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!


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.


8,676 voters were eligible, 2,594 visited the site during the election, 1,404 visited the election page, and 599 voted

Greeting everybody, my name is DarkCygnus (Mike IRL) and I would like to serve you as a Moderator on this site.

I think that now more than ever this Community (and the whole SE) needs our help and support; surely most of us are aware of the current situation we are in and that action is needed desperately.

It's been about 5 years since I joined the Network, and since the beginning I quickly grew fond of it. At first I was amazed by the variety of sites and help one could get, and then I was positively surprised to see that the Community and the people that make it was also kind and supportive.

I'm not going to lie, I have had my ups and downs regarding this whole situation. At some points I've been with zero to no hope that this can be saved... but we will never know if we don't try!

And, at this point, only our positive and constructive actions and feedback will bring any help. This is the stance I'm taking, and I have high hopes that together we can venture into this new era of the SE network.

Link to my answers to the Questionnaire

  • Glad you made it sir! – Mister Positive Feb 24 at 17:41
  • Thanks :) last week was nightmare for me here at work, thus why I didn't had time to sit down and properly write this. – DarkCygnus Feb 24 at 17:52

My interest in becoming a moderator is based on a desire to facilitate the site focusing on what it does best: provide a Q & A resource for people who need help with career and workplace topics.

One of the headings near the top of our site tour is,

Ask questions, get answers, no distractions

Ideally, that's the environment moderators are here to foster: helping people ask questions, write answers, and avoid distractions.

As I've grown in rep and earned additional rights, I've tried to be mindful of following the community moderator guidelines outlined in A Theory of Moderation. I see becoming a moderator as the next logical step in that progression, and I believe I possess the traits that make for a good moderator: active participation in the site and the meta site, leading by example in terms of focusing first on helping people, and most importantly, the ability to reflect on challenges or feedback from others in the community and adjust my approach as appropriate.

My answers to the candidate questions

  • You and I have not really interacted much as of yet. I look forward to reading your answers so I can learn more about you. – Mister Positive Feb 18 at 12:33
  • You have been here for just about a year but in that time have shown excellent contributions to the site, meta and the review queues. In fact I've awarded you several bounties in that time for high quality answers. One thing I've noticed is that it seems you haven't participated in chat much lately. Is there a particular reason for that or do you simply prefer to stick to the main site? – Lilienthal Feb 19 at 14:18
  • @Lilienthal - thanks for the compliments. I have no strong feelings for or against chat, I just hadn't been in the practice of keeping a window open for it over the last few months. I'd suspect that if I was elected I'd participate in chat more regularly. – dwizum Feb 19 at 16:46
  • @MisterPositive - I've been bouncing around on editing draft answers, I'll get something posted this afternoon! – dwizum Feb 19 at 16:47
  • @MisterPositive - I've answered the questions and edited in the link. – dwizum Feb 19 at 18:50

Like many others I haven't exactly been enamored with some of SO Inc's actions of late, and I've been vocal about that elsewhere so I'm not going to rehash that here. Also there's the looming shadow of the yet-to-be-released new moderator agreement, which may or may not present new problems and I've expressed concern at that uncertainty too.

So why am I running? I guess it boils down to the same reason why I'm still here answering questions and trying to help people. Because I still think this site has value, regardless of what's happening in and around the SE network real people are still going out to work everyday, they are still trying to find jobs, to keep jobs, to understand jobs - and sometimes they are going to need a hand figuring that stuff out. In spite of taking a series of hefty blows during the recent tumult, with losing multiple moderators etc. The Workplace has trucked on and largely just got on with the business of helping people navigate the world of work.

No-one can completely predict the future, and maybe this will all go down in flames but we've made it this far so I'm betting on TWP.

Q&A response

Hello, I'm Magisch.

To say I've not been a fan of the recent actions by Stack Exchange is probably a vast understatement. Yet, I still like this site and its community and believe it is worth preserving.

In my view the moderators serve the communities they're elected by, not the company. So if elected I will operate by exactly that principle. Besides the day to day activities of moderating the site, I will use every opportunity I can to make known the interests of this community to the company, and to make sure that we have a voice when it counts.

Big changes are coming to the network, and small sites have to make their needs and voices heard to the company to not be overlooked and to have their perspectives considered in changes made.

Giving feedback is possible without being a moderator, and I've been doing that, but moderators have extra avenues for that feedback. I believe this is an important new task for any future moderators of small communities.

My answers to the questionnaire

  • you tried a few years ago to be a mod. You were a bit young at the time. But now, I truly believe you will be a great moderator. – Andy K Feb 18 at 13:28
  • I'd vote for this guy – reg Feb 19 at 16:37
  • "to make sure that we have a voice when it counts" How will you make sure if you find out later that the company doesn't listen to the moderators? – Uchiha Madara Feb 23 at 13:08
  • @UchihaMadara By any other method available. I'm planning to give feedback and raise our concerns by any method available. If the mod only channels aren't effective, other channels might be. Point is, I'll (continue) to try everything available to me. – mag Feb 23 at 17:32

This election is complete.