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

You can read more about the election process on the blog, and ask any questions on meta. If you're looking for a ton of detail and statistics on all the nominees, see the election page put together by community member ArtOfCode.

Please participate in the moderator elections by voting, and perhaps even by nominating yourself to be a community moderator!

This election ended Mar 26 '19 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.

14,136 voters were eligible, 5,277 visited the site during the election, 2,171 visited the election page, and 1,187 voted

Seeing there aren't that many nominees, I'd like to nominate myself, too.

I've using unix.SE as a sort of a hobby for about three years now, mostly answering questions. Instead of concentrating on that, I would be interested in doing a different kind of work for the community. Which I'll probably do more in any case, regardless of the results here.

I usually try to be patient in explaining things and have some sense of fairness, though it's somewhat hard to gauge one's behaviour objectively. I think rules are useful to have, but should often have some leeway in how they're interpreted.

(Sorry for the late nomination, I was a bit busy IRL and I'm not too keen on pushing myself in general either.)

  • I'm very happy that you nominated yourself after all! I've come to enjoy your answers and in general, your presence on the site. – Kusalananda Mar 18 '19 at 18:37

Good evening everyone! My nick's John WH Smith and I would like to nominate myself in this election. To tell you a bit about myself, I am a CS PhD student and teacher, and have been part of the U&L community for (checks profile) 5-ish years now. As you might see on my profile, I do not really have a topic preference on this website, although I would say I usually go for questions which revolve around basic sysadmin tasks. This is actually one of the few hobbies I have been able to keep in spite of my schedule, and I have/have had the pleasure to manage a few machines on a voluntary basis for some non-profit websites.

As far as Unix and Linux are concerned, they are among the topics I find most fascinating in my field, along with the open source movement, computer science history and computer networks design. Obviously though, my current work has absolutely nothing to do with any of those! Regarding this nomination, I believe this would be a good way for me to keep contributing on a schedule which makes writing my typically verbose answers more difficult. I therefore hope to join you, and will in any case see you in the next phase, be it as a candidate or a voter!

Ever since discovering this site 3+ years ago, I've found it to be valuable -- both as a place where I can learn even more about UNIX and as a place where I can help teach others about UNIX while solving their problems. I've enjoyed helping the site through answers, edits, tag maintenance, flags, comments, and Meta posts. As a moderator, I would appreciate being able to help the site more directly: by handling flags, guiding discussions, and keeping tags organized.

Why me?

  • I’m slow.

I’m relatively newer to the site and I’m used to the fact that I don’t know how everything works. As a result, I’m always consulting the help pages and the FAQs and the previous Meta discussions. I am always curious to figure out where others are coming from so that I can find where a misunderstanding started.

  • I’m apparently already doing the work, why not get paid for it?

Wait, there’s no pay? :)

Keeping the site clean is the main way I feel I can contribute. The real answerers on the site provide the raw helpfulness; I just dust the corners by capitalizing the I’s & such; I do that because I think that keeps our value to the greater community high.

  • You've been quietly working on cleaning up the site for as long as you've been here. Helpful, polite and fair, you would make a wonderful mod. I'm very glad to see your name here! – terdon Mar 13 '19 at 10:56
  • Very good! I would enjoy seeing you as a moderator here. You do seem to do much of this type of thing on the site already, and it's definitely appreciated! More power to your elbow! – Kusalananda Mar 13 '19 at 13:32
  • I’m delighted to see you running for election. You always seem to be active in the Review queues (after processing the reviews in a particular queue, I usually hit the Back button to see how my voting decisions compared to other reviewers). Your comments are always thoughtful, helpful and constructive, showing both a careful attention to detail and empathy for other users. Your contributions to Meta are valuable and demonstrate a proven track record of interest in and willingness to improve this site, e.g, unix.meta.stackexchange.com/q/5015/22812 – Anthony Geoghegan Mar 14 '19 at 12:28
  • You’ve already done a lot of good work in improving the quality of site tags. From a practical perspective, having the diamond means you’d no longer have to ask terdon to implement decisions that have been agreed after discussion on Meta. I’ve also noticed from these discussions that you’re good at soliciting feedback and taking on other people’s points of view – useful and important attributes to have in a moderator. – Anthony Geoghegan Mar 14 '19 at 12:35
  • Ditto to what Anthony said.  I also find that you and I review the same items in the review queues, and I get a feeling of validation when I see that we have voted the same way. – G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica' Mar 15 '19 at 18:36
  • I can't believe you aren't already a moderator. – Weijun Zhou Mar 15 '19 at 18:47

I'm a BSD UNIX developer. I've been a committer with several BSD projects for a number of years, mostly doing kernel-level work.

I'm also a big fan of nginx, and I'm in the top-15 of nginx answerers on Stack Overflow, as well as top-9 of nginx answerers on Server Fault.

I've given talks at all the major BSD conferences, in England, Canada, France, Tokyo, Serbia, as well as nginx.conf in California and Texas.

When it comes to moderation, I believe in free speech and in non-intervention.

  • You would bring fresh air to the moderation team. :) – Tim Mar 12 '19 at 18:48
  • Your free spirit matches perfectly the founding philosophy of Linux and other open source projects. I hope more users can recognize this is very precious to have on this site and vote for you. If you would like to continue in the election, you will check the procedure outlined in the post above , including answering the questionnaire. – Tim Mar 13 '19 at 12:50
  • Hi @cnst, just a reminder that the questionnaire for candidates is live. Also, could you post some links regarding your BSD Unix work, and possibly also expand your description of it? You could start by mentioning which of several BSD projects you are referring to. – Faheem Mitha Mar 13 '19 at 13:18
  • @FaheemMitha my code is committed in FreeBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFly BSD and NetBSD, e.g., the aibs(4) driver that I wrote. OpenBSD has the most of my commits, followed by DragonFly BSD. You can refer to Constantine.SU and the BXR link if you require more info. – cnst Mar 13 '19 at 22:03
  • Thank you for the reply, and information, @cnst. – Faheem Mitha Mar 13 '19 at 22:38
  • cnst, the normination phase ends soon and the election will start. If you want to answer the questionnaire, it is your last chance. – Tim Mar 17 '19 at 14:59

My name is Kusalananda, and I would be happy to serve as your moderator.

I've been a registered user on the site for about 7.5 years, with more active participation since 2016. I've been primarily interested in questions relating to shell scripting and standard Unix command line tools. For a more in-depth introduction, please see my answer to the Meta question "Getting to know you [...]".

During the last couple of years, as I've started to get to know people here, I've come to enjoy the community more and more, to the point where I care about it and its individuals.

What I hope I would bring:

  • A diplomatic way of communicating.
  • Carefully explained decisions.
  • Availability (I'm often here).
  • A broader-than-Linux perspective.
  • More answers.

What I'd like U&L to be:

  • A friendly and inclusive place.
  • A source of relevant and high quality information (in terms of both questions and answers).
  • Somewhere where people grow, both in terms of Unix wizardry skills, but also in terms of ability to transmit these to others.
  • Way to go, my friend... well-written, short, descriptive, I hope you'll get to be the mod. Cheers! – LinuxSecurityFreak Mar 12 '19 at 6:35
  • I came to U&L and earning some internet points just to vote in elections ;-) – Kulfy Mar 12 '19 at 8:28
  • I've seen a lot of great answers and general helpfulness from you. – Joe Mar 12 '19 at 9:40
  • Nice to see you as a candidate Kusalananda :) – user34720 Mar 12 '19 at 11:15
  • This person would make a great moderator! – Jeff Schaller Mar 12 '19 at 11:16
  • @JeffSchaller: yes, he would. So would you! (Hint, hint,...) – NickD Mar 12 '19 at 12:10
  • 2nd'ing @JeffSchaller sentiment. – slm Mar 12 '19 at 14:23
  • You have repeatedly shown yourself to be calm, helpful, knowledgeable and patient. Very important traits in a moderator. I'm very happy to see you nominate! – terdon Mar 12 '19 at 18:57
  • Nice too. "More answers" is exciting. – Tim Mar 12 '19 at 21:13
  • You really helped me while writing answers. You would be great moderator. – Prvt_Yadav Mar 14 '19 at 4:33
  • If I understand how to vote, you definitely have my recomendation. I can certain - you are here, helpful, and correct. – schweik Mar 14 '19 at 12:44
  • I can't believe you aren't already a moderator. – Weijun Zhou Mar 15 '19 at 18:48
  • 👍🆗 – Rob Mar 16 '19 at 14:26
  • Jeff gets my first preference because of the great work he does on tag clean-up but a lot of what I said about Jeff's candidateship also applies to you and I second terdon's comments above. I'm delighted to see two such worthy candidates put yourselves forward. Best of luck! – Anthony Geoghegan Mar 17 '19 at 22:33

I have no experience with the moderation of a community. No understanding of how things go around here and meet none of the basic "requirements" a moderator should have.

I do have though a deep love of the work and effort people have put into these wonderful typesetting technologies and the time to dedicate to helping.

Stack Exchange does not exist to be a cold dry look up for information devoid of human touch. It is a site that exists to push people to be better and to excel at programming.

As a moderator I would encourage discussion and growth. Use my technical skills and understanding to learn who it is that is leading us in the right direction. Get my safe dry and boring opinion about what is a "proper" response out of the way of the community growing.

&& to make people confident in themselves and acknowledge their value and their right in existing and expressing themselves.


A welcoming community of aggressive Linux men, women, and $insert_gender, together focused on engineering, technology, the improvement of people`s lives.

Thank you for your time it would be a privilege to help preserve it.

  • "A welcoming community of aggressive Linux men, women, and $insert_gender, together focused on engineering, technology, the improvement of people`s lives" is very exciting. – Tim Mar 12 '19 at 21:10
  • You seem to be liberal, so I hope more users can vote for you. If you would like to continue in the election, you will check the procedure outlined in the post above , including answering the questionnaire. – Tim Mar 13 '19 at 12:54
  • Hi @Arcabard, just a reminder that the questionnaire for candidates is live. – Faheem Mitha Mar 13 '19 at 13:19

This election is complete.