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 Oct 13 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.


3,920 voters were eligible, 559 visited the site during the election, 400 visited the election page, and 160 voted

Describe why you would make a good moderator

I'm not sure I would make a good moderator, but since no one else has stepped forward to give us enough candidates to go forward with an election I'm willing to accept the slight risk that I'll be elected so that we can once again have some active moderators in this community. I believe both of the other two candidates would make excellent moderators. I plan to vote for both scottbb and Philip Kendall and I encourage you to do so as well.

Here's a link to my response to the questionnaire.

I'm Philip. I've been hanging around this site for a while now, and I hope I've got a fairly good idea for how the community works at the moment and some of the issues we face. As a moderator on another (lower traffic) site in the network, I've also got a good idea of what being a moderator involves.

Please do take a minute to read my answers to the election questionnaire as I think they give a good insight into my views on moderation, probably better than this escalator pitch can.

Thank you, good luck to the other candidates and a big thank you to our retiring moderators for the service they've performed for the site.

I'm Scott. I have been a regular participant here since 2015. I have regularly contributed to the site's review queues, and feel that I have a good understanding of the community's direction and requirements for how it wishes to entrust its moderators.

This would be my first Stack Exchange community moderation position if elected. Please read my answers to the election questionnaire to better understand my position on moderation.

This election is complete.