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2014 Moderator Election

nomination began
Feb 10, 2014 at 20:00
primary began
Feb 17, 2014 at 20:00
election began
Feb 21, 2014 at 20:00
election ended
Feb 25, 2014 at 20:00

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 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.

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.

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!

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.


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

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

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


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.

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

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 in Portland, Oregon, an Ubuntu-centric computer recycling and reuse center in Portland, Oregon, and founded two 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 page , 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.


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

This election is over.