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2015 Moderator Election

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Jun 29, 2015 at 20:00
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Jul 6, 2015 at 20:00
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Jul 10, 2015 at 20:00
election ended
Jul 14, 2015 at 20:00

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!

Two years ago, I started answering questions here, thinking that this was a useful resource to help good programmers become great. I figured that contributing a few answers would help this site graduate. As it turns out, I was pretty good at it, and soon got hooked.

Well, we got our graduation… sort of. I'd like to be elected as moderator to help finish the job and ensure a smooth transition.

Some of my ideas that have shaped Code Review include Best of Code Review (@MatsMug liked the idea so much that he executed it for me — which I think is excellent!) and the follow-up question policy.

I try my best to put out fires. I'm one of the broadest generalists on the site. (People say that moderators don't need to have domain knowledge, but I think that having it helps make better decisions.)


This was the first SE site that I ever used (yes, even over Stack Overflow!) so it has and will always have a special place in my heart - not even counting what I have learned from asking, reading, and answering questions here.

I'm one of the oldest people on the site, and one of the few running who has actual experience as a moderator - both on Astronomy (where I was effectively the only moderator for nearly a year) and now on Music Fans. My age, in this case, is probably one of my biggest advantages - I have reached an age where I am very nearly unflappable. In trying circumstances, I can remain calm and objective and work with the community, my fellow moderators, and community managers to achieve a fair and reasonable resolution.


Hello there. I'm Vogel612, a 20 year old male from southern Germany (GMT +1).

I would love to get into moderation on this site for a few reasons, the first and foremost being:

I love this site

I want this to be the place it deserves to be and want to actively help with shaping and protecting it. I think this reflects in my consistently high meta-participation.

I am one of 16 users that currently hold a bronze discussion tag-badge on meta, I have become positively addicted to Code Review since my first day here.

Why me?

  • I know my way around the help center, the network in general, the sister meta sites and chat
  • I'm regularly working on educating SO users about the CR help-center, and try to find a home for off-topic posts I stumble upon
  • I am told I'm level headed, fair and wise ... Well I'm giving my best :)

Why not me?

  • Contrary to seemingly popular belief I'm not a very patient person, and I have a hard time controlling myself when my buttons are pressed.
  • I'm often feeling insecure and sometimes need my time to think.

As a moderator I hope to be of service to the community as a whole, making calm , rational and unbiased decisions.


Questionnaire answers

I'm a huge fan of code reviews, as an effective way to reduce bugs and improve the quality of code. My friends and colleagues know me as the guy trying to get everybody to take up this practice. But it's not easy. I'm hoping that increasing popularity of this site will help convince more programmers in real life to take the leap.

I think I'd make a good moderator because:

  • I obviously love this site, otherwise I wouldn't have spent so much time here ever since I discovered it

  • Domain knowledge: I'm one of the broadest generalists and contributor of answers on the site

  • Experience with SE, most notably SO, and dealing with conflicts

  • Fairness: when dealing with conflicts, you can count on my fair, impartial judgement, empathy

  • Yielding to reason: everybody makes mistakes. I handle criticism very well, admit when I'm wrong and change course as necessary

As a moderator, I would be as low-key as possible. Currently the site seems to moderate itself pretty well, and it's great that way. I hope that together we can all keep it that way.


Questionnaire answers

I'm Simon and I would be honored to be your moderator

  • joined the site back in November 2013, and was very active in "The Mission" to answer unanswered questions
  • I'm one of the room owners of The 2nd Monitor
  • Even though I do not answer as much as I used to, I am active on CR, I vote to close, I up- and down-vote and post comments guiding users in the Stack Exchange jungle
  • I push strongly for adding friendly comments on questions when voting to close, and a friendly atmosphere generally. It is possible to be strict, but still friendly.
  • I have previous moderating experience on forums (I know, "We're not a forum!")
  • I created bot Duga

Why not me?

  • I travel much, I am very likely to be away from Code Review about 3 times/year, for about one week every time
  • I have made mistakes, but I believe I have learned from my mistakes

Questionnaire answers

I've been a member of CodeReview.SE for just over a year, and my focus is primarily database and web dev.


  • Due to many years of working customer support, as well as reading books on topics of human relations, I have developed solid people skills. I'm quick to encourage and compliment, quick to apologize, and most importantly, quick to admit that I'm wrong, especially if I have wronged someone.

  • I'm a firm believer in direct, open and honest communication. I say what I mean and I mean what I say. When a problem arises, I try to address it directly, albeit with gentleness and kindness whenever possible.

  • I'm in chat all the time. I make myself available as much as I can. I even get push notifications and use chat on my phone, if I'm not near a computer. I don't have children to take care of, so my evenings and weekends are usually spent on Code Review.

  • I'm actively responding to notifications from SO to educate users about CR guidelines.


  • My technical knowledge of programming in general is not very vast, especially compared to some of the highest-scoring users.

When I first came here, I was not yet fit to answer any questions well. I soon started posting answers worthy of upvotes, and eventually I became interested in the site community and making the site a better place. This has been my focus, even before my appointment. Over time, it has only grown stronger.

I've served as a pro-tem for over a year and a half. My appointment process was actually a bit uncommon because I nominated myself in an unofficial election on Meta after a previous mod stepped down. I was not yet sure how I would handle this new role, even given all my network-wide activity and strong motivation. It seemed that I have fit into the role just fine. I am quite good with approaching many confused and problematic users, and easing a range of disputes.

If elected, I will continue to help keep the site going in the right direction as a graduated site. I am also willing to adjust my editing if it'll benefit my position and the site in any way. A great community such as this deserves a strong moderator team, and I believe I deserve to stay a part of it.


I believe I would make a good moderator, because I'm becoming increasingly involved in:

  • The state of affairs for (Meta.)CR / SO / Meta.SE
  • Providing answers to zombies & normal posts.
  • Providing support mechanisms to new & existing users through helpful comments, related meta links along with simple explanations, friendly language, invitations to chat to discuss any issues they may have.
  • Community projects with CR & non-CR users.

My timezone is AEST (UTC+10:00), and often during the middle of my day, there's a lack of community activity, meaning I can (and currently attempt to) provide support while others can't.

Despite my young age, 16, I also believe I'd be a valuable mod because:

  • I've plenty of time on my hands
  • I'm willing (and planning) to learn anything I can to improve myself in programming & SE
  • I'm open to absolutely any type of constructive criticism

I am currently employed on a C# platform, by part-time basis, where I must display a manner befitting a employee, so how I conduct myself shouldn't be a worry.

I've been leaning towards PHP, but that's evolving ;-)

I frequent The 2nd Monitor, where you can ping me, with any personal questions.



My big tags are and but I am a well rounded user on CR I have answers in a total of 218 tags.

I have my ups and downs when it comes to answering and/or asking questions, but I am almost always around and have the the Stack Exchange App installed on my phone along with ChatSEy, so I you can be certain that I am always lurking about.

I have been very active in the community and would say that I had a little something to do with the "Great Revival" (citation link needed). Bottom line and I don't mean to boast, but I know quite a bit about CR and what it has become.

I am not quick to take sides in an argument, unless we are talking about one of the "Holy Wars" issues like Java bracing versus C# bracing, but hey, either is better than VB right? I like to see conversation versus yelling matches, and will try to figure out what is going on before making rash decisions, and you can be certain that I can make decisions when needed.

I have run out of Characters... (To Be Continued ...)


Questionnaire Answers

This site is a gem of the Internet - possibly the best place anyone could ever go to learn and become a better programmer and SE citizen. It deserves to be moderated by people that are passionate about it and that want this gem to shine and make the Internet a better place. I'm one such fanatic.

If you don't know me, I named The 2nd Monitor chatroom, coined the "zombies" meme, and I wanted this site to graduate more than anything else.

If you do know me, you know that I haven't been as active as I used to be since last summer. I'm a proud father of 3 year old twins, I work on my Rubberduck project, and I have a day job that's requiring the better part of my weekdays; I respond to pings, but my CR activity during the day is generally pretty low.

So, can I still be a moderator? If I'm elected, I'll fulfill my duties mostly in the evening - mostly between 8-9PM and 1-2AM (Eastern time).

Would I be a good moderator? Honestly, I don't know - never been one. If you think I'd make a good moderator, vote for me and I won't disappoint.

(edited to fit link to Moderator Q&A)


Questionnaire Answers

Why me?

I think that this community, and it's collection of active users are some, if not, the best on the Stackexchange network. I want to help foster Codereview's growth, and keep it as one of the best sites on the network.

As a moderator, the below goals would be those that I strive towards every day.

  • Spend at least 1-11/2 hours on the site each day, reviewing flags, review queues, etc.
  • Treat all users with respect, and dignity. No exceptions.
  • Be friendly to new users, who may not understand how the site works.
  • Be active in chat.
  • Help community members resolve problems in a calm, non-threatening way.
  • Help resolve arguments between users.
  • Participate in meta as much as possible.
  • Let the community do their moderation.
  • Be very active.

I also have quite a bit of free time. I have no job, and school is very lenient. This allows for me to moderate quite a lot.


This election is over.