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 Mar 29 '16 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.

2,540 voters were eligible, 718 visited the site during the election, 545 visited the election page, and 304 voted

Hi All,

Myself Akhil. I have been here for past couple of years. I always love to do stuffs with Android. That was how I found the way to here.
At beginning ,I visited here to get guidance for my android related queries. Then I realized that everyone have responsibility to help people around them. Then I started to help others in possible ways.

I have not much points to prove anything.
But I can make sure that, I will continue helping others. I will contribute my maximum for growth of this community. Will show patience and coolness toward others. (I'm not the coolest person on earth,but I'm cool :D )


  • Welcome to the show, Akhil! You've been around about as long as me. Going moderator, how comes you've got not a single moderation badge yet? Are you aware of the duties awaiting a potential mod? I also don't see much activity from you on Meta, and for 3.5 years of presence on the site your review count is quite low. While appreciating your willingness to support this site, I'm not sure you're aware of the tasks/duties due to a mod and able to handle them. No pun intended, just asking :) – Izzy Mar 21 '16 at 7:35
  • @Izzy I'm a full time worker. I'm spending my free time here. That 3 year is not actually my exact stackexchange life. During the early stages of my work, I had been so much active. Then there was a huge gap due to work load. Now I regained my time to keep my activities alive here. And also I have confident to do my best for this community. :) – Akhil Mar 21 '16 at 9:41
  • Thanks, Akhil! Just wanted to make sure you know what you're up to :) – Izzy Mar 21 '16 at 9:56

I've been active on the site for three years (with a hiatus at the start of last year owing to a new job), and in that time I've tried to ensure it's a welcoming community. I try to live the value of always being constructive towards questioners, to help show by example the quality that we expect on the site; also of being encouraging towards new answerers, even when their answers are misleading, because I trust that they will start to make good answers if we don't put them off. I hope that those are qualities which our community would also value in its moderators.

I've also tried to help focus discussion on the more strategic aspects of the site, not just the day-to-day tidy-up: stopping bad questions from our sister sites, the ratio of high-rep to 1-rep visitors, the new tide of low-effort questions about WhatsApp, and to put our case to other parts of the SE network. I'd like to be able to use the diamond to help be an ambassador to other sites, not just within our community.

Like Firelord and Izzy, I believe it's very important to have a moderator presence in our chat room, because that is where our community reaches consensus.

  • He's not just talking, Dan's listing facts: He's very active on our site, giving advice not only in answers but also in chat and comments. Always helpful, constructive and friendly. He's encouraging where potential lies hidden – but also uses clear words where needed. I value him high for his knowledge, his participation, and all the other things I've just named. In short: A very good candidate worth your vote. He will certainly have one of mine! – Izzy Mar 20 '16 at 23:25
  • He has been one, if not the best, mediator on meta discussions. When there were extreme opinions (e.g. policy on Android-independent question), he could find the core of the problem and brought it to the light for us to reassess the situation. – Andrew T. Mar 21 '16 at 1:09
  • There is no denying that you've contributed to this site a lot with incredible answers and quite a sum of them are conceptual stuff, which is always a nice read!. Anyhow. There's this thing I couldn't understand as a mortal. Given that you've been active here for three years, your up and down votes seems quite low to me and so as the flags. I can understand about flags as you may be choosing to cast a delete vote instead of a flag (I can't verify), but what about up/down votes? Is it so that the rest of the users don't produce content worth your upvote, downvote and a flag? – Firelord Mar 21 '16 at 5:46
  • @Firelord Interesting observation. I guess as I've written a lot of answers, I got from "access review queues" to "cast close votes" and then "cast delete votes" quite quickly, so I tend to fix problems myself rather than flagging for others to deal with. As for up/down-voting, I don't know why I should be an outlier. I just upvote questions I find interesting personally, or if I happen to see them and they are conspicuously well-researched. My Android interest isn't as broad as (say) Izzy's, so there aren't as many questions I see and think, "hey, I want to know that too". – Dan Hulme Mar 21 '16 at 10:08
  • I think this site has a really spread-out community, because so many questions and answers are specific to a single app, phone manufacturer, or even a single phone. Our average upvotes-per-question is very low for a site of our size, and I think this is the reason. I don't think it's a problem: in some places, it might lead to warring tribes, but our community is more mature and accepting than that. Still, this is one of the strategic questions I think it would be good to look at over the next year and see if it might be something we can change to make the site even better. – Dan Hulme Mar 21 '16 at 10:12
  • @DanHulme Good point about "fixing instead of flagging". Shows the right initiative for the "job", as that's what mods do #D And good observations in your other comment, too. – Izzy Mar 21 '16 at 19:10
  • Seems to me that you've cast plenty of votes. As others have mentioned you have great insight on a lot of Meta issues and do great work clarifying questions in a way that doesn't push away new users. You'd make a great mod. – Matthew Read Mar 25 '16 at 20:58

I nominate myself. I'd like to take a look at what moderation tools are available. I am quite conservative when it comes to moderation.

  • Welcome to the election! Mind my asking (and no pun intended): You've been on the site for ~3 years, but have not made a single review, no posts on Meta, and had not much activity on the main site. What moderation tasks are you targeting? Which are the points making you a good community moderator? Please give people a reason to vote on, your intro is a bit short to get to know you :) – Izzy Mar 18 '16 at 22:06
  • @Izzy Perhaps "quite conservative moderation" means "not doing any of it". And we need one more candidate than the number of open positions for the election to move forward, so... – user76613 Mar 18 '16 at 23:15
  • @404 Oh. And I thought with the number of candidates matching the number of slots at the end of the nomination phase, we'd directly jump to election results #D (we'll skip primary anyway, with less than 7 candidates) – Izzy Mar 18 '16 at 23:17
  • I'll be a bit more direct than Izzy: you appear to be completely unqualified for a moderation position. You have no demonstrable relevant experience. Your platform of "I'd just like to see what's going on in the mod tools" borders on a joke/trolling. I cannot conceive of any reason to vote for you. I would strongly urge other voters to support a different candidate. – eldarerathis Mar 18 '16 at 23:20
  • @Izzy This happened exactly once (on Web Apps), long time ago. In all recent elections, the Community Team extended the nomination period when there were not enough candidates for a competitive election. (BTW primary only happens with > 10 candidates). – user76613 Mar 18 '16 at 23:21
  • I took one step ahead to check if you have experienced in moderation on top 3 sites you're participating, but it seems it was disappointing. If you were elected, are you sure you can handle the tools correctly and effectively? Note that "being a mod" is not a game, and it's not only just a title. If you could justify yourself, you'd better improve your nomination. – Andrew T. Mar 19 '16 at 11:15
  • I think that a lot more information about what you would do as a moderator would be required rather than a vague curiosity at the moderator tools. Please consider enhancing your post to show what the community would expect from you as a moderator. – Steve Barnes Mar 21 '16 at 18:04

Hello Enthusiasts! I want to be a moderator of your community. Why? Because sometime ago I realized that in addition to regularly answering, pseudo-moderation is what I've been doing since my beginning here. Granting me that highest privilege would help both me and the community at large to swiftly deal with the cleanup I currently engage in, usually for 4-8+ / 24 hours in shifts.

Since 2015, I'm one of the core users instrumental in keeping this site clean from nonsense and on its defined track. I regularly engage in helping myself and others on meta, actively edit questions and answers to make them less or not painful to understand, and proactively uses (up/down/close) votes.

The missing piece: I now barely review First Posts and Late Answers queues, simply because I everyday start here with screening all the new and edited posts in the new and active questions tab since the last time I went offline. That does the job. That said, whatsoever I miss or decides to skip there, I easily finds it out using Low Quality Posts (regular there) and Close Votes queues. In plain words, that review button below wouldn't truly speak of my work.

My stats!

  • I'd really love to see Firelord in the team. I've learned him not only being very active and daily present, but also very helpful (in "Android terms" as well as with "pseudo-moderation issues"). As Matthew said about me, Firelord de facto is already moderating this site in a friendly and communicative manner. He has my vote! – Izzy Mar 15 '16 at 22:46
  • Just for a bit of fun: I last year earned the Cleanup Crew secret hat somehow and so as the Unsung Hero badge, the badge I alone have on the site. :) – Firelord Mar 15 '16 at 22:47
  • Yes, I could almost repeat what I said about Izzy for Firelord. He is an excellent contributor and helps the moderators quite a lot. He also has an uncanny ability to detect spam. – Matthew Read Mar 15 '16 at 22:48
  • I remember when Firelord first joined this site, and we often crossed each other's paths. What I observed was, he's a quick learner and open to criticism & suggestions, and also really care for this community (his meta posts are excellent). Now, he is already acting like what a moderator supposed to do. Giving him the right tools to moderate properly is never a wrong choice :) – Andrew T. Mar 16 '16 at 1:43
  • Tsk! Using an URL shortener. – ale Mar 17 '16 at 22:17
  • @AlE. Well, nominations are severely char-limited, unlike posts. – user76613 Mar 17 '16 at 22:50
  • "I'm one of the core users instrumental in keeping this site clean from nonsense and on its defined track." This sounds like hyperbole but it really isn't. Firelord is a busy bee in a way that's not reflected in the internet points. I think he makes an interesting point too about screening all the new questions instead of relying on the queues. It's a common practice on this site, and I don't think there are many SE sites where that would work so well. – Dan Hulme Mar 21 '16 at 10:20
  • I second what @DanHulme just wrote: no "hyperbole" but facts. "Screening new questions" is a very good thing (I do that at SR and try my best doing the same here, but not always can "catch up" when "being on the road" interrupts me; doing so is why my focus shifted from the review queues to that place, too :)) – Izzy Mar 21 '16 at 19:14

About me

I'm an active member of Android.SE for about 4 years now, have built up a little rep since, and am present almost continuously. As author of several user-oriented Android books I know the site topics quite well. I'm also moderator at SoftwareRecs for a few months now, which gave me first experience in this "job". For a living, I'm working in IT (mostly databases). I'm a real Android "Enthusiast", so one of my "hobbies" is my dedicated website I especially built to support Android.SE on the "App 4 X" questions ;).

Why me?

I'm permanently logged in to our chat room, and thus can act as an "available bridge" in case of "stormy waters". Being a mod at SR, I was able to familiarize with "being a mod" to know what duties await me – and that, together with "my co-mods", I can master them. I won't be perfect with all tasks; but that's why we have a team :)

What are my "plans"?

I want to help keeping this site clean and have the community grow. So working on flags will be one of my priorities. Another important task will be guiding "newbies" to write good question/answers – hopefully resulting in more good content.

  • Don't just look at Izzy's candidate score -- look at how much he exceeds every metric. He's cast as many flags as some of us moderators have handled! Izzy is already moderating the site, and I for one think we need to make it official so that he has access to better tools for doing so. – Matthew Read Mar 14 '16 at 21:20
  • I am known to be #Izzy2016 ever since. He is contributing to the site in lots of ways and it can be told that he is the most active user of the site. – SarpSTA Mar 14 '16 at 21:24
  • Just to chime in my 2cents, have interacted with @Izzy (Hi _o/ ) He truly deserves to be the mod.. heck, he sometimes leave me baffled as how he manages to maintain living while on this site for the most part! Thoroughly articulate, patient and calm. +1 from me. ;D – t0mm13b Mar 14 '16 at 21:34
  • Thanks for all the kind words – and heya, great to see you again, @t0mm13b \o/ I'll do my very best (as usual) to keep up with your expectations, of course :) – Izzy Mar 14 '16 at 21:40
  • Just to throw in another good word... I've interacted with Izzy on a mod level when our sites have crossed paths in some way; he's always been level-headed and helpful. – ArtOfCode Mar 14 '16 at 22:40
  • @Izzy is definitely the right person for AE moderation. I'm seeing him active in almost every time! :) (y) Wish you the best :) – Keshava GN Mar 15 '16 at 4:10
  • I fully back what Matthew Read said, Izzy is always on top of things, always flagging problems for us and being a good, positive member of the community. I think he'd make an excellent mod. – Bryan Denny Mar 15 '16 at 13:07
  • Without Izzy this place would be pretty terrible. #makingAndroidEnthusiastGreatAgain – Zlatty Mar 15 '16 at 15:20
  • Coming from a fellow moderator on Software Recommendations: Izzy is great to work with, learns quickly, and doesn't break things very often. He'd be a great moderator on any site. – Undo Mar 15 '16 at 19:37
  • @Undo did I break something? =:-0 Apologies then. Explanation: The site Undo & I are mods on is where I first became mod at SE. So count that as my first steps as a fresh first-time-mod: lessons I've learned I hopefully won't have to repeat :) – Izzy Mar 15 '16 at 21:42
  • To readers: I've been thinking for a while what to write. I will only tell you this much: moderator eldarerathis is the first person of importance I've observed not losing his cool, not even a bit even if the question/answer is of incredibly low quality or when the user criticizes the moderator or their moderation. Izzy however, took the concept of be gentle but firm moderation to a whole new level while still being a mortal. Now that's incredible stuff to learn from! – Firelord Mar 15 '16 at 23:02
  • Couldn't agree more with all above comments. Izzy is always keeping a cool head while moderating, one of the most precious traits for moderator to work. Even on some of the worst situations, he still could manage them, while guiding the poster at the same time. – Andrew T. Mar 16 '16 at 1:32
  • I can't believe you're still here... You definitely deserve the position - you were here when I was still active! You've been supporting the site for several years now, so an official moderator position is just correct. – Liam W Mar 17 '16 at 9:39
  • In fact, Izzy would be a good moderator. He as stated keeps a cool head with moderation, and was on this site long. – John K Mar 17 '16 at 20:22
  • I didn't realize @Izzy wasn't already a moderator! He's very helpful, and I think he would make a great moderator. – Stephen Schrauger Mar 19 '16 at 22:43

This election is complete.