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!

Also, drop by meta, if you have any questions you'd like to address to all the nominees.

This election ended Mar 3 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.


2,273 voters were eligible, 827 visited the site during the election, 516 visited the election page, and 262 voted

To nominate or not to nominate? I'm unhappy with the community crises between 2019-09 and 2020-01. After SEI mismanagement, an already understaffed community team lost tens of years of collective experience, and SEI management has been trying to impose rules on communities against our wishes.

There may be hope. On the Stack Moderators Team, where I'm a member as an Earth Science moderator, moderators appear to have some influence. The new CTO Teresa Dietrich appears to acknowledge problems, and an employee has admitted that meta matters and that community crises exist.

I'm making myself electable. I will moderate if elected, but if SEI betrays our hopes of recovery, I may resign again.

For me speaks my experience moderating on Earth Science and my professional space experience (PhD in Space Technology, working with satellite data daily). Against me speaks that I've not been very active in review queues. Others may be better candidates. Use your best judgement.

Thank you, best regards, Gerrit Holl.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm glad to see that you've thrown your hat at least in the general direction of the ring. Besides "I'm not sure what I'm thinking." have you thought of posting any responses to the Questions for Space Exploration Mod Nominees? ;-) $\endgroup$ – uhoh Feb 22 at 11:15
  • $\begingroup$ @uhoh Will do, I still have some time for that I hope? $\endgroup$ – gerrit Feb 22 at 17:22
  • $\begingroup$ @gerrit Yes, nominations close tomorrow though, so the election will begin and people will start voting, so you may want to get your answers out there quickly if you want any voters who are following that thread to have that information when voting. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Feb 23 at 19:14

Hello, I'm Machavity and I am running for pro-tem moderator. I held off until the CPO of Stack Overflow announced some changes, which I believe will be positive for the overall SE community.

I'm not the most visible on Space.SE, but I do a lot of non-diamond moderation around SE, and I have done some Space Meta work as well (I tend to like tag organization). I'm mostly like our yellow-eyed friend in this video about space (although building space ships is cool too). I'm far from an Organic Marble or uhoh, however.

I'm running because I can offer some solid moderation experience and I really like the Space.SE community. I'm also hoping to be an advocate when site graduation comes up again (it's a constant topic on Politics.SE, which just barely missed out on that half-graduation). I hope to see Space.SE treated like the mature community it has grown into.

  • $\begingroup$ Excited to see you throw your hat in the ring! Great intro post, and I find it very encouraging that you were motivated by the CPO post. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Feb 21 at 13:55

I'm William, and I do humbly nominate myself for the post of moderator at space.SE.

I am reasonably active on Chemistry.SE, and have a few posts on this site as well. I nominate myself, despite being a low-scoring candidate, as I love the site and have been extremely passionate about space exploration since I was a few (<3) years old.

I am hoping to move into my college's aerospace department in my sophomore year and start a career in space exploration research and development.

I believe, with God's help, that I am ready to handle moderation duties, and I do have a bit of review experience across the network.

I will also work to polish the (already great) material on our site and help improve search engine visibility, all to increase traffic and ensure space.SE soon graduates beta to become a fully fledged site.

Additionally (on a distant note), it has been my longstanding aim to advance our civilization in space travel, the field with the largest reach a civilization can ever have.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for volunteering! I've created a Q&A post for mod nominees here: space.meta.stackexchange.com/q/1455/58. You should find there's one question there already. To answer, just edit the post and add a new section with your username (which should link back to your nomination post here) and your response in a blockquote. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Feb 18 at 20:04
  • $\begingroup$ All the best for the election William R. Ebenezer ♦ ! :) $\endgroup$ – Guru Vishnu Feb 23 at 11:35
  • $\begingroup$ @GuruVishnu Thanks, man. $\endgroup$ – William R. Ebenezer Feb 23 at 12:39

Stack exchange is a network which always help people who are passionate about subject and wanted to lean as well as teach , and I am one of the case from it, I gain a lot from the site, and during my stay in the site I learn a lot, and I got to know that maintaining this site in healthy condition is very important task with prevention from spam answers and question , and thus work is done by some user who referred as moderator, moderator has more responsibility than any other user on the site including editing , and closing the spam and unrelated question on site, I yuvraj singh nominate my self for stack exchange election 2020,although I do not have reputation in thousand but I can assure everyone that I have shown sensibility and patience during my own close votes,I assure everyone that I will do my best to make the site more better place for student and professional with my regular availability on site, I assure everyone that I will edit and review the meta post too. And do what is best for the site without any discrimination, Yes! If you vote for me I would fulfill my all promise thank you.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for volunteering! I've created a Q&A post for mod nominees here: space.meta.stackexchange.com/q/1455/58. There are no questions yet, but I wanted to give you a heads up so you could be prepared to answer if you choose. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Feb 18 at 13:22
  • $\begingroup$ I'm less concerned about the reputation than I am about the near-complete lack of participation of regular user moderation. You've done a grand total of one review, you have no Meta profile (let alone engagement). Clicking around your profile it looks like you don't have 10 reviews across the network. That's deeply concerning for someone who can cast binding votes to do things like delete questions and answers, as well as delete accounts and (most importantly) close questions with a single vote. Assurances are fine, but I'd like to see more engagement before becoming a mod. $\endgroup$ – Machavity Feb 18 at 13:24
  • $\begingroup$ It is correct that I haven, t flag any post on the site because I recently joined the site and it take time to analyze how this site work, I work a lot on physics stack exchange and I flagged many question, because I I know what site demand, so yes on that basis I can assure you all. $\endgroup$ – Jack Rod Feb 18 at 14:37
  • $\begingroup$ Hi. "I work a lot on physics stack exchange" : I think you may consider including your stats on Physics.SE here so that users here can get a better idea of your activity. Further, consider fixing some minor grammar errors. There are a lot of plugins available for the same and they might make the post clear (for example Grammarly). $\endgroup$ – Guru Vishnu Feb 19 at 13:32
  • $\begingroup$ @YuvrajSingh... Being mostly active on Physics SE, I also have to somewhat question the moderation activity you've done on Physics. You don't really have much access to the user moderation privileges, so it's not really clear how much experience you have with moderation. I'll give you credit where it's due, you do seem to be trying to help the sites you participate in, I'm just not sure if you've been around long enough to really have much experience with moderation and how it's applied. $\endgroup$ – JMac Feb 19 at 14:59
  • $\begingroup$ @Jmac, thanks sir, for your response when first moderator elected he had no experience, but tike which make you learn, and I will try my best to utilize my experience which I gain from physics stack exchange. $\endgroup$ – Jack Rod Feb 19 at 16:38
  • $\begingroup$ And I am so much happy and thankful to all the users how are posting their valuable comment. $\endgroup$ – Jack Rod Feb 19 at 16:40
  • $\begingroup$ I think you can increase your candidate score by participating actively on SpaceEx.SE (in the 4 days that are left)and that might add a bit more credibility to your statements. Also you would gain much of the required experience. Since this is a beta site therefore I believe that you have more enough reputation to participate properly like a user with moderation privilege. $\endgroup$ – Kenzo Tenma Feb 19 at 19:07
  • $\begingroup$ @YuvrajSingh... I would suspect that even the first moderators were probably chosen due to having some sort of moderating experience in the past, or at least some good demonstration that they are up for the task. My main concern is that it seems like you might be trying to run before you can walk. You can do plenty of community moderation without being a diamond moderator; but you can't be much of a diamond moderator if you're not that experienced with the community moderation. $\endgroup$ – JMac Feb 19 at 19:50
  • $\begingroup$ @YuvrajSingh... Also, even though the first SE moderators had no Stack Exchange moderating experience, they were moderating a younger SE. Not only is SE as a whole older now, but Space Exploration despite its beta label is also quite mature. The community is no longer in a primarily learning phase, and thus would expect a mod who could start off running. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Feb 19 at 20:15

This election is complete.