2015 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 Jun 16 '15 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


347 voters were eligible, 122 visited the site during the election, 92 visited the election page, and 63 voted

I followed this site through its Area 51 phase, doing my best to keep the proposal alive and making sure that it graduates to beta phase. We've come a long way since and the site is about to graduate again. I put a lot of time into it because it struck me that this site would fill a niche that no other Q&A site fills right now. There are vendor-forums and mailinglists but no easy-to-google place for network engineering.

In my mind moderators are a necessary function but moderation should only happen when it supports the community. We need more active users with high reputation and I hope to support the site to get there.

The final reason for this nomination is simple: Give people more choice. Please look at all candidates and look at what each one has to say. Make a choice for this election but more importantly: Keep asking and answering questions. Help to grow the site and make it a great place to find answers for all the networking people around the world.

  • Hi Sebastian, I always appreciate your contributions, and I'm happy to see that you're running for mod. I am curious about something, you mention "We need more active users with high reputation and I hope to support the site to get there". Could you elaborate more on how you would implement this goal? Also, I'm sorry to point this out, but it's worth mentioning that your voting record this year is a bit light. This site doesn't have a lot of voters; as a mod, I considered upvoting good posts as part my duties. – Mike Pennington Jun 6 '15 at 3:27
  • [continued] This is not to say it's an official duty; however, mods should act in the best interest of building a growing and healthy community. Upvoting is to Stack Exchange what paychecks are to your $DAYJOB. Please consider voting more. – Mike Pennington Jun 6 '15 at 3:32
  • To the first question: Getting more active users as such is something I tried to do whenever I had the chance. I recommended this site to friend/colleagues from the networking field and I'm happy that I've already spotted some here, answering or asking questions. If they and others find a good environment with great questions and answers they will stay and hopefully contributing which will increase their reputation as well. I hope that as a mod I can help to make this site a great environment for all users. And yes, voting is a big part of that, so on to your second question... – Sebastian Wiesinger Jun 6 '15 at 9:24
  • To the second question: Yes I noticed that myself. And what I can say is that I am committed to improve that. I noticed that I sometimes think that a question is "okay" but not enough to warrant a vote. I'm too critical with my votes. Also often I'll only browse the review queue and questions that peak my interest which may have become a bit narrow after a lot of years in networking. I will broaden my horizon so to speak and commit myself to be more generous with my votes in the future. – Sebastian Wiesinger Jun 6 '15 at 9:39

Although I've been in doubt if I should nominate myself for this position, I think it's in the best interest of this SE to do so. My doubt was mostly related to Mike's 2nd reason for stepping down. However, since I'm one of the most active people in reviewing posts at this moment I think I should consider stepping forward, encouraged by Mike's words. Also, by stepping forward as a 4th person, people actually have something to chose now, which I think is a good thing (even though the current moderators do a great job).

It's obvious that this SE needs more than one active moderator, so I think it's a good thing this election is coming. Since I'm already doing a lot of the reviews, it would be a logical step to become one of the moderators.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

  • Hear! Hear! A fourth candidate! Thank you for stepping up Teun. – Craig Constantine Jun 5 '15 at 11:47
  • I say, the more the merrier as it give the community more choice in how the community runs. I personally appreciate both you and Ryan nominating yourselves. I would love for NE to actually need the primary phase of the process...unlikely this time, but perhaps next time? Of course, nominations aren't closed, so I may yet be surprised. – YLearn Jun 5 '15 at 20:21

My activities here speak for themselves. (For those not familiar with the SE navigation, you can view all of my activities on my user page.)

Several community members, myself included, have noted my degree of presence here is least-of-the-three of the temporary moderators. If elected, my time commitment would remain the same. I've done my best to be consistent in my moderation work for my temporary term. The fact that I spend all of my availabe-here time on moderation activities makes my commitment patently obvious.

I believe that a moderator is only a tool that acts on behalf of the community. We've had several calls for being more "open" or "newbie Q" friendly, and I think we can improve in that direction without going down the slippery slope to chaos. To improve, we'll need additional community members to participate in discussion and work in Meta to hammer out what exactly we should change and how.

I invite you to ask questions of me in Meta. ...and frankly, if you're that involved, you should probably nominate yourself too. :)

  • For the record, I personally appreciate and have no issue with Craig's presence here and the moderating work he has done. As volunteers, obviously moderators shouldn't ignore their real life to be here. It just so happens that recently Craig has had less time to devote here than I have. This coming year it could as easily be my time that is unavailable due to other family or work commitments. It has just been a bit more apparent recently since those times Craig hasn't been able to spend as much time here are occurring since Mike has stepped down. – YLearn Jun 4 '15 at 15:38

This stack needs some new blood in the moderation pool. The Pro Tem mods have done a excellent job of taking care of this site so far, but having some fresh talent might be a welcome change of pace.

Not to mention it might be nice for some of the provisionals to take a breather - namely YLearn, who has been the solo moderator lately. I'd like to help this stack grow and offload some of the moderating tasks.

Lately, I've been a little preoccupied with a move from England to Colorado, but I fully intend on getting back to the parent site as soon as I settle in (i.e. as soon as I close on my new house!).

Let me know if you have any questions about how I operate. I'd be happy to oblige.

I debated nominating myself since the process started, but as the only current moderator active on the site most days I feel it is important to provide some continuity moving forward with the site. While I don't always have a lot of spare time, I do spend a fair amount of it here when I do have it.

If you want to know how I moderate and my thoughts on the position, there should be ample information in the answers I have provided on meta for you to get a good feel.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

This election is complete.