Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

It is time for this community to contribute some names of members you would like to act as provisional Moderators. A handful of members will be appointed to this site at about 7 days into the public beta. They will fill the role of Moderators until you can have elections at the end of the beta period. More about this program here: Moderators Pro Tempore.

Some guidelines:

  • Each nomination should be a separate answer. Link the name to the user's profile so we can see their activity.
  • The nominee should indicate their acceptance by commenting on (or indeed editing) the answer.
  • Self nominations are okay, and even encouraged. Most sites have not had sufficient time for many users to stand out. Self nomination is simply a way to say, “I’m interested. Let my record speak for itself.” Links to other activities may be helpful: Area 51 participation, participation in other sites, blog posts reviewing or announcing the site, etc.

The candidate:

  • Must be a currently registered user in good standing
  • Must have a reasonably high reputation score to indicate active, consistent participation.
  • Should exhibit patience and fairness at all times in their questions, answers, and comments.
  • Should lead by example, showing respect for their fellow community members in everything they write.
  • They should want the responsibility. Nominating users isn’t the same as an obligation. It’s purely voluntary!

Attribution goes to Jeff and ChrisF (Blatantly stolen from Ivo Flipse and the great crowd at Gaming)

More information on how this process will work here (meta.so) and here (blog).

For further reading: (thanks Bryant)


4 Answers 4


I think, based on the evolution thus far of the site, any short list should include @Bryant, and am nominating him for his activity record and patience.

I accept the nomination. Brief blurb:


I am a relative newcomer to the SO family; I've benefited from Server Fault answers more than once, but have not been a participant in the community. I have been gaming for coming up on 25 years or so. My first RPG was Tunnels & Trolls, and my favorite Gencon purchase this year was an autographed Monsters, Monsters reprint.

I currently play a lot of 4e. When I lived in Boston, I played a lot of story games. I find that for the most part, I like games in general, although narrative-focused games tend to leave me cold. But I like thinking about those, too.

I believe in shaping a site by aggressively acting in the manner one wants to encourage. I suspect I'd have a ton to learn about moderating this style of site.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks and I'm flattered! Does anyone know how much time we have to think about it? I don't want to say yes as a knee-jerk reaction, despite my sizable ego. \$\endgroup\$
    – Bryant
    Commented Aug 21, 2010 at 18:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Bryant: If the process works as it did on Gaming, there will come a point when moderators pro tem are promoted from the community by the StackExchange personnel. I don't know when that will happen, but you probably have a few days to think it through. \$\endgroup\$
    – John Rudy
    Commented Aug 22, 2010 at 0:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ We have 7 days private beta, no? My gut tells me we'll have mods before public beta... but I have nothing to support this opinion. \$\endgroup\$
    – LeguRi
    Commented Aug 22, 2010 at 1:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ Glad you're flattered even though I managed to mangle your name ;) (And my thanks to Eric Weilnau for fixing it) \$\endgroup\$
    – TML
    Commented Aug 22, 2010 at 1:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Richard: I don't remember, but I think we didn't have mods on gaming until a week or two into public beta. \$\endgroup\$
    – John Rudy
    Commented Aug 22, 2010 at 14:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think Bryant would be an excellent moderator. \$\endgroup\$
    – RS Conley
    Commented Aug 23, 2010 at 17:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ OK; I'm up for it if our community and the SO overlords want me. :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Bryant
    Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 5:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, Bryant please. :) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 8:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ At first I was hesitant - I didn't want to just vote for the guy with the most rep - but Bryant's involvement in the community has already begun to establish him as a de facto leader. \$\endgroup\$
    – LeguRi
    Commented Sep 2, 2010 at 13:37

For his initiative in creating this 'thread' I nominate @C. Ross

I accept. Brief spiel about me.

C. Ross

I've been on SO for over a year, and I am also an active participant on Meta. I've also setup the chat (please join me there, it's been a great tool for other sites!).

I have played RPGs for over ten years now, and have experience playing and gm'ing (admittedly more playing). I've primarily played D&D (3, 3.5, 4.0) and D20 Modern, though I've dabbled in other systems and even free form storytelling role playing.

As for my style I tend to be a little aggressive in closing questions. I hope that the users of Role-playing Games will give me the opportunity to work with community as a moderator.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I second, not for the initiative on this thread, but for his insights here and on other SE network sites. I think "moderator material" is written all over C. Ross. \$\endgroup\$
    – John Rudy
    Commented Aug 21, 2010 at 23:50

I can nominate more than one person, right? @mxyzplk is asking a ton of good meta questions and I'm learning from him, which is what I want in a moderator.


I’m a thirtysomething dad and IT professional living in the Austin, TX area. I started gaming way back in the day, 1982, with the TSR space opera game Star Frontiers. Since then I've been an avid roleplayer. I went to 5 Gen Cons, was a regional Triad for the RPGA's Living Greyhawk campaign, helped start a gaming club (the FORGE) in Memphis, TN, et cetera. I use Server Fault mostly, the others less.

I GM and play a variety of RPGs; currently Pathfinder is in heavy rotation as well as various non-D&D-based games. I also maintain a gaming blog, Geek Related.

In general I don't like pushy moderators on forum sites. I plan to let viewpoints flourish but strictly maintain the SE format to distinguish this site from general forums. I believe this could be a unique and invaluable resource if shepherded and wikignomed well.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd be willing to moderate. Thanks for thinking of me! \$\endgroup\$
    – mxyzplk
    Commented Aug 23, 2010 at 1:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ He'd be another excellent choice! Second on him as well! \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 23, 2010 at 4:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thirded for both questions and answers. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 8:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, you can certainly nominate more than one person. \$\endgroup\$
    – C. Ross
    Commented Aug 25, 2010 at 12:29

I'd like to nominate @RS Conley -- he's sensible, brings a wealth of OSR/retro knowledge, and is supportive of all flavors of gaming.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I would second the @RS Conley nomination. He's a well-rounded gamer, sensible, affable, and well thought of. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 20:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ I am flattered and if accepted as moderator I would be able to spend some time doing this. \$\endgroup\$
    – RS Conley
    Commented Aug 23, 2010 at 17:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thirded, I imagine a good moderator. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 8:08

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