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2015 Moderator Election

nomination began
Nov 11, 2015 at 23:00
election began
Nov 18, 2015 at 20:00
election ended
Nov 25, 2015 at 20:00

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!

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.

Hello, my name is Earthliŋ and I've been a member on JLSE for, ahem, 3 years, 3 months.

Why haven't I nominated myself before? Well, I've been moving continents the past weeks, so I thought I'd missed the chance, but it seems like this time everyone deserves a second chance...

I've been a moderator on Sustainability.SE for 2 ½ years and on Portuguese.SE for about 3 months. But, as my profile would suggest, I consider my Stack Exchange home to be Japanese.SE.

I come by almost daily to check on new questions/answers. (Apparently I visited 1149 out of 1184 days of being a member.) The past year or so I've also been doing a lot of administrative tasks around, hopefully for the benefit of the community, if certainly for the detriment of the moderators who had to handle my 500+ flags or implement my suggestions for tag synonyms.

I hope to help keep this site a friendly, welcoming place and the wonderful resource it is already.


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.

Hi! Name's Kaji and I've been a member of this site for a year and a half, albeit mostly lurking for the past year. My primary motivation for nominating myself is so we don't default on a second ballot for lack of candidates. Personally, I consider all 3 of the existing nominees excellent choices for the job.

This election is over.