Puzzling's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are:

Gareth McCaughan Rubio

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!

Please join me in thanking Emrakul, who is stepping down. Our loss is Literature's gain.

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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    $\begingroup$ Thanks again, everyone, for a healthy, effective, and productive election. I've got confidence in Gareth and Rubio, and wish them the best of skill. $\endgroup$
    – user20
    Commented May 23, 2017 at 20:08
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    $\begingroup$ Congratulations to the new moderators, and good luck! $\endgroup$ Commented May 23, 2017 at 20:22
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    $\begingroup$ Congratulations Gareth and Rubio, well done! $\endgroup$
    – Glorfindel
    Commented May 23, 2017 at 20:42
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    $\begingroup$ Congratulations to the newly elected, and thank you Emrakul for your time here. $\endgroup$ Commented May 26, 2017 at 1:38

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Oh great, now all our mods are a bunch of noobs who wouldn't know a spaghetti party from a TMBMP.


Congrats to Gareth and Rubio! We've all seen a lot of you around as puzzlers (well, puzzle solvers in Gareth's case), and you've already shown your mettle in moderation as room owners of the Sphinx's Lair, the main PSE chatroom. I'm sure you'll have an easy transition into diamondhood and we'll hardly notice any change. Both of you got my votes in the election.

Thanks also to all the other candidates. While I think Rubio and Gareth were very clear frontrunners from the moment they nominated themselves, I'm sure any of the others would also have done well in the role of mod. The election wouldn't have been interesting without you. Thank you for volunteering yourselves, and better luck next time.

Finally, a fond farewell to Emrakul. I've already written my Emrakulian eulogy elsewhere, but once again, your standing down marks another milestone in the site's history. The pro-tem team, who weathered so much during the site's early months, is no more. But at least you'll still be around on Literature, and in TL to share your experience with the new mods.


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    $\begingroup$ As for who got my third vote ... well, maybe I'll make a puzzle out of it. $\endgroup$ Commented May 23, 2017 at 20:33
  • $\begingroup$ Just out of curiosity. What's TMBMP? $\endgroup$
    – A J
    Commented May 24, 2017 at 5:28
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    $\begingroup$ @AJ It's a term a few people have adopted to refer to this post, which Made A Lot Of People Very Angry And Was Widely Regarded As A Bad Move. Deconstructing that post and its historical context is... surprisingly complicated, actually. I don't think many people really even remember the timeline of, for example, how we got from spaghetti questions to that post. But the site right now is vastly different than what it was at that time, and I think that post is maybe better left as history. $\endgroup$
    – user20
    Commented May 24, 2017 at 8:40
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor Do you really think that I am gonna ask what's GRAURBEITOH? :P $\endgroup$
    – A J
    Commented May 24, 2017 at 9:28
  • $\begingroup$ @AJ No, I hope you and other readers are going to work it out and not need to ask :-) $\endgroup$ Commented May 26, 2017 at 22:15
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    $\begingroup$ I'm slightly disappointed that the GRAURBEITOH addition is not the puzzle promised in the first comment. $\endgroup$
    – ffao
    Commented May 28, 2017 at 13:15

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