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 Apr 10 '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


8,126 voters were eligible, 2,356 visited the site during the election, 1,718 visited the election page, and 845 voted

Well, here I am, back again. Nice to see you here as well :)

I've tried last time to become moderator. I've grown older, hopefully a little wiser and definitely more confident in myself to be able to do this.

I am currently studying Computer Science at a university where that is rather maths-focused. In my spare time I ... well I am here.

Because I am a student, I mostly get to decide what time I am available at, and currently that boils down to: Every waking hour, except a few where I do stuff like writing exams and other things where full attention is a requirement.

I hope to become a good soul in the background of the site, much like Jamal is with all his edits. I may not be quite as prolific an editor as him, but I hope to be just as ubiquitous, maybe a little bit more invisible.
That does not mean I'm not ready to participate in the "spotlight" of the site

Aside from that I know my way around the overarching network pretty well and am available in chat at .. weird hours.

Questionnaire Answers

  • \$\begingroup\$ Graduation year is coming and such a year can be both time consuming and distracting. How will you combine graduating and being a moderator? \$\endgroup\$ – Mast Mar 29 '18 at 19:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm very much not in a rush to finish university. I will take as much time as I need to graduate, and I don't see how these two are blocking one another. Originally I started uni to learn new things at a cleaner pace, without the stress that comes with working in a job. Rushing graduation is not really a good way to achieve that :) \$\endgroup\$ – Vogel612 Mar 29 '18 at 19:38

About @rolfl

Mod questionnaire answers.

I've been on this site for a number of years and have seen it grow and establish itself as the best resource on the web to get objective, insightful, and constructive code reviews.

I know what it takes to run the site behind the scenes (as a pro-tem mod), and I'm familiar with the effort that the reviewers put in to their answers. Together those efforts allow questions to be asked in a safe, friendly environment.

I know that my contributions in the past do not define what my contributions will be if I am elected this time. In fact I don't want my past to dictate people's voting decisions: I cannot dedicate the huge amount of time that I did in the past as I go in to the future. I can volunteer more than enough time though, and I can add experience both in moderation, and in the industry in general, to the newly elected mod team.

I am ready and willing to volunteer as a mod and, if elected, I will use the responsibly to the best of my ability to continue to advance the site and keep it a great programming resource.

Mast's answers

Arrived back in '14 because my code wasn't generic enough, stuck around when I realized how important clean code was. Never left.

While most of my days pass by without writing a line of code, few pass without visiting Code Review. The community is awesome and the goal of the site beyond important. I'm both glad and proud to be part of something this good.

Not a developer, but I (try to) learn a new language every once in a while. Especially if it looks like something odd, but also simply when the need arises. Somewhat embarrassed about the quality of half of it, so unfortunately I don't share it as much as I should. What I'm doing most of the time here? Reviewing, editing, closing crap, helping (and/or distracting) people in chat and hoping I'm doing enough to keep the site clean.

Let others post the content and I'll be the man in the background keeping an eye out. A janitor, a leader, there when you need me and staying out of your way otherwise.

Yo, I'm Peilonrayz. I started answering back in '15 because I lacked the privilege to comment on an answer, leading to ten tasty upvotes that made me want to keep coming back!

I'm not a generalist and live in the world. However I don't think this limits me on bringing potential problems to the community, or trying to solve them myself.

Sometimes without meaning to, I don't express myself in the best way. Nonetheless, I am always trying to improve the way I communicate because I respect my peers. This respect can be shown by achieving the sportsman badge in '16, where I feel I’m fair by only upvoting and downvoting posts I think are worthy.

I have a fairly low amount of reviews at 150 / 200 (conflicting sources). With that being said, I have still voted to close about 700 questions, just from using the site. This is as I believe that reviews are not the only way to moderate.

My Answers

Phrancis' answers.

Hi, I'm Phrancis! Many of the regulars know me well already, but for those who don't, I've been a member for almost 4 years now. I've been helping with various moderation tasks, including being a room owner on The 2nd Monitor chat room.

I like helping newcomers to the site especially, I have many years of experience doing support work, and I am hoping to bring my service experience to help our "customers", that is, the site users, have a positive experience and get any assistance they may need.

I'm a very patient and respectful person, and I like to give the benefit of the doubt and presume that the persons I assist have good intentions, until they prove otherwise.

I normally work a later schedule which would allow me to cover some hours where most of the regulars and moderators are away, e.g., GMT 00:00 and later.

Putting my hat in the ring.

Answers to your questions can be found here

I am one of the Revivalists on Code Review giving me firsthand knowledge of the site so I have an edge when it comes to understanding the purpose and mission of the site.

some information moved to the Questionnaire

The Great CR Revival began when @Jamal, @Mathieu Guindon and I started talking in what has now become known as The 2nd Monitor and started voting, editing and participating in Meta, all of this ultimately led to an increase in activity on Code Review

  • \$\begingroup\$ For the uninitiated (like me), what's a "Revivalist" ? \$\endgroup\$ – Harald Scheirich Mar 27 '18 at 12:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ The Great CR Revival began when Jamal, Mathieu Guindon and I started talking in what has now become known as The 2nd Monitor and started voting, editing and participating in Meta (among other things) \$\endgroup\$ – Malachi Mar 27 '18 at 14:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ @HaraldScheirich What started with this meta question: codereview.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/999/… . It's a big part of what caused our chat room and our site activity to go from 3 main users (Jamal, Mathieu, Malachi) in the beginning of November 2013 to 5 (+rolfl and myself in mid-november) to ??? to Profit! In 2014 there was a huge increase in the number of active users on the site. \$\endgroup\$ – Simon Forsberg Mar 27 '18 at 19:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the answer, that helps a lot \$\endgroup\$ – Harald Scheirich Mar 27 '18 at 19:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think there are quite many more important badges besides Reversal. \$\endgroup\$ – Simon Forsberg Mar 28 '18 at 12:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ I agree @Simon. the point I was trying to make is that I go the extra mile. \$\endgroup\$ – Malachi Mar 28 '18 at 13:17

This election is complete.