I'd like to shake things up a little on this site and add a couple of new moderators to our existing staff. If you're the type of high-energy person that can juice up the community and help drive the on-going improvements desperately needed on this site…

… then I'd love to hear from you.

So, I am turning to the community and issuing a call to arms. This community needs people to lead it! Moderation is about accepting edits and handling flags, yes, but it's also about serving as a role model to the community — mentoring others to be productive contributors to this site while making those tough decision to keep this site on track to becoming a lasting and valuable resource; one that makes the internet a better place!

Typically the "pro tem" program starts with a call to nominate moderator candidates. But this time around, I really want to encourage self-nominations only.

If you are interested, please post your interest in the answers below. The nomination thread linked below has some good replies to the question —

Who should the moderators be?

You can read about the appointment process in Moderator Pro Tempore, and learn what it takes to be an effective moderator in A Theory of Moderation.

Good luck!

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    Thanks, Aarthi. Looking forward to the expanded team! Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 22:22
  • You linked the Workplace nomination thread, the money one is meta.money.stackexchange.com/questions/11/moderator-election
    – Zelda
    Commented Aug 19, 2012 at 0:32
  • Any criteria for candidates?
    – C. Ross
    Commented Aug 20, 2012 at 15:26
  • @BenBrocka [status-bydesign] -- your thread was filled with people giving excellent reasoning for why they should be chosen. :)
    – Aarthi
    Commented Aug 27, 2012 at 17:05
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    @C.Ross Nothing concrete; a willingness to lead and a desire to help improve and build this site so it can graduate!
    – Aarthi
    Commented Aug 27, 2012 at 17:06
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    What happened to this proposal, what's the next logical step? Are we appointing new moderators or we are waiting for some more nominations ...
    – Dheer
    Commented Sep 10, 2012 at 8:59
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    @Dheer I'll be reviewing the results this week and appointing an additional mod by the end of this week. Thank you for the reminder! :)
    – Aarthi
    Commented Sep 10, 2012 at 15:53
  • Hi everyone -- so I fell sick and haven't been able to plow through to this just yet, but yes, this is still going to happen. I haven't forgot about you, and I apologize for the delay. I appreciate your patience!
    – Aarthi
    Commented Sep 15, 2012 at 23:22
  • <ping!> Feeling better, I hope? Commented Sep 26, 2012 at 13:06
  • @ChrisW.Rea Yes! This is currently on hold while we do a writeup of the eval results and respond to some of the meta posts we've been seeing here in the last few weeks. :) It's not off my radar by any means!
    – Aarthi
    Commented Sep 26, 2012 at 15:37
  • @FeralOink Hello, Feral Oink -- I apologize for any discomfiture and unhappiness I have caused you. I'm more than happy to discuss this with you at length in the PFM chatroom, or via email, whichever you would prefer.
    – Aarthi
    Commented Oct 8, 2012 at 14:45

2 Answers 2


Well I will throw my hat in this time.

https://money.meta.stackexchange.com/users/91/mrchrister and https://money.stackexchange.com/users/91/mrchrister

When we think about it being three years, I have been around along as most people. While I am super interested in these topics, I also know that some of the more technical things still are over my head and I learn stuff here most days.

I would like to encourage a friendly attitude on the site, recently I think the tone has become a bit harsh and judgmental. I also understand that emotions don't come through in words very easily, so as a moderator I see the job mostly about making everybody feel welcome and encouraging participation, especially new questions!

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    I second the nomination. Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 22:19
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    I thirded the nomination. MrChrister is always tactful and respectful. He would be an excellent choice.
    – Muro
    Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 22:56
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    @JoeTaxpayer : Where is your nomination? I think MrChrister, you, duffbeer, and mbhunter would round out the moderator list nicely.
    – Muro
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 17:25
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    @muro, I appreciate the suggestion, but I'm flat out. A day job, and 4 web sites I'm trying to promote. Getting tougher to manage my time. Again, thanks. I know mbhunter, a great choice, and younger, maybe he'll throw his hat in the ring. Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 19:26

I'll throw my hat in the ring. I haven't been as active on Money lately, but I've been involve on Money since the early days, and I'm definitely experienced in the world of StackExchange, as I already mod the RPG site. I'm not a professional finance expert but I spend a lot of time reading about and listening to financial advice. Mostly I'm just exciting about seeing Money succeed. That means graduating, and contributing positively to the internet at large.

As a moderator I would love to help clarify what's on topic, and enforce the standards of politeness that are required here. I would also love to build up the community, and help get great questions pushed out on social media.

Note: I volunteered last time but due to a missed communication it didn't work out.

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    I have always found C. Ross to be pleasant and representative of the type of voice to have on this site. If moderation is a people job, C. Ross would be good.
    – MrChrister
    Commented Aug 22, 2012 at 17:53
  • The skill required to be a mod is not identical to that of a good responder. Kinda how refs in baseball weren't required to be all star players. I third your nomination. Commented Aug 24, 2012 at 2:12

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