This site has been in public beta for a week, and it'll soon be time for us to get moderators. During the beta period, moderators are selected by Stack Exchange staff (there will be elections once the site graduates). This is all explained in the blog post Moderators pro tempore, which I invite you to read. Citing the most salient points:

About a week into the public beta, we will seek 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.

The purpose of this post is to seek out candidates. Are you interested in being involved in the site? Do you think you have the qualities outlined above? Then please manifest yourself! Have you noticed someone who you would like to see as a moderator? Then nominate that person. Some rules:

  • Each nomination should be posted as a separate answer. Link the name to the user’s profile (parent and meta) so we can see their activity. Links to other activities may be helpful: Area 51 participation, participation in other sites, blog posts reviewing or announcing the site, etc.
  • Self-nominations are okay, even encouraged.
  • If the nomination was posted by a 3rd-party, the nominee should indicate their acceptance by editing the answer, adding that they accept the nomination. Optionally they can write something about themselves.
  • These nominations are not binding on either the nominees or Stack Exchange staff.
  • $\begingroup$ If you're hesitating because you're not sure what being a moderator involves, you can chat with people who have been moderators in The Assembly or any other chatroom where you spot one. Current moderators on any Stack Exchange site have their name in blue in the chat. $\endgroup$ – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Mar 29 '12 at 1:23
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    $\begingroup$ It would be nice if we can get at least one moderator from from more applied side of CS and from industry (outside academia). $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Mar 29 '12 at 3:15

Nominee: Raphael (meta profile)


He has long argued (even before the area51 proposal) that there is a need for a Q&A site like this, has defended the proposal on several place including area51, and has been quite enthusiastic about it.

He is the most active user on the site, and has the highest reputation. He has been helpful to other users and has remained respectful at all times.

He is a master student in computer science and is quite knowledgeable about CS.


  • $\begingroup$ feel free to edit or add points in support. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Mar 29 '12 at 3:16
  • $\begingroup$ Well, do I? ;) Gotta sleep over that. $\endgroup$ – Raphael Mar 29 '12 at 22:20
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you for your vote of confidence. I have decided to give it a shot. In fact, Oversight has already contacted me and I expressed my willingness to serve as temp mod to them. Now it's their call. $\endgroup$ – Raphael Mar 30 '12 at 13:16
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    $\begingroup$ +1. Raphael is clearly a fantastic nominee. $\endgroup$ – Patrick87 Mar 30 '12 at 17:29

Nominate: Gilles (meta-profile)


Gilles has been actively defending and promoting our proposal from the very beginning (at least 13 referred users).

He has been very active since private beta; with over 20 question he his the undisputed lord of seeding, over 300 votes and about 90 edits to date show that he is also helping to maintain overall quality.

He is also very active in chat and on meta, always ready to discuss policy.

Gilles has lots of experience with SE in general, both as user (wow, das U&L profile!) and as moderator. In particular the latter has been and will be important for us.

In addition, he is a computer scientist in practice, an important perspective for us to have.


I hesitated, partly to let new blood into the fold (I'm already a moderator on two sites), and partly because of moderating this site is likely to be, let's say, interesting. On the other hand, I care about this site, and I've already invested quite a bit of energy into it and intend to continue to do so whether I'm a moderator or not. I can offer a broad perspective, having done computer science for a few years before going into industry as a developer. I've also been active on many Stack Exchange sites, including Stack Overflow (which, far more than CSTheory, has faced problems we're likely to face).

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    $\begingroup$ +1, Gilles would be an excellent moderator. Knowledgeable, active, and evenly tempered. $\endgroup$ – Patrick87 Mar 30 '12 at 17:27

Nominee: Patrick87 (meta-profile)


Patrick87 has made interesting contributions on the site and on Meta. He has proven level-headed. He has experience of sites not frequented almost exclusively by scientists, which I feel is an important perspective.

Patrick87 is a student of high-performance and scientific computing, with research interests and experience in computational atomic physics, numerical methods, parallel and distributed algorithms, and high-performance computer architecture. Other of his interests include mathematical logic, discrete mathematics, and the foundations, mathematics, and theory of computation, although his ability in these areas is amateur level, at best.


  • $\begingroup$ Well, I've thought it over, and have decided to accept the nomination. Because I am sort of an outsider, I will also add some (very) brief description of my background. I am grateful for the vote of confidence. $\endgroup$ – Patrick87 Mar 31 '12 at 18:40

Nominee: Alex ten Brink (meta profile)


Alex ten Brink has been very active in asking and answering questions on this site, and has shown both a great depth of knowledge and ability, as well as a capacity for patience and understanding. He has made useful contributions to the meta discussion and has shown an interest in helping to make this site a success.

I sincerely encourage others who may better know Alex ten Brink to add additional qualifications and information.

My (Alex') response: while I'm grateful for the support, there is one reason I'm hesitant to accept this nomination. I have a tendency to take on too many projects at the same time and end up not having enough time for all of them. Right now, my time is pretty well filled; last week for instance I was rather inactive because some deadlines coincided.

I therefore think it'd be better if the position was given to someone else who does have enough and consistent amounts of time to spend on the site. If asked, I'm willing to take the position and spend as much time as I can afford on it, but I can't guarantee consistency. I'll re-evaluate my position if elections are held or a moderator spot opens up - I'm trying to reduce the number of projects I have running at the same time.


Declined. See below for a reason.

Nominee: Dave Clarke (meta-profile)


Dave is the user with the third highest reputation and is also very active on the site (third most active user). He has been a moderator on csthoery and has demonstrated to lead by example and remain respectful, calm, even handed on issues at all times. He is a professor of computer science (in distributed systems and networks group) and is both knowledgeable as a computer scientists and a teacher.

Considering the high number of questions in theory that we receive at the moment, I think it would be helpful to have a pro-term moderator who is also a moderator on cstheory.se.

I thought about it for a while, and really want the best for this site, but too much of my time these days is spent doing this:

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    $\begingroup$ +1. I have been very impressed by Dave, and think he would make a great moderator. $\endgroup$ – Patrick87 Mar 31 '12 at 18:52
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    $\begingroup$ That looks far more rewarding than being moderator! $\endgroup$ – Raphael Apr 4 '12 at 17:21


Nominee: Kaveh (meta-profile)


Kaveh works tirelessly as a CSTheory moderator and participant. He is also very active on this site. Not only does he participate in core site activities, he is very active on the meta site, helping shape the site and ensure that it runs smoothly and fairly. He would do an excellent job as beta moderator.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks @Dave for the nomination, but I would prefer to participate on Computer Science as a simple user. :) $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Mar 31 '12 at 16:59
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    $\begingroup$ Fair enough. Your participation is also appreciated. $\endgroup$ – Dave Clarke Mar 31 '12 at 17:25
  • $\begingroup$ should this entry be deleted then ? or maybe a bold DECLINED on top so someone else doesn't nominate Kaveh again ? $\endgroup$ – Suresh Mar 31 '12 at 19:33

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