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 Apr 16 '19 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

3,852 voters were eligible, 1,053 visited the site during the election, 546 visited the election page, and 291 voted


Hi, I'm Fayaz Ahmed. I completed my undergrad in Computer Science & Engineering in 2006. After that I worked as a Web Developer for about three years in two different jobs. Then I started working as a Freelance Developer in 2009. My inauguration with WordPress development happened in 2007.

Interest in Candidacy

Back in the university days, I was involved in club activities & served as a treasurer for one term. I've been admin of multiple Facebook groups & I have many experiences in different event management activities. In all these, one thing is common - moderation. So working as a moderator is nothing new to me.

Why you should elect me as a Moderator

  • I have successfully worked as a mediator in many different situations in real life.
  • I work from home & when I'm home I'm mostly in front of my workstation. So online moderation is easy for me.
  • I tend to be less strict as a moderator compared to most moderators I know. I believe most conflicts can be resolved by proper communication alone.

If I'm elected, I'll definitely be able to contribute more to WPSE community and in more ways than what I now can. May the best candidates win!

I've been working as a WordPress developer for 10 years, and during this time, I've created some WordPress plugins such as "WP-Statistics" which has 500,000 active users in WordPress.

Now, I'm a Core Contributor, Meta Contributor, Translation Editor, WordPress.tv Contributor and Meetup Organizer at Tehran, I can share my experiences with members, who are crazy about adventure in WordPress.

Profile page https://profiles.wordpress.org/mostafas1990

Github profile https://github.com/mostafasoufi

Thank you.

Hi, I’m a WordPress developer and user since v1.7. I’m moderator on official polish WP forum and one of polish FB groups dedicated to WP. I’ve been on a team that organized two WordCamps in Poland (and I’ve been a speaker on 5 or 6 of them). And for the past year (almost) I’m in a top 3 scoring persons in here (so yeah, I’m visiting the site pretty often ;))

  • I found you to be quite confrontational on a couple of comments, so won't be voting for you I'm afraid, sorry. – Alexander Holsgrove Apr 2 '19 at 14:16
  • @Alexander No problem, mate. Sorry, I won’t fake that a harmful code is a good solution and I will take my right to downvote it (as it was once in your case). On the other hand you’re ignoring around 1k useful comments, 834 answers, and around 600 useful flags ;) – Krzysiek Dróżdż Apr 2 '19 at 14:22
  • I'm still waiting for your explanation about harmful code..! – Alexander Holsgrove Apr 2 '19 at 14:24
  • All I had to say about your solution is already in comments below your answer. I don’t think this is a place for demanding me to explain, why I downvoted your answer some time ago - everyone has right to upvote or downvote questions and answers. I’m sorry, if it hurt your feelings or something. – Krzysiek Dróżdż Apr 2 '19 at 14:31
  • @KrzysiekDróżdż That tie makes your goatee like one with droid doctor we see in Asterix ;) – Vishwa Apr 3 '19 at 9:17
  • @Vishwa Hahaha :D – Krzysiek Dróżdż Apr 3 '19 at 9:29
  • I'm going to have to agree with Alexander. You come off arrogant and rude. Not the vibe this community needs as a mod! – RiddleMeThis Apr 4 '19 at 19:40
  • @RiddleMeThis It’s not rude to point out errors made in an answer - especilly if you show them and allow author to fix them - that’s what comments are for - just take a look at comments made by Tom (wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/333343/…) - this community is about knowledge, learning and best practices and not about patting on the back only. That’s why I never take offense when some one is showing me where I’ve made a mistake or what I can do better. – Krzysiek Dróżdż Apr 4 '19 at 19:51
  • What? I never said it was rude to point out errors. I said you come off arrogant and rude, never mentioned pointing out errors lol. Thats my opinion, Im not going to turn your thread into a debate. Goodbye. – RiddleMeThis Apr 4 '19 at 19:59
  • @RiddleMeThis mate, my comment was not rude or arrogant - it was merithorical. It might be short, because it’s hard to always spend a lot of time for every comment. But, you’re already lol, so maybe I’m not so arrogant after all ;) – Krzysiek Dróżdż Apr 4 '19 at 20:03
  • @RiddleMeThis – This extra exclamation mark at the end of your first comment can be seen as rude. For me Krzysiek Dróżdż provides the perfect balance. I guess we have up to 50 new users per day. Half of them asking really low-quality questions. We need mods to keep the wolves away. – leymannx Apr 8 '19 at 16:56

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 six 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 a Senior Backend Engineer at WebDevStudios and I've been working in WordPress for the past 8 years. This community has helped me grow as a developer, and I want to continue to contribute and give back.

  • You are member since 6 years and your reputation is only : 1,693. Are you regular visitor of SO? – Helping Hands Apr 2 '19 at 11:12
  • That doesn't mean Phatskat doesn't have potential moderator skills, they were in the top 3% for rep gains this year, having said that it'd be nice to hear some more from them – Tom J Nowell Apr 2 '19 at 12:29
  • Hi @HelpingHands, thanks for your question. I've been a StackExchange member for quite some time indeed, mostly hanging out on StackOverflow and helping out where I could. In the past couple of years with my job, I've been dedicating my "Five for the Future" time largely to participating in the WordPress StackExchange. In the last several months, I've moved to trying to be more active here. I understand I probably need to spend more active time here to be seriously considered, but I wanted to through my hat in the ring. – phatskat Apr 4 '19 at 6:08
  • @TomJNowell - I did not mean that. – Helping Hands Apr 4 '19 at 8:43

This election is complete.