2019 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 27 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


846 voters were eligible, 382 visited the site during the election, 217 visited the election page, and 113 voted

Hi all,

The Stack Exchange model, though not without its flaws, is a good one. I believe the site benefits from light-touch moderation. While my response style tends toward more citations in jurisdiction-specific questions, I'm also a fan of responses that get to the heart of the matter quickly.

My jurisdiction is the , and my responses to the questionnaire are here.

I am a qualified arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator from Australia as well as operating a plumbing contracting business in the construction sector in Australia - which is the industry sector that consistently produces the highest number of commercial and industrial disputes per capita.

I would adopt a facilitation and cooperative approach to moderation - more mediation than arbitration as it were.

Hello, my name is Stephan and I've worked in the legal field for most of my adult life. I've never come across a community quite like StackExchange and I would be honored to be a moderator.


Keeping the comments civil

Law is divisive, often an answer to a question can come down to the user's interpretation of the wording of a law, this will more than likely spark a heated discussion in the comments section, as a moderator I hope to keep these conversations civil and useful to other users on law.stackexchange. I personally find these discussions helpful, here's an example of when I didn't think of all circumstances and Nate Eldredge was able to help improve my answer.


Promoting legal answers

Sometimes the right answer isn't always the most pleasant answer, as a moderator, I will actively promote (through comments) answers that display proper citation.


Chatbot integration to the sidebar

As a Moderator or as a community member I will push to have a Chatbot within the sidebar to help answer basic questions or to provide links to helpful sites.

Thank you for your consideration, StephanS

  • Hmm. I think it's great how you are looking for ways to contribute to the community. But 5 months on the site is a very short time before reaching for that diamond. You've had close vote privileges for most of your time and have done a ton of reviews, but not access/experience to other community moderation tools. – amon Aug 15 at 13:59
  • @amon Thank you for your concerns. – User37849012643 Aug 15 at 17:53

Hello Everyone, I'm Shazamo Morebucks!

I'm a qualified barrister in the UK, and active member of this community. I want to be a mod so I can better improve questions / answers, lead meta discussions, and intervene as a moderator when appropriate.

I've been a member here for several years now, and absolutely love how each member is here to help educate others about the law, and I want to be part of its further growth.

Using the available mod privileges I have I go through the mod queue when I can, and improve questions/answers where I can. I am also active in voting on questions.

I know that Law.SE is primarily used by users asking questions of the US Jurisdiction, but it is common to see questions about the UK and European Law, and in turn I think it is important to have moderators with experience in this areas to ensure that the right community standards, regarding content quality, are met.

I would love to participate more in meta discussions as a moderator, and better represent our growing little community.

Cheers,

Shazamo Morebucks


Here's a link to my 6 Mod Candidate Questions.

  • Could you provide proof (as far as you are comfortable) that would convince a prospective voter that you are indeed a qualified barrister in the UK? To be transparent, this alone would make me vote for you, since "opinion of an expert" carries the most weight of all opinions. – isakbob Aug 14 at 17:35
  • The only way to irrefutably do so would be to reveal my name, where you may then contact my inn of court to confirm my membership. Im afraid I will not do so for privacy reasons. I will say, however, that I was called to the bar of england and wales at middle temple inn, with a competent at the bptc. My bptc provider was in london, and i studied law in the southwest of england. As for experience, I have practiced in commercial law, probate, and employment law. I also have a years worth of experience as a pro bono advisor for landlord-tenant matters – Shazamo Morebucks Aug 14 at 23:18
  • I will add, however, that i am NOT currently practicing as a barrister (Going to court to represent someone). This is because I am pursuing a career in finance. But I remain qualified for life, and can still provide legal advice and draft documents, and represent clients as their legal representative. – Shazamo Morebucks Aug 14 at 23:21
  • @isakbob Being a lawyer/barrister does not improve the chances of being an adequate moderator. In fact, it only increases the risk of degrading Law SE to the typical online forum run by some lawyer for his own business interests. The fact that this candidate is pursuing a career elsewhere suggests he might not be so desperate for some catering to the industry of litigation.And being from the UK makes it likelier he will be neutral when the unfitness of the US system is pointed out. LawSE needs someone who continues the good job our mods have been doing, not one prone to abusing mod privileges. – Iñaki Viggers Aug 16 at 18:59

I would be glad to help moderate the Law SE. I have a breadth of activity across many of the SE sites, and I have moderated a number of other online communities (and still do for a couple).

I think that Law SE would be great to grow, and would enjoy working toward that with the other mods and SE itself.

I gained a deep appreciate for law in my own navigation of regional watershed laws, where I still actively stay engaged. I also have deep professional experience in contract law and intellectual property (though IANAL).

Would look forward to help us!


For answers to my 6 meta questions, see here

  • In four years you've gained only 200 rep (because you have 100 association bonus) and your last post was over a year ago. Can you justify being a moderator on a community with which you have almost no recent effective engagement? – Nij Aug 13 at 5:18
  • I'm here and I made the commitment to support as a mod. That may not mean much to in some peoples' world, but where I'm from those words mean something. – New Alexandria Aug 13 at 12:25
  • You've said you'll support as a mod, but my point is that you haven't really supported as a user, so whether we trust your word or not, how can we verify that you know this community well enough to represent its highest standards? – Nij Aug 13 at 19:43

This election is complete.