This community needs to contribute some names they would like to act as provisional Moderators, ASAP. Most site have this discussion starting from the first days. Please read this: Moderators Pro Tempore.

Here are some basic guidelines:

  • Each nomination should be a separate answer. Link the name to the user’s profile (parent and meta) so we can see their activity (see this for reference).
  • The nominee should indicate their acceptance by editing the answer, adding that they accept the nomination. Optionally they can write something about themselves.
  • Self nominations are okay, and even encouraged. Most sites have not had sufficient time for many users to stand out. Self nomination is simply a way to say, “I’m interested. Let my record speak for itself.” Links to other activities may be helpful: Area 51 participation, participation in other sites, blog posts reviewing or announcing the site, etc.

Here is what we are looking for in a Moderator:

  • We are seeking out members who are deeply engaged in the community’s development; members who:

    • Have a reasonably high reputation score to indicate active, consistent participation.
    • Show an interest in their meta’s community-building activities.
    • Lead by example, showing patience and respect for their fellow community members in everything they write.
    • Exhibit those intangible traits discussed in A Theory of Moderation.
  • Bonus points for:

    • Members with participation in both meta and the parent site (i.e. interest in both community building and expertise in the field).
    • Area 51 participation, social network referrals, or blogging about the site.
    • Members who have already shown an interest or ability to promote their community.


Kosmonaut, mmyers, and nohat have been appointed as provisional moderators.

  • Answers should be marked as community wiki to allow the nominees to edit even if their reputation is low.
    – mmyers
    Commented Aug 23, 2010 at 21:28
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    Are there a lot of matters that have cropped up that need moderator attention? Why the rush (“ASAP”)? We seem to be a pretty slow-moving community and I fear the results of unnecessary hastiness.
    – nohat Mod
    Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 20:03
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    @nohat: If no one is working on these issues, this site isn't going to make it. Moderators head up this effort. Every other site had moderators at two weeks. Almost three weeks in, you haven't even had the discussion. Here's the kind of things moderators should be working on and fixing here. Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 22:14
  • @Robert now that I look around with an eye to it, there is quite a bit of moderator-only activity that is required. What criterion are you using as a threshold for when to grant interim moderator status?
    – nohat Mod
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 2:35
  • @nohat: English.SE is past due so I will be selecting moderators in the next few days. There's no specific criteria in terms of "user must have X." I have to be conservative with my choices because, ideally, moderators should be elected, not appointed. Most of the traits I look for are outlined in these two articles: blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/05/a-theory-of-moderation and blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/07/moderator-pro-tempore. Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 3:56
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    So, @Robert, how about it? There are good nominees and plenty of votes to help you decide.
    – Jonik
    Commented Sep 4, 2010 at 13:14
  • I suggest that only up votes should be counted, instead of net votes, as in an election you vote for you preferred candidate and not against other candidates
    – Midhat
    Commented Sep 6, 2010 at 3:25
  • @Midhat meta.stackexchange.com/questions/56904/… Commented Sep 7, 2010 at 0:26
  • @Michael Mrozek that link does not work Commented Dec 13, 2011 at 17:39
  • @Theta30 Well, not anymore; it was deleted a few months ago. It was a feature-request for the same thing Midhat was asking for Commented Dec 13, 2011 at 17:40

5 Answers 5


I nominate nohat (meta) — accepted.


I nominate Kosmonaut (meta) — accepted.


I nominate myself: mmyers (meta).

This would most likely be a temporary situation until the actual moderator elections are held. I'm already a moderator on Stack Overflow, so that takes a fair amount of my time and will probably keep me from committing enough time here once the user base gets fairly large.

But on the other hand, I know the system and can help this site and the other moderators get off the ground.

  • As an active MSO participant, I strongly support this. (+1!)
    – Pops
    Commented Aug 28, 2010 at 16:41

I nominate myself: kiamlaluno (meta).


I nominate Vincent McNabb (meta).


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