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As foretold by Punxsutawney Phil, Stack Overflow's Spring 2013 Community Moderator Election has come to an end. Your votes have been counted according to the hallowed traditions of Meek STV, and the new moderators are:

Andrew Barber Flexo Gordon ChrisF

Please give them a warm welcome, and lend them your support and advice as they learn the ropes.

For details on how the voting played out, you can download the election results here, or view a summary report online.


Also, I'd like to wish a fond farewell to three veteran moderators who are stepping down this year:

  • Lasse V. Karlsen who has served since February of 2011.
  • Tim Post who now works with us here at SE, and like Lasse has served since February 2011.
  • And Jonathan Sampson who has served since February of 2010.

These three have each done a lot for Stack Overflow over the years - please join me in thanking them for their service and wishing them all the best in their future adventures.

Update:

Veteran moderator Kev is stepping down after two years (almost to the day!) of hard work. We'll all miss him, but I'm happy to announce that runner-up in the election minitech has agreed to step up as a moderator.

minitech

Please give him a warm welcome as well!

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Yay, now we can finally refer to @andrewbarber as "Evil Overlord". –  Bart Mar 12 '13 at 20:09
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Congratulations everybody! I'll go flag some stuff to get you started... –  meta.michael Mar 12 '13 at 20:11
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Congratulations and welcome to the new mods, and thanks to those who are stepping down (or up, I guess, in Tim's case). –  Bill the Lizard Mar 12 '13 at 20:15
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Alright, now that you've got my vote, I assume that thing has been taken care of? <wink wink> <j/k> –  LittleBobbyTables Mar 12 '13 at 20:17
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And @minitech I hope to see you back next election or maybe called up if the load gets too high. From the report below, it looks like you were very close –  meta.michael Mar 12 '13 at 20:17
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... and thanks, Lasse, Tim, and Jonathan! –  Pëkka Mar 12 '13 at 20:21
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Congratulations everyone :) –  Ravindra Gullapalli Mar 12 '13 at 21:21
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If I'm reading the numbers right (opavote.org/results/967088/0), it looks like the runoff winners are no different than the popular vote winners (round 1). This assumes people would have voted the same way given one vote. Is that a typical outcome of ranked voting systems? –  ThinkingStiff Mar 12 '13 at 21:31
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Congrats but I also expected Minitech/Raghav (an younger) too. –  Sheikh Heera Mar 12 '13 at 22:05
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WoW! All the 3 guys I voted are in this list, congrats guys. –  undefined is not a function Mar 13 '13 at 0:46
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@minitech Well run! Sorry you didn't make it. Sorry you didn't make it. –  Jordan Mar 13 '13 at 2:40
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@raghav Sorry to see you didn't make it. Keep up the good work and make another run next time. –  Jordan Mar 13 '13 at 2:40
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Well done to all the new moderators! Also very pleased to see @andrew-barber is already hard at work closing something I flagged :-) –  andyb Mar 13 '13 at 6:51
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@ColonelPanic I can only speak for myself, but last year I bootstrapped a company on the side with a friend, creating apps for mobile devices. This process has eaten up most of my spare time, leaving me little motivated at the end of the day to sit down in front of a computer doing even more work. I informed the team about this last year after I had noticed this, and was told that I could sit tight and see what happened. This year, when election time came around, I vacated my spot to open it up for someone more motivated and able. I wish had more hours in each day, but alas :) –  Lasse V. Karlsen Mar 13 '13 at 20:17
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Congrats to @minitech! I had been anticipating this since your high placement in the last election, and look forward to seeing you do well. :) –  Jeremy Banks May 24 '13 at 17:29
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Here is the OpenSTV report. If you prefer to create the report on your own or check that nothing fishy went on (let's start some nice conspiracy theories in the comments!), get the data and re-run the election locally.

Loading ballots from file stackoverflow-com-2013-election-results.blt.
Ballot file contains 10 candidates and 6574 ballots.
No candidates have withdrawn.
Ballot file contains 6574 non-empty ballots.

Counting votes for Stack Overflow Moderator Election 2013 using Meek STV.
10 candidates running for 4 seats.

 R|bluefeet     |ChrisF       |animuson     |Raghav Sood  |Andrew Barber|Lord Torgamus|JNK          
  |             |             |             |             |             |             |             
  |-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------
  |Flexo        |minitech     |Gordon       |Exhausted    |Surplus      |Threshold    
  |             |             |             |             |             |             
====================================================================================================
 1|   511.000000|   633.000000|   499.000000|   568.000000|  1261.000000|   477.000000|   368.000000
  |   750.000000|   568.000000|   939.000000|     0.000000|     0.000000|  1314.800001
  |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count of first choices.
====================================================================================================
 2|   557.000000|   665.000000|   538.000000|   599.000000|  1303.000000|   520.000000|             
  |   780.000000|   603.000000|   991.000000|    18.000000|     0.000000|  1311.200001
  |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after eliminating JNK and transferring votes. All losing candidates are eliminated.
====================================================================================================
 3|   598.000000|   717.000000|   632.000000|   643.000000|  1377.000000|             |             
  |   857.000000|   653.000000|  1057.000000|    40.000000|    70.199999|  1306.800001
  |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after eliminating Lord Torgamus and transferring votes. All losing candidates are
  | eliminated. Candidate Andrew Barber has reached the threshold and is elected.
====================================================================================================
 4|   603.556820|   726.533260|   641.074440|   649.270540|  1306.800540|             |             
  |   875.046920|   662.635220|  1064.443080|    44.639180|     0.928375|  1305.872165
  |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep factors of candidates who have exceeded the
  | threshold: Andrew Barber, 0.949020.
====================================================================================================
 5|             |   811.501880|   698.890120|   720.984260|  1399.804500|             |             
  |   941.066520|   727.654820|  1164.666600|   109.431300|   106.890759|  1292.913741
  |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after eliminating bluefeet and transferring votes. All losing candidates are eliminated.
====================================================================================================
 6|             |   826.430288|   712.948912|   730.912376|  1292.914200|             |             
  |   968.169552|   742.800632|  1176.986160|   122.837880|     2.681775|  1290.232425
  |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep factors of candidates who have exceeded the
  | threshold: Andrew Barber, 0.876552.
====================================================================================================
 7|             |   924.257176|             |   828.998576|  1406.865960|             |             
  |  1074.613680|   825.602688|  1240.961328|   272.700592|   146.606078|  1260.259882
  |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after eliminating animuson and transferring votes. All losing candidates are eliminated.
====================================================================================================
 8|             |   945.905467|             |   843.796142|  1260.260445|             |             
  |  1112.064310|   848.986496|  1257.951126|   305.036014|    10.625975|  1253.792798
  |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep factors of candidates who have exceeded the
  | threshold: Andrew Barber, 0.785209. Candidate Gordon has reached the threshold and is elected.
====================================================================================================
 9|             |   947.852977|             |   844.846060|  1254.240551|             |             
  |  1114.144302|   850.718788|  1254.540514|   307.656808|     2.243787|  1253.268639
  |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep factors of candidates who have exceeded the
  | threshold: Andrew Barber, 0.781180 and Gordon, 0.996695.
====================================================================================================
10|             |  1039.847922|             |             |  1354.278063|             |             
  |  1219.533047|   962.268608|  1391.556674|   606.515686|   384.877195|  1193.496863
  |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after eliminating Raghav Sood and transferring votes. All losing candidates are
  | eliminated. Candidate Flexo has reached the threshold and is elected.
====================================================================================================
11|             |  1112.071901|             |             |  1215.901605|             |             
  |  1253.643656|  1026.677022|  1212.831945|   752.873871|   189.701528|  1164.225226
  |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep factors of candidates who have exceeded the
  | threshold: Andrew Barber, 0.688438; Flexo, 0.978651; and Gordon, 0.854836.
====================================================================================================
12|             |  1141.175236|             |             |  1180.327797|             |             
  |  1180.635431|  1057.698814|  1177.556362|   836.606360|    96.083403|  1147.478729
  |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep factors of candidates who have exceeded the
  | threshold: Andrew Barber, 0.659180; Flexo, 0.908847; and Gordon, 0.820577.
====================================================================================================
13|             |  1156.658214|             |             |  1154.265369|             |             
  |  1157.447218|  1073.654851|  1153.577510|   878.396838|    65.465779|  1139.120633
  |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after transferring surplus votes. Keep factors of candidates who have exceeded the
  | threshold: Andrew Barber, 0.640835; Flexo, 0.883324; and Gordon, 0.799618. Candidate ChrisF has
  | reached the threshold and is elected.

Winners are ChrisF, Andrew Barber, Flexo, and Gordon.

If you are curious how the system works, have a look at this great answer: How are moderator election votes counted, in plain English?

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A conspiracy wouldn't be limited to just executing an improper query on the votes to determine the winner; any decent conspiracy would involve changing the actual data being queried, and thus re-running the query would create equally bogus results. –  Servy Mar 12 '13 at 20:11
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@Servy that's what the lizard people want you to think. –  Ben Brocka Mar 12 '13 at 20:27
    
Shog already linked to that meta post –  Michael Mrozek Mar 12 '13 at 20:28
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@Michael that's proof that he's one of them –  Pëkka Mar 12 '13 at 20:54
    
@Pekka웃 Ummm... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Skies ? –  Jon Clements Mar 12 '13 at 21:39
    
@BenBrocka They Live! –  New Alexandria Mar 13 '13 at 5:42
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Dangerous to have the edit option on this post. –  bart s Mar 13 '13 at 9:21
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You ... eliminated the losing candidates? Oh dear. –  SomeKittens Mar 13 '13 at 13:37
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Heh, the "eliminated" comment is recurring every time there's an election. I think last year I posted one. –  ThiefMaster Mar 14 '13 at 19:34
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I ran it on OpaVote as well, which visualizes the election. You may need to read this to understand how the voting works. Basically:

  • The initial yellow bars show first preference votes
  • if nobody is above the threshold, all votes on that user are transferred to other users (depending on the second or third preference) and the user is eliminated. The votes on the eliminated user are shown in red, and the transfer is in green.
  • If a candidate goes above threshold, s/he is elected. If a fraction of the votes go extra, then this fraction is applied to the votes of each user who voted for the elected candidate, and transferred to their second (or third if the elected candidate was their second pref) choice. Again, the excess is shown by red, and the transfer in green.

Here's a picture in case the page gets deleted (I'm not exactly sure of how opavote works, there may be a chance that elections run on the free plan get deleted in 2 weeks). Note that the OpaVote page has useful mouseover tooltips, if it isn't deleted, use that :)

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It's funny how the votes keep getting transferred to already elected candidates. "Yay! I'm elected!" "Sure, but have more votes" "Er... I don't need these, please give them to the rest" "OK, but take some more!" "But...but...I don't need these" "Yes, fine, I understand completely. TAKE MORE!" "Go home OpenSTV, you're drunk". –  Manishearth Mar 13 '13 at 4:08
    
What kind of screens are these images optimized for? I'm afraid the pivot function of mine is not enough... –  theDmi Mar 13 '13 at 9:15
    
@theDmi: Use the link. It's interactive. –  Manishearth Mar 13 '13 at 9:16
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I know, it was meant as a joke :-) –  theDmi Mar 13 '13 at 9:17
    
@theDmi: Ah, oops :P –  Manishearth Mar 13 '13 at 12:38
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At first I wondered why Raghav Sood was eliminated when Exhausted had fewer votes.. –  Matsemann Mar 13 '13 at 20:01
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