As we have entered public beta, it will soon become apparent that we need more moderator attention than can be given by the SE mods that have accounts here. We already have two users who have access to the moderator tools, and possibly one or two more soon, which helps quite a bit. But, we will need people with true moderator power. At this point, they are appointed, not elected, but we can make the SE team's work easier if we do the ground work for them by gauging interest in such a post. So, on to the question:

Who is interested in becoming a moderator pro tempore on this site? Please post your interest in the answers below, and be sure to read A Theory of Moderation before you commit. Also, please have a valid email address that you check regularly at which the SE team may contact you.

As a matter of course, you can nominate another person to the post, but be prepared for the possibility of them declining the post.

(This is a precursor to question 6 of the 7 Essential Questions.)

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    I wonder how much time such a job would take... Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 19:47
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    @SjoerdC.deVries, I have no idea. Yoda knows, though.
    – rcollyer
    Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 19:48
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    @Sjoerd it really depends on the moderator. Some people are super-dedicated to their site (I spend a ton of time moderating Physics), some people are pretty laid back and only really show up when they are called upon (e.g. by flags). Moderating a beta site tends to require more of the former crowd. It definitely does take a big chunk out of your capacity to just ask and answer questions, unless you try very hard not to let it.
    – David Z
    Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 23:22

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If there is a need, I will step up. Referencing StackOverflow:

  1. I am here quite a lot.

  2. I had a flag weight of 750, and have the Marshal, Copy Editor, and Sportsman badges.

  3. I don't think anyone hates me (yet?), and I don't hate anyone.

  • I just learned flag weight is gone... Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 20:04
  • @Sjoerd you're right.
    – Mr.Wizard
    Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 20:06
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    Well, I voted for you, but am not sure whether it would be healthy for you Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 20:10
  • Oh noes! We're losing one of our top contributors to moderator hell? Is this some sort of penance for over achieving? Next you'll tell me that Leonid is running for mod :P j/k... :)
    – rm -rf Mod
    Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 20:28
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    it would be nice to know who and where you are. Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 1:23
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    @Rolf Ok, let me come clean: Mr.Wizard is actually an alias of mine... I'm glad I can finally confess. Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 14:52
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    @SjoerdC.deVries No, I'm Spatac... I mean, Mr.Wizard!
    – rm -rf Mod
    Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 15:28
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    @R.M I'm Mr.W, and so's my wife!
    – acl
    Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 16:20
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    @SjoerdC.deVries, I must confess, that I too am a member of the Mr.Wizard collective. Even with the members of the collective, it has been difficult maintaining the grueling posting schedule that a poster of Mr.Wizard's caliber must maintain. It is good to finally be out in the open, and, hopefully, we all can get the credit we deserve.
    – rcollyer
    Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 17:44
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    @rcollyer I feel relieved now that we spilled our beans. Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 17:55
  • LOL! Y'all bring tears to my eyes. Rolf, I rather value my anonymity if only for the hilarious comments above that it allows. Honestly I am just a bloke with a sleep disorder and there is not much else to tell, but my name is Paul and I live in Oregon, USA if that comforts you.
    – Mr.Wizard
    Commented Jan 28, 2012 at 2:08

I'm willing to do a bit of mod work for mma.SE; I think having actively participated for more than a year on various other SE sites (e.g. math.SE) has given me a good feel for SE's theory of moderation, and I think I am up to the task of upholding the responsibilities expected of a pro tempore moderator, if chosen to be one.


If the community is willing to deal with my ongoing attempt to graduate this year, I am willing to help moderate.

As to my experience, I used to moderate another site, where prior to a change in format, I reviewed any news or articles posted. Additionally, I am one of the top answerers on SO in the Mathematica tag, and have been seen regularly editing the content there. Also, as most of you are well aware, I have been involved intimately with the launch of this site, and have been trying to keep us moving towards our ultimate goal: graduation into a fully-fledged SE site.

Edit: Thank you all for voting for me, but I must withdraw myself from consideration. My timeline for completion just became very tight. Maybe I'll throw my hat in the ring when the permanent mods are elected, but until then, I cannot afford the extra time.


I'm not sure whether four moderators would be acceptable, but if so, I would like to offer my services as well. This in addition to, and expressly not in competition with, those already offered by rcollyer, Mr.wizard and J.M.

I'm a long time user of Mathematica (about 20 years). I participated in the mathgroup for several years and for almost a year in the Mathematica tag of SO. I am conveniently located in the WET (GMT+1) time zone, which would improve the mod group's coverage of the 24 hr day.

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