2017 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 Feb 14 '17 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


3,650 voters were eligible, 1,565 visited the site during the election, 855 visited the election page, and 454 voted

Hi there - I'm going to nominate myself for a moderator role here, for two reasons. The main one is that while the two nominees so far are the ideal winners of this election, more nominees are required for an election. The other is that I bring a fair amount of experience moderating Stack Exchange sites both large and small, and far too many years running teams across multiple countries.

I'm fair, generally even tempered, and am a mediator when arguments get heated. That said, I'm not averse to closing down trolls and rudeness quickly. I have been instrumental in helping community growth on other sites, through beta and past graduation. I understand the real-life connections, promotion and interaction needed to ensure healthy progression. For evidence of this, please check out the other sites I moderate.

That said, vote Lilienthal or Christopher - you know it makes sense!

  • So I was informed last night :-) – Rory Alsop Feb 3 '17 at 7:18
  • I think you would make a great moderator Rory. I have never seen you lose your temper or behave in an unprofessional manner. You have always demonstrated a cool head and thoughtful demeanor. – Lumberjack Feb 3 '17 at 23:20
  • I agree, Rory is a great moderator, but at some point he might be spread too thin ;) – Raystafarian Feb 5 '17 at 22:32
  • That's true, Ray, but so far in terms of mod activity on my sites over the last quarter, I'm most active on a couple, 2nd on a couple and 3rd on a couple. So still okay :-) – Rory Alsop Feb 5 '17 at 23:57

Hi all. I'm Lilienthal and I'm hereby submitting my nomination for your consideration. I've been contributing to this site for just over two and a half years and I think it makes sense to throw my hat in the ring.

I'm from the Central European time zone which is currently not represented in the mod team. I check the site multiple times a day and visited daily for more than a year. While I'm no longer answering at the same volume that I used to, I'm still contributing regularly to editing, reviewing and meta.

I've been continually impressed with the quality of both this community and the advice we offer. That professionalism that marks our userbase and the opportunity to help people in ways that really matter, with more than getting their code to compile, is why I keep coming back to this site.

While I firmly believe that our community's self-moderation is working well, I think it would be helpful to have a janitor / exception handler in a European time-zone. I have experience moderating forums large and small, including a default subreddit.

So if you'll have me, I'd like to take my contributions to this site to the next level by becoming your new community moderator.

  • From what I recall your posts are pretty resonable – paparazzo Jan 30 '17 at 22:24
  • Also his posts and comments are astute and he can keep a level head answering rather emotional workplace questions such as when an employee feels under undue stress. – Jenny Tengson Mandani Jan 31 '17 at 2:50
  • Your answers are outstanding. Keep the good work going on even if you haven't elected. – Jude Niroshan Jan 31 '17 at 5:06
  • Going to be a hard choice this year already, and we're not even a day into the nominations. Sigh. – Magisch Jan 31 '17 at 7:23
  • Excellent, thoughtful answers. Very occassionally troubling comments to closed answers. – Lumberjack Feb 1 '17 at 21:38
  • @Lumberjack Troubling? In what way? Too direct or harsh? – Lilienthal Feb 1 '17 at 22:45
  • Yes, I think those adjectives are suitable, but the behavior is far from commonplace. In general I think you are a courteous, professional, and thoughtful contributor to the site, but very occasionally I have been surprised to see your name beside an overly harsh comment. – Lumberjack Feb 2 '17 at 21:30
  • @Lumberjack That's fair. It's a delicate balance to walk as I think you occasionally do need to deliver a harsh truth on this site. And I've noticed that the nature of comments (character limit, asynchronous communication) sometimes has me dropping qualifiers and softening statements to avoid hiding the message. While I try to stay well on the "honest" side of brutal honesty, don't forget to report any comments, including mine, if they're no longer constructive, are over the line or are simply harsh for the sake of being harsh. – Lilienthal Feb 2 '17 at 21:55
  • I really enjoy reading your answers so I say the following without malice. I'm curious why you haven't earned the sportsmanship badge. Given you've answered ~300 questions it seems to me you've had more than enough opportunity to earn the badge. I feel votes are an important part of the site. Furthermore recognizing the contributions of others (even when they don't exactly align yours) and the value of alternate points of view is an important ability for mods to have IMO. Why do you think you haven't earned this badge, and how would those reasons impact you as a mod? – Erik Feb 3 '17 at 21:44
  • @Erik I suppose it's because I tend not to revisit questions after I've answered them and on the questions I do answer I typically only do so within the first few hours of them being posted. It's rare that I come to a question which already has some thoughtful answer where I have a sufficiently different take that I feel the need to answer rather than comment and upvote existing answers. Keep in mind that this is also a pretty rare badge on this site with just 19 having been awarded and several of our regular users don't have one or have only recently gotten it. – Lilienthal Feb 4 '17 at 13:50
  • For what it's worth I was equally surprised that I didn't have it yet when I saw my nomination score. I was about 80% of the way at the time but felt that going through my answer backlog and blindly upvoting everything just to get the badge instantly didn't sit right with me. – Lilienthal Feb 4 '17 at 13:52
  • That makes good sense and I appreciate you not trying to game the system by checking that box artificially. I wish you great success in life and this election. You have my vote. – Erik Feb 6 '17 at 18:08

I'd like to nominate myself as a moderator. I've been a user or Workplace.SE for just over 2 years now and have a repuation of over 22k, indicating my activity here is not just a passing fancy. I would like to help in Workplace's continued success and this is a manner I feel I could well contribute.

I believe that I would make a good moderator in part because of my ability to compartmentalize. I may have a certain opinion on a subject, but that opinion must express itself only in my answers, not my moderation. I pride myself in being able to disagree with someone but not let it affect both how I treat them or their interaction.

I believe in fairness in that everyone is entitled to the equal application of the rules, which rules have been discussed openly.

I believe in light-touch moderation, which Workplace practices quite well. A heavy hand becomes a less a reflection of the community and more a reflection of its management.

I believe it is most important to temper criticism with consideration. Tone is important (especially as a moderator) and one must never feel justified in "calling out" another, even when the issue is of personal importance or consequence.

  • Chris often provides insightful and thought provoking answers. Always a class act, his answers often approach the problem from an angle that no other answer has considered. I've never seen him be anything but professional and courteous, even to trolls. – Lumberjack Feb 1 '17 at 21:40

This election is complete.