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 May 26 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


6,808 voters were eligible, 1,595 visited the site during the election, 888 visited the election page, and 428 voted

G'day folks, I'm Linksassin. Here to put my hand up to serve this wonderful community.

This is my second time nominating for an election, last time around I was admittedly a bit new for the role. I've now been part of this community for nearly two years and feel I'm ready for the challenge. I'm an active user on main, meta and chat as well as getting involve in the main SE meta.

Being part of this community has taught me a lot about patience and communication. Considering both sides of issues and trying to see things from others perspectives. Given the chance I believe I could use these skills to be a valuable moderator for our site. Hopefully one that can live up to the example of those that came before me.

In additional to my soft skills, I have the practical advantage of being located in Melbourne, Australia and being active in a different timezone to the existing moderators. This should reduce time for flag handling and increase the availability of moderators throughout the day.

A good moderator is like a good DM, here to make the experience better for everyone.


Q&A Link

  • \$\begingroup\$ Since people keep bringing it up - what time zone are the current moderators in? (Or perhaps it would be better to ask: what hours UTC are they generally most active?) \$\endgroup\$ – SirTechSpec May 17 at 20:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SirTechSpec I'm not 100% certain on the current moderators timezones. But I think Ben and I both brought it up since we are in the same timezone (Eastern Australia) and the mods definitely aren't in that one. Though neither are most people as there is a noticeable lull in site activity and flag handling during that afternoon and early evening for us. \$\endgroup\$ – linksassin May 17 at 23:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SirTechSpec: I'm in Eastern Time (US), and Rubiksmoose's location in his profile suggests that he is as well. That said, I have a weird sleep schedule - I usually wake up in the afternoon and go to sleep very late at night/early morning. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast May 18 at 7:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @V2Blast fair to say you function as if you had a "normal" routine in Anchorage? \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 May 18 at 14:51

Heisann! I'm Someone_Evil, but don't put too much emphasis on the username. I would like offer my candidacy to help this site continue to be the amazing thing it is.

I've been on the site for a sputter more than a year, but in that time found myself active both on main, meta, and chat. In doing so I've learned a lot — a little bit about RPGs and a fair bit about communicating clearly and usefully.

A fair chunk of that activity has been towards welcoming new users and explaining some of our... quirks when that becomes necessary. Also the occasional edit to make theirs, or other posts, better.

In conflicts and discussions I prefer to take a patient step backwards, understand where either side is coming from and try to work from there. This I believe would make me good moderator, moreso than knowing which way we should steer from the get go.

I'm based in Europe for temporal considerations, I'll otherwise offer myself as a moderator dedicated to listening to the community and support the good work it is already doing!


Questionnaire link

Hay all! I'm Ben (not to be confused with the other Bens).

I have been a member of the SE community for over 6 years now, and this is my first time nominating myself for the position of Moderator.

My reason for nomination is two-fold;

  • To give back to the SE community, and help the current and future moderators with the role.
  • To help the community (and other mods) with a Moderator in the "off-time", when most other mods are/should be at work or sleeping.

On the site, as in real life, I always aim to lead by example, listen to what others have to say, and use logic, discussion, and "the big picture" when making decisions, rather than base them on my own opinion. After all, I am not the boss - my decisions should be everyone's decisions (or as close to as possible).

If nominated and elected, this will be my first time as a Mod, and I aim to use this as a learning experience not only about the role, but also about how I can continue to, and improve my contributions to the site and its community.

Q&A post here.

  • \$\begingroup\$ You have a track record of being a fair, friendly, and supportive community member, both here and on Arqade (Videogaming SE), so I believe you'll be a great mod. I'm glad to see you nominating yourself on RPG - I was hoping you'd nominate for Arqade last year! :) \$\endgroup\$ – Robotnik May 14 at 11:10

This election is complete.