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2015 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

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!


This election ended Feb 17 '15 at 20:00.

The results of this election can be viewed online via OpaVote. 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


905 voters were eligible, 312 visited the site during the election, 323 visited the election page, and 166 voted

I'd like to nominate me as a candidate to be a Movies & TV's moderator.

Below are the few reasons you might consider voting for me:

  • I've been using Movies & TV since the private beta

  • I visit the site lots of times every working day

  • Experienced with moderation tools

  • Reviewed lots of questions and answers

  • Raised 19 helpful flags.

  • Asked 69 questions and answered 25

  • I'm the highest gold badge holder in MTV (17 :D)

  • Most of my questions have brought the people to our site from google search.

Few of them are,

What's the significance of Cobb's ring in Inception?

How do they film the mirror scenes in movies?

What is the real reason for the Joker's scars?

  • No offense, but how can you be experienced with moderation tools if that privlege is only unlocked at 10k+ rep? – yuritsuki Feb 9 '15 at 20:04
  • @thinlyveiledquestionmark During the beta, the rep threshold was 2000. Vijin, I wonder how much experience you really have: 19 flags isn't much. – Gilles Feb 9 '15 at 20:17
  • @Gilles Had no idea about that, ignore that then. Regardless, the amount of flags placed as well as meta participation are lower than most. – yuritsuki Feb 9 '15 at 20:21

I am self-nominating for moderator. For the following reasons, I think I deserve your vote:

I love movies, but as a moderator, keeping M&TV viable, free of clutter, and functioning flawlessly is my first priority.

I am on here nearly every day. I've been on here 571 days since joining.

I am always doing review tasks. If I see there is a review to be done, I do it.

I have raised 117 helpful flags. I know what is on/off topic.

I'm active with over 5k points, which shows I answer and post questions.

I am not one to jump on an answer just to answer. I believe questions deserve good answers.

I try hard, though I’m not infallible. I edit posts for clarity (239/500 towards Copy Editor) to create good Q/A's.

I’m active on the meta and chat when I need to be. I lurk there quite often just to see what's going on.

I’m proposing the establishment of a blog site for M&TV. This will provide an outlet for many, add content which is off-topic for the main site, and allow for viable industry information which would be hard to put into a Q/A format.

If you feel as I do, please vote for me to become a new moderator.

Hi,
It's Muxammil here.I would like to nominate myself by saying that I am hardworking,open to criticism,patient and I always research a lot before answering or asking a question.Three or four days ago, I had 10 or 12 reputation and today I have 445.I have been passionate about movies and tv ever since I was a kid.I used to watch movies in other languages too just because I love being fed fantasy.I will spend more and more time here in future,solving unanswered questions,regardless of the outcome of this election.I have been active a lot even since I joined this Q&A forum.I show respect, kindness and expect the same from everyone.I always make sure my answers are detail oriented, descriptive and have concrete evidence (links) from some authentic sources.
Apart from that I am fun,outgoing,movie lover,programmer and a student.I love imagining, creativity and stories that keep me thinking and up at night.
I believe with your vote and support, I will be one of the three moderators and I will help others find the right answers and keep the environment of the website friendly,smooth and professional too.
I am the hero you deserve and also need right now.Stay happy

  • While it's great you have received a lot of reputation in a short time span, you seem to have an absence of meta participation, which is one of the most important part of any SE site. Is there a reason for this? – yuritsuki Feb 9 '15 at 20:17

Underdog here

Who doesn't love to see an underdog win? I've only been on here for 5 months but I've gained almost 600 rep and 18 badges in that short period of time. I have submitted some very popular questions as well as solid answers (mostly about The Godfather).

I believe I'm fair and would be a good candidate. So yeah vote for me because everyone loves an upset.

  • So you've been here for 5 months, have relatively few amounts of flags. We don't judge moderators based on the amount of rep they gain, nor by the amount of badges they get. We judge them for quality, and what they can contribute to the community. I see no meta participation on your side, so what makes you think you'd be a good candidate for moderator? – yuritsuki Feb 9 '15 at 20:18

I may not have been around Movies & TV as long as some of the other candidates, but I've still managed to amass 5k in rep in less than 1.5 years, which has me at #32 overall (as of writing this). Sure there are others who have amassed more in the same amount of time, but score isn't everything to be a good leader. I've earned some nifty badges, some that not many can't yet claim to have, but anyone can earn badges.

I'm very active in the reviews queue, with over 18 pages of review actions. I flag, I close, I do my level best to keep the site clean of cruft and bad questions, but I also do my best to encourage users providing these bad questions to improve. A successful community cannot be run with an iron fist, constantly pounding away at the low quality contributers without at least making an effort to help them improve.

Movies & TV has become a site I visit on a nearly daily basis. I interact with many members here, and have done what I can to see this site to graduation. I love movies and television, and even worked as a projectionist for free movies.

With your vote, I'm confident I'll be one of the three moderators this site needs, like Gotham needs Batman.

  • Are you the moderator movies.SE deserves, but doesn't need right now? – hexparrot Feb 4 '15 at 19:30
  • @hexparrot hahahhaha....well said :D – Ankit Sharma Feb 11 '15 at 9:29

I would like to nominate myself as well. I have been an avid member of this site since private beta and have tried to actively participate by asking and answering as well as shaping its structure through meta participation and moderation. I have since accumulated quite some experience with the workings of this great site and the history of its development.

I have visited the site almost daily over the last 3 years and am not intending to stop that. While my usual day to day work here is already largely maintenance and moderation tasks, I think moderator abilities, while coupled to a larger responsibility, would enable me to carry out those tasks more effectively. I have also tried to engage in some community building efforts to help this community see its site as a larger picture than "just" Q&A and I'm looking forward to putting the powers of a moderator to good use there, too.

Over the course of my membership I have tried to open my views about the acceptable questions further into a more constructive direction. I often happen to edit interesting closed questions into reopenability and am willing to guide new users towards acquaintance with the intricacies of this place.

  • And for the sake of disclosure or if you're trying to get hold of me in chat, defer this to SE user Christian Rau, with whom I share my body and most of my mind. – Napoleon Wilson Feb 3 '15 at 10:20
  • Napoleon Wilson is the only convict I would back to moderate this site!! – Dredd Feb 3 '15 at 15:32
  • On a serious note I believe you will be a great moderator because of your review and interaction with people on community. You've my vote!! – Dredd Feb 3 '15 at 15:33
  • And my axe! Wait.... – MattD Feb 3 '15 at 17:34
  • I think you're a fairly logical shoo in for one of the spots, given your huge and ongoing contribution to the site. – Andrew Martin Feb 4 '15 at 8:41
  • @MattD i see what you did there!! – Dredd Feb 4 '15 at 15:33
  • You'll get my vote too, dude :) – Tom Feb 5 '15 at 18:10
  • Makes me wonder why @AndrewMartin isn't in the running...... – Sayan Feb 6 '15 at 7:02
  • @KeyBrdBasher: I mentioned this in a comment elsewhere here. Basically, work is very hectic right now and I'm actually moving to a new team a week from now. Coupled with that, I'm moving into a new house in two weeks time. In short - I just don't think it's the right time to commit myself to this site on a full time, daily basis. DEFINITELY next time I'll chuck my hat in! – Andrew Martin Feb 6 '15 at 8:37

I want to put my hat in the ring.

I deserve the spot because of:

  • User from 3 years. I Helped in building Strong community and presented my point straight forward.
  • Trusted user from beta stage of this site.
  • Constantly active on chat rooms.
  • Decent history in raising flags and review task.
  • Never misused my power to vote and flag.
  • Promoted our site by creating a chat room and an unofficial Facebook page.

I am used to the trusted user moderator tools and by participating in other SE too learned how to deal with different people.

Due to being in different time zone (EST) then majority, I can help to keep the International nature of the site thriving.

  • I would love to see you as Moderator – Just code Feb 4 '15 at 7:22
  • I'd think you'd be an excellent candidate Ankit. – DForck42 Feb 4 '15 at 7:23
  • @DForck42 It's nice to listen this from you, Thanks. – Ankit Sharma Feb 4 '15 at 7:30

I've been an appointed Pro-Tem Moderator since the launch of the public beta, and pretty much the only active moderator for the last year or so.

I think I've demonstrated some of the skills of being a moderator over this time, in particular:

  • I try to be regularly on the site, usually more than once every day to deal with flags. This has been particularly important over the last year, but the community members have been great in supporting me in this area!

  • I believe I have been patient and even handed when dealing with the few disputes we've had between users. However I've had no hesitation in dealing with the fortunately rare disruptive or deliberately spamming users.

  • I tend to use the moderator super-close very rarely, usually in the case of clear cut off-topic questions or spam. I would prefer for 'grey area' questions to be left open for the community to either close or find value in them than to curate the site too closely.

There are some areas that I think I could definitely improve - in particular contributing to ideas to promote and improve the site, such as the weekly Topic challenge started by Napoleon Wilson.

  • I think you have done a great job moderating the site over this long time and you always handled matters fairly. Thank you for that, you will get my vote again. – magnattic Feb 3 '15 at 1:56
  • I like our all pro temp from start but by time you was the only one active left and you done you job greatly and even single handed. So my vote is for you for sure and want to see you as mod again. – Ankit Sharma Feb 3 '15 at 5:33
  • I didn't want to write yet another "you did very well, keep it going" comment, but I think especially the fact that you did this for 3 years and are still willing to continue to do it speaks for your dedication and motivation for this task. – Napoleon Wilson Feb 3 '15 at 12:09
  • Hey thanks guys – iandotkelly Feb 3 '15 at 15:53
  • Yeah, I'm sorry I left you hanging, but school started and there was no way for me to keep up with this and school. I will def be voting for you iandotkelly. – DForck42 Feb 4 '15 at 7:25
  • @DForck42 - hey - its all good, I understand. More frustrated about trying to get other mods appointed or a graduation & elections! – iandotkelly Feb 4 '15 at 13:24
  • I think you've done an outstanding job. You'd have my vote for re-election, that's for sure. Keep up the good work! – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Feb 6 '15 at 0:41

I'll throw my hat in the ring as well. I have been an active member since the early beta, on the site as well as on meta.

I have a big passion for movies and TV shows and this site has become my home for exploring all those interesting questions and answers that come with the love for the screen.

I have longstanding experience with the SE network and its inner workings. I have not been running for moderator yet anywhere, mainly because I never did feel at home at the other sites as I do here.

Why would I be a good moderator?

  • I know and respect the community and its opinion. I will always follow the existing community consensus and try help developing one where it does not exist yet.
  • I enjoy moderating and improving the site. I think we have an opportunity to shape something great here, a pool of knowledge where people like to contribute and help each other. That's why I think it's important to keep the site clean from the beginning and organize the content we have, so that this stays a place that people like to browse as well as add their own questions and answers.
  • I would love to develop the community further, e.g. by starting our own blog in the network.

I've been part of this stack since it was a lowly Area51 refugee looking for support (double digit ID!) and have been active since. Not only asking questions and answering them, but helping to police it as well and dictate its direction in Meta.

If I am elected, my main direction would be in helping out newbies with their mistakes. I shall endeavor to avoid the knee-jerk reflex of closing newbie questions on sight without proper explanation. For instance, I'm a particular fan of the "identify this" questions, which pose something of a challenge to most newbies. Communicating with newbies and guiding them through how SE works is key.

  • Could you please add your name please, if you're indeed elected I'd like to know the name of my community's mod. :) – Dredd Feb 2 '15 at 21:03
  • @Dredd My name is Down. System Down. :D – System Down Feb 3 '15 at 0:40
  • @Dredd Personally I think it's perfectly fine for people to remain anonymous here if they choose to, even as a moderator. After all we trust them because of their actions on the site, not because of their name. – magnattic Feb 3 '15 at 0:49
  • Dredd backs Down !!! – Dredd Feb 3 '15 at 15:13

I am a relatively new member to the Movie & TV StackExchange, having only been a member for 3 months, but I have visited and participated nearly every day. I am also active on the Science Fiction & Fantasy SE.

I specialize mainly in Movie and TV ID questions, but am always willing to answer other questions if I know them. I have earned 14 different badges, 18 total, including a silver Enthusiast badge. I have earned a Nice Answer badge here (and 9 on the SF&F SE site).

Since earning the Review privilege, I try to do my part at least once a day in going through the queue and making any vote/edit/actions as fairly as possible and to the best of my abilities. I have always taken the time to try and give advice to new users (this comes up a lot with ID questions). and edit questions/answers where needed even if I can't answer them myself.

When I answer questions, I always take the time to (Google) research and write out useful answers that include all the detail necessary to answer the question.

I have only just begun to explore the world of meta but I expect to become more active there.

  • Thank you for your consideration. – Trish Ling Feb 2 '15 at 20:37
  • With a curtsy bow and a bit of attitude, that could be taken right out of Hunger Games ... I hope it was meant that way :D – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Feb 7 '15 at 18:15
  • 13 up / 24 down - What does it say about you? – Matas Vaitkevicius Feb 9 '15 at 23:13
  • @Liufa I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you're referring to... – Trish Ling Feb 10 '15 at 0:38
  • @TrishLing Its Upvote/Downvote stats of yours. Check here, this page have all detailed aspects of nominee. – Ankit Sharma Feb 10 '15 at 12:55
  • @Liufa It might just say that she has a high quality standard and/or is doesn't shy away from downvoting bad stuff, both virtues I'd regard generally good ones. I wouldn't say such an up/downvote ratio is problematic, rather on the contrary, it's refereshing to see someone who knows that downvoting isn't a bad thing. – Napoleon Wilson Feb 13 '15 at 12:19
  • @NapoleonWilson completely disagree - it shows lack of tolerance, arrogance and narrow mindedness. High standard is usually lead by example. Anyone who votes for you or Trish is gonna regret it. – Matas Vaitkevicius Feb 13 '15 at 13:04
  • @Lufia Whoa, quite hard and definite words for something as intricate as this. But of course you're free to vote for anyone you like. I also can't speak for Trish as this was just my own interpretation. But one other word. 60% of my downvotes are on posts that have already been deleted, what does this say about the nature and validity of those downvotes and their usefulness for moderation? Tolerance and an open mind in general is one thing, tolerating crap is another thing, though. – Napoleon Wilson Feb 13 '15 at 13:09
  • @Lufia Disregarding that downvotes are an integral part in assessing the quality of an answer. Whoever mistakes a downvote for a personal attack, a sign of arrogance or narrow mindedness, or caused by a lack of tolerance might not have entirely understood the way StackExchange works and the important role the voting on posts plays therein. – Napoleon Wilson Feb 13 '15 at 13:20

I have been a long-time fan of movies and TV, as well as a long-time fan of StackExchange. While relatively new to the Movies & TV site, I have amassed a solid reputation in less than a year's time with both questions and answers. I've earned a Mortarboard badge, as well as 4 Good Answer and 2 Notable Question badges (both silver) along the way.

Stopping by the M&T section of SE is an almost daily occurance for me, earning me an Enthusiast badge. I am a big proponent of spreading knowledge, and would love the opportunity to moderate this section of SE. I also spend a considerable amount of time on Stack Overflow, since Programming is what pays the bills in my house. :o)

I am most proud of my Populist badge, a badge which has only been given out 4 times on this SE site! :o)

I have been working dilligently to increase my reviews, without wanting to be a "review hog" and snap them all up because I know people enjoy doing it. I think that speaks to me all-around understanding of how to keep people involved in the site, while continuing to do my part, and I feel that as a moderator that is a big part of building the community.

  • I think you and @Christian Rau would be great moderators. Not sure how the voting works, but looks like there are 3 positions. – Ben Plont Feb 2 '15 at 20:34
  • I believe it will be like the moderator election on StackOverflow, we will have a primary where we shortlist less than 10 out of all who are nominated and election will be where we choose our first, second and third vote choices. – Dredd Feb 2 '15 at 20:48
  • Thanks, @BenPlont. Not to sabotage my own nomination, but if Andrew Martin runs I'll probably vote for him instead of myself. :o) That dude always has great answers, and I've never seen him lose his cool. – Johnny Bones Feb 2 '15 at 20:57
  • Though, moderation is much less about rep and asking/answering stuff. – Napoleon Wilson Feb 3 '15 at 14:38
  • @NapoleonWilson: Thanks for that lovely vote of confidence :) On a serious note, I've just started a new job and things are a bit intensive so my time on the site has dropped off a little. It wouldn't be right for me to run for this election now. Maybe in future. Thanks for the kind words though JohnnyBones! – Andrew Martin Feb 4 '15 at 8:40
  • @AndrewMartin Haha, that wasn't so much directed at you but the whole discussion anyway. ;-) – Napoleon Wilson Feb 4 '15 at 9:24
  • @AndrewMartin that's why i always wonder where have you disappeared. – Ankit Sharma Feb 4 '15 at 10:10
  • @AnkitSharma: It's pretty tough to stick around. I'm flat out most of the time now. When I do drop by the high number of identify-this questions isn't hugely inviting either :P But I still drop by daily, at least for a little browse :) – Andrew Martin Feb 4 '15 at 10:18
  • @JohnnyBones ... I have to be a little bit honest (and critical) here with you. Looking at your review history is less than awe inspiring. If you look at the work which Ankit or Napoleon have put into the site ... you don't even register. While having good knowledge is part of being a good mod, actually doing something to improve the site is a much better ideal. Looking at other stats, you have only cast 221 votes ... in 11 months! I'm sorry sir, I appreciate your self nomination, but I doubt I will vote for you. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Feb 6 '15 at 0:52
  • @Paulster2 - I appreciate the candor. I have actually put in a lot more effort specifically in those areas since this campaign began, as I know those are areas that need work. Prior to that, I did spend most of my time building my rep by asking and answering questions. You are free to vote as you see fit, but I just wanted to let you and others know that I recognize those are my weaknesses and have been working to build them up! – Johnny Bones Feb 6 '15 at 3:21

This election is complete.