2013 Moderator Election

nomination began
Feb 18 '13 at 20:00
election began
Feb 25 '13 at 20:00
election ended
Mar 5 '13 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'd like to nominate myself as a moderator for this community which I hold dearly. As a frequent user, I am very much in touch with the community. I'm not a heavy meta participant (except when I see questions that prompt insightful responses getting closed to quickly). In a few cases, I've been able to convince mods that a question can be salvaged via an edit that makes the question more clear and/or aligned it better with the community.

Like some of my fellow nominees, I do believe that there has been some heavy handed abuse of the close button. And would use discretion on whether or not a question should be reopened (such as upvotes on the question itself and even if the question isn't that great but has provided some insightful answers judged via upvotes).

I believe that the programmers community is more ephemeral and conceptual than stackoverflow. For me it has been a place to think more about my profession and to not just get on a soapbox and profess my thoughts but also listen to others thoughts on the topic. That is my view of the community. If you agree, vote for me.


Hello, I am World Engineer and I nominate myself for Moderator for Programmers.SE

Why vote for me you ask? I am one of the most active users on the site. I've earned the Fanatic badge several times over. I've run the blog for the better part of a year and while it's been somewhat sporadic at times, I continue to push forward with that project, no matter the odds.

No matter the odds is a good way to describe me. I've worked my way up into the top 50 despite being a student for all of that time. I've learned more here than I have in school in terms of practical, actionable information. I'd almost count it as a kind of internship.

Learning is what this site is about. There are challenges. It can be difficult to balance holding the hands of those who are new with trying to maintain the quality of the site. A careful mix of forgiveness and firmness is necessary for a just moderation policy, I will do my best to adhere to that line. We have a great site and by electing me your next moderator, I will do everything in my power to judiciously balance the helping hand and the firm hand to drive this site to be even better. Will you help me?

tl;dr: Balance is Key, Vote for Me.


Hey everybody!

I'm Dynamic, and I would like to nominate myself for the position of moderator on the site. Since I started using this site, I have been trying to help the site in any way I can whether it be asking and answering questions, editing posts, voting, and more!

Some of the things I do on a regular basis include editing, closing, and reopening posts. I'm an owner of the blog and "Whiteboard" chat rooms. I help run the blog along with World Engineer. I also played a major role in kicking off and organizing Programmers first contest!

On meta and in chat, I sometimes see complaining about moderation that was too harsh such as a question being closed too quickly. I will strive to limit this event. We've lost great users because the site was not run the way they thought it should be, and they didn't think they had enough say. I understand that decisions have to be made, but the general community should have just as much, if not more, say as the moderators. My goal is to please the majority of users, but to keep others from getting angry.

Please consider me in your vote for moderator, and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

This election is over.