2018 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 May 29 '18 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


4,984 voters were eligible, 1,963 visited the site during the election, 983 visited the election page, and 496 voted

Greeting everybody, I am DarkCygnus (or Mike outside the digital world) and I would like to serve you as a Moderator on this site.

I recently joined this wonderful Community, but I quickly became engaged and participative on it. I have been actively editing, commenting, and answering posts with the purpose of helping others and improving the site. I intend to keep doing this, and now would like to increase my possibilities to assist The Workplace by serving as your Moderator.

Despite my recent joining to this Community, I have been around in the SE network for around 4 years now (here, SO, Meta SE, Board & Card Games), where I have had quite some time to read, ask, and learn about the system. I am a good observer, which is perhaps one of the reasons I am a quick learner.

I think that The Workplace is a great community that is helping many people out there face real life situations, and I am positive that we can continue growing and improving ourselves and the Community.

I would love to be your Moderator so we can together strive for an even greater and wiser Community.

My answers to the questionnaire here

  • ... and with this nomination finally coming in, this election is now reduced to choosing the second moderator. :) Jokes aside, DarkCygnus is one of the nicest users on this site, he posts good answers, participates actively in meta, makes lots of useful edits, and brings in enormous positive energy to The Water Cooler chat room. – Masked Man May 21 '18 at 9:27
  • I've been impressed by your many positive contributions here and am glad to see you decided to stand for election. – Monica Cellio May 21 '18 at 17:14
  • Thanks @MaskedMan I am grateful for your support, as well for the things I have learned from our discussions on chat and on the site. Good luck to you :) – DarkCygnus May 21 '18 at 17:30
  • I appreciate your supportive words @MonicaCellio , I am looking forward to the opportunity, and regardless of the outcome I will continue to help, and keep learning and growing from mentors like you. – DarkCygnus May 21 '18 at 17:37

I would like to be a moderator to give back to the community for helping me navigate the workplace for 5 years.

I am a regular contributor for about 3 years on the main site and meta. I have contributed the most number of questions to the 2018 moderator questionnaire, which shows my awareness of the community's issues.

I care about making this site useful to more people, such as non-IT workers and non-native English speakers. I try to help out by editing the questions as much as my non-native English skills allow. It is most satisfying when my edits lead to getting better answers.

About me: I am 32 years old, working primarily as a software engineer for 10 years in India, though I have worn many hats, such as management, customer support, training and personal assistant. I also volunteer for a small animal care charity and as a part-time teacher to underprivileged children.

This being an international site, my background in Eastern culture and operating from UTC+0530 timezone is an added benefit.

My answers to the moderator questionnaire here: https://workplace.meta.stackexchange.com/a/5209/3192

Thanks for your time. Please do vote for me!

  • We've crossed swords once or twice over the years, but I've always felt you had the community's best interests in mind. For me, this is the key to being a good mod. – Jane S May 20 '18 at 22:19
  • Thanks, Jane. I look forward to continue serving the community without drawing out swords from now on. :) (Regardless of the outcome of the election.) – Masked Man May 21 '18 at 9:20

I would like to serve the community as a moderator for the Workplace.

I haven't been a moderator on the stack as of yet, but I have been on here for awhile and have a great deal of experience working with all kinds of different people and situations. Being a moderator is primarily about dealing with people in a calm, polite, and fair manner, and in this I have a ton of experience.

A little about me: I am in my forties, a father of 2, and I have a lot of different work experience. I have been a waiter, box packer, dishwasher, grocery bagger, US military service member, salesman, and currently a senior software engineer.

During my introduction phase at TWP, many of our more experienced users helped me. They showed patience, calmness, and the genuine willingness to make me a better community member, and for this I am very grateful.

Why would I want to serve as a moderator? Simple really, I would like to give back to the community, and continue in the tradition of our great mods by moderating with a very light touch, and by always being nice.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

  • I suspect our touch is heavier than you think it is. I hope you'll address this specifically with respect to comments in the question about comments in the questionnaire. Thanks. – Monica Cellio May 15 '18 at 14:12
  • I don't always agree with your answers but that is not a criteria for moderator. You are consistently respectful in questions, answers, and comments. You keep the off topic chit chat to a minimum. I think you would be a good moderator. – paparazzo May 15 '18 at 16:25

I joined here after a bad time in 2 toxic jobs meant I lost my confidence in the world of work. I started answering, and as users seemed to appreciate my input I felt better. As I get warm fuzzies from helping people that felt good too.

Why run for moderator? Partly to give back to the community that helped me but also selfishly, I want to keep feeling those warm fuzzies and this is a way to do both.

Unlike stacks like SciFi users come here because they've got a real problem and I know just how much problems with work can affect you. So when I see a poorly written question my instinct isn't to vote to close and move on but "how can I help this person?"

Not all users are familiar with the SE way or have English as their first language. Many are stressed. So I give the benefit of the doubt in how the questions are written, preferring to try an edit myself rather than leave them wondering what went wrong. Almost every dev I know uses SO heavily, but most wouldn't ask a question as they fear a hostile response. I don't want this stack to get a similar reputation.

I believe we can be a great resource for getting help with workplace problems and I think I can help with that.

  • You are the most junior candidate here but while the differences in seniority aren't that large, the other candidates have considerably more experience with the moderation aspects of the site (reviews, flags, votes). And this is reflected in your candidate score. While your questionnaire answers have convinced me that you understand the site and have the experience and maturity to take on a moderation role, how would you address that apparent weakness in your candidacy? – Lilienthal May 16 '18 at 19:05
  • @NecPlusUltra While the numbers don't tell the whole story (I perform most of my "review" activities by browsing the site rather than using the queues for example) I freely admit that my experience with some of the site's moderation aspects you mention is less then that of the other candidates and that it's an area I'd need to pay specific attention to and I intend to do so whether elected or not. [tbc] – motosubatsu May 18 '18 at 7:57
  • [cont]That said however I've moderated elsewhere (other sites, chatrooms etc) and in my a experience being a good moderator is primarily about mindset, attitude, understanding the community and remembering that you are dealing with real people not just 1s and 0s – motosubatsu May 18 '18 at 7:57

I would like to stand as a candidate for one of the moderator positions.

I'm 50 years old and have been involved with online communities since the time when the internet was used to come on a floppy disc taped to magazines. I have moderated on a few forums covering subjects as photography, automotive, gaming (official Forza Motorsport forum), and computing (Microsoft MVP for a few years and moderated on the MS Answers community).

I like to think of myself as reasonable, approachable, even-handed, and a firm believer in plain speaking. I was told by a mentor many years ago "Don't moderate because you can, moderate because you have to" - I do my best to stick by that rule.

I am active in the main site, in the chat room, and on Meta.

People who know me know that I don't necessarily follow the "Stack" mentality - although the quality of question and answers is important, I put my emphasis on helping people rather than helping StackExchange gain visibility on Google. I firmly believe that having a humanist approach will help balance the moderation team and the site as a whole.

My Q&A Answers can be found here

  • Good luck in the race. You've got my support. – Lumberjack May 15 '18 at 11:56
  • Likewise, you have my support – tale852150 May 17 '18 at 23:30
  • Thank you for your support, very much appreciated! – Snow May 18 '18 at 14:37

I'm a firm believer that the best way to moderate is with a light hand wherever possible. I believe that if you are seeing moderators all the time (aside from the diamond next their name) then something isn't right. It's either a community issue or the mod is being heavy handed.

I've been a member of this community for a while. I know when to ask for help, apply the rules fairly and evenly, regardless of someone's history (positive or negative), when moderating a question. That's very important to me. Right is right. Everyone deserves to treated well. Bias will torpedo any community.

I'm a mature adult and I can put whatever time is needed into it.

If you have any questions for me, ask away!

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I have moderator experience on a bunch of gaming boards dating back to about 1999 (everquest actually), so this wouldn't be my first gig.

  • Good luck sir!! – Retired Codger May 15 '18 at 2:37
  • I am glad to see your name here, Chris. – Snow May 15 '18 at 5:27
  • Good luck in the race. You've got my support. – Lumberjack May 15 '18 at 11:56
  • An excellent candidate! – Anne Daunted May 15 '18 at 16:50
  • You seem respectful in answers and comments. I don't think you have any questions. I think you would be a good moderator. – paparazzo May 15 '18 at 17:06
  • Thanks all. And @paparazzo you're right. I don't have any questions,. I usually research things myself into the ground using a multitude of sources. Plus, having over 30 years of professional work experience, there's not a ton that I haven't already seen . Also, the last 2 1/2 years I've worked for some great people in a great position so I really don't have any issues that need solving. :) I'm lucky in that regard. – Chris E May 15 '18 at 21:22

This election is complete.