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 May 7 '19 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.

7,870 voters were eligible, 2,593 visited the site during the election, 1,432 visited the election page, and 589 voted

Hi everyone, since it seems like we have a dearth of options, I'll throw my hat in.

My questionnaire

Why me:

  • I really like this site, and like to contribute when I have the time
  • I'm reasonably active in moderating (I have the Marshal badge and 5 of 6 Steward badges, 984 helpful flags, and 252 edited posts)
  • I believe strongly in democracy, and as such would use my awesome mod powers with great discretion
  • The aforementioned dearth of options

Why not me:

  • I'm not terribly active on meta
  • My time will be fairly limited for the next year or so. I don't expect to be able to spend more than a few hours a week moderating for that time period. Though based on what the current mods have said in chat, that may be all that is needed anyway

My questionnaire answer.

I've been around for awhile and have seen how the site has changed for nearly a decade. That long view of where we have been and what problems we have had gives me some optimism about where the site can go. It also means that I have seen what successful (and unsuccessful) moderation and behavior looks like.

My participation in answering questions is mostly on and related topics. I spend a lot of my time lurking, waiting for those questions to arrive. I hope we can encourage more participation for questions about the physics underlying engineering work.

I care about the Physics SE very much, and would like to see some broad nudges for cleanup to some tags. I'd like to aim this toward traffic patterns, and maybe a few passion-plays attempt to bootstrap a few tags/communities.

I'm modded other online communities, and I've gained tremendously from online science and engineering spaces, so I would enjoy giving back.

to reinforce: While I've spent more time mod'ing other communities, recently, I would put that focus on Physics.SE, if elected.

This election is over.