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2019 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 Jun 4 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


1,075 voters were eligible, 282 visited the site during the election, 195 visited the election page, and 79 voted

SE rules require at least two candidates, and so the time may have come for me to "pay it forward" by running against @Attack68 ... or possibly get elected again. I'm already a moderator at CSTheory.

If elected I would take it as inspiration to learn more about finance while moderating. I have a paper in Algorithmic Finance which has a Complexity Option Game as enhanced content. Also interested in developing the actuarial science program at U. of Hawaii.

I have previously expressed concern for the number of moderators in QF (see Meta). I take an active role in the forum and am keen to promote the community and foster an environment that is genuinely useful for the active community.

Frankly, and for full disclosure I don't always necessarily agree with Stack Exchange's approach. QF is a different community than say StackOverflow. As such I believe it needs a somewhat different approach. I am more concerned with actively supporting its user's (possibly over-specific) questions than building a long-term database of relevant and general knowledge. I think promoting the former will naturally lead to the latter.

That said, I am still proud to put forward my pseudonym as a consideration for moderator and will endeavour to uphold the core principles of the forum whilst considering the wider issue of safe guarding a valuable space for the future, and encouraging new and continuing users alike.

This election is complete.