2016 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 Jun 21 '16 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.

12,740 voters were eligible, 3,407 visited the site during the election, 2,616 visited the election page, and 1,006 voted

Hello, AskUbuntu users !

My name is Sergiy, but for the most of the world I am either Serg or 谢尔淇. I've been learning Ubuntu for ~2 years, have been on AskUbuntu for ~1.5 years. Typically you can find me on the command-line questions, or those related to Unity desktop (providing scripting solutions that enhance desktop usability) , and in the AskUbuntu chatroom. Many of the scripts reside on github as well. Time to time, I comment on meta posts, but rarely answer there.

Advantages of me being a moderator:

  • Tri-lingual ( native in Russian, speak intermediate English and Mandarin Chinese ), so i can support questions from users around the world
  • Have discretion in dealing with difficult users, always remain respectful , professional, and honest.
  • Always willing to assist fellow users
  • Have customer service experience from restaurant and lab technician jobs

I've not had any moderating experience in the past, but I am always willing to learn and step out of comfort zone, which is what has brought me to Ubuntu and this site.

Launchpad link

  • Wow!!! We will have an unbelievable elections. Another great candidate! I am now have no idea who to vote for. – Pilot6 Jun 12 '16 at 17:57
  • This is getting exiting with every second!. Good luck Serg ;-) ( Should I be honest ? Serg and Jacob are the best scripting masters i have seen. So... If they become mods, does it mean less scrips ?? OMG!! ) – Severus Tux Jun 12 '16 at 19:00
  • @SeverusTux Thank you for the kind words. I doubt there will be less scripting , I always find time for that. Besides, I am passionate about improving user experience on Unity, which is what I've been scripting for a lot lately. – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Jun 12 '16 at 19:21
  • All the best from me :) – Videonauth Jun 12 '16 at 20:03
  • @ serg, Good luck another good candidate. – Wild Man Jun 12 '16 at 21:10
  • Aaaah! you're making the choices too hard! I've had great help from @Serg several times on the site, love how you always explain the working parts of script answers. – Arronical Jun 13 '16 at 8:56
  • @Serg : Great to see you here. All the best. – ankit7540 Jun 13 '16 at 13:47


My aims as moderator are to further improve communication with the community.
I will prefer an open dialogue with a user or the community over non-transparent actions. Of course moderating powers come with a great responsibility. It's all about balancing the interests of the site, the community as a whole and each individual user.

Although I can't list notable moderating experience from other sites or real-life yet, I believe that I will do a good job as moderator. I am highly motivated and a fast learner, so I will improve my skills with the help of the other mods and the community to excel at this job in nearly no time.

About me

I'm about 20 years old, live in Germany and started to use Ubuntu (my first and favourite Linux system) in October 2014. In January 2015, I signed up to Ask Ubuntu and started to contribute almost daily, on the main site as well as in chat, on Meta and on other SE sites.

You see that I am very active and do not only love to learn and share my knowledge with others, but also appreciate meeting the community in our chat rooms.

Launchpad/signed CoC
Mod questionnaire

  • I'm running out of space in my nomination post, therefore I'm placing the link to my Launchpad profile with a signed Ubuntu Code of Conduct here: launchpad.net/~bytecommander – Byte Commander Jun 12 '16 at 15:20
  • Wish you good luck :) – Videonauth Jun 12 '16 at 20:03


  1. Moderation is about keeping the Ask Ubuntu community clean like flag spams and inappropriate answers reviewing low quality posts, suggested edits, late answers, etc.

  2. It also includes community building by actively posting meta site.

  3. And at last it requires one to be patient and show respect for fellow members and users.

You can see how I have contributed to community:

About Me

I am a Web Developer from India primarily working in PHP, Symfony, JavaScript and AngularJS. I have been using Ubuntu since 2006. I have been on Ask Ubuntu from last couple of years.

You may know more about me here

My Accounts

Lauchpad + Code of Conduct

  • You definitely have the advantage of having been here for quite a while. – anonymous2 Jun 10 '16 at 15:37
  • Yes you have. I would like to see you around more though. :) – fosslinux Jun 11 '16 at 20:32

I've been active on the site for three years now and have grown to really care for this community. I believe I'd make a good moderator because:

  • I hope my presence here has shown that I am fair, polite and patient.
  • I am always open to—and indeed welcome—corrections.
  • I believe it is very important to be welcoming and polite to new users. Even when they post horrible questions or haven't read the help center. Instead of berating them, we should educate them and explain how the site works.
  • As a moderator on Unix & Linux, I am familiar with the mod tools and well aware of what it actually means to be a mod (more of a janitor than a ruler).
  • Given the obvious overlap in scope between the two sites, I believe sharing a mod would be useful for both communities.
  • Finally, I feel I am quite good at moderating: keeping the peace and encouraging civil discussions.


  • Terdon, you for mod here, this is so great, needs no arguments. – Jacob Vlijm Jun 10 '16 at 12:37
  • @JacobVlijm right back atcha :) – terdon Jun 10 '16 at 12:38
  • Well well well, there go my chances. I wish you good luck. :) – Videonauth Jun 10 '16 at 12:51
  • @terdon It is perfect that you are in. The election choice is getting harder. I will not be surprised if at the end we have 10 good candidates. – Pilot6 Jun 10 '16 at 14:09
  • I thought you were a mod, so I suppose it's a natural fit IMHO. – user508889 Jun 10 '16 at 14:46
  • @terdon great to see you as a candidate! – Wild Man Jun 10 '16 at 15:02
  • terdon is a mod on U&L, @bc2946088. – anonymous2 Jun 10 '16 at 15:38
  • +1 terdon... Good luck – rɑːdʒɑ Jun 10 '16 at 16:45
  • Terdon's ability to explain issues and mediate disputes carefully, cheerfully, and without giving offense is, well, extraordinary. – chaskes Jun 10 '16 at 18:43
  • I have interacted with terdon in chat and site before and I think I might agree with all of his bulletin points listed in the post. Never afraid to say what's on his mind even if it is not a popular opinion, I think he will be a great addition to the team. Though you can consider me puzzled why he would want to throw his hat for another mod position knowing full well how unglamorous being one can be. :) – jokerdino Jun 11 '16 at 17:51
  • Great nomination, glad to see you toss your hat in the ring - I think you'll be a great addition. That said, how do you plan on balancing your duties as moderator on U&L as well as AU if elected? – jrg Jun 11 '16 at 18:27
  • @James thanks and fair point. U&L is a far, far smaller site than AU and the mod workload is correspondingly lighter. From what I've gleaned from discussions with the current AU mods, AU has around 40x more flags a day than U&L, for example. As such, I don't think it will be hard to manage both easily. Or, at least, I don't think that the U&L workload will make much of a difference. – terdon Jun 11 '16 at 18:31
  • It's well known you don't much like ubuntu or canonical and you use (debian|arch) so what assurance can you give us to show that, when push comes to shove, you are committed to this community? Especially when you are already a moderator on a (somewhat) competing site? FWIW I think you would do a fine job, but these questions might make it a bit awkward. – Seth Jun 11 '16 at 19:46
  • @seth well, yes, I am not the biggest fan of Ubuntu or Canonical, true. However, I am a fan of Ask Ubuntu. I guess the only assurance I can give is the fact that, despite my ambivalence towards the site's subject matter, I have nevertheless been quite active here and have already kept it up for three years. I also don't see U&L and AU as competing. They have overlapping scopes, of course, but different styles. Being a mod on both sites will enable me to find the best home for r a question more easily. – terdon Jun 11 '16 at 20:13
  • Good luck. Even though I don't have a account on U&L, I have seen you over there and you are a great mod. – fosslinux Jun 11 '16 at 20:35

I'm Wild Man and I am nominating myself for moderator. I want to address the fact that I have been absent for a while, I had a Heart Attack, it took me a long time to recover but I am doing good now. Even while I was away I kept my wireless script updated.

I have been a leader in the military and I currently own my own business.

I joined the Ubuntu Forum in Feb. 2008, in 2011 I became an Ubuntu member and in 2012 an Ubuntu Forum mod till present.

As a Mod I have edited a lot of posts and removed 1000's of spam. When moderating I handle the situation with the least amount of moderation meaning an edit and a friendly reminder about the CoC without taking harsh action the first time or two. I am a very calm and polite moderator and I always stop to think before I react.

My degree in Sociology helps me know how to get along and deal with people in a group and I have a lot of experience with that.

My Launchpad Forum Profile

  • Hi WildMan, I know you from the Forums and #ubuntuforums :). All the best with these elections! – andrew.46 Jun 10 '16 at 4:39
  • Thanks andrew.46 I know you to we talk in irc occasionally and you have kept up with some great tutorials that you have written for about a decade now if I remember correctly. – Wild Man Jun 10 '16 at 14:55
  • I wish you as well all the best :) – Videonauth Jun 10 '16 at 15:28
  • I know Wild Man from almost 6 years via Ubuntu Forums and he have written few excellent tutorials on Wireless issues. He is a right candidate for this position. – rɑːdʒɑ Jun 10 '16 at 16:47
  • @Raja, thanks it is good to hear from you. – Wild Man Jun 10 '16 at 16:57
  • @WildMan All the best . – rɑːdʒɑ Jun 10 '16 at 17:03
  • Great nomination - If elected, what do you hope to focus on with the site? In other words, what's the #1 priority that you have for the future to grow the community? – jrg Jun 12 '16 at 18:48
  • @James, I believe that is more a two part question. Need to make it easier for new people to be able to post and at the same time try to slow down on the poor quality of answers that have been coming in. How we go about accomplishing that should come from ideas made up of the community. – Wild Man Jun 12 '16 at 20:51

My name is Thomas Ward, and I'd like to nominate myself for community moderator. My Launchpad profile is here and in order to do the package maintenance I do, I already signed the community Code of Conduct.

I have been using Ubuntu since 2009, and Ask Ubuntu since 2011. I had obtained my Ubuntu Member status by contributions to Ask Ubuntu, and I have been an active contributor to the site since my initial appearance here.

I have since branched out into the development side of Ubuntu, maintaining the nginx package in the repositories. However, I still frequently visit Ask Ubuntu, both to get help, or to give help, or to just help with moderation and cleanup.

Many times, I try and view a question or issue on Meta from all view points, or try to approach it with open mind. With the rare exception of users who will refuse to accept any viewpoint but their own, I feel that I have tried to help squish or squash disputes on Meta with a neutral analytical viewpoint that tries to be respectful to all users.

I continue to help out on Ask Ubuntu, but hope to be able to help as a good moderator as well as a good user!

  • I can confirm that my contacts with Thomas where pleasant so far. I wish you good luck. – Videonauth Jun 9 '16 at 14:09
  • Hi Thomas. You are another very good candidate. This year it looks like we have a very nice choice. It will be a hard task to choose. Good luck! – Pilot6 Jun 9 '16 at 14:15
  • Yes we do have a hard choice. The first few made me go hmmm. These aren't great mods. But the line has been stepped up. – fosslinux Jun 9 '16 at 21:18
  • @ThomasW. I haven't been on here for that long and haven't participated in any elections. It isn't good to hear that. – fosslinux Jun 9 '16 at 21:24
  • @CollDue96 It's inevitable - anyone who has the minimum rep may think "Hey, I have a shot" when it's based on other things. But, anyways, welcome to the site (recently), and always note that the people who would make good mods do eventually show up. Sometimes just takes a couple days :) – Thomas Ward Jun 9 '16 at 21:28
  • I can personally vouch for Thomas's helpfulness in a number of areas on Ask Ubuntu. I am convinced he would make an excellent moderator. And those numbers... – Nathan Osman Jun 10 '16 at 1:21
  • Good to see you as a candidate Thomas W. The reason I decided to run a few days ago it was looking like not very many good candidates was going to apply and I just could not see the site in the hands of totally new people but now that is changed and is great that it did. Good Luck! – Wild Man Jun 10 '16 at 15:06
  • You're not a mod yet??! That is a surprise for me. Hope we can have you for a long time more.. – Lucio Jun 10 '16 at 23:27
  • I have known for Thomas for a long time now and he is heavily invested in Ask Ubuntu and the larger Ubuntu community as a whole. He is a great asset to the community and is passionate about what he does. If he can reign his emotions better, I am confident he will make a good candidate for moderator. – jokerdino Jun 11 '16 at 19:02
  • You are both knowledgeable in ubuntu and the Stack Exchange "way", which makes you a good candidate. One question though: You can occasionally be a little over passionate about some issues (I believe you have admitted this yourself). That is understandable, and not altogether bad, but as a moderator you are very much in the public eye and are expected to be a perfect example; even if that means being more than human. Do you have any comments on this? – Seth Jun 12 '16 at 0:30
  • @Seth Due to the limited space in comments, I answered your question in the Election chat channel. For those who can't view the discussion for some reason, I will work to condense it and post a separate comment to summarize the points discussed. Probably in the morning. – Thomas Ward Jun 12 '16 at 0:53

Coding brought me to Stack Overflow (mostly as "consumer"), and since I wrote for Ubuntu, also to Ask Ubuntu (mostly to answer stuff).

To my advantage

  • I know the site quite well, endorse the general way of thinking and like to take part in the discussion on the direction(s).
  • Without being a “people pleaser”, I am constructive by nature and can easily step over things once worked out.

How I look at moderation

  • I strongly believe in the concept of AU. No concept on earth however can guarantee perfect procedures and -results in all occasions. The way the site is moderated adds the human factor and makes possible imperfections acceptable, as how I look at it. Playing a role in that is a special thing.


  • Although I really didn't like the effect of the recent "clean up", at the same time, it proves the site is what I was hoping it would be.
  • I love the idea to focus on quality and joint result, which is imo the key of the success of the site, grew fond of many individuals because they focus on quality.
  • I highly value the current group of moderators. I would feel honored to fit in.


  • Could you please add a link to your launchpad account ? ( Ubuntu code of conduct ) – Severus Tux Jun 9 '16 at 6:10
  • @Severus Ah, of course. – Jacob Vlijm Jun 9 '16 at 6:28
  • Your answers @ AU are awesome. All the best! – DK Bose Jun 9 '16 at 7:05
  • @DKBose wow, thanks! – Jacob Vlijm Jun 9 '16 at 7:13
  • A great decision! Good luck! – Pilot6 Jun 9 '16 at 7:46
  • Great thing that you're running! – fosslinux Jun 9 '16 at 7:47
  • @Pilot6 Thanks! You too! – Jacob Vlijm Jun 9 '16 at 8:03
  • @CollDue96 Thanks! – Jacob Vlijm Jun 9 '16 at 8:04
  • @JacobVlijm is always supplying great answers, and often goes to some lengths to script solutions to interesting problems. Always friendly and reasonable, and contributes a lot to meta too. Definitely getting my vote. – Arronical Jun 9 '16 at 8:33
  • I can confirm that Jacob would make a good potential candidate. Wish you good luck. – Videonauth Jun 9 '16 at 8:35
  • @Arronical wow, I feel honored, really! – Jacob Vlijm Jun 9 '16 at 8:35
  • Credit where it's due man... – Arronical Jun 9 '16 at 8:37
  • I'm really impressed by your answers but not only. Your comments, meta posts and attitude on AU is one of the reason I love this site/community. Good luck Jacob – Sylvain Pineau Jun 9 '16 at 13:28
  • Hi @SylvainPineau wow, I don't know what to say, thanks! – Jacob Vlijm Jun 9 '16 at 13:31
  • I'm glad you are running. You make great answers. You sometimes even go out of your way to write special scripts and solutions, tailored to the needs of the asker. This type of helpful attitude is needed in a moderator. – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica Jun 9 '16 at 22:43

Dear AU community,

I think I can be helpful as a moderator at this great site.

My first education is Mathematics. I worked in IT consulting for about 6 years. After that I became a lawyer and now I am a self-employed barrister. That's probably a reason why I am not too friendly at times ;-)

Now IT is my hobby. I contribute to a few open-source projects, including Ubuntu and Linux kernel. Mostly it is bug fixing. Also I maintain a PPA with some drivers and bug fixes.

I have some moderation experience. I used to moderate a professional law forum (for lawyers only) for a long time. That was something, because you can imagine how easy it was to moderate lawyers.

I admire how friendly and wisely this site is moderated. It is a great experience and there is a lot to learn. I do not feel that I am 100% good for it yet, but I will try to improve.

The specifics of my job is that I have to wait a lot at courts. That means that I have enough time to do something useful for the site.

My Launchpad account

  • Hmmm... I always assumed you were actually a pilot :) You definitely have the experience and the credentials. I also really like the fact you have time to put in in your work day, it is good to have mods who can spend time here often. It says a lot about your character that you identified your own short comings and express the will to better yourself. If you worrie people may think that you are not too friendly, perhaps get out on meta and post some answer / advice on there. I think that would help your nomination a lot. A definite candidate for me. – Mark Kirby Jun 8 '16 at 9:22
  • @MarkKirby I did post some answers at Meta. Regarding how friendly I am the people can judge. My opinion is that I could be better from that point of view. Anyway thanks. – Pilot6 Jun 8 '16 at 9:36
  • Cant say much about you, but still wishing you luck :) another potential candidate. – Videonauth Jun 8 '16 at 9:55
  • You are probably the most potential candidate! – fosslinux Jun 8 '16 at 20:48
  • Hi pilot, nice to see you're running. – Jacob Vlijm Jun 8 '16 at 21:11
  • @JacobVlijm You could do it as well ;-) – Pilot6 Jun 8 '16 at 21:12
  • I very well might :) – Jacob Vlijm Jun 8 '16 at 21:13
  • Ah! Another familiar face! :-) @JacobVlijm: Moderation is a lot of work... I see you more as the next Rinzwind! ;-) – Fabby Jun 8 '16 at 21:35
  • @Fabby haha, thanks :). Well, that's what's holding me at the moment; trying to get a clear picture of the amount of work... – Jacob Vlijm Jun 8 '16 at 21:43
  • Also agree @Pilot6 deserves to be a mod – JoKeR Jun 8 '16 at 22:56
  • Why only 6/6 editing badges? When I was your rep, I had 7! – RolandiXor Jun 9 '16 at 0:43
  • @RolandiXor It is 6 of 6. I have no idea what the 6 are. Maybe there used to be more badges before. Do you know? – Pilot6 Jun 9 '16 at 6:27
  • @Pilot6 it's a joke :) Based on this: quickmeme.com/meme/e8l – RolandiXor Jun 9 '16 at 7:45
  • Oh ))). But I am really puzzled what the 6 are. And I also looked at my profile and found that I am 2nd all time in most of review queues. But I started to review about a year ago. Maybe the elections will motivate people to do reviews. – Pilot6 Jun 9 '16 at 7:50
  • Definitely one of the good candidates for moderator! Good luck to you as well! :) – Thomas Ward Jun 9 '16 at 14:18

I have not asked anything about the operating system. I can see my old doubts already evacuated, today this question can give a hand to new users.

I have corrected post of other users, or comment to lend a hand to others. I can stay that way for the community.

One thing I have to do urgently is to improve my English ha ha ha

  • Don't forget the criteria for running "signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct, 2.0, and link to your Launchpad.net page showing you have signed" – Mark Kirby Jun 7 '16 at 19:26
  • How good is your English would you say? It's kinda a requirement to speak English very well to moderate an English site. – Tim Jun 7 '16 at 20:23
  • @MarkKirby That is "General Criteria" - whether it is required or not idk. – Tim Jun 7 '16 at 20:31
  • @Tim that one is required, I'm positive. Seth mentioned that in chat recently. – muru Jun 7 '16 at 20:39
  • You have nearly all the participation badges, but don't have many moderation or editing badges. I haven't seen you around much recently either. – fosslinux Jun 8 '16 at 0:22
  • Your lack of response to these comments and even to singing the CoC, in spite of multiple log ins, does not make me think you are taking this seriously. – Mark Kirby Jun 8 '16 at 14:33
  • Is this a serious nomination? I can't tell from the current entry. – RolandiXor Jun 9 '16 at 0:45
  • @RolandiXor lol – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica Jun 9 '16 at 22:45
  • @RolandiXor I took a look at this user's other posts. The English level and the quality seem to be considerably higher than in this entry. So I'm a bit puzzled as to why the user would make such an entry to the election. – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica Jun 10 '16 at 8:34
  • Interesting.... – RolandiXor Jun 10 '16 at 16:44
  • Forgot the code of conduct... – Shog9 Jun 13 '16 at 21:42

Hello everyone, My name is Rumesh and I am student studying in Singapore. I joined site this year ago, shortly after using Ubuntu for the first time. I began using Ubuntu out of curiosity and now I just cant let go of it.

I try to answer as many questions as I can and check the site every now and then when I have the time. I try to help the community as much as I can by performing simple acts like up voting good answers, flagging, editing and reviewing answers so that other visitors can find the answers they are looking for and have a better overall experience in our community.

I believe the best way for us to grow as a community is through active participation and will continue to try and help the community as much as I can.

This is my launchpad profile if you would like to see it

  • You need more time. You have only 4/20 badges that contribute to your candidate score. I would also like to see you around a lot more before you become a mod. – fosslinux Jun 8 '16 at 0:23
  • You have averaged a flag once a month, and and edit once every other month. If that is "as much as you can" then you are unequivocally unable to perform sufficient moderator duties. – Matthew Read Jun 8 '16 at 4:21
  • I had been busy the last few months because of school but I will be having a lot more free time now which I can spend on askubuntu. – Rumesh Jun 8 '16 at 10:09
  • Your participation is very low (6 edits ever), do you think you have the experience to advise higher rep , high participation users like me on the nuances of a system you have barely participated in? Perhaps you should put the extra time you now say you have in to building and experience base that would serve you well next year? – Mark Kirby Jun 8 '16 at 10:18
  • I do plan to spend more time on this site irrespective of whether I become moderator or not. I may not be perfect as moderator but I will definitely try to do the best job I can – Rumesh Jun 8 '16 at 10:23
  • "I do plan to spend more time on this site" Then get out there, vote, flag and edit. A mod needs to understand this stuff and to do that you need to get stuck in. Plans are all well and good but plans can fall apart, take action. – Mark Kirby Jun 8 '16 at 14:31
  • You say you were busy because of school. Will school interfere when you are a mod? You need to be active on the site and have time on your hands. That's the main reason I'm not applying (besides being lazy, of course :P). – TheWanderer Jun 11 '16 at 1:01
  • @Zacharee1 As I said earlier, I will have more free time from now on which I can spend on ask ubuntu, so I dont expect school to interfere with my moderator duties – Rumesh Jun 12 '16 at 7:25

Hi, I'm Andrew (andrew.46) and I would like to put myself forward for the position of Moderator in Ask Ubuntu.

I started my Ubuntu connection with Breezy Badger with work on the Ubuntu Forums since 2006 and more recently with contributions to askUbuntu. I also maintain a Linux-centric website.

More important than my level of technical expertise with Linux are the following points:

  • I bring with my application the maturity of a man who is in his late 50s with 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
  • I have the ability to withstand stress and make measured decisions that comes with a 30 year career as an Intensive Care Registered Nurse.
  • I have the calmness of mind that comes with being a qualified Satyananda Yoga teacher, a calmness I bring to this online world.

My Ubuntu Launchpad page is here where I have signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct. I would be happy to answer any questions regarding this application for the position as Moderator.

  • You really sold your self in the description, people skills are something I think is a big deal for a mod round here. Thanks for making this dissension even more difficult :/ – Mark Kirby Jun 7 '16 at 12:43
  • @MarkKirby Agree with u :D – Hizqeel Jun 7 '16 at 15:38
  • I know andrew.46 only from his answers and comments so far, but i can confirm that the answers he provides are helpful. Wish you good luck. – Videonauth Jun 8 '16 at 0:00
  • You are going well. You will get it, mabye not this year, but in the next few years, defiantly! – fosslinux Jun 8 '16 at 4:52
  • You are Good and did many Reviews,But your Reputation and participation is less Though I guess you are technically Sound. But could be a MOD IF their is verbal Interview through Skype or other means they do. – Mudit Kapil Jun 8 '16 at 5:59
  • Thanks to all of the above for their comments, the election process looks like a great experience and I plan on enjoying it all, whichever way it turns out :) – andrew.46 Jun 8 '16 at 10:09
  • I recognize your name from some awesome contributions. Thanks for what you've done in the past and good luck with becoming elected in the near future! – earthmeLon Jun 8 '16 at 17:32
  • @ earthmeLon: Thanks for your kind words :) – andrew.46 Jun 9 '16 at 6:49
  • @andrew.46 I believe you would make a good moderator based on your dedication with helping people and creating and keeping tutorials up to date. Our past conversations even when we were moving tutorials to wiki pages was pleasant. – Wild Man Jun 10 '16 at 15:19
  • A little late, but I've known Andrew on ubuntuforums.org for years and he has been one of the most helpful users and a great participant in the Linux world. Also, he's more patient with less savvy and hostile users than I could ever be. – llogan Jun 13 '16 at 20:19
  • @LordNeckbeard Thanks for your kind words :) – andrew.46 Jun 13 '16 at 22:59


I am Prasad from India. You can check out my reputation and badges here.

In day to day life I use Ubuntu in office as well as in home.

While using Ubuntu I face many of problems which a common user can also face, I try to solve this my self by writing useful commands and scripts etc.

Having a Computer Science education, understanding the problem is one of my skill that helps in solving it efficiently.

I have worked on many project wherein I have used bash code, perl, python, awk (I <3 awk), sed, grep, lex & yacc, Java also.

Looking for opportunity as a moderator to improve website quality and personal growth.

Signed code of conduct is here.

  • Your Launchpad profile does not show that you have signed the code of conduct. – Seth Jun 7 '16 at 3:51
  • Did I missed any step while signing? – snoop Jun 7 '16 at 4:45
  • I'm not sure, but Launchpad should say "signed Code of Conduct: yes". – Seth Jun 7 '16 at 5:01
  • @snoop See How do I sign the Ubuntu Code of Conduct? and check if you have missed any step. – UniversallyUniqueID Jun 7 '16 at 12:31
  • @BharadwajRaju When I try to import key it says, The key <key code here> has already been imported. – snoop Jun 7 '16 at 17:07
  • I don't see your key on Launchpad, you should ask on meta or in chat for support if it is not working. – Mark Kirby Jun 7 '16 at 19:51
  • I can't see your key either. – fosslinux Jun 8 '16 at 0:24
  • Finally, I have signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct. Please conform. – snoop Jun 8 '16 at 2:57
  • @snoop Yup it is signed now. – edwinksl Jun 8 '16 at 5:48
  • Your profile shows your participation is sporadic at best this year, you were around a lot last December but not so much since. You are clearly qualified from an IT perspective but it makes me wonder, do you have the time to put in to this position? – Mark Kirby Jun 8 '16 at 9:49
  • Yes, surely I get time for this. Most of the time I am online on this site as my work is Linux biased only and I do review post written by other users which helps to improve site quality. – snoop Jun 8 '16 at 10:14

I'm Tim, I've been a user since August '13 and I started to gain reputation in May '14.

I live in Cambridge, in the UK, and I'm in full time education - I'm in 6th Form studying Maths, Computer Science, Physics and Geology. I work 5 hours per week.

My time is limited. Of course, if something needed doing, I can make the time, but I can't guarantee that I'll be watching the front page for questions, or on the flag queue.

However, I'm committed to keeping this site clean, as evidenced by 664 helpful flags - a 92% success rate on post flags. I have 8 of the 8 Moderator badges, and 5 of the 6 participation badges. Moderator tools would, I believe, enable me to do this the best I can - having a powerful but delicate touch is always useful.

I have moderation experience - I'm a Supervisor on Answers.com.

Meta and Launchpad

A few of my accounts:

  • All this time, I though Tim was a mod! He totally deserves it! – user323419 Jun 7 '16 at 4:36
  • @Tim, can you elaborate on your involvment and experience with ubuntu? – user23573 Jun 7 '16 at 7:11
  • Perhaps you have 'grown up' a little now. I still well remember your earlier immature attempts at 'moderation' when you certainly got up people's noses down-voting just because you could rather than offering more encouragement to struggling newbies. No vote from me, I'm afraid. – User24601 Jun 7 '16 at 7:44
  • @Graham While I do agree Tim has been a reactionary user in the past. I see a clear growth in the last year or so and, with a little bit of guidance from the olis of this world, I feel he is a definite candidate and possibly the best one so far. His recent meta contributions clearly show an effort made on his part. – Mark Kirby Jun 7 '16 at 10:21
  • Good for you! :-) Maturing nicely... Remember to look at a problem from both sides and weigh your decisions. ;-) – Fabby Jun 7 '16 at 11:48
  • @Graham While I'm not going to be able to change your mind, maybe this meta post will show that I really do want to take a part in the development of new users. I see too many good users who could become valuable contributors who get pushed away by the first question being closed without guidance. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/254205/… – Tim Jun 7 '16 at 13:46
  • @BogdanWilli I started on an iMac with Ubuntu 12.04 - just after it was released in fact. This broke, I moved to a Dell Inspiron 530. About a year after the iMac broke, my Uncle loaned me a powerful computer, and I'm still using that. I stick to the LTS releases, as I use Ubuntu as my main operating system. The main, powerful computer in my study has Gnome Ubuntu 16.04, and my secondary (the Dell) is in my room with Kubuntu 16.04. I've not made many contributions to Ubuntu outside of this site. I report a few bugs, I've written a bit of code on Github for Palaver Voice Recognition. – Tim Jun 7 '16 at 14:04
  • @Graham And if you have any specific cases, or more questions I'm in the election chat. I'm always happy to look at my previous actions are re-evaluate them. – Tim Jun 7 '16 at 14:55
  • I know Tim only a little from chat and seen some of his answers and questions, as far I have experienced him as a pleasant person to talk to. – Videonauth Jun 8 '16 at 0:03
  • I have seen you participating a lot recently. I believe you deserve to be a mod! – fosslinux Jun 8 '16 at 0:14
  • +1 to @Tim I think he deserves to be a mod ;) he edits lots of posts and helps the others answering the questions... Right now I'm a bit busy but some time ago when I was hanging at AskUbuntu like 24-7 I've noticed him around a lot. – JoKeR Jun 8 '16 at 0:25
  • Nothing but good experiences with regard to @Tim from the moment I started on Ask Ubuntu. Seem to take a considered approach wherever I've noticed. – Arronical Jun 8 '16 at 8:26
  • Wait, Tim isn't a mod already? – fredley Jun 9 '16 at 7:49
  • @fredley I've applied on a few private betas but never got in. – Tim Jun 9 '16 at 10:16
  • If elected, what do you hope to focus on with the site? In other words, what's the #1 priority that you have for the future to grow the community? – jrg Jun 12 '16 at 18:45

I would like to nominate myself as a community moderator. Even if I have a technical background (software developer and IT consultant) I try to write contributions and comments which are clear for people with different levels of experience. IMHO jargon should be avoided whenever possible.

I believe I have developed useful skills related to communicating with other people and solving conflicts, both in real life and online. For example, I operated for 8 years as a volunteer in an organization helping teens do their homework and I led my local Linux Users Group for a couple of years. I am also one of the moderators of the most populated Italian forum for GIMP users.

What I love about this website is that there is no space for arguing with other people or disrespectful discourse. I consider this amazing and I would like to help keep it this way.

I don't consider myself to be the best, or to be perfect. When I am reviewing posts here (or moderating on a forum) and I am in doubt about a decision, I prefer to ask for other people's opinion.

I have signed the code of conduct.

  • I can confirm that Andrea proves to be a valuable asset to the community. – Videonauth Jun 6 '16 at 22:40
  • hmm, I get access denied when I attempt to view your launchpad page. – Seth Jun 6 '16 at 22:49
  • @Seth gosh, I thought the signature page was public as well. The link has been fixed now. Thank you. – Andrea Lazzarotto Jun 6 '16 at 22:57
  • You are well on your way, mabye in one or two years you would be better. – fosslinux Jun 8 '16 at 0:25
  • I see, until recently, you did not really participate for a couple of years but in our interactions on meta you seem calm and reasonable, you even change my mind a bit on that "Election requirements" question yesterday. I don't know too much about you but I think you could have the potential to do well and you seem to have high standards. Another tough one here. – Mark Kirby Jun 8 '16 at 8:32
  • Also, any idea why your impact rating is so high? ~1.9m, mine is only 598k and I have 400 answers to your 50. What did you do that got so many people interested in your work here? – Mark Kirby Jun 8 '16 at 8:36
  • @MarkKirby presumably this: askubuntu.com/questions/25961/… (and they have been a user for 5 years) – muru Jun 8 '16 at 12:17
  • @MarkKirby thanks for your words. Indeed I suspect the answer pointed out by muru is the one that got most of the attention. :) – Andrea Lazzarotto Jun 8 '16 at 19:25
  • @AndreaLazzarotto I think so too, it had 1.8 million views :) – Mark Kirby Jun 8 '16 at 19:36

Hello, my name is Videonauth

In the short time I have been a member here, I have already provided many answers, comments, flags, votes, close votes, etc. I'm an early retiree, so I do have a lot of free time. With 37 years of computer experience behind me, I have developed a way to quickly learn about and adapt to work with subjects which are new to me.

I know that the position of Moderator comes with much responsibility, but I am willing to commit some of the 10 hours a day I spend on the site. I am a calm person; I can approach heated situations without being affected, allowing me to judge, objectively, what should be done.

I have listed a few things about myself:

  • My name is Michael (43 yrs.)
  • I speak both German and English
  • I am rather calm and relaxed
  • Helping others with their technology issues is something I love to do
  • Feedback and constructive criticism are more than welcome

I understand that a moderator's job involves cleaning up after others on the site, and that I will need to stop quite a few arguments, but I want to be a good role model and will do my best to uphold the standards of Ask Ubuntu.

  • I can attest to your self assessment, you've provided very thorough answers, technical capabilities, and a pleasant disposition. – user508889 Jun 6 '16 at 22:14
  • I confirm the great job so far done by Videonauth. Extremely valuable contributions. – Andrea Lazzarotto Jun 6 '16 at 22:23
  • Videonauth has been here a short time with a large impact. I believe his experience would be very beneficial as a moderator. – user323419 Jun 6 '16 at 22:46
  • Definitely very capable and helpful, from the replies that Videonauth has given me. – anonymous2 Jun 7 '16 at 2:02
  • I've only known you a little, but I like you so far. – RolandiXor Jun 7 '16 at 2:43
  • For the fish I do endorse thee. – TheXed Jun 7 '16 at 3:01
  • I support your moderatorship. – UniversallyUniqueID Jun 7 '16 at 5:03
  • What are in your view the shortcomings of AskUbuntu? And how do you intend to tackled them if you are elected? – Luís de Sousa Jun 7 '16 at 6:27
  • @Videonauth, can you outline your computer experience? From your webpage, I see that your journey with ubuntu just started at the beginning of this year. But from the wealth of information you are able to provide, I think you must have other solid linux experience. Can you enlighten us a bit? – user23573 Jun 7 '16 at 7:46
  • @BogdanWilli To be earnest with you my whole lot of Linux experience is from my change over to Linux in February this year, but i look back onto handling computers since i was 6 years old, be it as hobby, be it job wise, I'm a trained CNC machinist. As Windows-User to learn to manipulate the system or you accept that you're helpless, I always aimed on the first of those options. Involved a lot of reading, a lot of try and error. but in the end the result is nice to achieve. Knowing you made yourself master of the machine. – Videonauth Jun 7 '16 at 7:51
  • @LuísdeSousa I'm sorry i took the last commenter first but your post involves a bit more of thinking to answer it, which I will do now. Actually I see a very high close vote count which does not get less somehow and, from what I heard, the flag count is high as-well. So what would i do to tackle that, at first i would surely ask my fellow moderators holes in their tummy because there will be much new stuff i can decide about and I'm someone who not takes that lightly that votes are then binding, so learning and helping to ease would be my first task in this matter. – Videonauth Jun 7 '16 at 7:55
  • @LuísdeSousa This is what i would begin with and while doing this getting an overview of where the other pressing matters are and adapt to make our all life here on the site as pleasant as possible. Long answer :) – Videonauth Jun 7 '16 at 7:57
  • You are the trickiest nomination for me. almost 7k in two month is not to be scoffed at and you seem committed to the betterment of the site. I do wonder though if you lack experience with some aspects and while you are helpful and friendly etc (which is a great quality a mod needs), can you reassure me that, when it comes to it, you can be hard on the people who need you to be? Sometimes you MUST come down hard on people and it can be difficult where bans etc are concerned. – Mark Kirby Jun 7 '16 at 10:26
  • @MarkKirby You are right about that, I lack knowledge about certain aspects, for example i have had no insight yet into the flagging cue and/or moderation tools, which will need some days to get used to and maybe a lot of question to fellow moderators so I don't mess up. I know my limits and I'm for sure someone who stands up to his point of view if the normal way by conversation fails, and will take actions accordingly to the sites credo and rule-set. To say up to that I'm surely no short fused character but will react if the need arises. – Videonauth Jun 7 '16 at 10:39
  • Good answer, I like that. If you check my meta history, you will see, I am one of the users that sometimes will need putting in there place :) I think you have good potential and the time to put in to the site to make a difference. Your short membership, makes you a wildcard but sometimes they can be the best decision. – Mark Kirby Jun 7 '16 at 10:47

This election is complete.