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 Feb 13 '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

1,318 voters were eligible, 476 visited the site during the election, 337 visited the election page, and 186 voted

My name is Squeamish Ossifrage, and I am a queer bone-eating carrion bird. As such I avoid harm to creatures who are not already dead. I am new to this aviary, but if you've been watching recently you might have seen some of my fly-by answer sprees.

Adversarial advantages

  • Time zones are a cruel fiction of human railway managers to force slavish adherence to daily routines for commercial benefit.
  • Justice is blind. My vision is still a perfect 20/20, and highly tuned to picking out juicy bones among rubbish from afar.
  • I'm not squeamish about handling unpleasant users and situations—only about turning away a diversity of people whose only fault is unfamiliarity with the community.
  • I recognize my faults and defer to community consensus rather than flaunt my talons.
  • I am not beholden to the secret society. I only fly around its periphery to keep an eye on it.


  • I flew onto the scene only a few months ago.
  • I spent the past month in crypto.se rehab to work on my addiction to the site.
  • To this day, after decades of pondering and searching, I still do not know why the porridge bird lays his egg in the air.

My name is Ella, and I am offering myself as a candidate for moderator.

I am a regular user of the site, with 644+ consecutive days of visiting. I tend to read almost all questions and answers that are posted to the site.

The main reason why I am opting to run for moderator is to help ensure that the moderation team spans a wider variety of time zones to help cover all hours of the day.

Pros of having me as a moderator:

  • Wider timezone coverage
  • I am friendly to new users, I prefer to salvage questions rather than close them (when possible)
    • I believe that newcomers deserve to have the answer that they came here for - When it doesn't clearly violate the sites policy anyways.
  • I have a good relationship with the current mods

Cons of having me as a moderator:

  • I don't have as many edit/review/etc badges as I could
  • I don't have as much activity on meta as I could
  • I have no experience as a mod
  • I don't own a smart phone and cannot moderate the site when I am away from home (which is infrequent as of the time of this writing but may change in the future).
  • $\begingroup$ +1 for salvaging questions instead of closing and being friendly to newcomers. I think doing those two things is what many StackExchange websites could use the most right now! Also, where are you from, since you apparently widen the timezone range? $\endgroup$ – Luc Jan 30 '18 at 23:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Luc Thanks! I agree with you on that point. I am currently located in New Hampshire. $\endgroup$ – Ella Rose Jan 31 '18 at 0:00

I'm a potato and running to be a Crypto.SE mod.
I have been here for a couple of years and most of you probably have read / seen some of my answers. I'm candidating because I feel that this is the best way I could serve Crypto.SE.

But now for the really interesting part (and not some wall of text nobody reads anyways).

Why you SHOULD NOT vote for me:

  • I'm from Germany as are Sushi and Codes, so in that regards we'd end up with two Germans and Sushi as mods when it comes to mod availability.
  • Apart from a lot of activity here on Crypto.SE I don't have much other moderation experience.
  • I already quite often coordinate with the other two mods and usually give them informal hints on things needing handling.
  • I already have >20k rep and so we won't get another user with 10k privs from this election.

Why you SHOULD vote for me:

  • I have interacted with essentially all kinds of Crypto.SE visitors and feel confident to handle them appropriately.
  • I have a good relation to Codes and Sushi and so there won't be any mod-wars.
  • If you look through our recent Meta History you will see that I'm quite active there and usually give helpful answers.
  • $\begingroup$ The potato is an active curator, as you can see by his candidate score. I think he'd be an excellent mod. $\endgroup$ – Rory Alsop Jan 30 '18 at 0:02
  • $\begingroup$ I have to agree that those are some impressive numbers! $\endgroup$ – Ella Rose Jan 30 '18 at 1:13

This election is complete.