2016 Moderator Election

nomination began
Aug 1, 2016 at 20:00
election began
Aug 8, 2016 at 20:00
election ended
Aug 16, 2016 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 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!

Hi, thought I'd put myself out here, even though I'd assume my rep is relatively low (for a mod anyway). Gotta be in it to win it.

Why someone with such low rep? I like to think that I am relatively active, however my timezone is +10GMT (Australia) so there is rarely anything to add to the discussion by the time I jump on.

Having said that I believe this could be in my advantage as I could potentially get posts that the "bulk" of the mod team may miss during Northern Hemisphere time-zones and respond in a timely manner.

I'm a programmer "by trade" so often find myself on SE as a whole multiple times a day to help with the moderation tasks.


  • Member for 4 years 9 Months
  • 18 Accepts
  • 41 Helpful Flags
  • 48 Votes cast

My name is Giuseppe. Since years, I am a regular user on this site, trying to share knowledge with as many people as possible. So far I have asked 6 questions and tried to help others with 776 answers.

As you can see from my my answers, I always try to help with very detailed answers and try to get down to the problem a user is facing by explaining how things work and why they work this way.

As you might notice from reading some of my answers, I am a very patient person and try to take the time needed to solve an issue for someone and I will take the same approach with moderation. Answers are fun to write, but I think that I could serve the community even more with the right tools.

If you want someone who knows the community, knows how the site works and does not just click to get flags away, then I hope you will vote for me as moderator.

Some stats that might help to reinforce my introduction:

  • Steward badge - completed 1000+ review tasks
  • Fanatic badge - visit site for consecutive 100 days
  • 900 revisions on edits
  • 28,310 reputation

Moderation has been a passion of mine ever since I delved into it sometime late 90’s moderating a high trafficked WWWBoard.

Then I moved on to moderate phpBB forums with user bases in the thousands.

Nowadays, I work as a moderator on a variety of platforms, including a leading long-form writing platform with an audience of millions. They all share the same source of existence, and that is WordPress.

My model of moderation is divided into three major processes:

  • Communication: Understand the lingo to connect with the community and master the art of maintaining a positive approach to resolve conflicts.

  • Collaboration: Engage with fellow upper-tier users/mods and work together to resolve issues and provoke change when encouraged by the community.

  • Responsibility: Protect the integrity of the community, understand my rights, and never misuse my power.

Being active on WPSE for short of four years, all of my knowledge about WordPress comes from growing with this community, and it is only fair that I share my experience of moderation with it.

Read my tale of moderation.

Hello! I'm Alex ( Howdy_McGee ) Miller and I'd like to nominate myself. For those that don't know me...

I've been part of this community for 5 years but have only been actively contributing for 3 of those years. During that time I've asked 128 questions, created 315 answers, and reviewed:

  • 3396 Close Votes
  • 476 First Posts
  • 111 Late Answers
  • 139 Low Quality Posts
  • 27 Reopen Votes
  • 610 Suggested Edits

I visit the website daily and am active in the general chat helping where I can. Outside the Stackexchange I am a boardgame enthusiast and avid hiker from the United States.

The reason I would make a good moderator is because I try to look at an issue from both sides of the table with a level head. There's not much that can get under my skin and I can take ( even encourage ) criticism. I would much rather have a discussion and hear people's thoughts than solely make a decision that may affect many people. That's the core trait I would bring to the moderator team as everything else I can and am already doing without the highest moderator privileges.

I have not asked any questions yet, but not because I don't have any. I am not a programmer by trade, but enjoy developing WordPress sites, and so whenever I have a question I look to WPSE first and inevitably the question has already been asked and answered. I have made my best effort to answer a few questions, but I don't feel that's where I can best contribute to such a useful site.

I'm an avid participant in the site's review queues, and as a moderator, I would extend the same level of commitment to all tasks.

I try to look at any issue from as many different viewpoints as possible, especially for those underrepresented. With more privileges comes more responsibility and needing to seriously consider how actions will effect the community as a whole. It's too bad we need moderators at all, but that's reality.

While always keeping fairness in mind, and wanting to leave as small a footprint as possible, I would strive to keep the maintenance tasks of a moderator under control so that others can get down to the real business at hand... asking good questions and providing excellent answers.

Thank you for your time and consideration!

This election is over.