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2019 Moderator Election

nomination began
Sep 16, 2019 at 20:00
election began
Sep 23, 2019 at 20:00
election ended
Oct 1, 2019 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 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 - this is a small site, so your vote really does matter - and perhaps even by nominating yourself to be a community moderator!

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'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.

This election is over.