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2014 Moderator Election

nomination began
Apr 21, 2014 at 20:00
election began
Apr 28, 2014 at 20:00
election ended
May 6, 2014 at 20:00

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!

Hi, I'm JohnB. I've been hanging around this site for almost 1½ years and I've been a pro tempore moderator for almost 1. I'd love to continue my commitment to moderating this community!

I believe that temperance is the key to successful moderation. I consider myself to be patient and fair. My experience so far has certainly tested my tolerances but not enough to discourage me from continued participation.

There are a few moderation situations that I admittedly could have handled better, but those are often the ultimate learning experiences. I strongly value opposing opinions; I welcome criticism of my decisions made as moderator and always try to incorporate feedback I find valuable.

I often feel like a "black sheep" in this community; I'm surrounded by richly creative individuals, yet my own creativity often feels lacking. I work in print, but rarely am I forced to be creative while working. My education background is rooted in computer science, so my lack of design know-how is mainly what motivated me to join this community. I'm always striving to learn new things and expand my knowledge.

Ping me in chat with any questions or just to say hi!

Hi there, I'm Bakabaka!

Since I think GDSE is a great community, I'd like to help keep it that way!

What do I want for GDSE?

  • Have this place stay a haven for designers both old and new;
  • Guide GDSE through becoming more popular and mature;
  • Promote patience, informality and good humour;
  • Keep an eye on the human aspect at all times.

I'm a proponent for hands-off moderation, the community is sane and mature enough to solve possible problems—mostly.


I'm just a designer. I have no modding experience, but with GDSE and its review tools it feels as if I do, a bit. I think I can add a patient, level head to disputes, and I'll always be open to discussion and critique about my decisions.

Bullies and spammers, beware! I have patience, but I will not let you ruin the fun here!

Hi, I'm Yisela :) I joined this site when it had just started the beta, 2½ years ago, and was later asked to become a pro-tem mod. I then was and still am now immensely proud to be part of this community.

My main goals during this time have been to improve (or maintain) the quality of questions and answers, to welcome new users in a friendly and encouraging way, and to 'fuel' the community via meta posts, discussions and general idea exchanges.

I hope the time and passion I have invested in GD.SE over the last years have somehow contributed to shaping this community. I have enjoyed each day in GD.SE and would absolutely love a the chance to be one of the first elected mods for the site.

If you want to ask me any questions or you'd like to know what it's like to be a mod (tasks, responsibilities, creative problem-solving :P) you can find me in the election chat room or the general GD chat room.

Hi, I'm Ryan.

I joined my first graphic design community when I was 8 years old (1993). I'm still a member of that very same community today. We rarely discuss design anymore, just life and work. That's why I like this place, it fills in that void. My favorite thing is a question I know the answer to in the morning. Making nice step by step instructions and lending my knowledge to others is a great way to start the day.

My background is I started doing graphic design when I was a kid. Took 3 years of photography courses, and earned a degree in architecture. From there I was in the US Peace Corps teaching computers overseas. When I returned I became the head designer for a small publishing company which I left in October to become the head of marketing for a manufacturing company.

I love online communities and seeing them grow. They've been a part of my life for so long that I'm not sure where I'd be without them. So far this one is off to a great start, and I want to help keep it on track for years to come.

Come say hi in Ink Spot or on Twitter.


I'm ckpepper02 and I would be honored to be a moderator for Graphic Design Stack Exchange (GDSE).

Why me?

I'm on this site just about everyday. I believe this site is an invaluable resource for getting information from the design community. Being a moderator means that I would take my review duties to the next level in assuring that posts are accurate, and are of value to the community.

I have been a professional Graphic/Web Designer for over 15 years. I have a wealth of knowledge that I've accumulated over the years. I am dedicated, consistent and very patient, which means I won't blow up on abusive users, but I will take appropriate action when necessary.


I love this site, the content is invaluable. I am elated that the site has gone public and received a new design. I would love to be a part of the next phase of it's development and become a moderator.


Please also vote for Yisela, JohnB and Scott. Yisela and JohnB are pro-tem Moderators and have done an exceptional job! Scott exhibits great leadership with his insightful answers.


I am Matt aka Gramps. I've been coming to GD for 2 years but a member for a little over a yr. Lately I've taken a court side seat to answers hoping it drives new users to step up.


  • encourage questions outside the realm of software (which can be seen on meta)
  • more typography questions other than "What is this font"
  • revamp the tags for questions
  • try to complete X number of tag wiki edits before the year ends
  • encourage new/current users to ask questions that are descriptive and helpful

History: I started in design when I was in my teens and worked part time for a print/sign shop. I am currently employed as a web developer but I freelance web design but still have a passion for print and typography.

I would never come close to the greatness of Yisela and John as a mod but I believe I would be a great mod for GD since I spend almost all day on here watching the new questions and reading the great answers and trying to encourage, edit, or flag questions/answers as needed.

This election is over.