2015 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 12 '15 at 20:00.

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

1,466 voters were eligible, 419 visited the site during the election, 253 visited the election page, and 144 voted

I got involved with PF&M several months before it graduated to a full site. I visit regularly because finance is a hobby of mine, but I do not work in the industry, I'm a software developer like many others on the stackexchange network.

My reputation is low, though still in the top 10% of a site this size, and while I do visit the site most weekdays, and conduct reviews, I don't ask or answer questions as often. I really only speak up when I feel like I have something new to contribute to the conversation, or have a subject that I don't think has been covered previously on this site.

If you elect me, you will get a moderator who contributes M-F 9-5 central time. You will get an even-tempered moderator who will act with the dignity the site deserves. I might even stay signed-in on my phone for the occasional weekend work that I currently do not perform.

If you don't elect me you will still have a participant who conducts reviews M-F 9-5 central time, no hurt feelings.

  • Yes, the election needs you. Will the site need you though? Do you think you'll make a good moderator given you're running as a candidate where everyone else seems to have more reputation points and, really, are just more active? If not, what gives? – Unihedron May 3 '15 at 23:30
  • Nathan actually has carried out more reviews than any of the other candidates, which is a more important "moderation" task than reputation. – Ganesh Sittampalam May 4 '15 at 16:26


I've been around since the beta for Money and served as moderator from August 2010 - April 2014. At that time I stepped down because I was no longer visiting the site multiple times a day like I was in the beginning.

I enjoyed being a moderator here and enjoy working with this community and enjoy serving and since leaving as a moderator, I've broken the 10K rep barrier and posted my most popular answer.

I am still actively involved multiple times a week but I can't commit to being around every day. Here are my visit logs for the last 4 months -- I can't embed them because they might be spam. :)

January: http://i.stack.imgur.com/D1FU6.png

February: http://i.stack.imgur.com/ccLK3.png

March: http://i.stack.imgur.com/q43XE.png

April: http://i.stack.imgur.com/hbk43.png

I expect I will maintain a similar schedule going forward.

Vote for me if you like the moderation work I've done in the past.

Don't vote for me if you want a new moderator that can be around multiple times a day on a very predictable schedule. When I stepped down before it was because I couldn't commit to be here every day, not because of the community or the job.

  • Great to see you running! +1 for your candidacy. – Chris W. Rea May 1 '15 at 3:34
  • As @Joe suggested in chat, would be good to hear from the existing moderators about what they think about whether the availability would be useful enough for balancing the load. Personally I'd expect it'd be fine with 4 moderators. – Ganesh Sittampalam May 1 '15 at 7:01

Hi, for those of you who believe that one Joe isn't enough, I offer my name for election.

What experience do I have that may be helpful?

  • I've had some experience as a moderator on a gaming forum for several years. I understand how to manage conflict and how to use a light touch to avoid it.
  • I've been a Stack Exchange user for almost three years, with nearly 60k reputation spread out across several sites (6 sites with >1k rep currently).
  • That includes 30k on Stack Overflow, where I've spent a lot of time performing moderation tasks, and earned many of the moderation badges.
  • On Parenting, I've made an effort to be part of the welcoming committee - leaving comments regularly on new posters' posts to help improve and welcome them.

What is my availability for moderation tasks?

  • I post periodically throughout the day during US days, typically 1400UTC-0300UTC.
  • I usually keep a window open during the day, until 6 or so. I also use the iPhone app and periodically check that.

Why might you not want to vote for me?

  • I'm relatively new on Money.SE (14 months)
  • I'm not really a finance expert
  • Not very active on Meta
  • Too many Joe's
  • I'll second the comments by Ganesh - I very much hope we get some more nominations from the more active folks on the site, and in particular from Asia. – Joe Apr 27 '15 at 3:49
  • The 30K from SO is useful. It means you are familiar with the system, and can deal with other members, hopefully. Too many Joes? There's always room for the right Joe. – JoeTaxpayer May 2 '15 at 13:06

I've got experience of moderating on an external site, http://www.whatdotheyknow.com, which involves dealing with difficult users and conflicts between different groups of users on the site.

I regularly go through the review queues and I've raised 91 helpful flags. I'm also a 20K user on StackOverflow and I have experience of using the 10K/20K tools there.

I'm based in the UK so would improve the "round the clock" cover of the moderators. I'd expect to be around every day. During the week this would be mostly outside working hours (start and end of day and a bit at lunchtime), and at weekends would be off and on.

Why you might not want to choose me

I do occasionally get into disagreements with other users on the site. A good recent example is this one (I think it's now deleted). I already try to keep things as factual and non-confrontational as possible, but having a diamond next to my name would mean I had to be much more careful.

  • Deadline is approaching. Better nominate some of those other candidates quickly! :) – dg99 Apr 24 '15 at 16:44
  • If there's a co-option process that doesn't amount to hacking the server, point me to it :-) – Ganesh Sittampalam Apr 24 '15 at 17:44
  • The nomination phase will be extended if there aren't a few candidates by the first deadline. See the second comment on this question. – Chris W. Rea Apr 25 '15 at 13:06
  • Ganesh - welcome! I've not seen you get into arguments. You've been a valuable member and I'd support your candidacy. The downside of being a mod is that you have no 'vote to close', it's just a hard close. This can be a struggle at times. And a mod 5 hours ahead timezone would be great. – JoeTaxpayer Apr 26 '15 at 0:22
  • Doesn't look like comments allow upvoting on this election page, so +1 to what JoeTaxpayer wrote. I support your candidacy as well. (Having a moderator in a more distant timezone is also a plus :) – Chris W. Rea Apr 26 '15 at 13:05
  • Yes, timezone is a good point that I didn't have space to mention. Would be great if someone from India stood as well given we get a lot of posts from there - both for the timezone and the knowledge/understanding. – Ganesh Sittampalam Apr 26 '15 at 13:07

This election is complete.