2017 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 Feb 14 '17 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


2,096 voters were eligible, 855 visited the site during the election, 592 visited the election page, and 299 voted

I enjoy Mathematica.SE. The site is relaxed, high-reputation users are never condescending, and good questions get fantastic answers. Every day I look forward to logging on to the site and perusing the questions and answers as a welcome distraction, as a source of mental challenges, and as a learning tool. My wife calls MMA.SE "my weird Facebook", since I visit it so often, and I enjoy seeing what everybody is up to :-)

This is the first Internet-based forum to which I feel I owe my contributions. I actually enjoy fixing up questions, adjusting tags, and generally contributing to the upkeep of the site. I have also done a couple of topical "deep dives", reaching back into the question pile to put up old questions for closure, and answering some long-forgotten ones.

I think I can otherwise best contribute to the site by sharing the behind-the-scenes management burden, while actively using the mod's powers as little as possible: in my opinion, moderators need only step in in absolutely clear-cut case, or to stop abuse. Otherwise, this site self-polices rather well!

My answers to the Moderation Q&A

  • $\begingroup$ Your average of more than 2000 reviews per year is very impressive. $\endgroup$ – C. E. Feb 4 '17 at 4:52

There is a lot to do on Mathematica.se with respect to content management (closing/finding duplicates/handling flags) which I enjoy and do anyway.

Yes, enjoy is the key point, this site needs people who enjoy finding duplicates and manage tagging.

I'm quite patient and I am open minded when it comes to interpretation of "on topic" rules. Which reflects a 'net' attitude this community presents.

I promise to work on my English. :)

  • $\begingroup$ ... and I had kept looking for the moderator diamond for @Kuba's account so many times and had figured there may be transparent ones given. :D Seriously, what a great joy to see that he dares to take up this responsibility - and burden (Sisyphus anyone?). Well, done! $\endgroup$ – gwr Feb 2 '17 at 5:13
  • $\begingroup$ I will help you with your English ... $\endgroup$ – Rolf Mertig Feb 6 '17 at 18:34

This election is complete.