2020 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 Sep 29 '20 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.


5,584 voters were eligible, 1,273 visited the site during the election, 1,068 visited the election page, and 457 voted

Hello, I'm caird coinheringaahing

I've been around for 3 and a half years and have been a familiar face here for most of that time.

I'm one of the primary reviewers on the site, (at time of writing) the only user to be one of the last 6 reviewers in all 6 review queues, something I always aim for. I'm a prominent editor, with the second most edits this year and the most by far for this quarter and month.

My questionnaire responses

Why Me

  • I'm very active on all parts of the site, Main, Meta and Chat, so I'm easily reachable
  • I've a lot of experience using the user mod tools, so the moderator tools shouldn't be unfamiliar to me
  • As I'm sure multiple people can attest to, I've got a lot of practice introducing new users to the site, especially those who start with questions and don't know about the Sandbox.

Why Not Me

  • Although it was 3 years ago, I've had a slightly checkered past with the site, netting myself two suspensions
  • I still have a lot to learn about moderating and, at times, I've been known to be unprofessional when interacting with users while in a moderating role (e.g. review)

Hello! My name's HyperNeutrino. I've been a member of this site since 2015 (my profile doesn't reflect this - you can check my reputation history to see that I've been around since at least 2015 - it's a bit of a long story).

Reasons why I believe I would be at least a decent moderator:

  • I've contributed in a couple of meta discussions, including a community-building event that lasted for a brief period
  • While I have been on a semi-hiatus for a good amount of time (by which I mean, I still visited chat rooms occasionally and solved a challenge or two every now and then), I have experience with this community from the several years of near daily activity and active participation on meta and chat rooms
  • I believe I can help shape an inviting community and environment for new and all users and do the required work to keep the site healthy and regulated

Since it seems like there is a dearth of candidates this time around, I may as well throw my hat in the ring.

I have been participating here on and off for the past four years. I'm not very good at code golf, but I do enjoy it. I would not like to see this site die from lack of moderation.

My questionnaire response

Why me:

  • I have been a moderator on Physics SE for about a year and a half, so I have experience with moderating a much larger site
  • Even before becoming a moderator, I was very active in reviews on Physics SE
  • I am a warm body who's willing to help with moderating this site

Why not me:

  • I have low reputation
  • I have been, to put it mildly, not especially active on meta
  • \$\begingroup\$ While your moderating experience is certainly a plus, you are severely lacking in participation on this site as compared to the other candidates. You're not currently able to do some very basic moderating actions as a regular user (edit posts, cast close/open votes etc.) and your QA answer post is your first post ever on Meta. I do think you'd be a perfectly fine moderator (having already had the experience), but I'm very unsure about your experience on the site to vote for you \$\endgroup\$ – caird coinheringaahing Sep 20 '20 at 20:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ @cairdcoinheringaahing I'm well aware of that, and I'm certainly not offended if you don't vote for me. I wouldn't even have considered running if there were more than 2 qualified candidates running for the 3 slots. As it is, though, I think just having a sufficient number of moderators is important to keeping up with the flags. \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Sep 20 '20 at 21:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ Fully understandable, and I hope I wasn't too brash with my comment, I simply thought it best to articulate the problems I (and potentially others) may have with voting for you \$\endgroup\$ – caird coinheringaahing Sep 20 '20 at 21:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @cairdcoinheringaahing Not too brash at all. :) \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Sep 20 '20 at 21:33

Hi everyone, I'm Jo King.

I've been active on this site since late 2017, after I got interested in esolangs like Befunge-93 and brainfuck, and this community has introduced me to so many more. I really enjoy the atmosphere of CGCC and hope that by becoming a moderator I can encourage new users to engage while helping handle spam and other issues.

Hello, I am Wheat Wizard.

I was introduced to this site in 2016 by DJMcMayhem and its been my hobby since. I am volunteering to be a moderator because I love this site and I think we need more moderators.

If you want to get an idea for my commitment to site moderation I currently have done the most reviews in all six of the six categories and I am not slowing down. I care a lot about this site and I'm willing to put in the janitorial work to keep it running.

  • \$\begingroup\$ It really amazes me that this relatively vast community has only one candidate for three positions. Has something happened that I am not aware of? Is there some kind of strike? \$\endgroup\$ – polfosol ఠ_ఠ Sep 20 '20 at 12:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @polfosolఠ_ఠ Are you not aware of what happened to cause the previous moderators to resign? \$\endgroup\$ – Jo King Sep 20 '20 at 13:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JoKing yes I am aware, but I thought we were past that. Since then, I have seen several elections on other sites with quite high amount of participation. The state of this site seems odd to me. btw, it would be a really big loss if this site gets shut down because of lack of moderators. I wish I could do something :( \$\endgroup\$ – polfosol ఠ_ఠ Sep 20 '20 at 13:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ @polfosolఠ_ఠ you technically have enough reputation to nominate yourself as a candidate. It only requires 300 here. :) \$\endgroup\$ – Catija Sep 20 '20 at 15:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Catija you are right, but I highly doubt you (or anyone) would recommend that. Someone like me with neither the experience nor the expertise will do more harm than good. \$\endgroup\$ – polfosol ఠ_ఠ Sep 20 '20 at 16:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ @polfosolఠ_ఠ That really depends on the person. It's a moot point now but, in my experience, people who make great mods are the ones who are using their tools for the benefit of the community - they act on the will of the community to uphold decisions made on meta and set as policy in help center articles and meta... these are things that require some knowledge of the site's policy but in a group setting (as mods are) it's something that can be learned. I'd much rather have a mod who is willing to listen and act then have to shut down a site. :) \$\endgroup\$ – Catija Sep 21 '20 at 20:00

This election is complete.