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2017 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 Jun 6 '17 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


1,913 voters were eligible, 505 visited the site during the election, 357 visited the election page, and 204 voted

I am running for moderator to ensure that there are three candidates. This does not mean I wouldn’t happily do the job, but I fully support Cai’s and Westside’s candidatures.

Why me?

  • I am already a moderator on German Language; so I am familiar with the tools and the job.
  • Through being active on Meta and several other sites, I am familiar with the mechanics of Stack Exchange and have sources from which to draw inspirations to address problems.
  • I’ve performed 2.3 k reviews on this site and just got my Marshal badge.
  • I enjoy moderating activities.

Why not me?

  • I am not a graphic designer (not even close) and I am not intricately familiar with a considerable amount of topics. However, I feel that my familiarity with the topic suffices to handle most issues and if it doesn’t, I know when to stop and let the other moderators handle things (I skipped 4.1 k reviews).
  • I cannot fully predict how much time I will have at my hands in the near future.
  • I am only 95 % enthusiastic about this particular job. I enjoy the small bits of moderation (which make for the largest share), but I may lack the enthusiasm to engage in large community-building activities.

I have withdrawn, due to lack of experience with this site.

Here as a filler so the election can start on time.

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  • Why do you feel like you deserve a moderation position over users who have more reputation, meta and chat experience, edits, flags, and higher review counts? – Zach Saucier May 26 '17 at 13:59
  • @ZachSaucier It isn't necessarily deserve. I've actually spoken with multiple other users (some who I encourage and actually believe that they should nominate themselves) and most were saying that they would, but they don't have time. I currently have a more relaxed schedule so I have more time to commit to our community. I know I currently have very little amount of reputation, meta and chat experience, edits, flags, and higher review counts, however I've been working on it every day, and I think I can sort of grow into a full fledged mod (as far as rep/edits etc.). – WELZ May 26 '17 at 14:07

I’m a relative newbie to GDSE compared to the current moderators and other active members. I’ve only been using the site for about 10 months, but in that time I’ve visited the site nearly every day and I’ve been busy trying to help out as much as I can. I’ve posted over 170 answers to questions, cast hundreds of votes and raised hundreds of helpful flags. I’ve also reviewed over 2000 questions and answers. All of this has added up to make me the 31st highest ranked user overall by reputation score.

I’m going to carry on doing all of these things whether I end up being a moderator or not, but being a moderator will give me access to more tools and more ways to help. I think the current moderators (and other committed users like Cai) are doing a great job and I’d love to be able to learn more from them and assist them in maintaining and improving the site.

Here are my answers to the election questions

  • What is your reason(s) for not participating on meta or in the chats thus far? Would you commit to changing that if you become a moderator? – Zach Saucier May 27 '17 at 14:35
  • I've used chat a few times and check in fairly frequently. I've also visited meta and read quite a lot of the posts. I've never felt like I had more to contribute to either. Rather than being things that I need to commit to doing, I think they are things that I will naturally grow into using more with time, regardless of whether I'm a moderator or not. – Westside May 27 '17 at 15:32

I love this site, I'm here every day and would love to do more. I've been one of the top contributors here for a while now and would like to think I lead by example and would make a good moderator...

  • I am currently the top contributor on meta.
  • I do a reasonable amount of moderating already... some stats (as of writing this):

    • 829 posts edited
    • 835 helpful flags
    • 1,163 reviews
  • I've been a 10k+ user for ~ a year so have had access to (and do use) the 10k mod tools

  • I'd like to think I am calm and rational and would deal with the inevitable criticism of moderating without too much emotional investment (being a father of 3 has taught me patience if nothing else)

...I'm also just generally pretty great.

Aside from general moderation I'd like to focus more on improving the quality and scope of questions and being more welcoming to new users.

The Graphic Design Biweekly Topic Challenge is a start, but I'd like to do more.

My answers to the Election Questionnaire

CAI FOR MAYOR!

(...that's what we're running for, right?)

  • Do you really need the banhammer? Other than that your the best possible candidate in the entire site. – joojaa May 28 '17 at 7:27
  • @joojaa yes, for my plans of world domination... uh... no, I mean, it just gives me more tools to deal with problem content, especially at times when there are usually no mods about. – Cai May 28 '17 at 9:37

This election is complete.