Geographic Information Systems's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are:

Fezter Midavalo

They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering, and share your assistance and advice with them 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.

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Thanks everyone for your votes. I'm humbled and happy to be joining the company of the existing moderators. I look forward to the task.

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    And congratulations to Midavalo. Well deserved.
    – Fezter Mod
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 23:54

Congratulations to everyone that voted and nominated themselves for the Election. Condolences to 'Evil Genius' but if it was not for your nomination, the election process could of not made it into the Election Phase.

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    Likewise congrats to Fezter and Midavalo and condolences to EvilGenius. Thanks all for participating in the process.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 21:01
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    There's nothing for me to be disappointed about, as I said before I'm happy with both Fezter and Midavalo as mods. I'm happy that I was able to contribute as I did, and perhaps you'll see me again if the opportunity comes up again! Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 21:02

Yes, many thanks to all who voted, and to @EvilGenius for ensuring there was a vote. Your turn next time! And of course congratulations also to @Fezter (who I swear was already a mod!)


This is just an observation that I want to make to try to assist anyone thinking about standing during the next moderator election whenever that might be.

This year the candidate score (out of 40) looks like it was a good predictor of the final positions.

If you wish to speculate about how your candidature might have stood up this year, or in preparation for standing at a later election there is an SEDE query that @AndreSilva found that can calculate your Candidate Score at any time.

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    By far the best predictor in every GIS election has been total reputation. I believe that statistic alone would have perfectly predicted every outcome. BTW, to see how current mods stack up on candidate scores, enter "8104, 7424, 79, 276, 64785, 115, 187, 664" for the user IDs in AndreSilva's query. Note that scores much above 36 are hard for long-time mods to attain, because some badges are awarded for work that only non-mods can do.
    – whuber
    Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 19:35
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    @whuber You're probably right - sensibly I won't try to prove statistically but the two measures seem quite correlated. The perfect score on our site is also prevented by the quiet GIS Chat Room which I think makes the Outspoken badge near unattainable. I always made gaining rep my focus and found badges accrued along the way.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 20:08

Thanks to the three candidates: it was nice to have election with three good profiles. It was also nice to learn a little bit more about some profiles by reading their answers to "mod-related" questions.

That being said, I am not convinced that the high correlation between rep and probability to be elected is a good sign for the community, because the mods actions are not so much rewarded compared with answering questions. And it doesn't necessarily require the same skills. Last year I was candidate, but with higher rep this year I could "try" some mod actions, and I found it very difficult (I skip one out of five reviews, only duplicates and spams are easy IMHO). Maybe the badges could be a better indicator, but again stating the "mod value" prior to the election doesn't tell everything.

Anyway, congrats to the new mods, they deserve it independently from their rep.

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