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2014 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 Dec 2 '14 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


12,246 voters were eligible, 2,759 visited the site during the election, 2,183 visited the election page, and 855 voted

TODO: answer questions from the voters


Joining this site from the last of 2010, my performance in 2011 brought me 15K rep, #11 year rank. However, the reputation descended over the years because I have a small family, but I'm still in top 0.31% overall.

Although that I'm not active in the meta, I often edit the question and the answer to keep the formatting or re-tag. I have patience and always readiness to help other people to solve their problems - a good way to improve my solving skills.

Whenever I find an answer to my own question, the first thing come to my mind is note down by sharing it with everyone via this site.

I'm in GMT+7 and I think I can spend an hour for this site to moderate.

Thanks for your consideration.

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  • So, you haven't been active here for a long time. You don't participate in meta, cast flags, have many notable badges and your voting is appalling. How is this a good basis for being a moderator? – Iain Nov 23 '14 at 23:11

TODO: answer questions from the voters


Nominating myself!?

  • Why not? I could use a little part of my time for free assist.

  • Compliant to requirements?

    • patient and fair: Yes, I am. I won't try to prove this, but I am.

    • leads by example: This is my first, my prefered method for teaching.

    • shows respect for their fellow community members in their actions and words: This could be very difficult, but I'm a swiss person with a long fair communication tradition.

    • open to some light but firm moderation to keep the community on track and resolve (hopefully) uncommon disputes and exceptions: As previously said: This is a part of my own personality.

    If I wrote 1 article showing this point of vue... Please have a look at : 𝙍ecursive 𝙏hread, about 𝙁ormation 𝙈ethods

    For the rest, I like some humor, and sometime I could make the wrong proof: Why did my alphabet had 40 letters?

  • But I love to be free and I want to stay free.. If for some weeks I won't appear, this have to not be harmful.

Thanks for reading. Have a nice day!

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  • You have barely moderated with only 2 flags, so how have you lead by example until now? – Cristian Ciupitu Nov 23 '14 at 3:18
  • @CristianCiupitu I've only posted 30 answer, there on ServerFault. But please, have a look on some of them. If I'm convinced to not be helpful, I prefer to stay silently. – F. Hauri Nov 23 '14 at 8:57
  • That's good, but this role is for moderating, not answering. – Cristian Ciupitu Nov 23 '14 at 10:28
  • @CristianCiupitu Did you read my post about rtfm – F. Hauri Nov 23 '14 at 11:15
  • I've just read it and it's not bad. – Cristian Ciupitu Nov 23 '14 at 22:28
  • How are you a better choice than the other candidates, such as, say HopelessN00b, who has over 2000 helpful flags, 33,000 rep, lots of meta posts, and is completely awesome, not to mention, endorsed by HopelessN00b? – HopelessN00b Nov 24 '14 at 11:33
  • @HopelessN00b Numbers are only numbers. I'm not addict, so I'm not connected every days (more active on other SE sites, but not intensively). I'm an old man, quiet and right. – F. Hauri Nov 24 '14 at 12:59

HBruijn's answers to your questions!


Where a number of more long standing contributors to this community are very vocal in what they perceive as the decline of ServerFault I would like to be the voice of moderation.

I have gained some reputation here on Server Fault by posting answers.

I have posted even more comments, many on questions I also voted to close. We do see more than a fair share of idiots, but also too many pimply-faced-youths without any experienced supervision that might simply benefit from collective experience. After being handed the correct technical term, or pointing out the duplicate question, many will then manage on their own again.

In Meta and chat I'm more of a lurker and my current role means that all my technical questions are for the home environment and definitely off-topic ;)

Although often when reading the documentation fails, the best answers come from Server Fault and the larger Stack Exchange. That quality is worth striving for to maintain.

From a practical perspective, I'm in UTC+1; Central European Time, which will benefit from additional moderator availability

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  • Your answers on SF are thoughtful and insightful. I should hope ServerFault can find its balance. You would have my vote. – jscott Nov 20 '14 at 18:59
  • Your moderate voice is a nice change from the calls of "GET OUT OF OUR SITE NOOBS". I've held the view for a long time that being exclusive is not always the right course. – Mark Henderson Nov 20 '14 at 21:20
  • yeah, you'd get my vote also. – Sirex Nov 20 '14 at 22:56
  • Always very sane and quality feedback, +1 from me – Hrvoje Špoljar Nov 21 '14 at 9:40
  • This is the type of voice we need on the mod-staff. – sysadmin1138 Nov 21 '14 at 15:55
  • I support moderation in moderation. – briantist Nov 22 '14 at 1:34

Don't vote for me, vote for Sven, Ward, and HBruijn.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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  • I'm HopelessN00b, and I endorse this awesome post/nomination. – HopelessN00b Nov 20 '14 at 8:44
  • You've retired as a moderator in the past, what's changed since then? – Mark Henderson Nov 20 '14 at 21:21
  • You haven't noticed? Perhaps you should spend some more time on the site Mark instead of hiding out in the backroom somewhere. @MarkHenderson – Iain Nov 20 '14 at 21:27
  • I don't even know what you mean by that comment. What I want to know is why you've decided to make a comeback given that you've retired in the past? What makes you think that you won't just retire again in a year or two? Nobody expects a moderatorship to be a lifelong commitment, but to have two sucks of the sav, it better be a good reason to vote for you over someone else. – Mark Henderson Nov 20 '14 at 21:42
  • Why is this a problem? What's wrong with taking time out and coming back? I think it's better to do that than to just do the bare minimum to hold on to a ♦ whilst not really moderating or being a community leader. even taking a back set I do more than you and several of the mods we currently have. Where are you on meta or main - nowhere to be seen - some community leader you are. – Iain Nov 20 '14 at 21:52
  • I'm not sure if you're being serious or not. I am no community leader, I have never claimed to be a community leader. I am on meta every day, but because virtually all meta activity happens outside my timezone, I come, I read, I vote. Everything is already answered. I don't just throw my voice out to create more noise. How would you know what mods are doing? This kind of elitist attitude is why I do not want you back as a moderator. – Mark Henderson Nov 20 '14 at 22:47
  • See the second paragraph at the top of this page - be amazed. It's easy to see what active mods are doing, you see their actions all over meta and main. – Iain Nov 20 '14 at 22:54
  • You got my vote. – phoops Nov 21 '14 at 13:04
  • Please, go to chat for all the name-calling and mud-wrestling business. – the-wabbit Nov 21 '14 at 22:15
  • Would you still be interested in moderating under these guidelines? – Shane Madden Nov 22 '14 at 0:23
  • @MarkHenderson If wanting to answer good, well researched questions without having to wade through a sea of crap to find them is elitist then yeah that's me. – Iain Nov 22 '14 at 22:26
  • Personally in times of adversity i tend to want to shy away from holders of extreme viewpoints. Like, isn't that how wars start ? – Sirex Nov 24 '14 at 0:15
  • @Sirex, Thank you for taking the time to actually read my nomination. It's a pity that so few appear to have done so. – Iain Nov 24 '14 at 8:12
  • If this isn't a serious nomination, then please withdraw - by remaining in the running, you're just making it more likely that someone who is serious will get knocked out in the primary phase. – Shog9 Nov 24 '14 at 20:26

TODO: answer questions from the voters


ServerFault is in decline, and has been for some time. The main page is flooded by off-topic questions, by users who are either incapable of, or unwilling to read the simplest of instructions. In short, these are desperate, extreme times, when ServerFault is desperate to be saved from the flood of extreme stupidity overwhelming it.

Extreme, desperate times call for extreme, desperate measures, and I can think of no measure more extreme or desperate than electing me as moderator.

Despite our current moderation team's best of intentions and efforts, they are simply ill-equipped to deal with the current realities, which is why quality on the site has plummeted while the numbers of painfully clueless users has skyrocketed.

What we need for these exceptional times are someone exceptional. Someone with exceptional methods, exception snarkiness and exceptional cruelty. Someone who will strike at the core of the problem, the exceptionally vapid new user horde, with exceptional enthusiasm and vigor.

A vote for me is a vote to put my cruelty and viciousness to work for the site, against the horde of stupidity that threatens it.

Vote n00b today, for a brighter ServerFault tomorrow.

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  • +1 for brighter ServerFault tomorrow! – masegaloeh Nov 20 '14 at 7:45
  • Yeah, screw the "Summer of Love," we need a Harsh Winter! – Ward Nov 20 '14 at 15:51
  • @Wars A vote for n00b is a vote for a winter of discontent! :) Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by the HopelessN00b dork, to quote Shakespeare. – HopelessN00b Nov 20 '14 at 15:58
  • Why, he can do smileys, and mod-hammer stupid posts while he does smileys... – MadHatter Nov 20 '14 at 16:29
  • It kinda sounds like you've correctly identified the problem, and then... Arrived at the status quo as the solution. Let's face it: as a community, your reputation for cruelty, snark, and general unhelpfulness is unmatched - even Programmers, which attracts far fewer questions per day and rejects nearly all of them, doesn't come close to generating the levels of straight-up vitriol that y'all do. And so, upon observing that the only folks willing to still come here are utterly lost and desperate, your solution is... youtube.com/watch?v=0VjPNKc0VsU – Shog9 Nov 20 '14 at 18:50
  • @Shog9 That reputation comes from whiny illiterates who don't like that they get down voted for bashing their keyboards randomly and trying to pass the output off as a question on this site, so ServerFault's reputation for snarky helpfulness is unfair, and unwarranted. On the other hand, I actually am snarky, cruel and very good at offering profoundly unhelpful help. Either way, I'm hardly proposing status quo, as none of that has been practiced by our moderators, who have demurred to the official Stack Exchange policy of pink fluffy niceness to the hordes of jackasses shitting on the site. – HopelessN00b Nov 20 '14 at 19:01
  • Oh, you don't have to tell me - I've been here before. Of course it's always someone else's fault. Keep digging, and good luck to ya... – Shog9 Nov 20 '14 at 19:06
  • @Shog9 True, we are just begging to be flooded by crap, what with all the statements about how this is a professional community... by simply existing on the internet... whatever makes the hordes of stupid our fault. But this is where I have a novel idea... deal with the stupid by not tolerating it. Crack down on it, rather than the SE policy of trying to change stupid by pink fluffy happiness and positive thought energy, or whatever, if anything, the strategy is. I know I don't have to tell you how the SF (and even SO and SE) communities are declining under the unabated load of inbound st00pid – HopelessN00b Nov 20 '14 at 19:11
  • blimey shog9. You nailed that one pretty spot on. – Sirex Nov 20 '14 at 19:21
  • N00b for moderator! – Magellan Nov 20 '14 at 19:25
  • And don't mind Shog9. He's said before that every question has been asked before anyway, and the logical end of that is just shutting the place down and walking away anyway. N00b for Quality Questions, not just Eyeballs and Clicks! – Magellan Nov 20 '14 at 19:29
  • generating the levels of straight-up vitriol that y'all do. I don't think that's true any more. Over the past several months there have been fewer "you guys are mean" complaints on meta and in comments. I think we have been closing crappy posts w/out engaging, and if SE has any suggestions on what else to do, I'm sure we'd all like to hear them... – Ward Nov 20 '14 at 19:56
  • @Ward Not to mention fewer of, and less participation from "us guys" that once made up the core of the community. So even there really was a problem with the Server Fault regulars being big meanies, it wouldn't be a problem, because there are less and less of them, and they're participating less and less too. – HopelessN00b Nov 20 '14 at 20:08
  • Of course it's always someone else's fault. you're right @shog9. That Stack Exchange employee that moved a post here the other day despite knowing nothing about this site who got the hump when called on it? Totally our fault... Not sure how but I eagerly await an explanation as to why. Perhaps there should be a "stack exchange tv" movie about it. – Rob Moir Nov 20 '14 at 20:19
  • Wow, you're all crazy. I for one do not endorse Hopelessnoob as a mod for reasons that @Shog9 has mentioned. I put this nomination in the same bucket as Evan Carrols'. – Mark Henderson Nov 20 '14 at 21:45

mdpc's answers to your questions


Hello, I've been an active member of ServerFault since it was Beta. I have contributed directly in asking and answering many questions where I can and am in the top 2% reputation wise. I'm interested in helping out and giving back where I can to the ServerFault community.

I have been actively involved in the reviewing of questions and answers and and I rank highly among the top reviewers in all review categories.

I have tried to keep this forum focused on being a site for professional systems administrators and their problems. In fact, being a system administrator is my passion as well as my work.

I appreciate your consideration of myself for the position of moderator. Thank you for your time.

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Signal15's answers to your questions


Though I am a recent addition to 'the family", I have moderated in other forums and would like to take a crack at it here. This family of sites has helped me in numerous ways, and I would welcome the chance to return the favor.

My only redeeming quality is that, as a fresh-face, I can lend a different perspective to things.

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  • I wouldn't call 1 year and 3 months 'recent'. Based on that your activity is very low - how does this set you up to be a moderator? What sort of things need a 'fresh face' to look at them ? – Iain Nov 18 '14 at 18:48
  • First thing you should probably get your head around is that SE sites are not "forums", and expectations on mods here are much different than on forums. Second thing: please account for your complete lack of involvement in the site thus far. What tangible things can you point to that can help convince us to vote for you? Your meta/review/flagging history are non-existent. – EEAA Nov 18 '14 at 20:53
  • @EEAA I am not under the mistaken impression that the SE family of sites are forums, I simply stated that I have experience moderating other forums in the past. The expectations here are not radically different from what I've experienced and read-up on. – Signal15 Nov 18 '14 at 22:02
  • @Signal15 OK, what about the rest of my question? – EEAA Nov 18 '14 at 22:23
  • @EEAA Re: the rest of your question; The most experience I have here is upvoting when something appears to contribute to the conversation, and sparingly downvoting. I am a stickler for technical detail, and do my best to adhere to policies and practices set-forth by the other moderators. In all honestly, I think you would make a decent Moderator. You've been here for half a decade, and obviously have benefited from the site. – Signal15 Nov 19 '14 at 18:18
  • 14 votes is less than 1 a month so I'd say 'sparingly' was a good description of your whole (voting) record. – Iain Nov 19 '14 at 18:26
  • @Signal15 - I wish I had the time to devote to it. – EEAA Nov 19 '14 at 20:29
  • With no meta participation, no flags, no reviews, and seemly relatively low moderation-related activity in general, I don't think you'd make a very good moderator. Maybe next time, though! – Doorknob Nov 21 '14 at 23:42
  • @Doorknob: I dont think that you, as someone with zero participation in this site, are in a position to make such recommendations. – Sven Nov 23 '14 at 6:24
  • @Sven Yes, it's true that I don't have much (or any) experience with SF specifically. However, it's important to note that all Stack Exchange sites are moderated by their communities, and someone who doesn't make use of the moderation tools provided to "mortals" (non-♦s) probably isn't going to make a great moderator, either. (Not to imply that Signal15 here isn't ever going to become a moderator, just that to be a moderator, it would be beneficial for one to have had previous experience with the tools provided to them.) – Doorknob Nov 23 '14 at 15:10
  • @Doorknob Thanks for the vote of confidence. There are many other far more qualified candidates than I thusfar. However, merely participating in this caucus (and reading the comments) has helped me better understand the expectations of a moderator. You're right, maybe next year! :) – Signal15 Nov 24 '14 at 14:06

Nathan's answers to your questions


As a fairly active on ServerFault and with a couple years of activity under my belt to get to know the community, I'd like to elect myself for moderator. I don't have the highest review/meta activity as other candidates, but I believe I can be very helpful in terms of controlling the seemingly endless flow of new users and assisting users who really do have knowledge to share with asking good questions and improving the site as a whole.

I'm also active in the SE chat and am well-known on ServerFault despite my relative "newness".

My timezone is GMT-5 and I am active throughout the day most of the time. Questions? Comments are open, of course!

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  • I think you'd do a good job. But I think your timezone is already oversaturated with mods. – TheCleaner Nov 19 '14 at 14:44
  • @TheCleaner Probably so. Doesn't hurt to go through the process anyway. :) – Nathan C Nov 19 '14 at 15:01

Sven's answers to your questions


After being a member of Serverfault nearly from the beginning, I'd like to nominate myself for a moderator position for this election round.

While I am not interested at all in ranks, stats and activity counts, I think that with 1500 answers and a top 20 reputation, I demonstrated that I know this site well and care about it a lot. I'd like to further help out in a meaningful way by taking on moderation duty.

I live in Europe and am most active in the UTC 9-19 time frame, with frequent activity beyond that time. I believe that we currently lack moderation capacity in that corner of the world, which was the tipping point to make me run for this election.

Thank you very much for your time.

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  • You've got one of my votes. – Chris S Nov 18 '14 at 2:49
  • You have my vote too thanks for nominating. – Iain Nov 18 '14 at 6:03
  • +1 for Calimero! – Ring Ø Nov 18 '14 at 6:32
  • You've got my vote. – Glueon Nov 18 '14 at 15:25
  • Someone else I can endorse without reservation. – Michael Hampton Nov 19 '14 at 4:45
  • You got my vote! – Hrvoje Špoljar Nov 19 '14 at 20:33

Falcon's answers to your questions


I'd like to nominate myself for one of the available moderator posts. I've been around this community since 2012, and I've found it very helpful throughout, and watched it evolve over the past couple years.

As an active reviewer, I've participated actively in the user-moderation of this community, cleaning up questions that need to be put on hold, checking that new users know how to use the site, and other review tasks. However, lately I see the close queue growing and keep hitting the 20-review cap.

This, I think, is emblematic of a long-brewing problem. Swifter action on off-topic questions would help retain the value this community has to professionals. This doesn't mean closing questions that are marginal with the mod hammer, of course, but it does mean rapidly closing the most blatant examples, deleting things that cry out for deletion, protecting spam magnet questions, and most importantly, migrating away questions which belong more on another network site.

I can best help with this as a moderator.

I'm usually active in the GMT-0800 afternoon and night (GMT 2200-1100), a period of time which at present seems a little underserved.

Thank you for your consideration!

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  • +1 Falcon Momot – c4f4t0r Nov 18 '14 at 7:23
  • A notably high quality contributor. +1 – BlueCompute Nov 18 '14 at 10:40
  • It seems like every time I'm in the review queues, you're in there, too. +1 – Katherine Villyard Nov 19 '14 at 2:45
  • You have my vote +1 – Hrvoje Špoljar Nov 19 '14 at 20:37

TODO: answer questions from the voters


I nominate the Evan Carroll

I was once banned from this site. And, wrongly too may I add. Now, I'm back and with 857 exp I'm ready for the most challenging of tasks on ServerFault.

I'm a respected member of this community and I have contributed to most (or, at least some) of the corporately owned StackExchange sites. Usually, I don't bother with proprietary software however I make an exception for this network. With me at the helm, I'll push for a bloody revolution to oust the oppressive overlords who cower behind intellectual property and closed source. United we can win.

Vote Evan Carroll for Godless Glory and Victory.

  • I am awesome.
  • Jeff wants to drink hot coco with me.
  • I am fair.
  • StackExchange sends me t-shirts for every one of these I fill out.
  • I was asked to keynote at their conference.

I am in CST. That doesn't matter. Elect me because I'm better than the other candidates.

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  • For those who don't get the joke, this is one. review history tells all. – Andrew B Nov 17 '14 at 21:03
  • Evan Carroll is a parody account of himself, this is not a serious nomination, please don't engage him. Can we ban Evan during the election so he doesn't continually spam other nominations trying to get people to pay attention to him, as is already happening on the other nomination? – meagar Nov 17 '14 at 21:06
  • Could you please speak a little about the low helpful flag's count? Thx! – Colyn1337 Nov 17 '14 at 21:07
  • @meagar that's not how an election works. You vote. You don't just remove someone from the running because you don't like them. Let's have a legitimate election, ok? This is not a sockpuppet. I've been phone verified by StackExchange minions already. I've proven myself. – Evan Carroll Nov 17 '14 at 21:34
  • It's "Stack Exchange", not "StackExchange". – Nathan Osman Nov 18 '14 at 0:44
  • I notice that you have stood for almost every election, and generally not gotten past the nomination stage. What do you intend to do differently this time? – Journeyman Geek Nov 18 '14 at 1:15
  • @EvanCarroll - as one of the first users to have been a moderator I'm genuinely interested in what new and different you'd aim bring to the moderation of the site. There's often a lot of intelligence behind humour, I'd like a glimpse of it. – Chopper3 Nov 18 '14 at 8:34
  • For the record, last year's nomination. – EEAA Nov 18 '14 at 13:20
  • While I am tempted to think this is nothing more than a periodic troll, let's give you the benefit of the doubt. Could you elaborate on what bearing this statement has on anything to do with moderation (or Server Fault) for that matter: "I'll push for a bloody revolution to oust the oppressive overlords who cower behind intellectual property and closed source.". I will politely point out that the vast majority of the internet is run by "closed source" embedded systems called routers and firewalls. Aside from that, a bloody revolution is hardly motivating for my vote. – Mike Pennington Nov 20 '14 at 10:55
  • Just because you're not personally moved to vote for me doesn't mean that I have to reform my campaign platform. – Evan Carroll Nov 20 '14 at 20:08
  • @Colyn1337 This user is a troll; he's not actually trying to be elected. – Doorknob Nov 21 '14 at 23:43

Ward's answers to your questions


I'm putting my name in to be a moderator because I'm willing to help keep the site running smoothly and I think my activity on SF shows that I'd do a good job.

  • I've been the most active voter on SF for several years now and the most active voter on all of SE for a couple years. This means I read - at least skim - a lot of the questions and answers.
  • I've done the most close and re-open reviews on SF, so I know what questions aren't a good fit here. I do a fair amount of close-voting outside of reviews.
  • I'm very active on meta.SF (currently have the highest "participation") and fairly active on meta.SE, so I'm aware of many of the questions and concerns people have about the sites.
  • I'm not super-active in Chat, but enough to know who most of the regulars are.
  • I'm active on a couple other SE sites and drop in now and then on about 5 more, so I see how other sites operate, what issues they have - my perspective isn't based just on SF.

A minor point in my favour is that I'm in a time zone that is currently understaffed by mods (UTC-8 aka Pacific Time i.e. the west coast of N.America).

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  • I think you'd be an excellent choice here. – TheCleaner Nov 17 '14 at 20:40
  • I think you may have otherwise been an excellent choice, but I think you've got a tough contender above. – Evan Carroll Nov 17 '14 at 20:53
  • I wouldn't hesitate to accept Ward as a moderator at Server Fault. I'm only surprised it hasn't happened already. – Michael Hampton Nov 17 '14 at 21:02
  • Half of the active moderators are in UTC-5, and -8 isn't much different. Our biggest need is around 0800-1200 UTC. I think you'd be a good moderator, interested in moving to Europe? – Chris S Nov 17 '14 at 21:22
  • @ChrisS I'm usually still up 'way past midnight local time, so I cover at least 0800-1000UTC – Ward Nov 17 '14 at 21:40
  • Back when I was UTC-8, going much past midnight gets into Europe-time very easily. – sysadmin1138 Nov 17 '14 at 21:49
  • You'll get my vote (again) unless we get some geographically better positioned candidates. – Iain Nov 17 '14 at 21:50
  • I think you are a very good candidate, and will get my vote too. – ThoriumBR Nov 18 '14 at 11:54

This election is complete.