The 'Shroom:Issue LI/Poll Chairperson Election

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Poll Committee Chairperson Election

The election is over! Incumbents Super Mario Bros. (talk) and Stooben Rooben (talk) have won their reelection!

Sunday, 23 May 2010, a proposal concerning several changes in our current Main Page was accepted by the community and passed. This proposal can be viewed here.

One point this proposal addressed was the creation of a Poll committee, a selected group of users to create and select polls to feature on the Main Page. The members of this committee are meant to be selected by a person in charge of the committee, the Poll Committee Chairperson, who shall be elected by the community. The second annual Poll Committee Chaiperson Election is taking place here.

What does the Chairperson do?

As the person in charge of the Poll Committee, the Chairperson holds several responsibilities. The essential obligations of the Chairperson are listed below.

The Poll Committee Chairperson...

  • ...needs to select six users who will, together with the Chairperson, form the Poll Committee. These six users should be trusted members of the community.
  • ...needs to select one of these six users to be their surrogate. The surrogate will replace the Chairperson in case they are not able to hold their position anymore.
  • ...should suggest, discuss, and vote on polls in a sub-forum exclusively for the Poll Committee. These polls should be appropriate and not be detrimental for the Mario Wiki's reputation. A forum account is required for the position of the Chairperson, as well as for every other member of the committee.
  • ...should be active. They should be able to cast a vote every two weeks. If a decision cannot be made, the Chairperson holds the right to abstain from voting (the committee needs to be informed of this abstain however). Repeated failure to cast a vote or abstain might result in a loss of the chair position.
  • ...holds the right to suggest the dismissal of a certain committee member if said member does not uphold their responsibilities properly. A vote among all committee members will then commence. If three other members agree with the suggestion, the member in question will be dismissed. The Chairperson then has to select another user to take their place.
  • ...will keep their position for one year, provided that nothing out of the ordinary happens. After that period, a new Chairperson will be elected. The old Chairperson holds the right to attend this election as a candidate once again and thus has the chance to be elected for another year.

If you think you might be a suitable candidate for this position, you can enter this election as a candidate.

How do I become a Chairperson?

To become the Poll Committee's Chairperson, you need to be elected by the Mario Wiki Community. For this matter, you can campaign in the election below. You can join the election as a candidate at any time, except if the election reaches Overtime. If you are interested, follow these steps to nominate yourself:

===Your Name===
Your reason why you should become the Chairperson


  • You can enter the election by filling out this form and posting it below. New campaigns go to the bottom of the page.
  • You can only nominate yourself. Entering someone other than you in this election will not be tolerated.
  • Make sure your campaign has reasonable grammar, so people can understand what you are trying to say.
  • After your campaign is set, people might add their votes to the Vote section of your campaign. As a user of the Mario Wiki, you have a vote as well, and you are allowed to vote for yourself.
  • If you have the most votes by the end of the election, you will become the new Chairperson. If there is a tie by the end of the election, it will continue between the candidates with the highest amounts of votes for one week. This procedure is called Overtime. If there is still a tie by the end of the new deadline, the election will once again be extended by one week. Overtime continues until one candidate has the highest amount of votes.
  • Please take this matter seriously! Joke campaigns and profanity will be removed without warning. Additional steps might be taken against violators of this rule.

How do I vote here?

You can vote by going to the Vote section of a campaign and add this form to it. Remember to replace “Name” with your actual user name.


Alternatively, a user may cast an anonymous vote by using the form below. Note that people may see who voted anonymously when viewing the page history.


You can only vote for one person at a time. If the election reaches Overtime and your candidate gets eliminated, you can cast another vote for the remaining candidates if you like.


If there are still questions left, feel free to ask one of Mario Wiki's admins.

It is currently 19:51, July 14 (EST/EDT)

This election ends July 16th 20:00 (EST/EDT)


Super Mario Bros. / Stooben Rooben

I'm sure I may seem familiar to most viewing this page. To those who do not recognize me, I am the incumbent Poll Committee Chairperson. I am throwing my hat in the ring to be reelected to the post.

My experience in the community includes, but is not limited to:

  • Super Mario Wiki
    • Wiki Sysop
    • Forum Global Moderator
    • Chat Manager
    • The 'Shroom Director
    • Poll Chairperson
  • Userpedia
    • Wiki Steward
    • Wiki Bureaucrat
    • Wiki Sysop
    • Forum Administrator
    • Chat Operator
    • Disconnected Sub-director

...And as mentioned above, there is a lot more I could include to demonstrate that I have been in positions of management, leadership, and representation, but I feel what I have listed will sufficiently show this. But here is where I must state how I will continue to follow the qualifications that the Poll Chairperson must meet and how I will change the way I do things to further meet them:

  • If elected, the members of the Committee (Stooben Rooben (talk), Edofenrir (talk), Gamefreak75 (talk), Marioguy1 (talk), SolarBlaze (talk), and Twentytwofiftyseven (talk)) will remain on the team. They have excelled at their jobs and should be commended for what and how they contribute to the Committee's discussion and work. Xzelion (talk) will be an addition to the team as well, because we've had 8 members on the team before and it works fine.
  • Stooben Rooben (talk) will remain Vice-Chairman (my surrogate), and will succeed to the position of Chairperson if, in any case, I must resign.
  • I will actively take part in the Poll Committee discussion. However, I will not take an active role in suggesting polls or voting in them. This is because I feel that it is my job to lead (and not run) the Committee. This means that anything that does not require direct executive intervention should not be intervened with. The current Poll Committee members have been doing an awesome job at nominating and voting, and they should continue without me interfering. However, I will still carry out tie-breaking votes or other kind of necessary votes that will ensure a poll being put on the Main Page every other week.
  • As mentioned above, my position is one of not interfering with the everyday goings of the Committee. This means that I have an implied abstention unless my vote is needed. I will, however, as stated above, actively discuss polls, make suggestions to proposed polls, and bring up concerns with anything going on.
  • In all my time as Poll Chairperson, I have not had to directly dismiss a member of the Poll Committee (one had deleted his forum account and was removed by default, and the other resigned shortly before announcing his retirement). The current members have not shown to be any sort of problem to the progress of the Committee, so I do not expect to have to remove any of them from their position. However, if it becomes necessary that I remove a member and select a replacement, then I will do so.
  • I will keep this position for another year if elected. Whenever things got hectic for me, Stooben Rooben was able to step in and help, and the Committee continued to work diligently. So no matter what, there will always be somebody here to lead the Committee.

My nomination for Poll Committee Vice-Chairperson is Stooben Rooben. As was mentioned the last time we both ran, he is a well-known member of the community and has always been willing to help out in processes and projects. He is responsible and has been there when I have needed him the most... He is qualified to hold this position again, and anybody who could argue otherwise is most certainly wrong. If I had to step down or lose my position for whatever reason, I trust that Stooben would be able to pick up where I left off and would be able to lead the Committee well.

Here is an incomplete list of positions that Stooben Rooben holds. There are many other things worth mentioning, but again, I feel this list will still speak for his overall being qualified for the position:

  • Super Mario Wiki
    • Wiki Bureaucrat
    • Wiki Sysop
    • In Charge of the Forum
    • Chat Operator
    • The 'Shroom Affiliates Manager
    • Poll Vice-Chairperson
  • Userpedia
    • Wiki Steward
    • Wiki Bureaucrat
    • Wiki Sysop
    • Forum Administrator

So yes, thank you all, and please be sure to vote for us!


  1. Baby Mario Bloops (talk) - SMB's statements and his performance over this last year has really made the Polls the best that it probably was ever. I'm positive that if he stays on that they are only going to get better.
  2. Hypnotoad (talk) - Per BMB
  3. Smasher 101 (talk) - Per BMB.
  4. Mario4Ever (talk) Credibility and experience are ultimately worth a lot more than promises and euphonic rhetoric. As the only candidate thus far to demonstrate the former, SMB gets my vote.
  5. Grapes (talk) - SMB has the talent for this job. After all he's pretty much experienced and has good attributes based on what is shown above. He has contributed much to this wiki as possible and that I thank him for. So why not? If he wins let's see what's in store for this wiki's future.
  6. Yoshiwaker (talk)
  7. Brock1221 (talk) - Per BMB and Grapes. SMB has shown he is responsible and can handle the position. He wont resign the second he gets bored or the job gets tough.
  8. Fawfulfury65 (talk) SMB is a responsible, mature, and experienced candidate and a great admin. He has given a lot of reasons to vote for him. I'm sure he can make the polls even better this year.
  9. Edofenrir (talk)
  10. X
  11. Xzelion (talk) Per all.
  12. Gamefreak75 (talk) Yeah!!!!!!!! Per all.
  13. Mario304 (talk) Per all!
  14. Ralphfan (talk) – Per all.
  15. Lindsay151 (talk)
  16. X
  17. YoshiGo99 (talk)
  18. Superfiremario (talk) Per all.
  19. MrConcreteDonkey (talk)
  20. Paper Yoshi (talk)
  21. Supremo78 (talk) Per BMB. SMB is doing a great job right now with Directing the 'Shroom. Stooben and SMB are great users who know what they're doing, and I expect The 'Shroom being even better with them elected.
  22. Super Luigi! Number one! (talk)

Plumber / Xzelion

I was the Director of the 'Shroom, I am more than qualified for the position. It's time for Reform in this Poll Office! Oh yeah, and Xzelion (talk) has agreed to be my running mate. I like SMB (and would vote for him if I weren't running) a lot, so I would keep him. Probably Crash, TB, Crash, SY, you know. Oh, Stooben's golden boy as well. If you want to join as well, just give me a line, or preferably add it in in the support section.

Oh yeah, and if I win, then I'll probably come back for good f'sho. Can't neglect my duty, etc.'


  1. Toadbert101 (talk) He's done this before, knows his stuff and knows what we want
  2. Goomba's Shoe15 (talk) why not since he's coming back and is a good user and all
  3. Glowsquid (talk) Per Toadbert.
  4. X
  5. Super-Yoshi (talk) change we can believe in, also im coming back too since im on that list. oh and per tb.


So now that there are two campaigns that actually meet regulations, I will add this section (that should have been here a while ago). Now that we have two candidates, this election now qualifies for a debate. I suppose I'll communicate with Plumber to get a good date for this event. · SMB (Talk) · 12:57, 9 July 2011 (EDT)

I'm game for a Vice-Chairman debate if Xze's up for one. Dunno if it's really necessary, but it certainly could be interesting. Unfortunately, my real life schedule is as insane as ever, so it's doubtful that I'll be able to dedicate enough time to come on chat for as long as the debates would presumably take. I'll be actively checking out this page, though, so we could still have a bit of a debate on here, if I'm unable to spend enough time on chat. — Stooben Rooben 23:52, 9 July 2011 (EDT)
On the subject of the debates, the Chairperson Debate will probably be held in less than 22 hours (sorry for the short notice, but Plumber and I agreed that this would be the best time for both of us). So be sure to attend and think of what you might want to ask the candidates! I'm assuming this debate will be done in the style of the last 'Shroom Director Debate: the moderator is sent in questions by the attendants and poses them to the candidates. The moderator is also allowed to ask questions of his or her own. · SMB (Talk) · 00:36, 10 July 2011 (EDT)

...And I cannot make the debate if it is at 10 PM EDT. I forgot I had previous plans, so hopefully we can set it to something else in time. · SMB (Talk) · 13:46, 10 July 2011 (EDT)

The debate has been cancelled. I'll talk with Plumber to see if anything can be planned for another day. Sorry for any inconvenience. · SMB (Talk) · 19:55, 10 July 2011 (EDT)

The debate has been rescheduled to take place in less than 18 hours. I'll post again as the debate grows closer with more information. · SMB (Talk) · 02:20, 11 July 2011 (EDT)

The aforementioned debate is scheduled to take place in one hour! To access this, you must join #mwshroom (The 'Shroom's chat channel) on the DarkMyst server. For those who want a direct link (and connect via Mibbit), go here. For those who prefer accessing via a Java applet, you can use an applet I posted up on Userpedia over here. Thank you, and I hope tonight goes well! · SMB (Talk) · 19:00, 11 July 2011 (EDT)

The debate went relatively smoothly, despite some difficulties with starting. I want to thank all of those who attended, who actively participated, and to Plumber as well. It was a great debate and a fun night overall. · SMB (Talk) · 00:01, 12 July 2011 (EDT)



  • Director of The 'Shroom and Sub-Director'
  • Founders of Userpedia and Fantendo
  • Bureaucrat and Patroller
  • Two of the First Four Patrollers
  • Two of the Tenacious Trio
  • Forum Admin and Chatroom Operators
  • Multiannual Members of the Awards Committee

Tadaa!2.gifPlumberTadaaa!.gif Tadaa!2.gifPlumberTadaaa!.gif 01:53, 12 July 2011 (EDT)

A recent debacle in chat has made me less eager to resume an active role in the MarioWiki community. For this reason, I am resigning, which leaves Xzelion currently running in my place, though he may resign of he wishes. Tadaa!2.gifPlumberTadaaa!.gif aka Tadaa!2.gifPlumberTadaaa!.gif 19:55, 14 July 2011 (EDT)

The election is over. I'd like to thank everybody for their support, and I promise to make the next year, along with Stooben and the other members of the committee, extremely great. I'd like to say good work to Plumber and Xzelion, even though Plumber dropped his bid for the office: you both still did pretty good for joining late and you campaigned hard. · SMB (Talk) · 16:23, 16 July 2011 (EDT)