It's been nearly three years since I started as pro-tem moderator on this fabulous site, and I think it's time for me to step aside. The job of a pro-tem is supposed to be:

  • ...a temporary, short-term appointment...
  • ...provisional [...] until the community holds formal elections after the Beta period...

Because we've been in beta for such a long time, my role has extended far longer than the post was originally intended to last and possibly longer than any other site has ever been in beta? That's not an issue for elected moderators but pro-tems are appointed and aren't necessarily the people the community would chose to moderate.

I don't know how long we have left in beta. We're obviously making progress, but I think it may be a while before we have enough active members to make an election meaningful. In the meantime I think someone else from the community should be given the privilege of "Judiciously limiting your use of moderator powers to selectively prune and guide the community".

Meanwhile I get a chance to re-join the other great team of 18 23 BH.SE "moderators": the active users of the site. I've really appreciated the effort you've all put in editing, flagging, thrashing out site direction on meta and so on, and I hope I'm half as helpful as you are to the mods and the site.

It's been a pleasure working alongside Caleb and Dan recently, and I'm sure it'll continue to be a pleasure working with those two excellent moderators and friends, from the other side of the flag curtain :) It was also a pleasure working with Ray and Richard during their time and especially with Jon: he moved on to work with the Stack Exchange Community Team, but I believe he will always have a special interest in this site and our community. Thank you all very much.


  • Many thanks for putting up with me this long!
  • Please support and encourage whoever is appointed pro-tem next.
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    i upvoted this, not because you're stepping back but because you've been a mod of conviction with a steady hand. you're a good man and have remained solid while on a rocky ship
    – swasheck
    Jul 25, 2014 at 16:05
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    @JackDouglas Thank you, Jack, for all your prodigious effort and especially for being "another POV" for some of us fringe wackos. I still recall you 'saved' my 1st posts when I was DV'd to oblivion and grossly misunderstood. Thank you, again, for all your patience, hard work, and technical savvy that makes a place like this work.
    – Tau
    Jul 26, 2014 at 0:59
  • @user2479 you are welcome :) it's been a joy to see your work gaining more acceptance here Jul 26, 2014 at 10:01
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    BH is nowhere close to being the longest running beta site. In fact it's #24 in line for that dubious distinction.
    – Caleb
    Jul 26, 2014 at 11:27
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    I wish you all the very best for the future and thanks for all your help in making BH an interesting and enjoyable site.
    – Bagpipes
    Jul 27, 2014 at 8:30
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    Thanks, Jack, for all the time and effort you've given to the community in this role.
    – Soldarnal
    Jul 28, 2014 at 3:31
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    @JackDouglas - almost didn't recognize you without your "♦". Must be a bit like taking off your sunglasses. B-) Thanks for all you brought/bring to BH.SE. (And welcome to Susan, too!)
    – Dɑvïd
    Aug 12, 2014 at 16:54


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