2016 Moderator Election

nomination began
Aug 8 '16 at 20:00
primary began
Aug 15 '16 at 20:00
election began
Aug 19 '16 at 20:00
election ended
Aug 23 '16 at 20:00
candidates
11
positions
2

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 are 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!


I am running to give the community an “outsider” option in what is turning out to be an “outsiders’ year” in the US, UK, & elsewhere. I value being polite, firm, & fair.

I agree with the Stack Exchange Theory of Moderation, and see moderation duties as "human exception handling."

As a regular user, I visit the site most days, most often quietly, and read for a while before even registering. I have “only” 2K reputation on this site, which is a fraction of my >15K SE-wide rep total (but is still within the top 1/2 of 1% of users on the site. It’s well over the 300 minimum held intentionally low because the highest rep users do not necessarily make the best moderators: Objectivity can be harder for folks who are more personally invested in more of the answers and content on the site, and it’s harder for users to distinguish between actions a prolific participant takes as a regular user and those they take as a site mod. For these and other reasons, I offer the community a chance to elect a non-establishment moderator candidate.
Questionnaire answers here.

For the past 36 years, I have managed computer installations for large communities in education, software development, and manufacturing. I do volunteer work and serve on committees. I believe in justice, inclusion, and tolerance.

Moderators protect the site and the community. Interventions can range from gentle explanations to locking posts or users, depending on the harm and the intent. Explanations are important and help prevent drama. Moderators do not make policy or decide which answers are right.

Moderators should have a history of adding and curating content, bettering editorial processes, supporting the site mission, and showing improvement. I have been active for over four years, except for a hiatus after a death in my family. I hold 12 gold badges. My reputation is in the top 0.1% bracket. I have written 396 posts and 64 meta posts, edited 815 posts, and cast 11,264 votes. My meta article “Chat:etiquette” is included in the chat FAQ series. I have raised 1,022 flags, of which 82% are helpful, and the others are nearly all over two years old.

I am easy to reach in the chatroom. My favori— AIEEE! A BALROG HAS COME!

Although I don't have a high reputation (because I'm picky with the questions which I'll answer) I am a big believer in community moderation. I have three gold review badges, and I'm a 4x Marshall (2178 helpful flags).

If I am elected I will work to ensure that our community standards (as decided by the community) are upheld and enforced. Where there is disagreement over what those should be, I would work with all interested parties to try to come to a new consensus. I think some of the close reason texts could be clarified - what kind of proofreading questions do we really want? We currently close most of them with the one close reason text even though they do identify issues.

But I would also like to work closer with the SE staff to add subtle things to the site to communicate what we expect better (such as form placeholder texts, and better examples in the tour page.)

Read my election questionnaire answers here

See my election Q&A


I’ve been a member for going on 6 years now, earning 20 gold badges and posting more than 1400 questions and answers. This accounts for why I have the third highest reputation of active users on the site, or fifth overall. I know the current mod team and most site regulars, and much of the site’s history.

I’ve the equivalent of a quintuple Marshal with over 2500 helpful moderation flags. I’m also the site’s top voter and its second most prolific editor after Reg — with almost 5000 more edits than the third-place editor. I’m the #1 reviewer in 4 review queues.

I’ve been a diamond moderator pro tempore on the Portuguese Language Stack Exchange site for the past year, so I already know the mod tools. I regularly work with other network moderators and the SE Community Management team, so there’d be little or no ramp-up time if I joined the ELU moderation team.

I’m usually active on the site for several hours a day, and often in chat as well. I’ve currently visited more than 200 days in a row. Because I live in Colorado, I’d be available on the site when most of our active moderators are asleep.

I think there are far-better candidates than myself — but I want to be sure this community stays healthy, and so I offer my support to maintain EL&U.

I've helped launch several SE network sites, and have worked the queues heavily. I've also been around long enough to read and understand the principles behind Theory of Moderation.

I've written published articles, developed online communities, edited books, and moderated many forms of discussion.

Thank you

I’ve been active on this site for two years now. I started out submitting answers, and then began participating in other ways as I gained more privileges. I think I’d be able to help even more as a moderator, and I’d be honored if other members of this site agree.

Reasons to vote for me:

  • I have experience with flagging posts and going through the review queues.
  • I’ve participated in many Meta discussions and I read almost all of them.
  • I am on the site often (usually every day).
  • I also visit chat fairly regularly (although I lurk more often than I post).

I strive to be polite and patient at all times, with all people. For the most part, I think I've succeeded in this. I'm aware that I have sometimes been blunt or argumentative, but whenever I notice this, I try to figure out a better way to deal with similar situations in the future. As a moderator, I know my behavior would reflect on our community and I would take special care in all of my interactions with other users.

Questionaire answers here; please ping me in the chat-room if you have any other questions!

I have learned, and continue to learn, far more from the site than I could ever hope to impart from my own meager understanding of the language. Cognizant of that, I have devoted an increasing proportion of my time here over the last several years to the review queues and flagging. I believe my statistics reflect as much. If I have nothing to ask or answer, I reason I can keep the site clean, and thus the environment more conducive to others' doing so.

Beyond the numbers, I do try to stay abreast of trends within the EL&U community as reflected on Meta and in comment threads, but also at ELL, and across a number of the other "soft" Stacks (i.e. non-technology) where I participate or lurk.

It is difficult for someone accustomed to a discussion forum environment to move to the stricter regime here, and I try to encourage new users stick with it. But comments can be seen as hectoring, or patronizing, and I will often edit directly to add context or citations, so that a better example is set from the getgo. As for community moderation, I have tried to stay above the fray when there are conflicts— but we are fortunate in that our fray is limited, and lingers at a low altitude.

I'll throw my hat into the ring. My interest in this is to build community.

By this, I don't mean marketing.

EL&U is a large community, yet it feels like a cosy group. People banter light-heartedly in chat and discuss site issues in meta while engaging seriously on main.

We have a diverse community including English-language enthusiasts and linguists. Yet it's often those who don't have such a good command of the language that bring out the most interesting nuances or corner cases. They also, quite understandably, sometimes have a hard time expressing themselves.

Regardless of how well they speak the language, I'd like the EL&U community to encourage those willing to work at refining their questions and answers.

Sites like ours depend on their volunteers coming back. EL&U regulars share an interest in the usage, quirks, nuances and mechanics of the language. Regardless of who gets voted in as a moderator this round, I hope we can provide a warm and welcoming place for the pool of people who can, and who choose to, engage positively in the overall EL&U experience, to the benefit of this community at large.

See my election Q&A here.


I'm always calm and composed. If I had moderator privileges, I would do my level best to bring peace when there's any unrest in the community.

Joined almost 3 years ago, but I became a high-activity user only since this January. I've got only 12k rep because, as a non-native speaker, I feel it's best that I don't answer serious questions. I'm here and on other SE sites mainly to read and learn. I also participate in meta and chat.

Most of my time here has been spent on keeping the site in good condition. I do this, in good faith, by:

  • flagging posts/comments that fit certain criteria (2800+ helpful flags)
  • reviewing posts (3500+ reviews)
  • leaving constructive comments wherever needed and removing them later to reduce clutter (1000+ comments)
  • editing posts to help others (300+ posts edited)
  • voting on posts (2300+ up, 1100+ down)

24-year-old non-resident Indian. Knows English, Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu, and Arabic. Master's degree in Constr. Engg. and Mgt. I'll be online while most mods aren't, since I'm in India.

I have been a member of ELU for quite some time now and I very much enjoy working within it. I feel as though I have a firm grasp of its rules and expectations and I make sure that new users are aware of these through friendly comments.

I am extremely passionate about the English Language and I always do my best when answering a question.

Despite not having the dazzling 20k rep that other moderators and nominees usually have, I believe that my qualities make up for this.

I am a huge believer in fairness and I always put this into practice on the site. Additionally, I am respectful of others and I do not participate in "flame wars".

I'd also like to humbly bring to attention my editing statistics. As a grammarian, I like to see that all questions are neatly formatted and grammatically correct and that any questionable posts are flagged. As a moderator, I would be able to continue this duty more effectively.

I'm not sure how many of you have seen me hanging about, but it would be a great honour to wear the diamond with pride.

And in the words of linguist David Crystal, 'The only languages which do not change are dead ones.'

This election is over.