Update: This post is now closed since the temporary moderators have been selected. Please see this announcement for details.

Important: if you're nominated and accept the nomination, please add the word 'accept' somewhere in the answer, and also mention which timezones you are likely to be able to handle.

Based on the web-apps template, we should be choosing candidates to be our site moderators.

  • Each nomination should be a separate answer. Link the name to the user's profile so we can see their activity.
  • The nominee should indicate their acceptance by editing the answer, adding that they accept the nomination. Optionally they can write something about their self. This can be just practical stuff like which hours and how many hours they expect to spend on the site, but also some motivation.
  • From the top voted nominees a number of temporary moderators will be appointed, until the site is out of beta and real elections can be held.

Some guidelines:

  1. Must be a currently registered user in good standing
  2. Must have a reasonably high reputation score to indicate active, consistent participation.
  3. Should exhibit patience and fairness at all times in their questions, answers, and comments.
  4. Should lead by example, showing respect for their fellow community members in everything they write.
  5. They should want the responsibility. Nominating users isn’t the same as an obligation. It’s purely voluntary!

When nominating, please put the name of the nominee as a heading (with a #) and as a link to their real profile. Also add a link to their meta profile. (See the already provided answers). After that, please keep them empty for the nominees to add information themselves.

Besides voting, everybody could off course also point out in the comments why that nominee is a good candidate to be moderator or not.

Read more about the moderator nomination process here.

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locked by Suresh Venkat Sep 3 '10 at 17:46

    
two things to note: the moderator need not be a domain expert - in fact for this temporary moderator position, it's definitely not necessary. Secondly, it's quite important to have moderators that spread across different time zones. –  Suresh Venkat Aug 23 '10 at 18:28
    
@Suresh: made this a wiki, so feel free to edit. We need to also answer the other "essential questions" (to the extent that this hasn't been done yet): blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/07/…. –  Shane Aug 23 '10 at 18:30
    
Another note. Robert Caitano will probably assign temporary moderators sometime this week: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/62625/… –  Suresh Venkat Aug 29 '10 at 20:38
    
We need more acceptances. See meta.cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/192/… –  Charles Stewart Aug 30 '10 at 12:56
    
No we don't: three would be fine, sorry! –  Charles Stewart Aug 30 '10 at 17:24
    
@Suresh: You should actually close or lock this question, at this point... –  Shane Sep 3 '10 at 17:45

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Suresh Venkat

(meta)

Accept. My preferred time zone is 2200-0100 MT (GMT 0400-0700)

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Shane

meta

extra bonus: is a moderator on Stats.SE and knows the ropes.

Edit: Accept: I can cover the America/New_York time zone.

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@Shane has done more than anyone to advance the discussion of the site proper. I don't think there are better candidates at present. –  Charles Stewart Aug 25 '10 at 13:58
    
@Charles: Thanks. If others continue to feel the same way then I will accept for the interim period, although I would rather see people from within the field taking leadership. –  Shane Aug 25 '10 at 14:09
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Shane; can you roll back your withdrawal ? –  Suresh Venkat Aug 25 '10 at 21:00
    
@Suresh: Done, but I will continue to promote the idea of having someone with more domain knowledge take my place in the long run, as I can't be as effective (e.g. at marketing, etc.). I also don't know how Robert Cartaino will feel about having someone moderate more than 1 site, so we'll see how he reacts. –  Shane Aug 25 '10 at 21:54
    
you mean working hours in the east coast ? –  Suresh Venkat Aug 26 '10 at 5:19
    
That's right; I usually am active in the evenings as well (and sometimes the middle of the night thanks to my 3 month old...). –  Shane Aug 26 '10 at 12:38

David Eppstein

(meta)

Accept

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Accept, given Shane's response to Ryan's question of how much time commitment is involved. I'm on Pacific time, and tend to stay online until late in the evenings. –  David Eppstein Aug 31 '10 at 1:44

Ryan Williams

(meta)

I'll accept, but the amount of time that I can devote to the site will vary unexpectedly from week to week. I'll make an effort to visit at least once a day (if only briefly). And if turns out that you find less delinquent moderators, don't feel bad about replacing me.

I'm in the Pacific time zone.

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Thanks for the nomination! While I know some TCS, I'm ignorant about what the level of commitment for a moderator is supposed to be on such a site. E.g., how many minutes/hours a day? Any rough ideas about that? –  Ryan Williams Aug 29 '10 at 5:28
    
I think the best idea is to do what you can. hard to imagine spending more than hour or two each day on moderation tasks if you don't want to get burnt out. OTOH, this is temporary... –  Suresh Venkat Aug 29 '10 at 6:05
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In my experience, it doesn't require much more than you're already doing. It just means that you have more tools at your disposal. –  Shane Aug 29 '10 at 10:19

Anand Kulkarni

(meta)

Decline

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please note: the reason this site even exists is because of Anand ! he set it up on area51 ! –  Suresh Venkat Aug 24 '10 at 18:53
    
Though I appreciate the nomination, and will continue to do my best to be active, I may not be the most suitable choice given the other (excellent) suggestions here! Many of the other choices are both better known and have had more time to be active during the private beta. –  Anand Kulkarni Aug 27 '10 at 16:35
    
@Anand: For what it's worth, I think that you would be much better suited to this than I am. –  Shane Sep 1 '10 at 17:38

Jukka Suomela

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Jukka is another very active user on meta, diligently monitoring the parent site for issues to be addressed. –  Suresh Venkat Aug 29 '10 at 6:05
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I agree, Jukka is attentive, which is important in a moderator. But I have a concern - he is maybe a little gung-ho with issues like tagging and CW. A moderator should be more laid back, otherwise there will be friction. –  Charles Stewart Aug 30 '10 at 12:59
    
we all have a lot to learn about this. and we will :) –  Suresh Venkat Aug 30 '10 at 16:52
    
I should add that I've been impressed at the good judgement @Jukka has shown since I wrote that comment above. In the event we have a third temporary moderator, +1 from me. –  Charles Stewart Sep 15 '10 at 8:48

Joshua Grochow

(meta)

Decline. I appreciate the nomination, and I've had a lot of fun and learned a lot participating actively in the site for the past couple weeks, but I do plan on stepping back my involvement (not completely, just significantly) and returning to focusing on being a grad student.

PS - I'm not nearly as concerned as Charles Stewart is about the "barely adequate" slate of accepted moderators. It doesn't matter if we have the bare minimum number if they're all good moderators.

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András Salamon

(meta)

Decline: I will not be able to contribute significantly for the next month at least.

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Compared to others, András has had plenty of involvement on meta which boosts his suitability. –  Shane Aug 24 '10 at 17:57

Daniel Apon

(meta)

Decline

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I appreciate the nomination (I assume because of site rep, no?), but I can't guarantee my consistent availability to do the job, so I'll have to decline. Sorry :( –  Daniel Apon Aug 31 '10 at 9:36

Aaron Sterling

(meta)

Accept

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Just saw this, sorry. I'll ACCEPT (if still needed), at least as a temporary moderator, because I don't see anyone in the Central US time zone yet, and I've modded a (very different) web site before. –  Aaron Sterling Sep 2 '10 at 0:01

Charles Stewart

(meta)

Accept. I'm Berlin time (Central European time), and can usually be pretty responsive during GMT 08h30 to 14h30.

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I'm happy to serve as moderator, but I'm not convinced the site has a future. Optimism is a virtue that others have in greater quantity, I hope. –  Charles Stewart Aug 25 '10 at 14:01
    
@Charles: What's your concern? To narrow a focus? Too much overlap with other sites? –  Shane Aug 25 '10 at 14:02
    
I'm also curious as to the source of your pessimism. –  Suresh Venkat Aug 25 '10 at 14:12
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