2015 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 Oct 20 '15 at 20:00.

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


1,888 voters were eligible, 506 visited the site during the election, 338 visited the election page, and 192 voted

I'm a high rep, experienced user who is very active on Stack Exchange and a seasoned moderator on Video Production, Sound Design and Community Building. I'm also a part time professional wedding photographer. I have not had as much time recently to post answers as I used to, but I check in on photography regularly and check moderation queues for my moderation sites several times a day. I've withdrawn a bit from this site to focus on the sites where I moderate to make the most of my time, but I love this site and would like to be able to make a bigger difference here.

I'm extremely familiar with the Photography.SE community and moderators and know how they operate. The main thing I bring to the table is my experience moderating artistic and subjective content on Stack Exchange.

My goals as a moderator would be to keep things running smoothly and finding ways to integrate "Good Subjective" questions on artistry with the community. I want the site to be welcoming to newcomers and make sure that we maintain a high quality repository of questions and answers for photographers of all skill levels.

This is my fifth year on the site, and third time participating in a moderator election. I have been consistently very active throughout, visiting the site daily except when camping or travelling. Being in New Zealand, I'm in a different timezone from the other moderators and able to provide coverage for the night shift.

Over time I have spent less time answering questions and transitioned more to editing, flagging and clearing the review queues, which I do many times during the day. I try to be welcoming to new users, and wherever possible comment or edit in order to salvage a question rather than closing it.

We have a knowledgeable and friendly community, and I would like to continue to help out in any way I can.

  • Wow, you aren't kidding. You are already extremely active with reviews/revisions here. I have to say I appreciate what you have done already for the site! – dpollitt Oct 6 '15 at 2:49

This election is complete.