2014 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 Apr 8 '14 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.

1,240 voters were eligible, 646 visited the site during the election, 377 visited the election page, and 238 voted

I'd like to continue the work I've been doing to support the site and community. This is the first site I've moderated, and it has been a learning experience. If you'll keep me around, I'll keep at it.

Why me?
I've been around since the Area 51 proposal and have seen the site grow and take shape. I'm proud of what we've built here and have enjoyed helping out. Most (or all) of my participation lately has been focused on moderation and meta. You've seen my work and you can know what to expect from me.

Why not?
Most (or all) of my participation lately has been moderation and meta. I haven't asked or answered questions recently, and have been largely quiet in chat. This type of participation is important for moderators, and I've been a bit lacking.

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    Wow. This election just got interesting. Going for a second term, eh? – Jim G. Mar 30 '14 at 23:13

While this site has graduated, I don't feel like my work is quite finished yet. So, in the spirit of honest disclosure, here is what to consider when placing your votes:


  • Over three years experience as a Stack Exchange moderator. I understand that every site is different and that things change, sometimes necessitating a change in strategy.
  • Demonstrates objectivity and fairness and believes in A Theory of Moderation.
  • Active commenter, which is important to communicate and teach site norms.
  • Relatively active in both Meta Workplace SE and Meta Stack Overflow (the network meta for all SE).


  • Sometimes a fresh perspective is a good thing; the other candidates running are equally as qualified as I but would energetically approach this site's new challenges with a fresh perspective.
  • I have a great career at an awesome company. Thus, I'm not active during US business hours and tend to be more active on evenings and weekends. I may also take on a freelance opportunity. If you're looking for someone to be around during that time, you should strongly consider one of the other great candidates.
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    I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that jmort is a fantastic moderator. I've never seen anyone handle situations the way jmort does and it's really evident that he's invested a lot of hard work and time into this site. I'm really glad to see you running to continue moderating! – Rhys Mar 29 '14 at 8:42
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    I absolutely agree with RhysW. Would love to see you stay on the bridge. – CMW Mar 29 '14 at 8:56
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    Jmort a strong record of high-quality moderation, meta participation, and gentle guidance of users. He also brings continuity to the new team, which I think is pretty important. I would be delighted to see him continue in this role. – Monica Cellio Mar 30 '14 at 2:13
  • If I'm elected I'll be able to edit the typo in my previous comment. :-) That's "jmort has a strong record...". – Monica Cellio Mar 30 '14 at 2:47
  • @MonicaCellio - Absolutely! Take the red pill. – jmort253 Mar 30 '14 at 2:51
  • Certainly my top pick! I'm glad to see some of our best members applying, I'm not sure I would have the courage to take on that responsibility. – CincinnatiProgrammer Mar 31 '14 at 16:32

I'm willing to serve.


  • I'm active on meta, as a reviewer, and on main (mainly answers and comments). I've been here almost two years. I know our norms.

  • I'm an elected mod on Mi Yodeya (2012) and a pro-tem mod on Writers (2013). I'm fluent with the mod tools and SE practices.

  • I'm active elsewhere on the network; I can bring best practices and lessons learned from other sites.

  • I've been in the (lowercase-w) workplace for rather a while. Domain experience helps.


  • Electing me removes one regular 10k+ user. Mod votes are binding so I'll have to be more sparing. I want to see 10k+ users doing all they can to help moderate; not everything requires superpowers.

  • I'm a moderator on two other sites and I'm active elsewhere on the network. The Workplace won't have my undivided attention. I expect to spend about the same amount of time here as I do now; I believe that's enough to do the job (and more), but the cost of doing more moderation is contributing less content. I also don't expect to spend a ton of time in our busy chat room.

If elected I'll do the best job I can. I'm just as happy to be a high-powered regular user. Either way I think we win.

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    From what I have seen Monica has always been patient and is always contributing good content. Whether that is meta participation, questions and answers, or support in the review queues and chat. I think even a fraction of Moderator Monica's time will be very beneficial for workplace as a whole! – Rhys Mar 28 '14 at 15:00
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    "Either way I think we win" -- it's not just you. Thank you for being willing to give your time for this community if called on -- we do appreciate it. – jmac Mar 28 '14 at 15:24
  • "Surround yourself with smart people" is a quote that comes to mind. You have lots of moderation experience on an actual graduated SE site to bring to the table, so perhaps you'd be most likely to anticipate future challenges based on what you've seen on Mi Yodeya. – jmort253 Mar 29 '14 at 18:09

The Workplace is already helping people. We already have a question with 100,000 views that pops up at the top of google for even the most generic of search terms. We have a varied group of subject matter experts, and a strong community of people who want to improve the quality of our resource by contributing content, and by helping to categorize and moderate the content we already have.

I hope that any moderator will:

  1. Allow content contributors to focus on contributing good content
  2. Support the community in moderating content while we build up enough users with the necessary reputation
  3. Make our site guidelines clearer by improving the resources new and existing users have (through the help center and FAQ on meta)

I believe I would be able to do those things. I have the most meta questions of any user, I am active in chat, and am in an advantageous time zone (UTC+9). I am active on Meta.SO as well, and actively look to improving the system at the source for the benefit of our corner of it.

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    I think you'd also make a great moderator. You've definitely made the flag queue a little more pleasant by convincing users to do a little editing when needed, which has helped us focus on areas where we really needed to devote our attention. Plus, it's nice seeing posts get improved instead of removed. – jmort253 Mar 26 '14 at 1:02
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    +1: I'm glad you've decided to run. – Jim G. Mar 26 '14 at 1:17
  • This makes me happy to see. – enderland Mar 26 '14 at 3:08
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    Glad to see you nominated yourself, didn't really want to have to fly out to you and encourage you to do it! It's a long flight – Rhys Mar 26 '14 at 6:53
  • I'm in it for now, but I hope that others who are better qualified are motivated to nominate themselves as well. Remember, nominations are non-binding! "Nominations are not binding; nominees may withdraw at their discretion at any point during the nomination phase." – jmac Mar 26 '14 at 6:56
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    ...Others who are better qualified... - They don't exist. – Jim G. Mar 26 '14 at 9:39
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    When handling flags, I often think the best course of action (or at least first step) is to leave a helpful comment (and/or make an edit). I often find you've already done so, and often to the point where no moderator action is needed! – yoozer8 Mar 27 '14 at 12:47
  • Certainly has my vote. Easily the baseline of what a moderator should be. – Simon O'Doherty Mar 31 '14 at 9:08


I became an active member of The Workplace shortly after starting my first 'real' job, and I learnt a lot of what I know from this site, now that there are moderator positions available I am eager to take my contributions to a new level.

Why you shouldn't vote for me

  • I am relatively young and thus inexperienced in the 'real-world' workplace.

  • I can be too hands off due to not wanting to step on toes, though I am actively trying to be more hands on where appropriate

Why Me

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    The youngest moderator on Stack Exchange might be about 13 or 14 years old. Age is definitely not a factor, and many of the younger moderators have proven themselves quite capable leaders. Did you mean to say you're "too careful", meaning you don't step on toes, or did you mean to say you have a habit of stepping on people's toes? The way it's written, it almost sounds like you want to do more toe stomping. :D I'm glad you nominated. From what I've seen, I think you'd do a great job. – jmort253 Mar 26 '14 at 0:40
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    @jmort253 oops, I wrote this rather late at night, is that clearer now? Was trying to say I can be too hands off worrying about stepping on toes, though I am trying to change this by being more hands on where appropriate. And thanks for the support! I hope to see your own nomination in here soon though ;) – Rhys Mar 26 '14 at 6:49
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    Not to mention that RhysW is our very own TWP success story, having used our resource to further his own career. Young or not, he has his heart in the right place, and has contributed a lot of his own time to making our corner of the web better. Being British, it also means all of our post notices and other moderator announcements would sound far more dignified. – jmac Mar 26 '14 at 6:59

I would love to become a moderator for The Workplace.

Why me

  • I care about my work environment a lot and find this site to be a great place to share this passion - I never believed in 9 to 5.
  • I love the community here and how we make this topic work as an SE.
  • I've been busy helping others and improving quality since pretty early on, looking for potential in all posts.
  • Even without moderator privileges, I've spent a lot of time, doing what I can to make this place great and now I'd like to take some of the burden off the current mods shoulders and help carry it for as long as you see fit.

Why you wouldn't want me

  • I'm opinionated. I'm happy to take every point of view in a discussion, but that won't mean I'll change my opinion.
  • I'm a programmer. I've heard some concern, that this SE might be too much IT-focussed, so you might think somebody with a different background is better.
  • I'm German. Given the timezone other nominees are in, you might look for a better distribution so someone is around when questions on toilet hygiene make hot list.

Raw Data

  • Signed up 158 days ago - visited 149 days since
  • Top in 3 review queues
  • Top 5 in 2 more review queues
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    I remember seeing you around when you first started participating, and right away I could tell we had you hooked! If I remember correctly, you were helping out before you could even edit or vote to close, which goes to show that anyone can make a positive impact regardless of reputation or how long they've been here. If it helps, I became a moderator on SE with just two months under my belt, so you're more than qualified, and you'd be a great addition to the team. – jmort253 Mar 26 '14 at 1:22
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    Thank you very much, @jmort253. It's been a great time so far and I hope we can inspire more people to make a positive impact regardless of reputation. – CMW Mar 26 '14 at 8:24

This election is complete.