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 Aug 25 '15 at 20:00.

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


519 voters were eligible, 252 visited the site during the election, 211 visited the election page, and 142 voted

Domo Krazer desu.

Hello, I am Anime & Manga SE User no. 63 and your 8th candidate. I have been with the community since its beta almost 3 years ago. As one of the three original pro tempore moderators appointed as the site exited closed beta, I have been with you guys from the beginning.

At long last, we've reached our goal of graduation. This is not an end, but merely one of many beginning to be had for all of us within the community. The would like to continue as moderator and help grow the community, engage its core users, and engage new users to our site.

To do this, I am looking to reach out to other SE communities and potentially have joint events where our users and users from other communities can better interact and see what each other is really about. I'd also like to form a more solid plan to help interested users develop technical skills and work on projects related to anime and manga. A international meetup is also a possibility, the logistics have to be worked out to see if it's actually feasible.

All in all, I plan to focus on making a better user experience for our users and finding ways of engaging them to user both our community and site and have fun.

I would like to nominate myself to be a Moderator for the Anime and Manga Stack Exchange Community. I have been a member for 2 Years 4 Months + (Current Time - 11/08/2015) and looking at my profile actually been on for about 2 years (the rest are probably weekends).

Since my first post here I have grown in experience and have tried to help the community in what ways i can from fixing up tag wikis to closing/deleting questions and answers which clearly need to. one of my crowning achievements here is the establishment of our Legal Site's list.

I wish to become a Moderator because I want to do more for the community, such as making sure that flags are handled quickly and the closure and/or removal of blatantly off topic question/answers while hopefully being able to give new users the chance to improve (when possible) so they too can continue to contribute to our community.

A Vote for me is a Vote for Shoujo Ai/Yuri cuteness


To those who have things like Meteors and Tomatos, I have a Fuka and Desco

  • You have a lot of main site posts, but relatively little activity in the review queues or on meta compared to the other candidates. How well you know the various policies we've decided on meta, which you'd be expected to enforce if elected? – Logan M Aug 12 '15 at 3:46
  • @LoganM while my participation on the Meta is low i have been able to access it in one form or another while not logged in so i can read over the various posts made. I would be lying if i said i knew them like the back of my hand however i do know of most of the polices that need to be enforced more often and what i don't know i can look it up on the Meta in the same way a regular user should thus directing them to where the discussion took place (and thus clarifying a user's misunderstanding) – Memor-X Aug 12 '15 at 5:57

One score and 11 months ago, I joined this community to ask a question: Why could the Dwarf not escape the flask? Today, this question has new meaning to me. Our site is no longer bound to its flask. It is taking shape as a prosperous community, iconic of our knowledge and love of anime and manga.

That is why I seek the opportunity to become a moderator. As our community has grown, I have strived to ensure that its content and members represent nothing less than our knowledge and love of anime and manga.

I would like to see this community moderated with a philosophy best said in Futurama: "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all." Educating users, and using enforcement only when necessary, will be key in tackling many user-facing issues (ahem) our community has embraced. I have moderated several communities in the past, and spend many hours on our site and chat each day, so I am confident I can follow through on this philosophy.

Why not me? Well, I am not a perfect moderator. But regardless of if I am chosen, I will continue to help this community achieve great things.

  ~ Killua ♥

It’s the nomination you’ve all been waiting for!


Matt here <3

I've been warmly welcomed into this site, so I'd like to give something back!

  • I’ve only been an active member for a short time, but have already amassed a fair amount of reputation.
  • I’ve been consistently active in voting, and in the review queues as they’ve become available to me, as well as in flagging and closing posts.
  • With the exception of 4 days holiday in May, since becoming an active user I’ve visited the site each day, and am well on my way to achieving the Fanatic badge. I don’t mind putting in time to help out.
  • If I’m on the site, I’ll be online in chat, meaning I can be easily reached if any issues require my attention.
  • I offer help when I can, rather than just closing without explanation.
  • I take a firm but fair approach to moderation – while leniency has its benefits, I’m not one to sit by and tolerate poor quality elements in our site.
  • If elected, I'll implement point 2 of point 2 here.
  • Mod and Matt both start with “M”.
  • ♦’s have 4 sides. Matt has 4 letters.

I'm looking forward to your criticism!

  • Some users may feel that your lack of gold badges, low reputation, low candidate score and low q/a stats may be a deciding factor in choosing their vote. Not to mention that some of the moderation tools are unavailable to you, how can you assure these people, you'll be able use these tools correctly, and that you're a valuable mod to have? – Quill Aug 11 '15 at 1:11
  • @Quill Low score/badge count and ∴ candidate score are directly attributable to time spent here. I've only been around a short amount of time compared to the other candidates, it's only natural that these numbers are as they are. Even so, given my time as an active user, I don't think those stats are shameful in the least. Furthermore, if we extrapolate my current data to a time similar to the others, it's not that far off at all! Back on track to what we do know, I'd like to think what I have contributed so far has been of a respectable level of quality, with several tag wiki edits, … – Matt Aug 11 '15 at 11:56
  • …even more post edits, only one disputed flag and general agreement in the review queues. Mod tools are a trickier one; I haven't yet had the chance to acquaint myself with these additional features, there's no getting round that. That's going to turn some people away no matter what I say, but to those others, I have to make a case. With everything the site's offered me so far, I've taken and done my best to use that tool to the best of its and my ability. These new tools I've yet to use may take some time to get used to, but just like all the other features SE has given me, I'll put… – Matt Aug 11 '15 at 11:57
  • …in the effort to understand them, then utilise them to their extents. There's no way I can quell all doubts with the evidence I have at the moment, but I'm confident enough in my ability that I'll be able to do a quality job if I'm given the chance to grow into this position with my own ability and the guidance of my (would-be) fellow mods. How was the first ever mod chosen? Did they have all the experience they needed at day 1? There's always something more to learn, and I'm ready to learn everything I can to help out this community - don't be afraid to take a chance on me! queue Abba – Matt Aug 11 '15 at 11:57

I would like to nominate myself.

  • I've been an active member of the community since the very beginning, and was a pro-temp moderator for nearly all of that time.
  • Out of 895 days this site stands, I was here in 820.
  • I promote voting and community moderation.
  • Along with the other moderators on the site, we've organized various community events and extras.
  • I have strong opinions, and am not afraid to speak them up, but will listen to the voice of the community when you guys think I am wrong.
  • I have 16 helpful flags (lol), but have handled a total of 600.
  • I am Madara Uchiha, and have several meteors in storage. Just sayin'

I think this site has the potential to become the biggest and greatest source of anime information on the web. We aren't quite there yet, we need to revise our policy regarding ID requests and hentai, we need to vote more, we need to attract more enthusiasts from around the interwebz, and the way to do that is to make sure we're the most interesting banana in the bunch.

I believe we can do all those things, and if I am elected, that is where I want us to go.

Choose wisely (and again, meteors. Just saying.), and good luck to all other nominees!

Hello everybody!

I am here to lose my soul and social life nominate myself.

As I really like the community and it's members, I would like to be able to actively improve it in every possible way. And there for will dedicate even more time to the site to do so.

ps. As I am really bad in selling myself, I will also be providing everybody that votes for me will get a free chocolate chip cookie as well. Regardless of if I win or not.

  • Where do I go to get my free cookie? – Quill Aug 11 '15 at 1:12
  • @Quill bit depending on how much cookies I have to give. But you can always come and pick one up in the hague ^^. Otherwise i will probably be sending them out after the election. – Dimitri mx Aug 11 '15 at 14:08

Hello. I have been a pro-tempore moderator since April (on account of JNat's hiring as an SE employee).

I would like to continue being a moderator for the following reasons:

  • We do not have enough people on this site to create tag synonyms without mod intervention. I have been doing a lot of this and would like to continue.
  • When the rest of you come around to the idea that identification-requests must be banned altogether, being a mod will allow me to lead the charge against them.
  • I often post analyses of site data. Before I was a mod, I was restricted to using SEDE, which lacks information about deleted posts, making it difficult to get a full picture of quality issues. Now that I am a mod and can use deleted:1 when searching, I have a better view of these issues and can inform the rest of the site about them more effectively.
  • I enjoy performing maintenance activities, as you can see here. Some maintenance activities (e.g. this) are mod-only.
  • Let me be the first to declare my allegiance to your cause of identification request vanquishment! – Torisuda Aug 11 '15 at 7:03
  • Go #teamBanIDReq – Septian Primadewa Aug 11 '15 at 9:47
  • As much as I agree that we need to have a review of our approach to ID-req's, do you not believe that there's any way forward other than banning them outright? Do you not believe there's any benefits to be taken from some of those questions? – Matt Aug 11 '15 at 15:41
  • @Matt No, I do not believe that there is any way forward other than banning them outright. I think that identification-request questions are fundamentally unworkable on Stack Exchange sites. Even allowing, for the sake of argument, that there may be a small fraction of id-reqs that are inherently good, I strongly doubt that there is a way to design a policy that only allows those good ones through and rejects all the bad ones. (That said, this does not mean that I'm going to destroy all the id-reqs without community consensus; if I wanted to do so, I could have done so already!) – senshin Aug 11 '15 at 17:32
  • @senshin Arqade seems to have a good handle on game id requests. Why can't we do the same too? And should the community's consensus be to keep id-requests, are you saying you would be incapable of designing such a policy? – Frosteeze Aug 11 '15 at 20:33
  • @Frosteeze Have you seen how Arqade achieves their results? Like this: "These questions are allowed only if you have an actual screenshot, video, etc. of the game you want to identify; not just a description of vague recollections." This is better than what we have, but I still believe it is too lenient. While all identification questions that Arqade permits are at least answerable, that doesn't make them good or useful. As you know, we get tons of horrible image id-reqs, which are permitted by Arqade policy but still are awful. – senshin Aug 11 '15 at 20:37
  • @Frosteeze I don't fully understand your second question. My claim is that no policy I or anybody else designs can be good enough to only permit these supposed "good" id-reqs. And besides, if we have any policy besides "ban them all", this introduces moderation overhead - people will still keep asking non-"good" id-reqs which we'll then have to evaluate on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they're "good" enough. – senshin Aug 11 '15 at 20:38
  • @senshin Arqade doesn't have problems with their Id-reqs as far as I'm aware of. This a problem if you make it a problem. As a mod, you are not to manufacture problems. Should the community want Id-requests to stay, you must accommodate them as best possible. Hence, are you capable of performing your duties, in this case designing a policy that regulates id-requests to the best of your abilities, despite your strong beliefs? Right now it sounds like you would not be willing to compromise at all in any issues you feel strongly about. Today it might be id-request. Tomorrow it's something else. – Frosteeze Aug 11 '15 at 21:18
  • @Frosteeze "it sounds like you would not be willing to compromise at all" - I don't see how you're arriving at this conclusion. Keep in mind that I am already a moderator - have any of my actions in the past four months been questionable from your perspective? While I have certainly strongly advocated for the removal of id-reqs, I have acceded to the current community stance on id-reqs when it comes to actual moderation actions. – senshin Aug 11 '15 at 21:29
  • @senshin You said "When the rest of you come around to the idea [sic]". That does not sound like you acceded to anything. It sounds like you're pushing an agenda. It sounds like that if we were to disagree with you, no matter what, you will try to convince us. And whilst these past 4 months shows you're a capable moderator, it doesn't mean that can't change. – Frosteeze Aug 11 '15 at 23:13
  • @Frosteeze Of course I'm pushing an agenda, and yes, I will try to convince you that identification requests are bad (unless someone articulates a convincing argument that keeping identification requests around is more beneficial than getting rid of them, thus causing me to change my stance). Why shouldn't I? Are you arguing that moderators should not attempt to guide policy? (Also, FYI - the notation "[sic]" is used to indicate that there was an error in the source you are quoting. There is no error in the thing you have quoted.) – senshin Aug 11 '15 at 23:18
  • @senshin the common theme here is that "it sounds". You may have not intended for it to sound like you will unilaterally shove the no id-request policy down our throats, but that's what we're hearing. Your intentions are immaterial if you what you intend and what you are communicating do not match up. – ton.yeung Aug 12 '15 at 15:31
  • @ton.yeung I mean, okay, sure. I'm not going to sit here and try to reword my post in the name of "political correctness". I will emphasize that my intentions are indeed immaterial, not because of any defects in my communication, but rather because, again, anything I intend to do I could have already done in my four months as a pro-tempore moderator. I'm not some sort of sleeper candidate waiting for after elections to awaken and become some sort of dictator. – senshin Aug 12 '15 at 16:36
  • I'm not saying anything about political correctness. I saw a long comment chain going back and forth on whether or not you have any plans on implementing policies unilaterally. All I'm saying is that you guys are not really hearing what the other person is saying. – ton.yeung Aug 12 '15 at 19:52
  • Also, what I'm hearing you say at this point is that what you plan on doing doesn't matter, and that it shouldn't cause us concern if you've given the impression you will ban ID-Request. To put it in perspective, would you elect a president that has historically pushed to ban something, but says he won't decree a ban unless everyone else agrees? We don't know you personally, so its not like we can take your word for it. – ton.yeung Aug 12 '15 at 19:54

Hi All.

I imagine many of the voters might recognize me already, just because of how active I am on the site. But for those who don't - I've been a regular user of A&M for the last 2 and a half years. Out of those 882(ish) Days, I've been online for 822 of them. They're active days too - I've got the highest reputation gain so far this year.

My moderation style is friendly and constructive. No-one gets anywhere with loud arguments, I prefer taking the time to discuss the pros and cons of something and coming to a mutual conclusion. For an example, I suggest looking at a recent meta post or perhaps our small debate in the Campaign chat room

Anyone who has been on chat will hopefully recognise that asides from being silly occasionally (see http://meta.anime.stackexchange.com/a/2503/1530 ), I do take the site seriously and want it to grow and become a staple site in the regular anime-viewers bookmarks. Much like SO has done for programmers.

Your Senpai,

Toshinou Kyouko.

This election is complete.