RationalWiki:Moderator elections/Campaigning/Archive5

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Discussion of nominees[edit]

For discussion of the election process, see RationalWiki talk:Moderator elections.


Here nominees may make their case as to why they should be elected.


Anyone who votes for me shall get 10 HeidelbergKid points. HeidelbergKid points are redeemable only for expired peanut brittle (100 points, requires 4 to 6 weeks delivery) and a Utahraptor to ride like a horse (1 million points, requires something-billion dollars grant money). This goat has been included to offset the change to the goat:raptor ratio this has caused.

My plans include:

  • Cleaning up our stubs, off-missions, &c
  • Dealing with trolls (of course)
  • Increasing the site's overall goat-to-velociraptor ratio
  • Dealing with hypocrisy (including my own)
  • Regular public planning on specific goals to get done (e.g., the superfoods article)
  • Opening up EvoWiki (which we talked about and forgot some weeks ago)
  • Getting some more people on here (my rationalist friends on DeviantArt?)

Planaria Icon.png Immortality's fun, except when you become a two-headed monster Talk to me 20:46, 31 December 2012 (UTC)


You know me and my credo. I will always do my best.--ADtalkModerator 06:51, 29 December 2012 (UTC)


The main problem with the system has always been that mods' roles have been unclear. The original mission statement mentioned "bootstrapping" and a "framework" and stopping "destructive discussion," but it has proved to be too buzzwordy and unhelpful. The question with which we are faced is a simple one, though: are moderators supposed to be leaders of the community, or more like mods on any other forum, i.e. equal parts janitors (e.g., technical maintenance of discussion readability) and police (e.g., enforcement of the Community Standards through temporary blocks and rights adjustment)?

I have attempted to play the leader in the past, with my voting standards adoption process for example, but it is not apparent that you need to be a moderator to act as a leader in this way. I believe that mods should take up the second part. They should have the responsibility to ensure that discussions remain readable, to fix technical errors therein, to move threads to relevant headers and pages, and to have more than a modicum of knowledge of wikicode and editing etiquette. They should also have the responsibility to make sure everyone has a fair shot at speaking their mind by reversing malicious and unfair actions taken by sysops (like blocks and rights removal) and trying to prevent them from reoccurring (by talking to the offending sysop), but they should also protect discussion from being hijacked by trolling and flame wars, either by moving that material away from the thread or issuing temporary (up to a day or so) blocks and desysoppings to the offending editors, or a combination of the two.

I don't subscribe to the idea that being a mod is just a "speaking" role. It should be a "doing" role as well. But what to do and what to say should be a clear and efficient process. I have lots of ideas on how to go about doing this, and I can articulate them over the coming months; they involve templates and help pages and even some "bootstrapping". Hopefully I can lead by example as a moderator.

P.S. I was hoping to focus my energy on my bid for the Board of Trustees, but I made the last-minute decision to accept my mod nom because there were so few candidates this time. Still; support my bid for the Board of Trustees this January! Blue 2013! Blue (pester) 02:05, 1 January 2013 (UTC)

are moderators supposed to be leaders of the community No. Acei9 02:16, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
If you read any further you'll notice that I said pretty clearly that I didn't think so either. Blue (is useful) 02:17, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
They should have the responsibility to ensure that discussions remain readable...They should also have the responsibility to make sure everyone has a fair shot at speaking their mind... Says who? Mods aren't the arbitrager of a fair go. Acei9 02:34, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
I'm going to ask you once to correct your claim that my position on the scope of moderators' authority and mandate is "unarticulated" and "has never been explained." Nutty Roux100x100 anarchy symbol.svg 02:36, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
Okay. No point in engaging about this here. It doesn't have any effect on the rest of the point, anyway. Blue (is useful) 02:47, 1 January 2013 (UTC)


I know I have some pictures somewhere... but meh. The Mikal Campaign runs on the idea of having to use my powers as little as possible, pretty much just if stupid bullshit is happening.


  • Try and keep the peace and generally be cool
  • Institute the secret christian cabal
  • Casual Fridays


Down with:

  • Frivolous coop votes
  • User-space edit wars
  • Empty campaign pages

Peter Subsisting on honey 05:22, 21 December 2012 (UTC)


Awesome credit to Nutty. No one else is campaigning? 'tis sad. sterilesporadic heavy hitter 04:59, 29 December 2012 (UTC)
I sort of hoped someone would finally say "Hey, Jason, you're doing a lot for your friends. I know you believe in them. It's nice that you've spent dozens of hours putting together increasingly interesting campaign posters as you get further along in your study of typography, visual design, color, and composition. You're not great, but hey, you you're getting better at Photoshop and like your gumption! Kudos, Jason!"Nutty Roux100x100 anarchy symbol.svg 05:47, 29 December 2012 (UTC)


Pray tell how Alexander Guchkov's politics relate to your candidacy for moderator? Nutty Roux100x100 anarchy symbol.svg 05:51, 29 December 2012 (UTC)
That epic mustache alone might be enough to win my vote. Sam Tally-ho! 05:58, 29 December 2012 (UTC)
Ty's main policy is "facial hair." All else is secondary. Peter Subsisting on honey 06:00, 29 December 2012 (UTC)


Vote for me! I'm nice. Usually. (If you want a serious talk about trolls, which is what this usually comes down to - ask.)Green mowse.pngGodot She was a venus demilo in her sister's jeans 17:39, 31 December 2012 (UTC)


Moderate. Redchuck.gif ГенгисOur ignorance is God; what we know is science.Moderator 09:44, 1 January 2013 (UTC)


Vote for me even though I'm not a candidate! In deep RW'yeh the Loya Jirga sleeps, ever alert for the call to action! (said actions must involve tea.) (ooh and a biccie.)

SophieWilder 20:58, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
There's tea involved? well why didn't you say so earlier.Green mowse.pngGodot She was a venus demilo in her sister's jeans 21:10, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
This is discriminatory against coeliacs. JzG (talk) 13:54, 9 January 2013 (UTC)