2016 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 28 '16 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


482 voters were eligible, 169 visited the site during the election, 122 visited the election page, and 85 voted

I will toss my hat in the ring for the open moderator position. I have been a member for almost two years, and I have actively participated for about a year. I believe Network Engineering can continue to be a quality question and answer site by and for network engineers, and I am going to work toward that end.

I am a fan of the current moderators, and I would like to continue to the current style of moderation. The light-touch is the Stack Exchange ideal, and the current moderators have balanced this very well. I am not looking to shake things up, and I will model my moderation style from the way moderation has been handled since the last election.

I regularly participate in the review process on those items for which I have review privileges. I do understand that the moderator votes on the reviews are binding, and this is one reason I have hesitated in volunteering for this position. I want to encourage those members of the community with such privileges to regularly exercise them; this is community-run site, and that requires community participation.

I would like to nominate myself for the network engineering stack exchange moderation position. I believe that a large portion of being a good moderator is also having a good knowledge of the subject at hand. The point of moderation is not only to keep things off the site that are actively "bad" - harassing, etc, but also making sure that high quality Qs and As are there and poor ones are removed, attracting greater quality contributions. I've been on the SE network in one form or another for over four years on very different communities and I've acquired a good set of knowledge as to what makes a particular site good or bad. As a moderator, I know that there is a responsibility to lead and show members what the right way and the wrong way is, gently if need be, and then more firmly what there are no other possibilities.

  • Up to date, you have cast 9 votes, reviewed 4 posts, edited 4 posts, and raised 0 helpful flags. Your stated commitment to high quality Q&A does not seem to translate to action. – user10222 Jun 18 '16 at 7:30

This election is complete.