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 Mar 20 '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


4,808 voters were eligible, 1,768 visited the site during the election, 1,009 visited the election page, and 458 voted

I am Wrzlprmft and I would like to be your moderator.

I am enthusiastic about this site and its community and consider it an important resource in the confusing and diverse academic world. My main activity on the site is community moderation, and I believe that I have contributed to improving the site via meta contributions in the last years. Being a moderator would allow me to donate my energy and experience to those important tasks that require special powers and the trust of the community. Moreover, the authority of the mandate allows me to steer community discussions to enact changes to the site, scope, and community if needed.

Through being active on Meta SE and several other sites, I am familiar with the mechanics of Stack Exchange and have sources from which to draw inspirations to address problems. Moreover I am already a moderator on two other sites, which makes me familiar with moderator tools and what to expect from the job. Note that I do not think that my existing moderatorships strongly affected my community moderation on Academia, so I expect the same to apply to diamond moderation.

  • Really glad to see you putting yourself forward. – Fomite Mar 8 '18 at 20:56
  • " it an important resource in the confusing and diverse academic world."This candidate is an obvious lier and totally lose credibility with this nomination. His chat transcript is self-explanatory why I think he is hypocrite. chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/74065/… – SSimon Mar 11 '18 at 14:56
  • Don't worry about the comments by SSimon. As you have undoubtedly already noticed, it is generally safe to ignore all comments by that user (and also better for your own sanity). – Tobias Kildetoft Mar 11 '18 at 15:54
  • @TobiasKildetoft So you're suggesting that if one has enough support to get elected, then f-orget about the rest? – padawan Mar 12 '18 at 13:33
  • Hey, I am just stating the obvious. we don't need a moderator that has a problem with integrity, Wrzlpmft, was caught in the lie, nomination is not valid if it is based on false information! – SSimon Mar 12 '18 at 15:33
  • @Padawan No, my comment was general and pretty much orthogonal to this election. – Tobias Kildetoft Mar 12 '18 at 17:55

I would like to nominate myself for the open moderator position. I've been a long-time user of this site since the beta phase, and I've been happy to see if grow. I'd like to see it continue to grow and mature, and I'd like to have a hand in that process.

There are certainly mechanical tasks associated with moderation, and I've tried to contribute to those as a high-rep user as much as I can, and would certainly do more-so as a moderator. But beyond that, I think there's an aspect of improving the community through moderation - raising the signal-to-noise ration, helping improve questions and answers that are on the cusp, etc.

I think the moderation team has done an excellent job with those tasks thus far, but I think there's still work to be done - especially with how we handle influxes of users from Hot Network Questions, how we approach questions asking us to read the mind of someone's advisor/editor/etc. I'd like to believe my participation in the site to date suggests I'd be a good fit for that, but that's for you all to decide :)

Good luck to all those nominated.

My answers to the election questions: https://academia.meta.stackexchange.com/a/4031/118

  • I oppose this candidate because of his detachment from reality and issue with other cultures. Fomite personally reported me to moderator team ower not agreeing with his approach. He attached the rude attributes to me. Why? he is not able to understand other culture and I am afraid my stay here will be jeopardized. I don't feel safe having him around as moderator because it is highly biased and represents only point of USA academia. – SSimon Mar 7 '18 at 4:34
  • @SSimon Well then, it appears your choice in the election is an easy one. As to your comments, all I will say is that I give you my word that if elected you will be as welcome as any other user on this site - I have neither the time nor emotional bandwidth to sustain online feuds. – Fomite Mar 7 '18 at 5:34
  • It always surprises me Fomite isn't a moderator already – Azor Ahai Mar 7 '18 at 18:40
  • @Azor-Ahai Very kind of you. – Fomite Mar 8 '18 at 22:35

I would like to nominate myself for the moderator elections, and my reasons for nomination is as follows. These reasons, of course, cannot be proven objectively. However, I will try to be credible as possible.

  • I am highly enthusiastic about this duty. Academia.SE is the start page of my browser, and I am checking fornt page posts regularly.

  • I consider myself as an unbiased and objective person. Before I commit an action such as close vote, or make a comment on the post, I do not check the poster's reputation in Academia.SE, country, or status. I do not "take sides" in any matter.

  • I never develop a grudge against a particular user. Even if they were very rude or belittling, these will have zero effect on my future reactions. I am aware that every user in this site is an individual and it is very natural for them to have bad, grumpy days.

  • I am also a human as well as the rest of the users in this site. Therefore, I also make mistakes even though I try to minimize them. Having that said, I am very open for you to point out my mistakes, and I am happy to correct them.

  • I try to edit and reopen as many questions as I can.

I wish the best to all cadidates!

  • I think you are supposed to answer the questions now and add a link to the question page (and your nomination). Glad to see you take the lead on nominating yourself. – StrongBad Mar 6 '18 at 19:03
  • @StrongBad I have answered all the questions but the character limit does not let me post the link in my nomination statement. Here is the link: academia.meta.stackexchange.com/a/4030/15949 – padawan Mar 6 '18 at 21:04
  • very good candidate, diversity in question, also diverse background! maybe I m biased here, few question Padawan asked attracted my attention a lot. I never upvote highly upvoted questions and answers but if you need for this election I can do it. If it is not considered unfair. – SSimon Mar 7 '18 at 4:42
  • @SSimon: Why would you consider a diversity in questions or good questions a relevant feature for a moderator? – Wrzlprmft Mar 7 '18 at 11:42
  • @Wrzlprmft because we need a populist moderator, that can detect trends and problems in academia. – SSimon Mar 7 '18 at 11:45
  • @SSimon: a populist moderator – I think this word does not mean what you think it does. Anyway, how does asking diverse questions help with detecting problems with this community (I presume you mean Academia instead of academia)? – Wrzlprmft Mar 7 '18 at 12:01
  • @Wrzlprmft I dont understand question and implications – SSimon Mar 7 '18 at 12:06
  • @SSimon I think what he meant is; academia is the literal academia in everyday life, and Academia means this very site. But I agree that the posts of a person slightly demonstrates their thought process and handling of the situations. – padawan Mar 7 '18 at 12:09
  • @padawan posts and answers talk a lot of people. I am surprised that people with PhD deny that – SSimon Mar 7 '18 at 14:52
  • @SSimon - I'm interested in the comment you wrote about populist. Could you develop this theme a bit more? The term "populist" can mean different things to different people. Could you include one or two links to something this candidate wrote, that gave you a good impression? Or could you say a bit more about the differences you see between a populist moderator and a moderator who doesn't take that approach? – aparente001 Mar 7 '18 at 21:09
  • @aparente001 the one that clearly sees entitlement of academia and big or growing disbalance between students and professors, juniors and seniors professors, academics and executive. The one that sees emerging problems. If moderator is one highly specialised in terms of experience, I dont think they will be able to become good moderators. since lack of diversity is crussial, to have deverse experience you need to be populist. – SSimon Mar 8 '18 at 2:33
  • @SSimon Voting for any reason other than the quality of questions is considered unfair, yes. And I'm honestly amazed that you're publicly proposing to offer favours to a prospective moderator to help them get elected. That's outrageously inappropriate. – David Richerby Mar 8 '18 at 9:34
  • @DavidRicherby I never upvote highly upvoted answers, which padawan have a lot- this is my personal rule to not upvote highly upvoted answers and questions, however i am think to brake this rule if it can help – SSimon Mar 8 '18 at 9:55
  • @SSimon - I think I'm starting to get your idea. // One thing that will make it easier for me to understand your point of view is if you would do me a favor and use a browser spell checker. Anyway, thanks for explaining. – aparente001 Mar 10 '18 at 18:49
  • @aparente001 but why you assumed that I use browser in accessing this website? – SSimon Mar 11 '18 at 4:57

I've enjoyed being an Academia user for about 3 years now, and I hope I've been of some help (something which does not necessarily correlate with the accumulated reputation). I've participated to meta discussions about on-topic-ness, and about the operation and the management of this site. I'd be happy to contribute as a moderator.

If there is a thread in my participation here, it would be about the variations of academia around the world. I think that the possibility of presenting, discussing and spreading information about this variability, allowing people to better understand different academic cultures, is one of the strengths of this community, and it's something that enriches all of us – long-standing and casual users alike.

Academia is growing and we frequently have questions that reach the HNQ list, causing moderation issues, especially in the most controversial cases. This site is characterized by a soft, unobtrusive moderation style, but fairly efficient nonetheless. I think that whoever is elected should continue along this path and, in case, I'll do my best to follow it.

My answers to the election questions: https://academia.meta.stackexchange.com/a/4034/20058

  • I think you are supposed to answer the questions now and add a link to the question page (and your nomination). Glad to see you take the lead on nominating yourself. – StrongBad Mar 6 '18 at 2:33
  • I oppose this candidate. Massimo Ortolano is the highly biased member of SE and his tone is condescending toward other culture and genders. – SSimon Mar 6 '18 at 3:54
  • @SSimon Examples, please! – Sumyrda Mar 6 '18 at 5:54
  • @SSimon I agree with the previous comment, if you have such accusations, you need to back it up with examples. – posdef Mar 6 '18 at 10:02
  • @StrongBad Thanks! Yes, I wrote the nomination around midnight and then went to sleep: I'll try to answer the questions by tonight. – Massimo Ortolano Mar 6 '18 at 10:24
  • I don't feel that you've adequately compared yourself to the competition. Why should we vote for you instead of the other guy? ;) Yes, I know, you're the only candidate! So, JK. I'm sure you'll do great. How many people do they need? I'd love to mod, but I mostly use other SE sites, so my rep here is sadly not strong enough. Good luck, do a good job! Be nice to people and err in favor of being too permissive rather than too authoritarian. Cheers. – Hack-R Mar 6 '18 at 14:41
  • @Hack-R Well, the nomination phase has just begun, there is time for others to chime in, and I really do hope others will do. But I cannot see this election as a competition. You shouldn't vote for me instead of the other guy: you might want to vote for me if you like my ideas, but you should definitely vote for the other guy if you like more theirs ;-) – Massimo Ortolano Mar 6 '18 at 20:42
  • @padawan - I think SSimon was expressing his opposition to the candidate, not the nomination. – aparente001 Mar 7 '18 at 1:24
  • @aparente001 I realized that I have misunderstood the comment. You're right. – padawan Mar 7 '18 at 15:51

This election is complete.