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I would like to nominate Joel David Hamkins as moderator. Of course we know him as our top-rated user, but he is also remarkably cordial and even-handed in every debate, from the inception of MO right up to these very moderator-election threads. That he is highly logical goes without saying, given his expertise. :-) But he also exhibits diplomacy, evincing ...


23

This is what I wrote (with slight edits) at the MO chatroom: I guess I should mention that I am often in contact with my fellow moderators, especially when a sticky situation arises that I'm not sure how to handle, I'll want to consult them or get consensus. That kind of behind-the-scenes activity is of course invisible to general users. I think ...


21

Let me nominate Derek Holt (https://mathoverflow.net/users/35840/derek-holt), a long-term contributor of high-quality answers on this site. Being more senior than the present moderators and living in Europe, I think he would excellently complement the moderator team.


17

If it turns out that we have any pseudonymous candidates, I would want there to be a question about their professional background. E.g. "Are you a professional mathematician? In what capacity?"


16

I nominate Noah Snyder, whom I think would be an excellent moderator. He has written numerous very good answers, and his ratio of answers to questions is impressive. In addition, his suggestions on meta are consistently well thought out and sensible. Noah, please accept this nomination.


16

I would like to nominate Pete L. Clark. He gives very thoughtful (and fairminded) answers to many questions.


14

An ongoing concern is the "culture" of MathOverflow. Not to be confused with community norms or other things that have been standardized by inclusion into a more recent version of the StackExchange platform; I'm talking about various aspects of behaviour that were tolerated because of the nature of the audience, as well as because of the goals of the ...


13

I would like to nominate David Speyer for moderator. His record as a user of MathOverflow speaks for itself: not only is he a strong professional mathematician, he is also thoroughly familiar with the operation of this site since Day One. I have found his views as expressed both on MathOverflow and on meta (here and at 'tea') consistently well thought out ...


13

Nope, everything is fine, no need for new elections.


12

I'd like to nominate Ryan Budney. Ryan is a long-time high quality user, whose answers are always informative and interesting, and who has been active on meta. He is fair and level-headed, and doesn't shy away from making hard decisions. Ryan, please accept this nomination.


12

I nominate Qiaochu Yuan. I hope he would find moderating here more pleasant than MSE. https://mathoverflow.net/users/290/qiaochu-yuan


12

In previous elections we've wanted to know what time zone people were in, so that we could improve our coverage of times of day when moderators are available.


11

Based on information online about previous stackexchange elections, it looks like we'll be using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) with Meek's method. In other words, we'll express ordered preferences for the candidates, with only first-place votes actually counting but with rules for automatically transferring votes to backup candidates under certain ...


11

Although it's late in the game, I'd be very glad to see any of Tom Leinster, Greg Kuperberg or Douglas Zare on this list.


11

I believe Timothy Chow would make an excellent moderator. He's an excellent communicator with a broad knowledge of several areas of mathematics and a clearly demonstrated ability to follow discussions in several more. His comments always seem particularly well considered and to the point.


10

I would like to nominate Andy Putman as a moderator, because I think Andy is all too cheery and should have more administrative responsibilities. He'd also likely do a fine job.


10

I thought the community deserved a little update on the internal moderator discussions on this point. My answer below just speaks for me, but I did run it by the other moderators, and got no objections. It's my attempt to lay out our thinking, so that people have a chance to disagree. Our basic calculation is that moderator elections have the potential to ...


9

Here is a set of general questions, gathered as very common questions asked every election. As mentioned in the instructions, the first two questions are guaranteed to show up in the Q&A, while the others are if there aren't enough questions (or, if you like one enough, you may split it off as a separate answer for review within the community's 8). How ...


9

Erm... Why can you nominate only yourself? I guess the persons who are likely to make the best moderators (or the best presidents of the United States) are least likely to engage in self-promotion. If you want me to call things by their names and become personal, I mean quid and a couple of others like him. I would certainly vote for them any time but I ...


8

Do you think women are underrepresented in the MO community compared to the mathematical community as a whole? Is this a problem for MO? If so, what would you do about it as a moderator? Some old discussions: http://mathoverflow.tqft.net/discussion/1483/ http://mathoverflow.tqft.net/discussion/985/


8

So what does a MathOverflow moderator do? Ideally, not much. The only task that moderators are responsible for is dealing with flags. When community members flag a post for moderator attention or when certain user behaviors trigger some automatic warnings, moderators get a notification. Dealing with such a flag usually takes a few seconds. The vast majority ...


8

I would like to nominate Joseph O'Rourke as a moderator. Aside from the likely outcome of MO having much-improved graphics :), I think he's a widely-appreciated contributor to the forum and would ??hopefully?? enjoy a stint as a moderator.


8

The sidebar on the election page gives the answer: In the election phase, up to 10 candidates advance to final community voting. Any community member with 150 reputation may vote in the election.


7

(1) For pseudonymous candidates, Are you a professional mathematician? In what capacity? This does not apply to me. In any case, let me say that I would very much prefer not to have moderators known under pseudonyms only, not because I find anything wrong with pseudonyms on the site but simply because I find it better to have actual names attached to ...


6

Just a brief note on the lack of nominations so far. Well, perhaps not exactly brief, but I'll attempt to avoid digressing. I was one of the people that handled Math Overflow's transition to the Stack Exchange 2.0 platform. Any time that we introduce a major change, especially one that effects folks at the account level, we like to make sure that no one was ...


6

(1) For pseudonymous candidates, Are you a professional mathematician? In what capacity? Not applicable. (2) Assuming a notion of "culture" as explained here, what would a newly elected moderator do to preserve it? Will there be more efforts to preserve the culture, or more to steer it toward things nearer to "what a Stack Exchange forum should be?" ...


6

I don’t have a strong opinion in the matter, but I’m curious how many upvotes an answer that said “Nope, everything is fine, no need for new elections” would get.


5

It is intentional that the election starts directly if there are 10 or fewer candidates, as there is no need for a primary phase. The duration of the election phase is adjusted somewhat, if I remember correctly, so the election phase is now longer than it would be if there had been a primary. I've personally also doubted the way this works, as I'd like to ...


5

Moderators should be changed at regular intervals, neither too frequent nor too infrequent, for the same reasons that department chairs, editors, members of parliament, deans, etc. should be changed at regular intervals.


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible