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 Nov 11 '15 at 22:00.

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.

This election was cancelled due to insufficient participation. See meta for details.

Hello everyone, I'm jkerian, one of your current pro-tempore moderators. I've been a member of the site since it started in May of 2011, and a moderator for around the last 3 years.

I lean somewhat towards the 'wiki' interpretation of the stack-exchange project, and tend to focus my editing on the perspective of "if this was the first page someone saw of the site, would they stick around?". Most of my moderation activity has focused around editing caustic (but informative) comments and answers down to the parts we want to preserve.

My earlier focus was on making sure that the community standards were actually written down in the FAQs. It's particularly important that newer users have a reference for the community's standards. For the most part, moderators are not heavily involved in enforcing these standards, but we can be useful in highlighting discussions of potential changes.

Like the other candidates, I can be found in the site chatroom if anyone has any questions.


Hi everyone! I’m snailboat, and I’m learning Japanese!

I’ve been a member here since 2012 and a moderator since 2013. I think our site is a really valuable resource, and I’ve been trying my best to make it a better place. If the community would like me to continue moderating, I’ll keep trying my best :-)

My goal is to be impartial and friendly, two qualities I think are important both in moderators and in the community as a whole. Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to do as a moderator, and I’m not sure every decision I’ve made so far was the right one. But I’ve been learning and getting better at it as I go, and I think I can be a better moderator in 2016 than I was in 2013.

Am I capable of moderating a site with both English and Japanese content? I think so. Although I’m just learning, I can understand pretty much everything folks write in Japanese on the site and in chat. That said, I think it’d be great if we had at least one native speaker as a moderator, and I hope we'll get some other good candidates to nominate themselves.

Anyway, I'll be in chat, so feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions :-)


I've been a member since 2011. I've no prior experience moderating, but I'm willing to do my best. I'm usually hanging around in chat and I participate when I can.

My approach towards expanding the community is to promote more discussions in chat. I think interactions off the main site are important in holding the community together; it gives a sense of belonging to the community when we hang out in the chat room.

I tend to be neutral as opposed to overtly friendly, and I tend to favor allowing problems to work themselves out instead of direct intervention.

I can read the chats in Japanese but it usually takes me some time to understand the entire wall. I hope we can get a Japanese moderator to help with disputes that occur entirely in Japanese, and also to have a cultural weight in these matters.

I guess one of the "strengths" of being around for 4 years is that I'm rather familiar with the Q/As to date, since I try to read every question when I can. I can redirect users to similar Q/As or suggest other posts as references to help them with their question. So I guess here's my CV of sorts: Visited 1487 days out of 4 yrs 3 mths (1551 days) with longest consecutive of 691.


This election is complete.