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I nominate Tensibai for Moderator Pro Tempore. Tensibai has been quite active here since the start, both on the main site (with 27 answers and 2 questions) and in meta (12 answers and 2 questions). Furthermore he is an experienced user on StackOverflow where he has a reputation of 11K+

I accept this nomination.

So I'm Tensibai, I live in France and I'm checking the site between 9 A.M. and 6 P.M. (GMT+1 or 2) during weekdays usually.

I hope my actions on main site, meta and chat show I feel concerned by this site and that I'm open to discussion. Feel free to browse my network profile to have a wider idea about me and I'll answer any questions in comments if there's some.

  • Wow, thanks, really, I'm glad to be nominated by someone.... let me till tomorrow to make my mind about it, too late to take a decision like this right now.
    – Tensibai
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 20:36
  • Sure, no problem. I think it will be at least a few days before the SE staff will appoint the moderators.
    – THelper
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 20:44
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    Yes I'm sure we have plenty of time, but it's nearly 10pm here and the day was exhausting, my first reaction has been to start with editing for a ok, but I think I'd better take a night over it to be sure I can handle the responsibility on midterm with a fresh mind :)
    – Tensibai
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 20:49
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    You have as much time as you need to find a way to rationalize editing "accept" into this answer, @Tensibai.
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 1:48
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    I have nothing to do with DevOps but I know Tens for a few years now (from SO - where we are trying to moderate some tags together using a chat room) and I must say he is very level headed, professional, rational, always ready to help- in short I think he will be a great mod. Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 15:56


I think I would be a good choice because I have experience with maintaining, and help maintain several sites. This also includes several private beta SE-sites (where I have also fulfilled my commitment from Area51), such as:

Also, I have actively contributed in maintaining and help maintain sites like DataScience, WorkPlace, CrossValidated and Startups SE and have several moderation badges to prove the same.

Here is a link to my site-wide activity on StackExchange.

I can commit to moderating across the Asia (Mumbai) IST timezone.

  • @Pierre.Vriens Added links to my profiles in all the sites. But, by all means, please go ahead and make any edits if you think they'll be constructive. :)
    – Dawny33
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 13:30
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    Please review my edit of your answer (I didn't change the actual content, of course, only adapted the formatting a bit). If you don't like it at all, just perform a rollback. Good luck!
    – Pierre.Vriens Mod
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 15:11
  • @Pierre.Vriens Perfect. It looks better. Thank you :)
    – Dawny33
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 15:15

profile for Pierre.Vriens at DevOps Meta Stack Exchange


  • He often helps improving questions/answers on drupal.SE, via actions such as:
    • Add comments to clarify questions.
    • Edit question tags to correct the tagging.
    • Edit posts to fix typos/grammar, or to add relevant links, or to help improve answers.
    • Create/edit tag wikis and/or wiki excerpts.
  • He already contributed quite a lot to this (private beta) DevOps site, and related meta-site ... Just check the stats about Editors, Voters, Reputation and Review queues.
  • He is the top reviewer in each and every review queue at Drupal.SE.
  • His availability seems to be virtually unlimited (close to 7d/7d and 24h/24h, all year around).

Area of expertise

Time for a walk

His passion, apart from SCM and gardening, seems to be a special breeds of dogs. These passions are reflected also in his profile pictures (which occasionally change).

And if he ever posts a comment like "Time for a walk (with my profile picture)!", then be ready for some illuminating answers (or interesting questions) that may follow soon.


For all reasons mentioned above, I think this nominee would be a great choice ...

Trust me ... and use this public beta period for it yourself.

I, Pierre.Vriens, accept this nomination.

I am from the land of Beer, Chocolats, Fries and ... where the DevOps-term appears to have been introduced first (so I was told ...). I got involved with mainframe SCM about a decade before Y2K became a thing. Who remembers the DevOps challenges from around then?

It's hard to tell when I am generally NOT active on me favorite SE-sites (DevOps.SE is one of them). Refer to my (1st) comment to this answer to get an idea about how I think about things like voting or answering.

I've never been a mod on any SE-site, so consider me at your own risk. May the stats posted by @Adrian, and the metrics that @Tensibai mentioned in a comment here, help you to do your own research about this risk.

Note: I wonder (not worry ...) about the reasons for the anonymous downvotes (for ALL candidates). But, similar to handling support calls: if we don't understand the problem, we cannot (try to) fix it. So after yet another walk with my profile picture, I've decided to just ignore those votes.

Update: This is how the Candidate score looked like as of April 2, 2017:

User Link    Total CappedRep BadgeCount ModBadges EditingBadges ParticipationBadges

Pierre.Vriens   10         1          9         2             4                   3
Tensibai         8         2          6         0             3                   3
Dan Cornilescu   6         1          5         0             2                   3
Dawny33          4         0          4         0             2                   2
Dave Swersky     2         1          1         0             0                   1
Romeo Ninov      1         0          1         0             0                   1
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    Beat on time, was collecting some interesting metrics on Pierre but seems you know him better than me ;)
    – Tensibai
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 15:55
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    I see two downvotes in this nominations but I can't see the reasons in the comments. If we want to improve the community we need to says what is wrong or what should be improved. Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 16:04
  • @Tensibai Feel free to edit the nominations with your point of view. Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 16:05
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    I don't get it either, but I see not much to add
    – Tensibai
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 16:07
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    Merci for your post Adrian! I may not be as good as you wrote, but I do like exchanging knowledge using SE sites. And possibly help other users with their problems. Also, IMO it's so easy to vote-to-close (or downvote) a question (or answer), but it's way more difficult to challenge/motivate a user to try to improve their post (at the risk they don't like or get it). And I consider questions that I answer as a way to *continuously test" (oeps!) my own knowledge.". PS: Time for a walk ..., eg to think about @Tensibai 's comments (like about those metrics).
    – Pierre.Vriens Mod
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 21:00
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    @Pierre metrics are those showing an interest in moderation, flag raised, percent deemed helpful, vote behavior, meta posts and their tone. Just things showcasing the interest on moderation and about quality of posts
    – Tensibai
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 22:00
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    I didn't downvote Pierre's nomination, but I did downvote 1 or 2 of his rather broad early questions which he immediately answered himself. I know self-answering is allowed on SE sites, but I think it should be limited to posting solutions to practical problems you encountered. I can imagine the self-answering turned off other people as well.
    – THelper
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 7:55
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    @Pierre.Vriens has been one of the most helpful folks on this site. Helped me with a lot of excellent answers and also formatting. (+1)
    – Dawny33
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 12:24
  • @THelper DankJeWel (oeps: thank you) for your constructive comment also. You seem to confirm what I was hesitating about myself also, and I'm still trying to find a good balance, or to hear from others which part/kind of my expertise might help to improve the site content. The toughest part, IMO, it to write the appropriate question. So consider it as my attempts to do some private beta experiments, to see what works, and what not. But the only way to find out (and help "me"), is to leave comments when downvoting. Snappie (aka "Get it")? PS to Dan: still want to know my bank-down-story?
    – Pierre.Vriens Mod
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 13:07
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    @Pierre.Vriens Experimenting is fine, but in my opinion it's best to do this in a more mature site, not now in private beta. At this stage we need good example questions and answers to show people the kind of posts we want and value. You're right that I should have communicated this sooner.
    – THelper
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 20:32
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    I support @Pierre.Vriens nomination for moderator. Have been seeing his great works on Drupal.SE. (+1)
    – RajeevK
    Commented Mar 28, 2017 at 17:39

Hi, I'm Dan, I live in Canada and I'm a Continuous Integration nut.

I'd be honoured to be a Moderator Pro Tempore until proper elections can take place. I closely followed the most recent 2 incarnations of the proposal and I'd like to help make DevOps one of the most popular StackExchange (SE) sites.

My schedule is flexible, I'm often online between 9am - 3pm and 10pm - midnight EST on weekdays and randomly during weekends, so I can get a pretty good coverage of the Americas' activity.

Ex hardware designer, ex embedded software developer. Work experience on both dev and ops. I'd call myself a devops guy, if such role would actually exist ;)

The bulk of my SE reputation comes from Google App Engine related posts on StackOverflow. My curating SE activities so far have been solely from a regular user position, I didn't yet use the moderator tools (other than the shortcut for tags edits). So there will be a bit of a learning curve for me.



I'd like to volunteer for Moderator Pro Tem of the DevOps StackExchange site. I'm active on the site every day. I'm in the American Central time zone.

I've been working intensively in DevOps and Agile for three years. I've presented on DevOps at conferences including the DevOps Enterprise Summit in 2014. I have been a StackOverflow user since the beta in 2008. I am also writing a book about DevOps tools:


Most of my experience in moderation comes from answering/asking on StackOverflow for the last eight years. I'm active on SO in closing questions that can't be answered, commenting on questions that can be "saved" with a little more clarification, and spot-editing questions that need a little spelling/grammatical help.

Thank you for your consideration!

  • Hi Dave! Thank you for stepping forward. I see you are quite active on Stack Overflow, but can you tell us a bit about your moderation/site maintenance experience?
    – THelper
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 8:50
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    Most of my experience in moderation comes from answering/asking on StackOverflow for the last eight years. I'm active on SO in closing questions that can't be answered, commenting on questions that can be "saved" with a little more clarification, and spot-editing questions that need a little spelling/grammatical help. Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 14:13


This nominee would be a good choice because I have wide areas of knowledge and count myself as wise person.

My areas of interest and participation in SE sites include:

  • Unix & Linux where I have reputation >1600. On this site I also participate in review ( by reputation >1000) with First Posts review = 272, Late answers = 55
  • superuser where I have reputation >1100. On this site I also participate in review (by reputation >1000) with First Posts review = 1962, Late answers = 417
  • Information Security where I have reputation >500. On this site I also participate in review (by reputation >500) of First Posts and Late answers
  • DevOps I also participate in review (by reputation >200) with Close Votes = 23, Reopen Votes = 19

I have in my answers 1, 2, 3 with upvotes more than 10 (in Unix and Security)

My timezones are: CET (GMT+1) and EET (GMT+2) (50/50)

P.S. Just for the record I also participate in Photography where my reputation is 1274 with First Posts review = 1086, Late answers = 349

P.P.S. I am Global Moderator in one local forum with >200k users and (almost) 3M posts. My duties include approve, delete, edit posts, move, combine, split articles and so on

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    Does your knowledge include site moderation? And what experience do you have with site maintenance activities on this or other SE sites?
    – THelper
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 19:59
  • @THelper, yes, I have good experience of moderation (not on SE site(s), but for more than 6-7 years). No, I do not have experience with site maintenance on SE site(s) Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 4:40
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    Hey Romeo, I think you should try to improve/expand your own answer. Why not also explain a bit about your contributions in "Unix & Linux", and/or Super User? Or add some details about that moderation on none-SE sites. If it would help you, why not "steal" whatever fits from any other answer, and tweak it to fit for you. Also, I think it could be appropriate also to remind others about your ranking in the review queues that you have gained access to so far. Extra question: what about tag edit suggestions (if any?). Ping me if you want/need help or feedback. Try it!
    – Pierre.Vriens Mod
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 21:24

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