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2019 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 Sep 10 at 20:00.

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


2,470 voters were eligible, 479 visited the site during the election, 340 visited the election page, and 161 voted

OK. I know said I don't have the time to be a moderator. What with a job, a kid, music, theater and a life. But then I thought "If @Emilie can do it with two kids and a doctoral thesis, what am I whining about?"

Truth is, I will not be spending more time on the site than I am now. I just don't have it. I wish I could say I found some time lying around in an old box under the bed, but I did not. I will probably not be here mornings, evenings, or in the weekend. I use GDSE primarily to take my mind of work for a few minutes (it's a wonder what 'fresh eyes' can do for code quality). If there's a day of meetings, you might not see me that day. If there's a big deadline, I might not be on for a few days. If you think that might be a problem, don't vote for me.

As for my views on Community Culture, I'm a susbcriber to Jon Skeet's Covenant

Here are my answers to the list of questions. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I've enjoyed writing them. Find me in chat for everything else.

  • If there's a day of meetings, you might not see me that day. If there's a big deadline, I might not be on for a few days. – I would take that as a given for every moderator. After all, this is completely voluntary work. – Wrzlprmft Aug 30 at 9:16
  • Yes, but it's still a commitment you make. By volunteering, you are also saying you will meet the minimum requirements to be a mod. It would be perfectly acceptable to demand of a mod they be online at least one hour a day. If one doesn't want to commit to that, one shouldn't volunteer. – PieBie Aug 30 at 9:32
  • It would be perfectly acceptable to demand of a mod they be online at least one hour a day. – Not even SO does this (they require half an hour, and only on average). – Wrzlprmft Aug 30 at 9:34
  • I once had a mod job on a (now sadly departed) music community site where it was expected of us to never let the queue grow over twenty songs. Sometimes that meant checking the queue at least three times a day. Since I was 16 at the time, I didn't mind. - I know this is not the case here, and GDSE is pretty flexible. That's why I ultimately did nominate myself. But I'm just making sure everyone knows what to expect of my mod career, and what not to expect. – PieBie Aug 30 at 9:38

A huge hello from me to all of you who are thought to vote in election!

I'm Mr.Online and in general when someone asks me to introduce myself I says: "Gamer's soul trapped inside of Designer's body and infused with developer like brain"

Why I nominated Myself?

To take a responsibility which may help/inspire me to stay more active in the site so I can contribute more and more to keep site a well maintained!

What I'll do as moderator?

Even though I never moderated site like this one, I'll try my best to keep in pace with other moderators so that I can prove myself as Helping Hand!

What I won't do as moderator?

I'm very busy boy who works in IT industry with 9-6 job XD so the main thing I'll avoid is "Staying active whole day", Which means I'll only moderate site in night time while my contributions to answers will be continued for whole day like it goes for now.

My answers on questionnaire might help you to know if I fits for the position or not :)

-Best Regards! From a candidate of moderator's election!! :D (my name will be generated automatically lol)

This election is complete.