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2016 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 Aug 2 '16 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


302 voters were eligible, 182 visited the site during the election, 143 visited the election page, and 73 voted

I'm fair, impartial and have been with the site since day 0. I'm interested in consumer law, landlord-tenant law, as well law concerning the motorists.

I'm originally from Europe, I've lived in the UK, Canada (Waterloo), California (San Jose), and have been based in Texas for a couple of years (mostly Austin). I do software engineering. I have an MMath degree from UWaterloo, and I've had the pleasure of observing the traffic courts in North Carolina, Ontario, Wyoming and Texas, as well as landlord-tenant courts in California. I've been to law libraries.

I'm a member of the National Motorists Association, fighting for the rights of motorists from not having to worry about paying for any shortfalls in the local budgets through unreasonable traffic stop fines and the excessive speeding tickets. At Law, I'm known for having raised awareness of the speeding tickets in some states being Prima-Facie ones, which are different from the more common Absolute ones in that one could still argue that they were driving a safe speed, even if it was above the posted speed limit (don't try that in non-prima-facie jurisdictions!).

Greetings legalese-speaking people!

I've been around the site for a good year or so, first when I would clean up migrations from other sites, and than a short while after, I began to contribute. It's been a great time meeting other very knowledgeable and friendly people here in the community, and it's a community that we should all really be proud of. I'm still a high school student, but I think that I've learned so much here. Law has actually looked like a possible career for me thanks to this site :)

As a potential moderator (and current user), I'm sure I exhibit the intangible traits that all people should have. I'm a very calm and nice person, who's very willing to work with others in the community to run the community. I also have a diamond on moderating Open Source, so I'm already familiar with all the moderation tools on the site.

If the community thinks that I would be a great moderator on the site, I would be happy to serve. Good luck to all! :D

  • I have the fortunate position of having moderated alongside Ziz elsewhere. If you want a dedicated moderator, this is him - he knows what he's doing, but isn't afraid to ask for help from the community or other moderators if it's necessary. – ArtOfCode Jul 22 '16 at 21:14
  • @Zizouz212 Do you know if you set a record for youngest community mod when you started in that role at Open Source? Impressive potential-demonstrating points like that (in whatever phrasing is honestly claimable) can help make a nice nomination write-up even stronger. – WBT Jul 24 '16 at 0:13
  • @WBT I'm actually not. The youngest is Doorknob, a moderator on PPCG and Puzzling. I could say that I was the "second youngest" - but age really shouldn't be a factor, and I don't want age to distract from the main qualities that I show as a potential moderator. – Zizouz212 Jul 24 '16 at 14:25

The site needs 3 moderators, and as of this nomination there are just 2 names on the list, so I’ll step up. I want to see our community & repository of helpful knowledge continue to grow.

I've been registered here almost as long as our pro-tem moderators, & was visiting unregistered before that. I rank 24th for all-time rep, inside the range of the current mods, & have >14K rep SE-wide. As a new or regular member, I’ve visited this site most days, including all of the last 25.

I agree with the Stack Exchange Theory of Moderation, and see moderation duties as "human exception handling."

I value being polite, firm, & fair. Citations and solid reasoning carry more weight with me than rep or claimed expertise.

I recognize that the moderator load will probably be a bit higher than usual for this upcoming mod term as the site graduates and the community moderation privileges jump up to higher rep levels.
Thanks to the existing mods for their hard work supporting a remarkably fast beta graduation!

For the last year or so, I've tried to be a fair, impartial, and level-headed moderator - I feel that largely, I've succeeded, and in no small part to the efforts of the team I was part of.

Not a lot has changed - I'm still a law student and I'm still active during Sydney evening hours. I've enjoyed watching and helping this site become a source of great answers to legal questions, and will continue to do so.

If the community decides I'm capable, I would be pleased to continue serving as a moderator. Otherwise, I hope to continue to be a positive contributor to the site and support the incoming moderator team.

  • I have to add a little inside information here: Any Stack Exchange that can get jimsug as a moderator should take him. Not just because he covers the West's dark hours, nor just because of his scrupulous attention to ethics. But also because he has an uncanny ability to be aware of everything and find anything on Stack Exchange. Some of his best work on Law.SE has gone on behind the scenes, where only other moderators get to see it. Since I'm one of those who has seen it, please trust me: You want this guy on the mod team! – feetwet Jul 19 '16 at 1:01
  • @feetwet Darn it! You beat me! I was just about to say nearly the same thing! Working with jimsug, even with the moderator realm outside of this site has been great. – Zizouz212 Jul 19 '16 at 1:02
  • Let's add a third voice echoing that comment of @feetwet's, shall we? jimsug would be an excellent choice to continue as a moderator. – ArtOfCode Jul 22 '16 at 21:12

I would love to continue to serve as a moderator. I'm on here all the time – I think virtually every day since the site launched! While I'm around no issue will linger long without attention!

I hope that during my tenure as a pro-tem moderator all users have felt that I have exemplified the community ideals of temperance, patience, and respect; and also that I have demonstrated those "intangible traits" that are necessary in moderators to guide a site like this – in fact, this particularly tricky site – to success.

  • Working with feetwet has been a great experience, and I hope that feetwet continues to serve as a moderator for this site. Often the voice of reason in otherwise turbulent times, this is a moderator I'm proud and fortunate to have served alongside :) – jimsug Jul 19 '16 at 1:15
  • It's been a pleasure to work with feetwet even at a distance from over on Open Source. – ArtOfCode Jul 22 '16 at 21:11

This election is complete.