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2019 Moderator Election

nomination began
Feb 25, 2019 at 20:00
election began
Mar 4, 2019 at 20:00
election ended
Mar 12, 2019 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!

I would like to be a moderator on Software Engineering.


  1. I have several years experience in the crucible of moderation, Stack Overflow.
  2. I am the top user by reputation on Software Engineering.
  3. I've cast 2,583 helpful moderator flags on Software Engineering. Of those, 1780 were on posts, and 1709 of those were marked Helpful, a ratio of 96%.
  4. I've been very active on meta, and was a key player during Software Engineering's scope change from the Not Programming Related days.

I have a selfish interest in moderating this site: I want a binding vote. I see too many poor questions languish on the front page of this site for hours because there aren't enough close voters to dispatch them quickly. If elected, I'll use my golden hammer judiciously, but firmly, to pull those weeds, while leaving the borderline questions for the community to decide.

I've known both GlenH and Robert for a long time, both have a great deal invested in Software Engineering and should serve us well.

To fill out a third choice, (as no-one else has stepped forward at this time) I offer myself as moderator.

I am a

  • professor, teaching at universities in NYC.
  • core software engineer/architect/code reviewer and conduct training for thousands of developers.
  • co-organizer of the NYC Python and Learn Python NYC meetups and local tech conferences.
  • moderator on Stack Overflow.

I have signed on board 100% with the philosophy of building a library of quality Q&A. I want to give back to the community that helped me so much.

I believe we can raise the bar with reviews.

I am up on community management (see my profile).

I expect my actions to stand to scrutiny and treat all stakeholders fairly.


  • I'm constantly logged in and active most hours from 7 AM to 11 PM EST.
  • I'm circumspect, preferring to allow the systems to work.
  • I will work moderator queues as necessary.

Hi, I'd like to serve as a janitor/moderator for Software Engineering!

I've been a very active user for a long time, most of that as a 20k user. As such, I already have access to a lot of community moderation tools and have a good understanding of the site's mechanisms. So far, my favourite “review queue” is the new questions page.

I just want this site to have a steady stream of wonderful questions for people to answer :)
By helping with a bit more active moderation, I hope this will free community moderation capacity to engage with questions more constructively, and that we can give more space to the many great questions we receive as well.

I previously engaged in community building efforts such as running the 2017 Question of the Week experiment.

→ my moderator questionnaire

This election is over.