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2013 Moderator Election

nomination began
Apr 15, 2013 at 20:00
election began
Apr 22, 2013 at 20:00
election ended
Apr 30, 2013 at 20:00

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:

    <li>patient and fair</li>
    <li>leads by example</li>
    <li>shows respect for their fellow community members in their actions and words</li>
    <li>open to some light but firm moderation to keep the community on track and resolve (hopefully) uncommon disputes and exceptions</li>

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!

Hello everyone I'm Nathan Woodrow an active contributor to gis.stackexchange and have been around since the beginning. I am developer on the QGIS project and humble to be part of such an awesome growing project and community, much like gis.stackexchange.

I started in the GIS field around seven years ago and have loved it ever since. As I have a strong developer focus, although I do love making maps and solving GIS problems given the chance, I have a small selection of my own open source projects, some active others not so much.

I believe what makes a good community is the people involved, even the people right at the top, the leaders of the community. Leaders should show compassion to the new people unfamiliar with the sites running, but also help people learn in order to help others.

I would love to be a moderator for this site to help maintain the professionalism, yet friendly nature, that we all love to see here.

Plus I'm an Aussie, who doesn't love an Aussie ;)

I am motivated to serve as a GIS.SE moderator for two reasons:

  1. I believe it is important to give back to this community
  2. I would like to contribute to maintaining a positive and welcoming atmosphere for novices and experts alike

I have a strong background in utilizing remote sensing and GIS technologies for ecological research. My current research includes habitat mapping for threatened species, ecological change detection using multispectral imagery, and RS-based accuracy assessments. My first GIS course was in 1998 and I have been using these skills in the field and in the office ever since. I am a huge advocate for open source software and programming languages, particularly QGIS, R and Python—tools which I use on a routine basis.

I'm Graeme Browning and you can learn more about me from my SE-GIS, Twitter, LinkedIn and/or PolyGeo pages.

I would like to take on the role of Moderator for SE-GIS but am not keen to run an election campaign based on strongly marketing myself because I believe assessing someone's body of work over previous years is the best indicator to future performance.

As a former national Esri support manager and ArcGIS Beta Program participant during most of the past 20 years, I will be most qualified to moderate Esri questions but I also have much interest in Open initiatives.

Why would I be a good/ideal moderator on GIS.SE?

  • I love helping people.
  • I don’t like link only answers. Minimal examples can help.
  • I’m patient and open-minded so I know my responsibilities for being mod.
  • I can handle the problems about people who tend to be complicated or new/inexperienced.
  • Up to the present, I have answered questions, reviewed posts, voted to close duplicated or irrelevant questions/answers and raised flags rather than asking questions.
  • I know my helpful flags are so little, but my main purpose is that not to alienate audience from this community. I will be careful for what is wrong and not proper for this community.
  • I am visiting site everyday, so I can keep the site clean and tidy.
  • I will take all people’s decisions very seriously and objectively.

Finally, I would be polite, professional and would maintain to think good and new things for this site as best I can. Whatever the outcome about elections, I love GIS and I still help people to inform them for aught I know on this site. The last word is that there is no feeling better than helping people about their problems.

My primary aim of being nominated for editing is that to give my hand as a support for those users that may have a question in mind, and are trying to express it in a personalised way; to help them for fearless questioning and finally to help our community to improve a nicer culture of sharing knowledge.

I believe in that any question is worth to be asked. And any answer is worth to be shared. I believe that this community "is not" for marking or scoring people or people's knowledge but "it is" for helping each other for making new moves, fresh ideas and excitement as dominant part of GIS community / science.

This place matters. Let's keep it that way. I've been part of many online fora, and this one has something special.

Hello Folks, my name is Matt Wilkie and I've an abiding interest's well being, having been actively involved in all aspects of the community since its inception, including a previous stint as interim moderator.

I started in geographic information systems in 1992, trading time on the digitizing table for video games after hours ("after" occasionally transmuted into other tenses). All the while continually learning more of this GIS thing. Eventually it turned into a paid gig and I've not looked back, to the point I rarely even game any more - the other stuff is more interesting.

After sinking uncounted days into learning and mastering a now defunct GIS, PAMAP (never heard of it right? ;-), I've a fondness for open source software and an interest in things that last. I'm most familiar with the gdal/ogr family. My job and bulk of expertise is in the Esri world, from Arcinfo Workstation to ArcGIS Desktop and, lately, a smattering of ArcGIS server and Online.

Altogether this allows a blended, balanced view; at least that's what I continually strive for.

I'm Ian Turton and I've been hanging out here since the beta days. I've been hacking at geography for the past 20 years (or so) when I started the GeoTools project with James Macgill at the University of Leeds where I used to work. I have researched and taught GIS (in many of its forms) over that period at Leeds and at PennState University, where I taught a Web Mapping course. Since leaving the states in 2011 I have worked at Envitia helping to integrate proprietary and open source software for a variety of clients.

My area of expertise is open source software and I have at least compiled from source many of the packages that are commonly used and have contributed fixes to many of the Java ones. I think this allows me to answer many of the programming type questions we see on GIS.SE and gives me an understanding of the issues involved on the others.

This election is over.