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I think the answer is ... yes.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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.


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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.


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


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Mariano hadn't used the moderation interface for an extended period, and was proving hard to contact. The StackExchange staff said they wanted to remove his diamond, mostly as a security measure. We didn't object (SE raised this in the moderator chat room, and I suspect not everyone had even seen this), but I think that if there is concern, either from ...


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


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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 ...


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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.


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


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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.


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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.


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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 ...


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The users page has a tab for moderators. They can be reached via email at moderators@mathoverflow.net.


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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.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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As pointed out in comments, one can always write moderators@mathoverflow.net. From my own point of view, that would be the preferred option. If it's something quick, a user can raise a second flag. I've seen this done when a user felt that a prior message in a flag hadn't gotten through or was misunderstood. A third option is a private chat room, as ...


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We try to spend enough time on meta to ensure that questions requiring our input get answered properly. Often this requires looking up some statistics from the moderator tools, helping write a Data Explorer or API query, looking at a deleted post, or merely remembering some ancient thread on tea. Sometimes it requires input from the SE folks, which we can ...


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Sometimes we have to write to some one who is misusing the site in some way, either with good intentions (e.g. over-eager editing of old posts), through ignorance (particularly new users), or simply because they are misbehaving. Very often there's first a discussion on the moderator mailing list. Sometimes we also suspend a user, and we have some (semi-...


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Dealing with flags for moderator attention is the main day-to-day obligation. Currently (October 2013) we do pretty well at this, averaging under 3 hours to process a flag. For various reasons, there are actually more flags for moderator attention now than there was before the transition to 2.0. The software provides nice tools for going through flags, and ...


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The moderators are also responsible for the long term administration of the site. We don't really know what will be required in the future, but below I give some examples of things we've done previously. (I should also note that individual moderators have contributed in all sorts of different ways to each of the points below; some have been handled by a ...


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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.


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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 ...


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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.


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I have run a SEDE query to list your questions: Questions (id, title) of a given user . Since SEDE is updated once a week (you can see "Data updated Mar 17 at 8:47" in the Data Explorer, these data still contain the posts which were posted before last week - even if they were deleted during this week. You could download the query results after the update ...


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