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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 Nov 27 '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

3,373 voters were eligible, 634 visited the site during the election, 534 visited the election page, and 276 voted

My answer.

I started participating on Android.SE since Oct '14 and Stack Exchange overall since Sept '13 (on Stack Overflow). From experience on SO, I started answering questions here and also trying to moderate the site as possible as I could with the earned privileges (voting, flagging, editing, and close voting), because I loved this site.

However, I have to admit, I took a break since Aug '16. One reason was due to a real-world personal matter. Another reason, honestly, was due to feeling powerless to moderate the site while low-quality posts have been overwhelming.

Meanwhile, I moved to Anime.SE since Jan '17 and managed to earn all privileges (including delete voting) and have been exercising the tools wisely

Some might ask why I did not run on the previous election, and why now. At that time, I was still unsure if I was mature enough to hold mod powers. Now, however, after participating on 3 different SE sites long enough with their own flavor, I feel this election is the call for me to move forward,

I'm ready to serve for the best of this community

I live in UTC+7 and will try to check this site daily.

  • It's good to see Andrew back. He had contributed assiduously in improving the site quality be it in edits,tagging, triage and presented reasoned views on Meta. Wish him best – beeshyams Nov 15 '18 at 2:27
  • Glad to see you in the nominations finally, Andrew. :-) I'm certain you would make a fine moderator. Back in 2015-16 when I was most active, I found your contribution in site moderation, especially editing and reviewing, immensely helpful to me (and possibly to others too, I suppose). For my fellow users, I must say that the score does not truly reflect the experience he would bring to the table of moderation, if elected. – Firelord Nov 15 '18 at 9:08
  • congrats to your nomination, Andrew! Haven't seen you much lately – but what I remember is all very positive. Looking forward to your answers on the questionaire! And then, best wishes to you as well. Guess I'll have to roll my dice with 3 good candidates here :) – Izzy Nov 15 '18 at 23:44
  • Having answered the questionnaires, I have to be honest I struggled very hard to answer them. Perhaps my words aren't convincing, but if that's the case, then let it be (it's certainly a good life experience for me!) Best of luck for all candidates! :) – Andrew T. Nov 17 '18 at 12:54
  • That's because your actions speak louder than words Andrew :-) – beeshyams Nov 17 '18 at 13:36

I joined this community just about three years ago. Eventually, it became a dominating part of my on-line life.

Initially, this community for me was all about gaining reputation. Now , reputation doesn’t excite me . Along the way, I started contributing to the site . I got involved in exercising privileges accorded at various milestones and I am pleasantly surprised to see that I have ticked all the boxes - candidate score 40/40 . I am nominating myself as an additional step in this direction.

My approach to moderation is based on the fact that we are all volunteers here ; volunteers come with their own attitude and baggage - nudge and prod when required, use heavy guns only when really called for – in other words, low key moderation.


Moderation calls for commitment of time and I am somewhat constrained by the amount of time I can spare, though current moderators have assured me, it's enough. If elected, will optimize with other mods to minimize impact. But this needs to be stated and understood.

My answers here

  • I'm late to comment, but I'm glad that you're running for elections here. While time constraint may be an issue that may weight a bit more than others for some voters, I believe, if elected, you would prove your merit just fine as a Moderator. I've see you grow, learn, adapt and help (including on Meta) a lot, especially to battery-related questions :-). I especially want to appreciate your reputation score, because votes are incredibly hard to come by, so having that much score shows dedication on your part. I might have catched up too if not for a one year break I took. :-) – Firelord Nov 15 '18 at 9:23
  • beeshyams is heavily active on our site – the numbers in the badge above don't lie! He's not only contributing with good questions and answers, but also already ran his "apprenticeship" in moderation (again, the numbers don't lie) spotting problems and helping solve them. His interacting with those having caused them (ugh, ugh) are always respectful and polite. So I fully agree with @Firelord he'd make a good moderator. Fingers crossed for you, beeshyams! – Izzy Nov 15 '18 at 23:42
  • Having a perfect candidate score of 40/40 is certainly not easy, and it also shows the enthusiasm for active participation and moderation even without wielding mod powers. AFAIK, the commitment SE usually recommends is as minimal as 30 minutes-1 hour daily, which I really hope won't discourage you in getting the diamond :) – Andrew T. Nov 17 '18 at 12:46

I am Vipul Gautam aka Firelord here. I want to be a Moderator for this community.

I have been here since 2015 and have contributed prolifically here. I have posted 540+ answers, 37 questions and was first to get Unsung Hero badge (tenacity).

Site moderation statistics:

  1. Aside from having regular moderation badges, I am inspired by these two legends: user76613 and user10913, with regard to keeping the site clean, and rocks 3750+ valid flags in my name.
  2. Initially inspired by editing of Andrew T., Matthew Read and eldarerathis, I now have 1300+ editing score.
  3. Voting helps in quality control a lot and made me the second most highest voter.

Why choose me?

I am good with ordinary moderation and decision making, and I want to take it to a new level. I also have a good nose for detecting spam and plagiarism. I have been instrumental in bringing policy-level issues on Meta and often helps out there. I frequent site's chat room. I am in UTC+05:30. And I am reasonably welcoming to others.

My answers to your questionnaire.

  • My vote for you :). These are the things I really appreciate of him 1. Detail and technical correctness of his answers 2. Strong belief in maintaining high standards for the site and cleaning up the site with an obssessive zeal 3. Abilities to smell and investigate unwelcome things like spamming and gaming. Our paths crossed a few times when I joined the site and in my initial stages, but we both accepted it is for the good of site and moved on. One can't go wrong in voting for him – beeshyams Nov 15 '18 at 8:14
  • ^^ exactly that – can't put it into better words! – Izzy Nov 15 '18 at 23:38
  • In the previous election, I voted for Firelord and my opinion until now hasn't changed. At that time, I have a belief that he is already an ideal moderator of this site. Now, I think it's the time to make it happen :) – Andrew T. Nov 17 '18 at 12:38

This election is complete.