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2018 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 Mar 13 '18 at 20:00.

The results of this election can be viewed online via OpaVote. 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


3,263 voters were eligible, 1,052 visited the site during the election, 575 visited the election page, and 289 voted

Hi, I'm Jack! Not the fabulous Captain Jack Sparrow, but a Jack nonetheless.

I've been on this community for about 21 months. I remember the days I was a total newbie, and this community helped my reach further. Now, I guess I have a debt to pay, both by helping questions get answered, and by organizing and improving the quality of this community.

Why would I be a proper moderator?

  • I spend a lot of time here

    I work by my computer ( you don't say ) at home almost all of the day. This actually allows me to be online most of the time. I even have an open tab of WPSE, checking the website every once in a while.

  • I'm good with responsibilities

    With privilege, comes responsibilities, and this is one of the stuff that I'm good with. I don't take any responsibility, Unless I'm sure I can handle it.

  • Obsession with being tidy.

    I confess, I have an obsession with being tidy and organized. Everything should be placed in order, if possible. Seeing a post in a bad state and not being able to do anything about it, is just painful.

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 over five 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.

This election is complete.