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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 - this is a small site, so your vote really does matter - and perhaps even by nominating yourself to be a community moderator!

This election ended Oct 1 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


467 voters were eligible, 162 visited the site during the election, 130 visited the election page, and 79 voted

I've been an OS.SE user since the fairly early days, and a user of SE sites in general for nearly a decade, particularly ServerFault. I think I have a reasonable handle on the etiquette and process of SE sites in general, and on the spirit and flavour of this one in particular.

I have no issue with the way this site is moderated now. I don't seek to introduce significant changes in anything, because I don't currently see that we have major problems. My feeling is very much that we've slowly established what it is that we do, and that we do it pretty well, and (mercifully) largely free of the arguments that sometimes seem to threaten to drown out productive activity in the free software world.

Professionally I'm a free software sysadmin, and I don't use non-free software if I can humanly avoid it; I also write professionally about free software. From a timezone standpoint I'm in the UK. I tend to keep an eye on OS.SE throughout the day, but am most active early in the mornings (UK time). I'm a frequent contributor, and apparently what I've written has been generally well-received.

If we need an extra moderator, then I'm keen to be it.

  • I think you'd make a great mod! – curiousdannii Sep 18 at 22:55
  • @curiousdannii many thanks! I should be clear that I'd decided to throw my hat in the ring when the election was announced, and that my nomination was in no wise a response to yours. I'm glad you're running also, as I dislike uncontested elections, which look too much like coronations for my taste, and am glad we'll be giving the membership a good choice of potential mods! – MadHatter supports Monica Sep 19 at 15:23
  • From an existing moderator's POV, MadHatter would be an excellent candidate - he already knows most of what needs knowing, and has a solid rational head on his shoulders, which is the real requirement for moderating. – ArtOfCode Sep 19 at 20:53
  • @ArtOfCode that is both kind and gracious of you, and I appreciate it a great deal (also, for reference, I take the masculine pronoun). But I worry slightly about existing mods making their preferences public; it might have the appearance of the great and good appointing a particular candidate, and thus perturb people's voting. If you felt like deleting your comment (and this one, also) I wouldn't take it amiss. – MadHatter supports Monica Sep 21 at 6:54

Hi everyone, I'll put myself forward. I've been here since the beginning of the site, and am a frequent contributor both on the main site and on our meta site. For example, I drafted the site description and the on-topic help centre page.

I'm a long time member of the Stack Exchange network and am a mod on one other site. If elected I anticipate continuing our current mod team's fairly light handed approach, though I would be interested in restarting a discussion on our site's name (to more fairly include the Free Software movement) if the site community still thinks that would be helpful.

  • I am all for seeing more mentions of Free/Libre software in the site's information. However, renaming a site is generally hard for many people since they often grow accustom to the way things are. It'll definitely be interesting to see how this is handled. – Lucas Ramage Sep 22 at 21:12

This election is complete.