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 13 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


1,803 voters were eligible, 536 visited the site during the election, 364 visited the election page, and 199 voted

Hi all, I am Secespitus and I would love to serve as a moderator on our lovely site to keep it as clean and thriving as it is now. I am participating in lots of community moderation activities, such as editing, flagging and participating on meta. I am also active on many other sites and know what's happening on the network.

Don't be fooled by my relatively low reputation. I have participated on the main site a lot, but I am regularly giving out bounties to help questions get the attention they deserve. You can check with this SEDE query. Be sure to choose "Writers" in the "switch sites" box on the bottom left - yeah, it's the old name.

I mainly want to be a moderator to help clean our site fast whenever it needs some cleaning, for example when we have spammers polluting our site. Otherwise the site is doing fine already and most stuff can easily be handled by the community. There are enough active and dedicated members to handle things such as the queues and guiding new users.

I am from Europe and you can often find me in the chat.

  • You can also see your 8000+ in bounties on the offered-bounties tab in your profile. – Monica Cellio Aug 2 at 15:27
  • I've seen you jump in with a zeal I've rarely seen in other members, and you seem to have a genuine desire to help in any way. I support your nomination. – Thomas Myron Aug 2 at 16:08
  • Since it's currently 2 candidates for 1 spot, maybe in the next election we'll have an extra spot, and I hope whoever doesn't win now tries again and maybe we can have you both! – April Aug 5 at 13:00
  • @April The next election will probably be a full-scale election, which means that the complete mod team needs to re-nominate if they want to continue being a mod. So there will probably be a few more spots available, but also quite a few more candidates ;) – Secespitus Aug 5 at 13:07
  • Do we know how many slots there will be in a full scale election? I assume it depends on the site... – Cyn Aug 5 at 14:37
  • @Cyn I suspect they will ask the mod team whether the amount is enough or the team needs to consist of more people. I expect at least the same amount of slots as there are after this election, but especially when considering how long Writing.SE has been in beta and how things are changing we will just have to wait and see what happens. – Secespitus Aug 5 at 15:08
  • Yeah, that sounds reasonable. As a point of reference, Worldbuilding has 7 mods (they've been out of beta for a long time and are a bit bigger and busier than we are). Mi Yodeya (not beta) is a bit busier than us and has 4. Genealogy is still in beta, is much lower traffic than us, and has 4. – Cyn Aug 5 at 15:16
  • Generally a site's first election is for three, but Worldbuilding had four by request of the mod team. Presumably the team will evaluate the load closer to the election. – Monica Cellio Aug 5 at 18:19
  • We have two strong candidates. This will be a hard choice. – Monica Cellio Aug 5 at 18:20

I would like your support in joining our terrific Writing.SE moderation team; to work with them to divide the workload and make sure Writing continues to run smoothly, with all moderation tasks addressed in a timely fashion.

In my (near) year here, I’ve risen to become one of the most active users: I’ve asked 25 questions and answered 406. I comment frequently and welcome newcomers. I’ve edited 576 posts, retagged countless more, reviewed hundreds, raised 85 helpful flags, cast 1000+ votes, and am active in Meta, including running several weeks of a successful Tags of the Week promo.

I run multiple mailing lists, Facebook groups, and websites. My first mailing list, a support group for a particular health issue, began in 1990 and it’s still going strong, almost 30 years later.

Over the decades, I’ve run into pretty much every moderation issue imaginable. I focus on fairness, process, respect, caring, and—when absolutely necessary—a big hammer. My goal is a warm welcoming place free from harassment. A place where we can become better writers (or editors, teachers, publishers, etc) and exchange information about expressing ourselves through the written word.

  • I have seen direct, helpful, and singularly on-point help, advise, and correction, delivered by Cyn. If we are supporting nominations, I support this one. – cmm Jul 31 at 16:46
  • Courteous, active and always willing to help other users and the community as a whole. I support this nomination too. Big fan. – NofP Aug 2 at 1:10
  • Thanks to both of you. I appreciate your kind words. – Cyn Aug 2 at 1:13
  • One of the kindest users I've met on any site on SE. You have my vote. – weakdna Aug 3 at 21:38
  • Since it's currently 2 candidates for 1 spot, maybe in the next election we'll have an extra spot, and I hope whoever doesn't win now tries again and maybe we can have you both! – April Aug 5 at 13:00
  • Thanks! and yes, I agree! – Cyn Aug 5 at 14:35
  • We have two strong candidates. This will be a hard choice. – Monica Cellio Aug 5 at 18:20

This election is complete.