2019 Moderator Election

nomination began
Feb 18 '19 at 20:00
election began
Feb 25 '19 at 20:00
election ended
Mar 5 '19 at 20:00
candidates
6
positions
2

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!


Hi everyone, I'm Bryan.

I've been an active user here for just over 2 years, and I am also active on Academia.SE, Psych&Neuro.SE, MedicalSciences.SE, and occasionally a couple other stacks.

I have a PhD in neuroscience and currently work as an academic scientist and statistician, studying states of consciousness and the network mechanisms that underlie our experiences of the world.

I like to teach people, and get a lot of opportunities to mentor junior colleagues of mine (and sometimes senior ones too...) in my work, but I'm not in the classroom. I like StackExchange and Biology.SE in particular because it gives me an opportunity to get that little rush from sharing something I'm passionate about to someone who is learning.

Although I feel like I've only been here a short time, I think I've been very active in the community in answering questions, participating in meta, commenting to improve posts, voting questions up and down, and flagging and voting to close when appropriate.

By spending time at several other stacks I think I have a good sense of the different moderating approaches each stack takes, and that will inform my possible role as a moderator.

I am a firefighter and EMT by training and I do both of those things on a volunteer basis. My paying job which I am continuously learning from is software testing (my official title is Testing Technician, which means I can occasionally get pulled into other types of testing or editing).

While I have no official training in science outside of high school courses and the limited additional science required for a basic emergency medical technician, I consider myself a science buff. I love to spend time here on Biology S.E. along with several other S.E. sites. My first introduction to the S.E. family was as a homeschooled student, my mom and sometimes even the teacher's manuals for the textbooks didn't have the answers to my questions; as a result these SE sites became my lifeline.

I have been a group admin on Facebook as well as a moderator for a soon-to-be defunct G+ page which had over 700 members. As a moderator, I always try to be fair, I try to see both sides of the argument/conversation and will try to help both sides recognize this. I also understand there are times where questions simply need to be closed because they don't meet guidelines and can't be edited to.

Hi! I'm a molecular and cell biologist by training. I am under the impression that a good biologist is a rare someone who has strong rudiments across all disciplines; physics and chemistry not excluded.

I currently do research on neuroethology and evolution in various Drosophila species, spending my time on single-nucleus transcriptomics, genetics, electrophysiology, confocal microscopy, and fly behavior. I love to communicate science. I regularly spend my downtime as an active participant at Biology.SE!

Two mild issues with our SE that have, I am sad to say, floated around in my head for a while that I hope to discuss and/or change:

  • Many questions remain phrased in ways that are not constructively criticized, and simply attract aimless comments about how the questioner should know better. Existing efforts to proverbially squeeze the juice out of a question are lax. Mods ought to lead by example, not by power tripping!
  • Some active mods here are atrociously impatient. They are not resourceful enough to help or direct a layman who may not know how to ask an honest question. Take inspiration from a good teacher. We've all had one.

Thanks, and see ya :-)

I have been a somewhat active member of Biology.SE for the past 4 years (since Biology.SE was in Beta!) and I have seen this community progress. However, I definitely think that there is more work that can be done to improve this great community.

I might have different experiences that others that may provide a new perspective to moderating:

  1. I have asked many questions (42) on this website, probably more than the current moderators here.
  2. I have been a member of Biology.SE throughout my higher education

I think this may help me better relate to many users of Biology.SE coming here to ask questions. As such, I understand that there is a great diversity of users here: some to come to get help on homework, some who come to learn something new about Biology, and even some who come to get help on research. I hope that as a moderator, I will help make this community open for all such users, while ensuring that .

Just to mention my background, I am currently Bioengineering PhD student focused on molecular biology.

Hi I'm theforestecologist.

  • I study long-term forest dynamics, and I have diverse interests/experiences in all things natural.

  • I'm a college professor, so I adhere to effective pedagogical guidelines -- b/c we're all here to teach/learn!

I've been an active user on Bio.SE for 3.5 years:

  • Regularly comment, edit, & perform review tasks
  • Answers are thorough and well-cited to help serve as model for others
  • Active on Meta (especially re: "best practices" & discussion tags) and chat

I feel strongly that our community should be welcoming & friendly to users of any background or level of biology, so I try to include friendly/constructive comments whenever possible.

  • While I'd emphasize quality control like current mods, I would focus on providing constructive help in those instances. (Not that current mods don't already do this; I would just place added personal emphasis on this aspect of moderation).

Overall, I'd like to play a larger role in ensuring that this site's growth continues both effectively (i.e. with posts managed for quality) and according to our dedication to helping others learn in a friendly & welcoming community.

Hello all, I'm De Novo. I'm a semi-retired academic physician. Relevant to Biology.SE, in addition to my clinical background, I have a fairly broad background in basic sciences. I spent my early career in an infectious disease research laboratory and have taught various physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology and immunology sections to medical students. I enjoy sharing what I know and helping other people learn, and have particularly enjoyed contributing to this community since I happened upon it about 8 months ago while on medical leave.

I haven't been a contributing member of this community for very long, but believe I have shared a good number of quality posts. I have spent a fair amount of effort reading meta posts and trying to understand the rules and norms. This seems to be a strong, successful, and welcoming stack exchange community. I'm proud to be part of it.

As a community member, I tend to vote or flag based on my own knowledge, experience, and opinions regarding the best directions for this community. As a moderator, I would see my role as supporting community norms and decisions.

This election is over.