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Who, of our current active contributors, would you like to see as moderators pro tempore?

Please do bear in mind that the appointment of the first moderators to a new site is not an election: elections only happen after graduation, once a site has left public beta.

Before then, the Stack Exchange Community Team appoint moderators. To quote from the guidelines:

Discussing the criteria of a great moderator is important and picking out potential candidates is a great way to introduce outstanding contributors to your community. And we are completely open to appointing temporary Moderators when someone’s contribution makes them a standout choice for your community’s human exception handler.

Note that what the question really means, is who would you like to be our head janitors? It's not power and glory; it's janitorial work, with a bit of breaking up squabbles.

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    $\begingroup$ Things to consider: voting on Main and Meta, participation on Meta, editors on Main, close reviews $\endgroup$ – curiousdannii Nov 24 '14 at 0:01
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    $\begingroup$ And when you find a potentially good option, check out their comments too. $\endgroup$ – curiousdannii Nov 24 '14 at 0:03
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    $\begingroup$ Can I be the on resident Austrian mod? I study under Walter Block. :) $\endgroup$ – rosenjcb Nov 24 '14 at 2:47
  • $\begingroup$ Should we close this since pro temp moderators have been selected? $\endgroup$ – Jason Nichols Dec 9 '14 at 20:06
  • $\begingroup$ @JasonNichols yes please; and other private-beta-specific meta questions can be closed too. $\endgroup$ – EnergyNumbers Dec 9 '14 at 21:58
  • $\begingroup$ This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the private beta, which has been over for some time now. $\endgroup$ – Jason Nichols Dec 10 '14 at 15:48
  • $\begingroup$ as per discussion in other thread, these questions will be re-opened, and frozen for historical significance. My apologies to @EnergyNumbers if you took any offense at the off topic designation, it was not meant to impugn the question or the asker. $\endgroup$ – Jason Nichols Dec 10 '14 at 19:54
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To start the ball rolling, I think Ubiquitous has been making significant contributions both in the main site and meta and clearly investing time and energy in the site.

https://economics.stackexchange.com/users/108/ubiquitous

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    $\begingroup$ Not to disparage Ubiquitous who is doing a great job, but I think that mods should be more than the top rep holders. As a high rep user, Ubiquitous will already have elevated privileges. I would rather elevate someone else to share the work. $\endgroup$ – Brythan Nov 25 '14 at 16:03
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    $\begingroup$ I have nothing against the fact that he is a high-rep user. It just shows that he's invested and that he also knows his stuff. $\endgroup$ – jmbejara Dec 4 '14 at 3:15
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Alecos.

He's our top-rated member and active in both meta and main.

(I know, controversial, right).

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    $\begingroup$ +1 many helpful comments $\endgroup$ – curiousdannii Nov 28 '14 at 9:12
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for nominating me as a "controversial nomination", it sounds interesting. But I wouldn't say I have the mindset (or the time, for that matter) to function as a successful moderator. I have already cast my vote in favor of Ubiquitous (which should become moderator even if only for his chosen username), and in favor of EnergyNumbers. Sounds like the ideal "freshness/experience" couple here. $\endgroup$ – Alecos Papadopoulos Nov 28 '14 at 20:37
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    $\begingroup$ I would also vote for Alecos. I feel like he will guide the site towards maintaining an expert-level atmosphere. $\endgroup$ – jmbejara Dec 4 '14 at 3:18
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EnergyNumbers appears to be the top participant on Meta and seems like a good choice.

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    $\begingroup$ I think @EnergyNumbers would be a good choice. He seems to have a good working knowledge of the SE network, a pretty clear (if occasionally controversial!) picture of what does and does not belong on the site, and the ability to represent the applied/policy end of the economics spectrum (rather than the purely academic). $\endgroup$ – Ubiquitous Nov 26 '14 at 9:35
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Thanks for the nomination, but I respectfully decline. This is not one of my better sites, and others with greater participation/site and meta reputation, could probably do a better job.

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