The 2017 elections are over. By analyzing the OpaSTV file with the voting data, the result of the 2017 moderator elections are as follows (with no particular order):

quid Jack D'Aurizio

In the name of all the users on Mathematics SE, congratulations on your victory!

You can view a summary report of the election on OpaVote.

Also, today we bid farewell to arjafi, who is stepping down after 4 years as a moderator. Please join me in thanking him for his tireless service to the Mathematics community.

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    Congratulations! – Michael Greinecker Oct 17 '17 at 20:06
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    Congratulations to both of you! – SchrodingersCat Oct 17 '17 at 20:13
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    I'm astounded by your speed, and indeed I think you had Jon beat as well. But I think it's confusing to have multiple open, and I've decided to keep the community team's as the primary one. Sorry! – davidlowryduda Oct 17 '17 at 20:18
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    Congrats! Here's one user who's happy with the result! – Bobson Dugnutt Oct 17 '17 at 20:25
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    In previous years my thread was just made the official one... :) – Asaf Karagila Oct 17 '17 at 20:29
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    You know, you're right. I declare you the winner afterall. Incoming merge. – davidlowryduda Oct 17 '17 at 20:50
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    Thanks arjafi, for all the hours spent keeping MSE a nice and hospitable place! – Lord_Farin Oct 17 '17 at 21:44
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    Thanks arjafi. I wish you were sticking around. Really I do. It won't ever be the same without you! – amWhy Oct 17 '17 at 22:03
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    Congrats! I'm really happy to see that D'Aurizio is a new moderator of MSE! :) – Ixion Oct 17 '17 at 22:51
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    @Shog: Thanks for the upgrade with the sad notice about arjafi. He will be sorely missed. – Asaf Karagila Oct 17 '17 at 23:27
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    Congratulations to all !!! – tatan Oct 18 '17 at 5:20
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    good try @tatan – starunique2016 Oct 18 '17 at 11:20
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    @amWhy: I agree that it is a good idea to separate the leaving mods from the coming mods, but traditionally these were announced together. This time, however, the identity of the leaving moderator was not publicly revealed before this edit. – Asaf Karagila Oct 18 '17 at 20:35
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    Thanks for the info, @Asaf. I appreciate it; (and thanks for catching my question before I deleted it)! I'm just sad/discouraged about arjafi leaving us; and there's likely no "best practice" for announcing the stepping-down of an awesome mod. – amWhy Oct 18 '17 at 22:29
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    @amWhy Suppose like arjafi, you would like to step down (if you can) from quality control and such work, then how would you communicate this, and find replacements, if any, because sometimes having your hands full with janitorial work does not allow you to focus on the mathematical aspect on this site, and I feel that this will be disturbing for you. Furthermore, your "sweeping" work goes under the carpet as compared to moderation, so nobody notices your work. I appreciate it all the same, having seen your participation on meta sites. – астон вілла олоф мэллбэрг Oct 20 '17 at 23:56

I am very happy to have succeeded in joining the current team of moderators. I am very grateful towards anyone that has supported me and I wish to carry on a good job as a moderator.

Love you all!

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    I am really happy you were elected. Your comments and answers are always of great mathematical value... I hope you will keep answering questions on the site... – Isham Oct 17 '17 at 20:28
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    I seriously thought you will not be elected. I he main reason was people like me were worried that if elected you will get busy in closing/reopening/editing sort of things and hence won't give much time to add good content on site and will be engaged in improving the content which is already in the site. But as now you are elected, I hope as a student who prefer to learn from MSE over other sites I hope we will not be deprived of classic Jack D' Aurizio techniques and extraordinary answering abilities. Congratulations BTW . :-P – Vidyanshu Mishra Oct 17 '17 at 20:39
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    @Isham: Not to be that guy, but having comments and answers with great mathematical value has little to nothing with moderating the site. If anything, moderators often find themselves spending less time on mathematics. That being said, good luck Jack! – Asaf Karagila Oct 17 '17 at 22:53
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    Well @AsafKaragila I agree with you but what do we know about the candidates ? Their writings on mathematics the pedagogy they show all that... And this site is about mathematics so it require to be qualified to know what is a good answer and what is not...I voted for Jack even though I prefer to see him solving poblems and sharing his vast knowledge. – Isham Oct 17 '17 at 23:02
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    @Isham: This is why it is better to be involved with the meta site before the elections. Candidates are encouraged to interact with people and voice their opinions and ideas about meta-topics, and prospective voters can better know these people. This is why I usually prefer to vote to people who are more active on meta; and would not object to limit voting rights to people with more active meta history (at least in reading)... – Asaf Karagila Oct 17 '17 at 23:04
  • @AsafKaragila Maybe you are right..I know most of the candidates by their comments and answers posted on the mathematic side of the site not on meta. I do read meta from time toi time. – Isham Oct 17 '17 at 23:07
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    @Isham comments and answers on the main site are only half the story. It's all good and well, but it's not necessarily enough. Mods need to be balanced: focusing on the bigger picture, not just on answering. I trust Jack can do this; but just recognize that being talented in math and showing it time and again doesn't make a moderator. Other qualities and strengths and focus are likely more important. In any case, I agree with Asaf, but I also trust that Jack will rise to the occasion. – amWhy Oct 17 '17 at 23:15
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    @amWhy I said that I agree with asaf about that. And i do agree with you too. But still there are more in an answer than it looks. Some people are pedagogic they take time to answer and they do that politely with no arrogance even when the question is asked and lacks formatting and editing.. They take time to answer even basic questions...So you can deduce lots of things even though the answer is just about mathematics...It's my first election too..I don't know most people. – Isham Oct 17 '17 at 23:26
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    @Isham Stick around, and you'll get to know people, mostly great people, but including some you might feel you'd rather not know! :) Thanks for your participation in this year's election, and your votes! What you find important for users/mods on this site matters a lot. And it will be great if you stick around for another election, or more, down the road. – amWhy Oct 17 '17 at 23:45
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    Congrats Jack! you deserve it. – Nicco Oct 19 '17 at 19:18
  • I was concerned it may be away to duller ? mod type work. But anyway, Congratulations, Jack! – Narasimham Oct 25 '17 at 18:42

I want to use this opportunity to give my personal thanks to @arjafi. He leaves a huge void in the moderator team. Filling it up will take a long while and requires growth and learning from both the existing and the newly elected moderators. Arthur's expertise on how the site works from diamond bearers' perspective is second to none.

I don't know if I'm a good moderator or not, but I do know that having arjafi around, giving advice, discussing problematic cases, whatnot, has made me a much better moderator than what I would be under my own steam. Lately most of his work was largely invisible. This saddens me, but such is life.

Arjafi: Thanks for everything! Welcome back any time you feel like it!

Also: Congrats to Jack & quid (in no particular order). Impressive vote tallies, both of you!

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    Hear hear! Having had the pleasure to meet arjafi on several occasions, I can say that it is a true loss for the site. – Asaf Karagila Oct 18 '17 at 10:26
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    @Jyrki "I don't know if I'm a good moderator or not ..." You are a great mod! You'd be impossible to replace, and I'm quite sure that an awful lot of folks feel the same. It's also true that arjafi can't be replaced. Here's a cheer to the new mods, and hoping they also find their irreplaceable niche as a mod. – amWhy Oct 18 '17 at 22:42
  • I really wonder who downvoted this post.@AsafKaragila By meet, did you mean in person or in online chats? – астон вілла олоф мэллбэрг Oct 21 '17 at 2:53
  • @астонвіллаолофмэллбэрг Probably meant on the main site and/or meta? – Simply Beautiful Art Oct 21 '17 at 12:50
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    @астонвіллаолофмэллбэрг: We had a few beers on a few occasions. And sort of shared an office for two weeks once. – Asaf Karagila Oct 21 '17 at 15:39
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    @астонвіллаолофмэллбэрг Speculating about a downvote is fun but futile. 1) It may be because I drew a bit of attention to my person (surely misplaced in this thread). I just wanted to give a glimpse to the extent of the invisible ways Arthur has been helping the site. 2) It may be because somebody just disproves of Arthur's moderation. Whatever, it doesn't matter. – Jyrki Lahtonen Oct 22 '17 at 8:15
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    Jyrki, have no doubt, you are a great moderator! Thanks for all you have done here. Best wishes and, of course, Cheers! – Robert Lewis Oct 24 '17 at 4:43

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