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 Feb 20 '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


4,375 voters were eligible, 1,760 visited the site during the election, 1,243 visited the election page, and 580 voted

Hello, I am PhiNotPi!

I would be humbled to serve on your moderation team.

  • I have been a member of the PPCG community for over 6 years (more than all other candidates combined). I witnessed the development of this community from its early days in public beta to its current state as a graduated site. This perspective will be very useful as I help guide the future growth of this community as moderator.
  • Served 6 years as a non-SE site admin, giving me experience in handling user interactions as a mod. I know first-hand that the mod hammer is a finesse weapon (high dexterity needed). I would like to congratulate PPCG on having a very civil community. (Other real-life accomplishments include Eagle Scout and strong academic record.)
  • I follow a quality-over-quantity approach to my site contributions. I have been involved in many of this site's largest community projects (official and informal: fortnightly challenges, podcast/blog, tetris, etc.). I enjoy helping other people make cool challenges. User-user cooperation and assistance is the key to maintaining the quality of content on this website.

Questionnaire.

Thank you for your consideration.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Phi's been around for ages—longer than I have!—and has consistently proven to always remain friendly and level-headed no matter what. I'd support our resident Golpher Supreme as a moderator without a doubt. \$\endgroup\$ – Doorknob Feb 6 '18 at 13:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ Hey you were a eagle scout? Cool! Turning in my paperwork now :) \$\endgroup\$ – Christopher Feb 7 '18 at 23:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've seen you since there was Tetris on GoL, I'd definitely support you to moderator! \$\endgroup\$ – lol Feb 10 '18 at 3:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks like your "quality over quantity" claim is very true, even though you have only posted 109 answers and 71 questions over 6 years, you have quite a few contributions that have a way-larger-than-average quality. I hope your moderator actions have the same levels of quality as those contributions, if you get elected. \$\endgroup\$ – Erik the Outgolfer Feb 11 '18 at 11:51

Hello, I'm Mego, your friendly neighborhood penguin!

I love PPCG, and I want to do everything I can to support it and help it grow. As a moderator, my ability to do so would be increased significantly.

Some info about me:

  • I joined PPCG over two years ago
  • I'm active in the review queues, with 1668 main-site reviews and 64 meta reviews (and counting)
  • I was the first user to earn the Marshal badge
  • I'm an active member of the Charcoal project - I love squashing spam!
  • I'm very active on Meta - many of my proposed policies have been accepted, and I do my best to weigh in on any discussion I see
  • I'm also quite active in chat - several people like to joke that I don't sleep

I've always been passionate about programming and PPCG, and I want to see this site succeed. I believe that my being elected as a moderator would be beneficial for this community.


Questionnaire answers

  • \$\begingroup\$ Even though I'm technically running against him, Mego has my vote without a moment's hesitation. It's very rare to find someone who cares about our community as much as Mego does, and I have seen him consistently contribute and build up the community for a very long time now. \$\endgroup\$ – DJMcMayhem Feb 5 '18 at 23:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ Wait, those are jokes? You actually do sleep? \$\endgroup\$ – Pavel Feb 5 '18 at 23:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Mego is an excellent candidate. As a current moderator on this site, I can tell you that I think Mego would do better than I ever have as a moderator here. He has my full support. \$\endgroup\$ – Alex A. Feb 6 '18 at 1:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, and I thought it was DJ who didn't sleep! Jokes aside, I think Mego is a perfect candidate, as he has shown considerable effort with writing, using and pointing to meta consensuses, being a room owner of our general discussion room The Nineteenth Byte, and otherwise using their available moderator tools. I'd definitely vote for him when it's time. \$\endgroup\$ – Erik the Outgolfer Feb 6 '18 at 12:41

Hello, I'm DJMcMayhem! But you can call me DJ.

Fun fact about me: Apparently, I've visited the site for 762 consecutive days.

I would be honored to be a moderator for this site. I deeply care about this community, and I would like to do whatever I can to help this site succeed. I have a strong draw towards moderation tasks. At the time of writing this:

  • I am extremely active in the PPCG review queues, with 2735 reviews in total.

  • I am an active core member of Charcoal, a community led moderation team that assist in quickly removing spam and offensive content from across the SE network. Through the assistance of Charcoal and autoflagging, I've given feedback to the smoke detector bot 1730 times, and I have cast 4287 flags with a 99.65% helpful rate.

  • I have a very high candidate score.

But beyond just raw numbers I have always shown maturity, a heart for this site, and active participation. I have been active on meta, helping the community shape it's guidelines. I have always tried my best to be very welcoming to new users. I spend a lot of time in chat, which makes me very easy to get a hold of. My answers

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd like to point out that 2.7k reviews is insanely impressive, especially considering that our site doesn't get many reviews. I've been reviewing for a 2 years now and I don't even have more than 1k. \$\endgroup\$ – Rɪᴋᴇʀ Feb 5 '18 at 22:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ So that's why I never see any posts to review... :P \$\endgroup\$ – totallyhuman Feb 5 '18 at 22:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ DJ is one of the most mature, level-headed people that I've had the pleasure to meet on PPCG. He would be a fantastic moderator, and he absolutely has my support in this election. \$\endgroup\$ – Mego Feb 5 '18 at 23:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ DJ is awesome. He's consistently shown his interest and ability in maintaining and improving the health of the site. He has my full support as a moderator candidate. \$\endgroup\$ – Alex A. Feb 6 '18 at 1:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ As Mego said above, I believe DJMcMayhem would make for an awesome moderator of this site, if elected. Also, we need a cat in the lead, don't we? ;-) \$\endgroup\$ – Erik the Outgolfer Feb 6 '18 at 12:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ If this avatar gets on the moderation panel, I'd laugh more. \$\endgroup\$ – Magic Octopus Urn Feb 6 '18 at 21:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ Just to add to all the support above, one (ongoing) joke that shows how easy DJ is to get hold of on the site/chat is that mentioning either BrainFlak or V (his languages) is enough to 'summon' him to chat. \$\endgroup\$ – caird coinheringaahing Feb 9 '18 at 18:28

This election is complete.