As some of you have already noticed, this month our site's moderator team lost two of its members. They hadn't been active for a while, and the Stack Exchange Community Team removed their diamonds under the process for inactive moderators. Instead of focusing on their inactivity and removal, this meta post is to thank them for their years of service as moderators.

Kevin Thaddeus

Kevin joined the mod team in the 2013 election, the second election on SFF, in which he received 45 votes as first-choice candidate, among 200 votes cast for 7 candidates. Although rarely posting Q&A since his election, except on meta where he was the first to get a tag badge in support (excluding any now-deleted users), he remained active in mod duties for almost all of his diamond tenure, a total of more than eight years from 2013 to 2021.

Thaddeus Howze joined the mod team in the 2015 election, the third election on SFF, in which he received over 100 votes as first-choice candidate, among 505 votes cast for 8 candidates. With over 100,000 rep on election and more than double that at the time of this post, he remains the third highest-rep user SFF has ever had, with over 1500 answers to his name. Although he was an infrequent visitor in recent years, he spent over six years as a mod from 2015 to 2021.

We don't have access to the mod task statistics for former moderators, but I remember that Kevin and Thaddeus handled more than 1000 flags each during their mod years. They were also the two longest-tenured users among the mod team (although Thaddeus was elected after AncientSwordRage, he joined the site earlier, as is evident from user IDs).

Let's thank them both for their diamond years!

  • 7
    This meta is not featured, according to rules imposed by SE last year on featuring posts that name users :-(
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented May 17, 2021 at 12:42
  • 2
    If we got permission from them however, we could feature it.
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Commented May 17, 2021 at 21:40
  • @AncientSwordRage - Thaddeus seems to be contactable by twitter
    – Valorum
    Commented May 18, 2021 at 7:16
  • @Valorum Mhmmm, I already follow them. But I have no such way to contact Kevin.
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Commented May 18, 2021 at 10:01

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Thank you both

It's not easy moderating this site, but I'm glad that you've both done so to the best of your abilities.

It's a shame to see that your interest in this community seems to have dwindled, but I think we can all appreciate your candour in recognising that and stepping down.

All the best for your future endeavours!


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