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2015 Moderator Election

On Stack Exchange, we believe the core moderators should come from the community, and be elected by the community itself through popular vote. We hold regular elections to determine who these community moderators will be.

Community moderators are accorded the highest level of privilege on our community, and should themselves be exemplars of positive behavior and leaders within the community.

Our general criteria for moderators is as follows:

  • patient and fair
  • leads by example
  • shows respect for their fellow community members in their actions and words
  • open to some light but firm moderation to keep the community on track and resolve (hopefully) uncommon disputes and exceptions

Every election has three phases:

  1. Nomination
  2. Primary
  3. Election

Please participate in the moderator elections by voting, and perhaps even by nominating yourself to be a community moderator!


This election ended Aug 18 '15 at 20:00.

The results of this election can be viewed online via OpaVote. Anyone may download the election data. Voters have access to pre-built OpenSTV software to audit the results; all others may use this source distribution


1,070 voters were eligible, 438 visited the site during the election, 336 visited the election page, and 195 voted

As a kid I liked math and programming. When I discovered you could apply one to the other, I was hooked. After a short stint in academia working on programming language theory and formal methods, I'm now in industry, working on secure embedded programs.

I think of Stack Exchange as the Wikipedia of the non-notable: a place to share knowledge that can't be indexed by a single phrase. We start from what one person wants to know, but produce something useful to the world at large. I hold effort to be irrelevant to close a question: what matters is whether it's on-topic and answerable. Answers should be useful to future readers, not just wave a fish at the asker.

I've been a pro tempore moderator here since the site started. I'm also a former moderator (pro tempore then elected) on SF&F and current on French and Software Recs. As a ♦ mod, and elsewhere as an ordinary user, I've contributed by sharing my experiences, guiding others, and keeping my mind open and my head cool (and walking away the rare times I couldn't).

After encouragement from some fellow users, I decided to nominate myself as well.

I've been an active user for well over three years. I believe I have a pretty good understanding of the site dynamics, and I'm quite happy with our current policies. (The current moderators have done an excellent job!)

I care about site quality: I have almost 800 posts edited, and well over 700 helpful flags. I have also been quite active in our chat and meta. I also believe the site should be as self-moderating as possible, i.e. the community should actively make decisions on what to close, dare to downvote, and so on. In short, I think moderators shouldn't intervene too much (i.e. take action without the support of the community), but definitely never compromise site quality.

The site is an excellent resource, let's make it even better!

Since you are reading the election page you have probably seen my avatar around the site. It's the one beneath the "edited X hours ago" thing.

I have been a pro-tempore moderator for the last three and a half years; that means I was not elected, but chosen by SE staff when the site launched to help this community grow and prosper.

So if you elect me to be your moderator in the future, you know what you will be getting: more of the same. Stuff that does not require moderator privileges aside, here is a quick rundown:

  • Ruthless elimination of crap, as defined by policy and (then) my own opions.
  • Fair treatment of flags.
  • Blunt communication.
  • An open ear for platform and policy discussions.
  • Mod powers in the CE(S)T zone.

What I can and will not promise is continued editing hyperactivity. Life may happen, as you know. But that may be as should be: cs.SE is growing up, after all, and community moderation should take over eventually.

If you decide to vote for me, you may want to consider voting for a more diplomatic person as well. Just saying: I'm not the guy for warm words and tissues.

Afternoon all. I thought I'd throw my hat into the ring.

I have been a member of CS for over three year, and although definitely not the most prolific contributor, I have made steady contributions to the site and (hopefully) helped contribute to its development and growth.

I believe that CS is the single most valuable resource available online for people interested in computer science, and as a computer science academic, I think it's a very worthwhile project to support and nurture.

In terms of moderation, I am firmly in the "exception handling" camp. The site should, in normal circumstances, be moderated by the community. The role of the capital-m Moderators is to deal with the rarer cases that don't fit the systems that already exist. In this regard I have been involved in meta.CS, and have a good grasp of where these lines are for CS.

I would like to nominate myself as a candidate for moderator election to help this beautiful site remain a great source of learning for both students and researchers. Though I don't have a high reputation score, I frequently follow the site to help others and to get my confusions cleared. So I think I can contribute my effort to keep quality of the site remain high. if elected, I would try to guide the poster for posting a good quality and relevant question by reviewing the question and by communicating with them through making comments.

  • $\begingroup$ But you don't need to be a moderator to review questions or to post comments. You already have enough reputation to do both of those things as a regular user, though it's more than three months since you did either. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Aug 6 '15 at 18:19

This site is a great resource, and I'd like to help it continue to grow. I've been an active member for the past two years. I first got started in computer science thanks partly to Usenet newsgroups, and this site is a much better version of that. I'd like to give back by helping this site help others.

I participate actively on the site. I've raised over 600 helpful flags, edited over 300 posts, I'm a frequent reviewer, and I try to help improve the quality of questions here by posting comments to guide posters on how to improve their questions (I've posted over 2000 comments so far). Whether or not I'm elected as moderator, I'll continue doing what I can to improve the quality of questions and answers.

Kudos to our current moderators, who have helped the site grow to become so successful. If I'm elected, I hope to be able to live up to the great example and high standards they've set.

This election is complete.