • I Eat SPAM for Breakfast!


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    If one of your three motivating reasons is only "to see this election have primaries", do you think you will have enough motivation to handle the more challenging aspects of moderation? If so, why? – kiri Feb 14 '14 at 21:19
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    Yes Indeed, certainly the primary motivation is to help the site any way I can. And if one reason for my nomination is that we have a better election - I am in no way applying only to boost the number of people applying to be a mod, I is because of the first point "I believe in this site." and conversely - I believe in my self and my motivation to give you guys the best. – Mateo Feb 14 '14 at 22:22

Hello there :)

Some might remember my nomination last year. Since then, I have become very inactive here. I very openly say that, over the last year, I have done little to no thing on Ask Ubuntu.

This is for a simple reason: Some of the changes that affected the system and community began to make AU crumble. AU now faces a very low voter count, and has quite an issue with closing questions and how it is perceived. These are all connected, and they're pulling us into a spiral.

That said, I honestly doubt these issues can be fixed by moderators. This needs heavy community involvement and the best a moderator can do is help mitigate. This, and a large focus on meta as the core of the site are the activities I see necessary from a ♦moderator now.

With that said, I feel like I can do that very thing (having my fair share of experience with moderation and the SE system), and would like your vote to do so!

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    You are so good in meta.But your activity on Ask Ubuntu main site is low. – Avinash Raj Feb 14 '14 at 13:03
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    Why are you not raise even an single question on Ask Ubuntu main site? – Avinash Raj Feb 14 '14 at 13:05
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    Indeed my main site activity is very low. As I have explained in my post: I have left the site roughly nine months ago because AU has been crumbling for a long time and some changes from SE made it very hard for us to steer the site away from that. It simply became very frustrating to watch and be unable to do anything about it. – user98085 Feb 14 '14 at 13:06
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    As for having asked not a single question - I tend to solve my problems on my own, or just accept them as they are. Very rarely do I feel the need to ask someone else (even less so a large community) for help. In the case of Ubuntu, wading through manual pages and tinkering with it has always gotten me to my solution. – user98085 Feb 14 '14 at 13:07
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    Why would you run for mod when you've explicitly said that do not want to have more mods? – Lucio Feb 14 '14 at 16:23
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    As I noted in my post, the issues Ask Ubuntu currently has cannot be fixed by moderators, only mitigated. Throwing more moderators at the problem is not a long-term solution. On top of that (as the context of that chat discussion also reveals) we ideally wouldn't even "need" more than 9 mods - on a healthy site, the community would moderate itself successfully and active moderators would merely be stepping in for fringe cases - 9 active moderators should very well be able to support a site of our size. – user98085 Feb 14 '14 at 16:27
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    @FEichinger if you have a good question, and you solve it on your own, why don't you post it to main site and answer it by yourself? – Olli Feb 14 '14 at 20:46
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    Now, that issue is two-fold: For one, my tinkering usually is by far not the most efficient way and I don't end up having a proper guide at the end - it's more like a collection of random things that got me to a solution. Not really worthy of a Q&A. Secondly, there is site clutter - almost every time I want to post something I get a nagging feeling that this has got to be a dupe somewhere. It's just usually impossible to wade through pages and pages of questions to find that dupe - despite knowing "there was something like that". That turns me away from asking questions here. – user98085 Feb 15 '14 at 0:14
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    @LuísdeSousa No, no, you might be misunderstanding something here. I don't think I can fix these issues I mentioned. These, again, need heavy community involvement. I do, however, feel that I can help mitigate the problem at hand. And, on top of that, my meta activity might just bring up the important issues and motivate the community to actually fix this. But I certainly don't think I (or, for that matter, the moderator team), can fix these issues on my/their/"our" own. – user98085 Feb 15 '14 at 19:29
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    I honestly don't know. The various attempt from various people over the past year or two - they've all failed and I'm not seeing that change. People tend not to read meta, and changes to the system require lots and lots of pushing on MSO. We can keep trying and trying, but at the end of the day, if people don't receive and acknowledge a call to action, they won't take the action either. – user98085 Feb 15 '14 at 19:42
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    I think you would make an excellent mod. I see the same problems as you do on AU, and even though they are hard to address it is certainly positive to raise awareness. Maybe experienced mods from other SE sites could give advice on how they deal with such problems? At any rate, I wish you all the best. – Malte Skoruppa Feb 15 '14 at 23:14
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    AU crumbling has a lot of effects: We get flooded with questions that warrant closing, spam that should be deleted much quicker than it is, users getting turned away from the site - these are the things a moderator can work on. A moderator can't cure the illness, but treat the symptoms. This is mitigation right there. – user98085 Feb 16 '14 at 5:45
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    @LuísdeSousa I beg to differ. I have already explained that these issues I mentioned are not something I - or any moderator - can directly influence. We can try to motivate people with, say, meta posts, but this still requires the community to be receptive of it. What I can do, and I have also pointed that out already, is take care of the mess that these problems cause. Handle the things the community is, because of the overarching problems, no longer fully able to - closures, flags, getting on top of the new questions, all of these things. – user98085 Feb 16 '14 at 15:47
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    I most certainly think it is. Not only is everyone open to ask questions such as these, but I feel these are questions that need to be asked. A moderator, especially on a troubled site like ours, will face challenges they need to be prepared for. These questions make candidates consider their position and look further than what they have already incorporated. – user98085 Feb 16 '14 at 23:05
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    @virtualxtc I think I have already addressed most of these things in the meta posts I link to in my nomination. Tech support inherently does not work with the Stack Exchange format - it needs to much information and a back-and-forth with the asker. The SE format is not made for either of those things. It is Canonical that has pushed us into this position over time (by presenting us as tech support), and I very much disagree with those decisions. We need to get people to use their close votes more frequently instead of waiting and letting posts rot, contributing to our low Percent Answered. – user98085 Feb 17 '14 at 12:07

I am maythux.

For those who knows me they know that I:

  • am calm
  • am a Hard worker
  • never give up!
  • have no enemies
  • am falling In Love with Ubuntu
  • am working with Ubuntu since 3 years ago
  • give a lot of my time to this Community without rewards (almost everyday)
  • was Windows enthusiast a long time ago until I realized that Ubuntu is here
  • am a developer
  • have customized Ubuntu to many uses
  • am highly motivated with high potential to serve the community and build my career
  • am an unknown soldier for the Community
  • am innovative and creative
  • am sure about my answers because I try them before posting
  • edit a lot of QAs for the benefit of All
  • got my reputation in a very short time
  • welcome any comment and criticism

More than 10 years of IT career are enough to say about me.

I am nominating myself for 1 reason:

I Love Ubuntu Community and I wish I can open source my mind to all of You

If You're hesitated, just check my Profile. I focus on answers and helpful flags

I promise I will be honest as I am and I will sacrifice my time for the Community

I believe in AskUbuntu

It's my destiny

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    What about meta answers? – Avinash Raj Feb 12 '14 at 12:45
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    You have a very low meta activity and helpful flag count - How come? – user98085 Feb 12 '14 at 12:55
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    @AvinashRaj It's not my problem friend. you can just check my questions?! I don't know why such questions have been downvoted.. Is it my problem that some users are not respectful?! – Maythux Feb 12 '14 at 13:05
  • @FEichinger My friend this account is newly activated and you can check it yourself and this is the reason for the low activity. But by the time i'm here each day i raise the maximum daily number of flags and i serve in edits and other reviews at max daily count. – Maythux Feb 12 '14 at 13:07
  • i'm not asking about meta questions,i'm asking about meta answers. – Avinash Raj Feb 12 '14 at 13:16
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    @AvinashRaj Ah ok i got your point. Yes i'm not that active users in meta in answering since i considered that answering means responsibility to other newbies in Askubuntu which is somewhere a moderator job. Am i wrong? – Maythux Feb 12 '14 at 13:19
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    Posting on meta is part of expressing your opinions also. Because if you vote down or up is regard to if you agree or disagree with the post. Therefor I think everyone with an opinion or solution can post an answer on meta. do it! But Why do you have so low flag count? I see that you are active in the review queue. – Alvar Feb 12 '14 at 20:07
  • @Alvar My friend... This account is newly activated, and for flags you can just check that i did flag the maximum number each day i'm here... I'm addicted to askubuntu.. I really consider this site as a reference for my knowledge, for that i'll never be indulgent with protecting and making it a better place for learning and developing. For meta, you are right and i promise i'll be the helper guy for other newbies when they need but i just don't like to just post answers if this answer is helpless specially with the presence of answers from great moderators such as oli,fossfreedom and others – Maythux Feb 13 '14 at 5:46
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    121 helpful flags divided by 300 days (10 months) breaks down to 0.4 flags a day. That's either a high value of rejected flags or it's no where near the flag limit, neither is a good sign. – Alvar Feb 13 '14 at 5:54
  • @Alvar Friend I'm active since less than two months only eventhough i'm here since 10 months... You can check my answers and questions and you can see that i wasn't that active guy that time – Maythux Feb 13 '14 at 5:56
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    @AvinashRaj Ok FRIEND Even i don't like your comment but you can take these as examples and check the FRIEND my friend :) askubuntu.com/questions/416639/… askubuntu.com/questions/413334/… askubuntu.com/questions/413618/… – Maythux Feb 13 '14 at 7:26
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    You've only recently attained close vote privileges. As a moderator, you will have instant binding votes not only to close but also to delete and lock questions and answers. Do you think that you will have enough experience and a good enough judgement to use these tools, seeing as you haven't used them before? If so, why? – kiri Feb 13 '14 at 8:58
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    Holy allcaps batman. First of all, the fact that you want us to be "careful not to hurt your feelings" implies, to me, that you cannot handle confrontation all too well. As a moderator, this will be something you will have to deal with frequently. The allcaps response and the obsession with the word "friend" actually comes off as rude to me at this point, too. – user98085 Feb 13 '14 at 11:33
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    Uh, I would be so happy if I could edit @maythux comments and fix all those lowercase "i"s. It's a really small thing but oh-so-annoying.</rant> – Olli Feb 13 '14 at 21:35
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    Personally, I think moderators should write English in almost native level, and avoid using language like "It's not my problem friend.[...] Is it my problem that some users are not respectful?!". Not having meta answers is your problem, and your problem alone. Also, as a moderator, it would be your problem some users are not respectful, and solution to that is not using "?!" at the end of sentences. – Olli Feb 14 '14 at 8:35


my name is Christian Hotz-Behofsits, I am 22 years old and from the lovely austria. Recently I achieved my bachelor degree in Software&Information Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology and started the appropriate master curriculum. Throughout my studies and during my role as tutor, I discovered the benefits of open source and especially linux. Ubuntu become my primary working environment and playground for different projects.

Askubuntu and the related sites, helped me a lot and I want to give something back.

Just give me a chance,

Christian Hotz-Behofsits

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    you had posted only two answers.Not getting even an upvote for that.Then how would you guide the community? – Avinash Raj Feb 11 '14 at 10:25
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    No meta activity ,no helpful flag count. – Avinash Raj Feb 11 '14 at 10:28
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    You have not actually told us anything as to why you think you would make a good moderator - You have next to no activity in this regard either. Convince me: Why would I vote for you? – user98085 Feb 11 '14 at 19:58
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    In fact I thought moderators have to have at least 10k rep! Intrigued! Perhaps there were some changes. – Karthik C Feb 12 '14 at 7:47
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    @AneeshKarthikC: Technically, 300 rep is the limit. It's just that higher rep users will have more experience and be generally favourable as a moderator. – kiri Feb 12 '14 at 7:52
  • @FEichinger I understand your point of view. I have hardly any reputation and this reflects my activity. The main cause is the following: In former times I used many different forums and discussion sites (mostly german ones). This changed because no other site or traditional forum can be compared with askubuntu. It's unique in matter of the number of users, the voting system and the community-integration! I love it and I could spend hour after hour reading interesting questions. I am not a ubuntu guru at all, but IMHO I have spanned knowledge base. – NaN Feb 12 '14 at 9:33
  • @FEichinger In terms of university functions I had to learn how to moderate and how to force civilised discussions. I think these skills characterise a good moderator. – NaN Feb 12 '14 at 9:43
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    I think that's a good point by @AneeshKarthikC.. a look at the moderation privileges - 500 to access review queues, 3000 to cast close/reopen votes, 10000 for access to moderation tools! but just 300 to contest for a moderator position; could have been or I rather say should have been higher! – precise Feb 12 '14 at 15:52
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    There's plenty of space on MSO to discuss changes to the nomination requirement. A candidate's comment stream is not the best place for that. (That said, this matter has been brought up before repeatedly, so you might wanna go look around for some other opinions first.) – user98085 Feb 13 '14 at 1:41
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    You have not attained many moderation privileges yet (close votes, delete votes, etc.). As a moderator, you will have instant binding votes not only to close but also to delete and lock questions and answers. Do you think that you will have enough experience and a good enough judgement to use these tools, seeing as you haven't used them before? If so, why? – kiri Feb 13 '14 at 9:34
  • The moderator, according to me, should have at least 100 accepted flags(and with 90+ % success rate), should be on this site for at least 1 year and should have 10000+ reputation.@NaN does not fit in most of them, if not all. – Registered User Feb 13 '14 at 10:11
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    I respect your opinions, and most of them are completely rightful. Yes, high reputation shows interest, knowledge and will. But less reputation is not necessarily bad! I would take that role seriously. I know I will have to offer a lot, but I will gladly take this time. Some of you got +362 reputation within a day, or less - I needed years. The main reason was attitude: I used this platform to find solutions, not to help people. But I want to change this, independent of the election outcome. – NaN Feb 14 '14 at 21:41

I'm Mitch.

I've been an Ubuntu user since May 2012, and I've been available on Ask Ubuntu almost every day since (missed 6 days). I try my best to be available at least 4-6 hours daily. I like to spend more time, but life makes a lot of calls.

I consider my self as dedicated and highly energetic person who thrives in pressure situations and can be counted on when the going gets tough.

I have been in IT customer service for a very long time, and an IT person for over 27 years, and I love helping people overcome their technical issues whenever I can.

When I started on Ask Ubuntu, I was answering questions from researching, quoting, and linking sources, and as time went by I see my self answering from real life experience or from trial and error, since I have access to lots of different hardware.

See my profile on the Ask Ubuntu. My Launchpad profile

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    just small question, you're from lebanon? :) – Lynob Feb 11 '14 at 12:07
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    No. Atlanta, GA USA – Mitch Feb 11 '14 at 12:11
  • Dabbas is a lebanese family and you mentioned that you speak arabic on launchpad so i thought you parents are lebanese or something – Lynob Feb 11 '14 at 12:12
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    You're an active and high-reputation user like many of the current moderators were before they were elected. How do you think being a moderator would change your day-to-day behaviour and how do you think your addition to the team would change how we moderate? Your nomination is geared at your technical expertise, but I'm asking how you'd cope with the softer skills. – Oli Feb 11 '14 at 12:26
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    @Oli I'll try my best to communicate clearly, ask questions to learn more about the issues or problems, try to negotiate conflict in a healthy way, and discuss issues with other moderators, so I can go the extra mile. Being a moderator, wouldn't change my day-to-day behavior, it actually will enhance it and make me excel to become better. My addition to the team, would allow me to help in ways that I can't now, like site maintenance, question merging, etc. – Mitch Feb 11 '14 at 12:46
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    How will you handle disagreements with the decisions of other moderators? – RolandiXor Feb 12 '14 at 1:21
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    @RolandiXor The best thing to do is to Listen, keep it simple, maintain professionalism, and try to see the other moderator's point of view. Sometimes disagreements are good because they make you rethink things over. – Mitch Feb 12 '14 at 5:20
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    I see you seem the best out of others – kamil Feb 12 '14 at 8:51
  • @kamil Thanks :) – Mitch Feb 12 '14 at 10:02
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    You are one of the high-rep users who is still answering questions on a regular basis and helping the Ask Ubuntu community to tackle the problem of low answer rate. Becoming a moderator puts additional responsibilities and the member now needs to devote his time to other janitorial activities along with leading the community forward - which in effect means that the moderators do not get much time to ask/answer questions. With due respect, don't you think voting for you as a moderator would do more harm than good for this community? – Aditya Feb 12 '14 at 11:21
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    @Aditya Excellent point. I don't think that it will harm, on the contrary it will help. I already spend about 4-6 hours a day, and I have no problems spending a extra couple of hours for moderator stuff. – Mitch Feb 12 '14 at 11:30
  • @Aditya You have a good point.But I think there are enough people who are regularly active, they can answer questions(there must be about a 1000 who visit once a week and have repo above 200, it's just a guess though). Also,The moderator's task shouldn't take much time. – Registered User Feb 13 '14 at 10:28
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    Based on your activity tab 4-6 hours per day doesn't sound right. However, it does not show flags, reviews etc., which take quite a bit of time. – Olli Feb 14 '14 at 21:02
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    @Olli I do see my self spending more time, but on average 4-6 hours. As you said, flags, reviews, etc. are not shown on the activity tab. – Mitch Feb 14 '14 at 21:25
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    @rajagenupula Thanks :-) – Mitch Feb 17 '14 at 18:18

Hey! I am a student of Information Technology at the College of Engineering, Pune. I started using Ubuntu since Lucid Lynx(10.04).

Why me?

  • I love cleaning-up, literally! I have been involved in flagging posts that I believe require improvement or removal, for a while now. However, the power to thoroughly clean-up posts that require attention would help me do this faster and effectively.

  • I am a moderately experienced user and love dedicating time to help out.

  • There have been times when flagged posts take time to be cleared/declined. I understand the responsibility per moderator is pretty high and to add it, there are very few in the eastern hemisphere, which in my experience, causes a little lack of attention, or a delay in getting it, for users from my side of the Earth.

  • I understand that there has been a lot of spamming and related activity recently giving rise to DDOS and relevant questions being denied the deserving attention. I believe it requires human intervention that can mitigate the damage that such posts do.


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    i think meta answers are some what important. – Avinash Raj Feb 11 '14 at 7:39
  • @AvinashRaj: Will try to work on that, not in view of the elections, but in general! ;-) – jobin Feb 11 '14 at 11:32
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    QUOTE: Moderators should generally be very familiar and engaged in meta - Meta is where site policy is shaped and community consensus is written. Meta is how the community moderates the site, so a candidate who isn't familiar with these core aspects of the site might not be a good fit. – FEichinger said above to Rajagenupla – RPiAwesomeness Feb 12 '14 at 0:13
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    Why do you have a big EDIT: on your candidacy application? EDIT: that should not be necessary. 2x EDIT: this is getting confusing. 3x EDIT: don't use edit on community edited content please, and there is no need to use it here. Is this the sort of uality that we should expect from you? – Bruno Pereira Feb 12 '14 at 10:04
  • @BrunoPereira: That was to bring it into the notice of people who had read my candidature when I had not linked my launchpad profile. I stand corrected for shouting, apologies! – jobin Feb 12 '14 at 10:09
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    You have not attained many moderation privileges yet (close votes, delete votes, etc.). As a moderator, you will have instant binding votes not only to close but also to delete and lock questions and answers. Do you think that you will have enough experience and a good enough judgement to use these tools, seeing as you haven't used them before? If so, why? – kiri Feb 13 '14 at 9:34
  • @minerz029: I believe the experience I have with the actual site principles and mannerism will be what guides me in deciding whether or not to close/delete. The experience with the tools sure would help but that is just a matter of time and its the judgement, in my opinion, that is more important. As a moderator, I will surely have the thought in my mind, that one incorrect judgement will leave a genuine poster devoid of answers/opinions. – jobin Feb 13 '14 at 10:08
  • One more Indian nominee!!! You(and all other Indians) will have to prove yourself against other Indians.We want moderators from all GMT zones. – Registered User Feb 13 '14 at 11:08
  • @adityapatil: Proud to be here! But other than the GMT factor, I don't see it as a differentiating factor. – jobin Feb 13 '14 at 11:11
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    @AvinashRaj I think a mod should clean out all your 'all the best' comments :) – don.joey Feb 15 '14 at 15:31
  • @don.joey is that encouraging the candidates through comments are not allowed in election? – Avinash Raj Feb 15 '14 at 15:38
  • @AvinashRaj :) Sure it is. It is just not relevant. :) – don.joey Feb 15 '14 at 15:42
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    @Jobin Are you living in Asia? If so, as well as your positive attitude on the site, would be in favor of voting for you. – don.joey Feb 15 '14 at 15:59
  • @don.joey: Yes, I am an Indian (GMT + 5:30), thanks for the encouragement! :) – jobin Feb 15 '14 at 16:55
  • @don.joey i deleted my comments not a mod :-) – Avinash Raj Feb 15 '14 at 19:11

Hello! My name is Thomas Ward. I am a 23-year old college student studying Security and Risk Analysis (Cyber Security), but I make an effort to regularly be online multiple times per day.

I've been using Ubuntu since Jaunty 9.04. I've been helping around Ask Ubuntu for a while, as well, providing answers to posts where I have knowledge for, and also asking good questions.

I've been an Ubuntu Member since November of 2011. My Ask Ubuntu contributions were the primary driving force for my membership application, and because of my contributions here, I was awarded Ubuntu Member status. Since then, I've branched out into Bug Triage with the Bug Squad and Bug Control, but I have made an effort to continue to work on this site, and I continue to participate on Meta and help to uphold the policies of the site (when it comes to edits and spam)

I try and uphold the goals of the site, but also the policies. There have been several instances of this, where I have had to try and help defend the editing rules and the policies regarding the releases we support on Meta.

My launchpad profile (which is requested in the moderator election details) is here.

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    You already have over 10k reputation, thereby access to flag tools - what would change for you, if elected? What additional options do you gain? – user98085 Feb 11 '14 at 0:01
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    You're right, as a 10k+ user, I have access to the flag tools, of which moderator access doesn't add much to. However, the flag tools only allow me to help see the flags and either (a) agree or (b) disagree with them, or flag for moderator attention. There are many times during the day when our moderators are "absent" and the "high flag count" posts aren't cleared out, and, say, eight people have actually flagged something as "Not an Answer" and its still there. As a mod, I'd make it a goal to try and be around during "slow times" to help move the flags queue along in these cases. – Thomas Ward Feb 11 '14 at 2:05
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    And, my penchant of staying up late nights Eastern US time (between 02:00 - 06:30 GMT/UTC) gives me the ability to help out during some of those slow times. (I ran out of space in my previous comment, and have no space in my nomination post, so sorry for not moving this to my nomination post) – Thomas Ward Feb 11 '14 at 2:06
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    Your record is impressive indeed. However, I'd like to know if you'd take the role of moderator as purposeful in any regard or simply as another step in the AskUbuntu hierarchy. – Luís de Sousa Feb 15 '14 at 19:44
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    Have you ever used any aliases and if so what names did you go by? – wojox Feb 16 '14 at 14:15
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    @LuísdeSousa Forgive me, but I think your question lacks a little bit of clarity in what you're asking. Moderatordom is not another step in the Ask Ubuntu hierarchy. As a mod, you are considered to be someone who actively wants to help the community, and someone who can help to handle the rare disputes when they arise. I do not see moderatorship as another step in the chain of power, but rather as a way to help to improve the site and to help reduce tension within the community when issues do arise. Ultimately, my long term goal is to help Ask Ubuntu be an ideal Ubuntu support site. – Thomas Ward Feb 16 '14 at 17:09
  • @LuísdeSousa if I did not answer your question, then please let me know. – Thomas Ward Feb 16 '14 at 17:10
  • @wojox By "aliases" I assume you mean other nicknames or names. On this site, I went with the name "The Lord of Time" here for a while. On Launchpad, my previous username was trekcaptainusa-tw which was created based on the email when I got started there, so I could remember the username. Here, I don't remember all my aliases, but the longest-running one I had was "The Lord of Time". When I switched my name everywhere to "teward" or "Thomas Ward", I switched here. Still trying to get the forums' username changed (ubuntuforums.org), but there's some technical issues there right now. – Thomas Ward Feb 16 '14 at 17:13
  • @ThomasW. All the best – rɑːdʒɑ Feb 17 '14 at 18:18

I have a desire to see this site go in the best direction possible, to achieve its goal of helping users better understand and use Ubuntu.

I improve popular questions and answers to make the site look more professional and appealing to the majority of users who use it. Attention to detail matters.

I am always aware of the site's specific goals and purpose. I know that content should have the potential to help anyone seeking help on the topic.

There are some important ideas and feature requests I could put forward as a mod with more influence.

My answers, questions, and comments are always user-friendly and I am eager to help people use the site and use Ubuntu.

You'll be voting for a person who loves being involved with the site and wants to help in more ways! Especially, my goal is to help the site become more focused on the especially useful/interesting/relevant questions, which I believe is key to keeping it healthy.


  • This site sees more visits from me daily than Facebook does.
  • I have a cat.
  • I do not drink or smoke.

I read and signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct.

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    You have both a very low meta activity and flag count and your current activity on the site seems very post-focused. What do you bring to the table in terms of actual moderation? – user98085 Feb 10 '14 at 23:09
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    do you really have a cat?? – Meow Feb 11 '14 at 5:24
  • @FEichinger That's right, I have been spending lots of time in the Active Questions world. As a moderator I would be spending more time both in Meta (I do already spend time there, but it's mostly voting and keeping my mouth shut (e.g. Metastalking)) and also working on the flagged post queue. – Richard Feb 11 '14 at 19:07
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    @Meow His name is Dave. – Richard Feb 11 '14 at 19:10
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    You have not attained many moderation privileges yet (close votes, delete votes, etc.). As a moderator, you will have instant binding votes not only to close but also to delete and lock questions and answers. Do you think that you will have enough experience and a good enough judgement to use these tools, seeing as you haven't used them before? If so, why? – kiri Feb 13 '14 at 9:34
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    Yes, using the normal flag system and Reviewing has prepared me pretty well for that responsibility. I suspect it won't be much different than when I got the capability of instant binding editing. I'll be thinking through my actions more thoroughly beforehand with the new authority, at least until I get used to using it. – Richard Feb 13 '14 at 17:52
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    Adolf Hitler didn't drank or smoke either. How do you intend to focus the website on "useful/interesting/relevant questions"? What criteria would you use to decide which questions do not fall in that category? – Luís de Sousa Feb 15 '14 at 19:49
  • please include a link to your Launchpad.net profile indicating the signed code of conduct. – Shog9 Feb 17 '14 at 9:24
  • @LuísdeSousa Congratulations, you win a Godwin Point! – Donarsson Feb 19 '14 at 1:53


Here is why I could be helpful as a mod:

  • Canonical answers

You see allot of How to install $appname, and similar Q's are being closed, as a dupe, while this is a good idea to clean up AU, users often have other issues/errors and following canonical answers, does not always fix those issues. My suggestion would be to add in the canonical Q's, a related section, regarding those issues.



  • How to install $appname - compiling missing dependencies X
  • How to install $appname - dpkg var lock crash

On of my main concern is that some Q's goes unanswered. How? spam waves? Mondays? tsunami? not really interested in the how, more in the how to answer them.

I have raised a meta about spam waves: Forgotten questions due to spam waves

Q's concerning bugs, could be further helped with [bugs] e.g. [about] with all the details about why 'bugs' are not a good fit, and link to: How do I report a bug? Instead of closing them, and forgetting them.

  • Why me

Am not the most skilled in Ubuntu, but I like to help people, and would like to make AU better in providing support for new users.

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    You have been with us for over two years, posted a whole of 173 posts as of this comment, yet you have only flagged 77 posts and earned 4329 reputation - This indicates a low average rep per post, and a low moderation activity. How come? – user98085 Feb 10 '14 at 22:18
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    You focus a lot on Canonical Questions - This could just as easily be done in a meta effort by normal users, why do you feel the need to become a moderator first? – user98085 Feb 10 '14 at 22:20
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    The "Related" section you propose is already a system-inherent thing: Linking to any other post in a comment, answer, or question ("See also: <X>", for example) adds that post to the "Linked" section in the sidebar on the right. How come you seem so unaware of this until now? This indicates to me that you have little experience with the deeper workings of the SE system. – user98085 Feb 10 '14 at 22:21
  • @FEichinger, am still learning, and I help out when I can. Meaning when I am knowledgeable, on the question asked. Its roughly when i started using Ubuntu, i was just learning. I - at that time - could not help most people whit there questions here. However i am willing to help out AU as this is where i learned, pretty much, if not everything i know regarding Ubuntu – blade19899 Feb 10 '14 at 22:27
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    @FEichinger, as for "The "Related" section" part, i honestly just missed that. I saw some posts before. But, it is not always uphold. – blade19899 Feb 10 '14 at 22:33
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    You have not attained the "access to moderator tools" privilege yet and so can't delete any posts. As a moderator, you will have the ability to use all of the privileges regardless of reputation (and then some special things..). Do you think that you will have enough experience and a good enough judgement to use these tools, seeing as you haven't used them before? If so, why? – kiri Feb 13 '14 at 9:37
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    @minerz029, yes. I always try to find the best solution possible, in any situation. And am wise enough to know when am in a tricky situation, to ask for input from other AU users. – blade19899 Feb 13 '14 at 9:51
  • @FEichinger I think you should nominate yourself to the election, you've been slamming the candidates so hard, i think they would like some payback :) – Lynob Feb 13 '14 at 17:28
  • @minerz029 and you too should do the same :) – Lynob Feb 13 '14 at 17:29
  • @Fischer: Sorry, what do you mean? – kiri Feb 13 '14 at 21:33
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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? – Amith KK Feb 14 '14 at 5:17
  • @blade19899 Alot of people ask q's on how to install stuff because they end up in an endless trail of installing dependencies if they don't get help. (I know this from personal experience) – davidbuddy9 Feb 17 '14 at 17:16

This election is complete.