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 Aug 4 '15 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


2,217 voters were eligible, 998 visited the site during the election, 602 visited the election page, and 317 voted

I've been an active daily participant in The Workplace for the last year and a half.

Reasons I think I could suit this position:

  1. I very rarely go a whole day without checking and participating in review queues, and usually it's just about any moment when I have a tiny bit of downtime.
  2. It's very important to me to play nice with others. I'd always rather end things with a smile than a simple harsh rule statement. That doesn't mean that I think we should just be nice and ignore community rules, just that we should apply them thoughtfully and politely.
  3. I'm based in the UK, but I've lived in New Zealand, the USA and Israel in the past, giving me (I hope) a reasonably open outlook on the world, and awareness that cultures vary from place to place.

Regarding comments: I'm in favour of tidy posts. When comments descend into long discussions they don't provide useful additions to the post, and any info gleaned in them should probably be edited into the original post. I think that's a reasonable edit for a mod to make if they delete a comment thread or it moves to chat.

The occasional funny or witty comment need not be nuked, so long as it isn't offensive or rude.

  • How do feel about comments that are not rude but don't add value. For example - "Yes I have that problem too and it is a pain". It does not add value but it also does not take away value. Would you call that not constructive? Would you even want that flagged for review? – paparazzo Jul 27 '15 at 18:15

I would like to nominate myself for the role of moderator on The Workplace site.

I am a very active user here and I visit every day, even if I don't necessarily comment or answer. I regularly try to clear the review queues, and I always look to try to keep the quality of the site as high as possible by closing questions that are either off topic or duplicates.

My moderation style is gentle but firm :) I am a firm believer that yelling someone down will only blow up in your face. Stay calm, explain your reasoning and don't allow yourself to become emotional.

I was an administrator for a very active gaming community with over 40,000 members for about seven years, so I have a lot of experience in dealing with people and moderating a large community. As a moderator, it is important for us to be a part of the community and aware that the rules apply equally to us. Our role is to lead by example and to also guide others to remain within the rules.

I know I have not been here as long as many of you, but I am very passionate about the site and very much enjoy trying to help people solve their workplace-oriented problems. I hope you will consider me as a potential moderator :)

  • What exactly makes you passionate about this site? – PM 77-1 Jul 22 '15 at 16:00
  • I'm concerned with the "member for 3 months" part of your profile the most. I've seen you post a lot of high quality answers so I know you'd be good, but what could you say to ease my worry about you maybe not visiting as much once you hit the 6-month mark? I know I was passionate about Stack Exchange for the first few months I was on, and since then I've been through peaks and valleys. – Lawrence Aiello Jul 22 '15 at 18:01
  • Will you delete comments made in jest? – Deer Hunter Jul 22 '15 at 20:56
  • @PM77-1 When I found this site, it was like I'd found a home I didn't know I was looking for. The values closely align with my own, and I have a strong sense of empathy for other people. The workplace is where we spend so much of our waking hours, so as far as possible we need to try to make it as enjoyable and as stress free as we can. Given that is the intent (as far as I interpret it) of this site, it follows on that I am passionate about it :) – Jane S Jul 22 '15 at 20:59
  • @LawrenceAiello It is a very hard concern to allieviate. Partly my reasoning is outlined in my previous comment, partly because I am the type of person who sticks to something once I start. Like most technical people, I was using Stack Overflow for years before I created an account to ask a question in March last year. I saw this site pop up from time to time and finally saw something that caught my eye. I lurked for a number of months, gauging how the site worked before finally answering a question myself. Badly, if I recall :) But I get pleasure from helping others, and so here I am :) – Jane S Jul 22 '15 at 21:02
  • @DeerHunter I'll hedge my bets and say "if necessary." :) If they are not offensive and has obviously been appreciated by the community then I would hesitate to remove it straight away. However, this is a professional site and there comes a time when they need to be cleaned up to not detract from the intent of either the question or the answer. – Jane S Jul 22 '15 at 21:06
  • I think Jane S is the most valuable contributor on this site. She clearly has years of workplace experience. Her comments and answers are valid and polite. This a person I would want to work with. There are contributors on this site with big reps and predatory attitudes that I would not want to work with and Jane I hope you would work filter those people once you are elected. – paparazzo Jul 22 '15 at 22:24
  • @Blam Well thank you :) "When I am elected" is very premature as there are some compassionate and articulate people here with much more experience with the site than I have :) I do try to treat people with respect and it's important to realise that questions are being asked by people. We need to remember to treat our fellow community members as such :) – Jane S Jul 22 '15 at 22:43
  • Cool but I am not talking about questions. I think there are predatory answers and comments that should be shut down. Don't waste space debating policy with me. You have my vote. – paparazzo Jul 22 '15 at 22:55

Hi there,

My name is Rory, and I'm a serial moderator...

In my day job I have managed teams of all sizes from 2 or 3 up to over 100 spread across multiple countries over the last 15 years. I have hired specialists, consultants, contractors and permanent staff in general and incredibly niche roles.

On StackExchange, I moderate seven sites, and this has given me an in depth, possibly unique, view of moderation requirements from early beta, through merges and graduation, to growing a fully mature site, and a wide range of moderation needs from very technical (Security) to rather subjective (Parenting). So far I only have 543 rep on Workplace, but my experience moderating is valuable on any site.

My moderation style is Peacekeeper. Fair, willing to listen, hard to antagonise and willing to admit when I have made a mistake.

I live in Scotland, so am in a time zone that includes many site users but is not represented by the current moderation team, so I will be able to provide coverage during some of our high volume hours. This is a benefit on some of my other sites, and I would expect it to help here.

  • Maybe an odd question, but why would you want to moderate yet another site, which you're not particularly active on? Is this moderating for moderations sake? I'm not entirely sure if I disprove or approve either way, but it seems out of place compared to previous elections I watched. – Reaces Jul 21 '15 at 14:20
  • I actually do really enjoy the moderation aspect. I agree with you that it can't be separated entirely from activity on a site, but I have meant to be more active on here since a conversation I had with jmort ages ago. It's a good excuse for me to be more active here. I can think of a couple of potential candidates who are far more likely to win than me if they nominate (based on Workplace activity), but I do feel I bring extensive moderation experience. – Rory Alsop Jul 21 '15 at 15:37
  • I moderator with Rory on productivity.stackexchange. He does a great job. @RoryAlsop: nominations close in 6 days. Right now you have no review history at all here. You might want to spend some time on the review queues and build up some reputation here. Show you understand the site before people have to vote. – Jeanne Boyarsky Jul 22 '15 at 2:36
  • Thanks Jeanne, unfortunately the review queue is currently zero, but I'm trying :-) – Rory Alsop Jul 22 '15 at 5:44
  • I strongly suggest that you outline in your post why adding one more moderator responsibility will not stretch you thin. Do you still have your day job? If so, do you have more than 24 hours in your days? – PM 77-1 Jul 22 '15 at 15:58
  • I may have to do that in election chat - it's actually pretty straightforward. I used to have a day job that was consistently over 100 hours a week. Current job is 40-45. Heaps of time I need to do something with. – Rory Alsop Jul 22 '15 at 16:56
  • You have got to be kidding. You are recommending yourself to moderate on a site that you have a rep of zero. – paparazzo Jul 22 '15 at 22:29
  • No Blam - that is incorrect. Read my nom or look at my profile. That summary up there just rounds down :-) – Rory Alsop Jul 22 '15 at 22:55
  • No - I mean you (or anyone) can look at my network profile. Which shows 170k rep, and moderation of 7 sites. I'm going to vote for Jane, as I think she will be perfect for this role, but my moderating experience is more useful than you might think. Also - remember the Be Nice rule... it's a useful rule in life as well as on Stack Exchange – Rory Alsop Jul 22 '15 at 23:05
  • Rory, the reason I decided not to try to continue my moderation term from pro-tem was that I simply no longer had the engagement with Workplace it deserved from a moderator. Your credentials are impressive enough for me to vote for you besides just one open question: how do the Workplace users know that you will actually be engaged from now on (which is what rep usually shows), vs just that you can afford the time and hold the skills, as you have stated/showed? – Nicole Jul 23 '15 at 21:41
  • Best question yet, @Nick - I'd just have to prove it. I think I now have fanatic on all my mod sites except Sound and Video - I do get very involved... And while there is not much time till the election, I'm doing my best to get involved now. – Rory Alsop Jul 24 '15 at 9:24
  • OK I get moderator is a skill. Sorry for the kidding. I am just surprised you want to moderator on a site you have had very little activity. In regards to flag comments not constructive what is you standard. For example - "Yes I have that problem too and it is a pain". Would you call that not constructive? – paparazzo Jul 27 '15 at 18:03
  • I consider "Me too" comments not very constructive so I delete them. My response on other sites I mod is dependent on the OP. Brand new visitors get left a comment and a link to the tour and answer pages. Old hands get the brief comment. 20k+ folks... a prod in chat to ask why :-) – Rory Alsop Jul 27 '15 at 18:57

This election is complete.