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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 Dec 18 '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


1,528 voters were eligible, 485 visited the site during the election, 321 visited the election page, and 183 voted

Hi there! I'm Maarten.

I'm an active user of cryptography.SE which I visit on a daily basis. As a prolific poster and commenter on this site I hope that you've already gotten to know me. Here are some stats none-the-less:

  • over 60K reputation since 2015;
  • 962 posts edited;
  • 220 helpful flags;
  • 5,591 votes cast;
  • 19 bounties offered.

As a user I'm also quite involved on the Meta site, for instance creating posts with useful crypto specific MathJax / Tex notations. At StackOverflow I'm the top user on the cryptography and encryption tags. I'm trying to be a bit more active on the IT Security sister site as well, as there is quite a bit of overlap on these sites.

As a mod I will continue to comment / edit questions and answers. As a mod it will be easier to close or migrate questions where needed, and to keep the comment sections clean. I'm well known by the other mods and would love to work within the team. That way the other users get to do what they do best: post questions & answers, vote and most importantly: learn.

I'm available most of the time I'm not kayaking from my home base Haarlem, the Netherlands.

  • $\begingroup$ Hi Maarten - good to see you standing. To help people know more about you, can you add your answers to the election questions over at crypto.meta.stackexchange.com/q/1140/411 $\endgroup$ – Rory Alsop Dec 10 '18 at 13:43
  • $\begingroup$ @RoryAlsop Sure thing, I decided to join at a time that I have little time, trying to make up for it now. Thanks for reminding. $\endgroup$ – Maarten Bodewes Dec 10 '18 at 14:30

Hi there.

I'm Rory.

You might recognise me from moderation on such sites as Security, Music and others over the last moderator of various Stack Exchange sites for the last 8 years or so. I have a fairly wide range of interests across Stack Exchange, but first and foremost I believe in fairly supporting communities.

While I believe Ella and M'vy have much more relevant crypto experience and knowledge, I bring my experience moderating - on all the sites I mod, there are people who know the subject amazingly well and I don't expect to be smarter than them. I just expect to be able to help respond to flags, keep things running smoothly, defuse conflict, and add my experience in growing communities.

I have been a member on Crypto for over 7 years, and have helped grow the strong relationship with Security from the early days, as our core communities have significant overlap, so I have a pretty good grasp of this site scope and etiquette.

  • $\begingroup$ Note that when Rory says he has "moderating experience" this means he has a lot of it given he's a mod on 6 different SE sites (and thus the user with the most moderatorships on the network). $\endgroup$ – SEJPM Dec 5 '18 at 16:21
  • $\begingroup$ As an active member of Security.SE, I second that Rory's leadership is always positive and respectful. Rory would likely act as a welcome buffer between the very technical core userbase of Crypto.SE, and novice question askers. (Note that I am not familiar with the other candidates, so this is not directly an endorsement) $\endgroup$ – Mike Ounsworth Dec 8 '18 at 19:40

Who am I?

My name is Ella, and I am an active user on crypto.se. If you are a regular user, chances are good that we have interacted before.

About me:

  • User of crypto.se for approximately 3 years (954 consecutive days) with 5k+ votes casted
  • Independent researcher, self-studying math and algorithm design
  • Programmer with a small amount of insight into the "real world" side of cryptography, along with theoretical knowledge.

Why am I making myself available to be a mod?

I have the time and familiarity with the site, and I have an immense appreciation for what the site has to offer.

I already work closely with the current mods, communicating issues with them using means beyond the typical flags and close votes. Election could increase my effectiveness.

Also, I live in a different time zone than the current mods and can help close the gap in moderator coverage that may or may not exist in the wee hours of the morning...

"Describe why you would make a good moderator"

  • High availability
  • High exposure to questions and answers
  • Good communication skills

Hello, I am Yves.

I am candidating for the position because I want to support our stack community. I really like the dynamics of our websites, and them being carried by great communities.

Oh wow, only 341 reputation? Well, yes. I haven't been much of a poster here, but I'm around. I have been involved in this stack matters some times, since it has a tight relation to my main stack [security.se]. So why I am nominating myself here? I always felt like I belonged to crypto as much as I do in security, due to this close relationship, and this makes me want to be of service for you here.

Why vote or me? If my stats on crypto don't say much about me, please consider my activity on https://security.stackexchange.com/users/1574/mvy. There, I frequently participate on the main site, reviews and meta activity. I am also regularly present in the DMZ chat room. I would obviously devote the same attention here from now on.

About me: I defended my Ph.D thesis in IT security in 2012, and am no stranger to cryptography. Since then, I have been teaching computer science and IT security for two years before getting my current job. I am currently a R&D engineer for a medical company.

This election is complete.