2016 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. Up to thirty candidates nominate themselves for the position.
    You need 300 reputation to nominate yourself.
  2. Primary. The top ten candidates are chosen, if necessary, through voting.
    You need 150 reputation to vote candidates up or down.
  3. Election. A final round of voting is used to determine the winner through Meek STV.
    You need 150 reputation to cast your preferences.

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

This election ended Jun 14 '16 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.

6,664 voters were eligible, 2,262 visited the site during the election, 1,482 visited the election page, and 809 voted

Well, well, well... Look at the time... It's hiiiigh noon. It's election time again. To that end, I'd like to throw my totally-not-oversized-cowboy hat in the ring once again.

Many of you may know me from the last time I declared myself for moderatorship, but for those of you who don't, hi. I'm Fluttershy. I've been a member of Arqade for around four and a half years, and in that time, I've been a pretty active user. I'm on here pretty much every day, in some capacity or other, either in the review queues, or in The Bridge.

While I'll admit I've not been the most active participant on Meta in recent months, I've always maintained a very passive presence, reading up on policy changes so that I may better implement them in my daily site usage, or just voting as I see new topics come up. That said, I've never been afraid to voice my thoughts on topics with which I disagree, usually in The Bridge.

So, that's me in a very small, character-limited nutshell. For those of you who took the time to read this, thank you for your time, and thank you for your consideration!

  • Good luck on your nomination :) – Dragonrage Jun 3 '16 at 22:36
  • Thanks! Good luck on yours as well! :D – Niro Jun 3 '16 at 22:38
  • Good luck! I wish you'd receive a diamond next to your name – spyder Jun 6 '16 at 5:37

I'm John. I've been around for a long time, participating on Stack Exchange since this site was in private beta, though I didn't actually find Arqade until about a year before it became Arqade.

Wait, you've been here for 5+ years, but you only have 11k rep?

Unfortunately, I can't play as often or as many games as most people here. I ask and answer questions when I can, but times like now when I don't play Overwatch, Fallout 4 or XCOM 2 leaves me wandering the site rather aimlessly, which is why I want to become a moderator in the first place: to help keep things clean despite not being able to ask or answer much these days.

That's great and all, but mods are supposed to be making policy on Meta, where are all your enacted policies?

While I have some amount of meta participation, it's not as much as most current, past or potential moderators. When it comes to site policy, I prefer to deliberate a while. With the "fastest gun in the west" nature of Stack Exchange answering and the greater impact of meta posts, I often find when I reach an opinion that others have already posted it.

Thanks for reading.

  • Good luck on your nomination! – Dragonrage Jun 2 '16 at 0:26
  • I think this is a good one! – Jim Jones Jun 2 '16 at 1:06
  • @john do you have any relevant experience, like moderating other communities or leadership roles? How do you see that translating to your duties as a mod? – GodEmperorDune Jun 2 '16 at 1:47
  • Thanks for the support. @GodEmperorDune I have experience as guild master of various reasonably sized groups over the years, across a few games. I think some of the skills learned managing a group (and the individual people) will translate well into being a moderator. – John the Green Jun 2 '16 at 2:13

I'm Bryan and I’m volunteering for modship to help Arqade maintain the high quality it’s known for. The main reasons I think I’d make a good moderator are:

  • Good Attitude: I’m a friendly and easy going guy, and I keep a cool head in most situations. Important qualities in a mod, especially when dealing with aggravated users.
  • Knowledgeable about Site Rules: I have a very strong understanding of the rules of the site, including why those rules are there in the first place.
  • Open Minded: I aim to keep an open mind in any discussion, setting whatever biases I may have aside. I feel this is the best way to reach the right decision for any problem, and I’ve had my mind changed on more than one occasion.

If you want proof of any of these things you just need to look through my site history, but I’d argue the number of memes about me is proof I’m easy going, answers like this demonstrate my strong understanding of site rules, and comments like this show I’m open minded.

If elected the main activity change you'd see is that I'd devote more time everyday to moderating the site.

Thanks for reading!

  • Also, if elected I'll change my avatar back to a Turtle. – Wipqozn May 31 '16 at 23:22
  • Your avatar will permanently be a turtle? – GodEmperorDune May 31 '16 at 23:26
  • +1 to the turtle thing. Also good luck on the election. – Dragonrage May 31 '16 at 23:27
  • ^From me too, best of luck :) – Robotnik Jun 1 '16 at 0:15
  • Thanks for good wishes, and best of luck to you two, as well as the rest of the nominees. – Wipqozn Jun 1 '16 at 0:27
  • Good luck turtle – Ave Jun 1 '16 at 6:00
  • You should have put the Turtle as the main motivation... Good luck :D – Kappei Jun 1 '16 at 7:11
  • @Wipqozn exemplifies the traits of a good moderator - he's fair, considered, and never loses his temper during (except at PHP sometimes). – fredley Jun 1 '16 at 7:28
  • @fredley You are a lot more active than me on this site so I respect your opinion on who would make a better mod, but I can't help but think the diamond next to your name might sway some voters based on your status rather than their own merit. I also noticed that the other mods have refrained (at least for now) from endorsing anyone possibly due to this reason? The only thing close to that is pointing out some legitimate issues regarding privacy on one of the other candidates. – l I Jun 1 '16 at 10:08
  • @lI What other mods choose to do is up to them. As an elected moderator, I do have a diamond next to my name, and the fact it adds weight to what I'm saying is kinda the point. – fredley Jun 1 '16 at 10:11
  • @fredley in matters of issus regarding site policy yes. But I have to disagree on using your status as a mod to influence the election of another. – l I Jun 1 '16 at 10:36
  • @lI I'm afraid there's no rules preventing any users - mods or otherwise - from expressing their support (or otherwise) for a candidate. – fredley Jun 1 '16 at 11:55
  • @fredley oh I agree you are free to do what you feel like doing. I was merely expressing my own concerns on the matter. I apologize to Wipqozn for digressing from topic on his nomination post though. I completely agree he would be a good mod and I haven't seen anything contrary to that belief. – l I Jun 1 '16 at 12:16
  • @lI Thanks for your support – Wipqozn Jun 1 '16 at 12:22
  • This election has some very tough competition. Plenty of great options, and you're one - I think you'd make a great moderator, even if I can't work out how to say your name :p – shanodin Jun 1 '16 at 21:40

Hello, my name is Dragonrage. I am a software developer from California, have released 2 mobile games, am an avid gamer, and have been a moderator for about 3 years for a fairly large halo clan.

On the Arqade, while I haven't been here as long as some, I have been extremely active both on the site and on The Bridge. I have been here almost every day since I created an account, have a very high helpful flagging percentage, am quickly approaching the silver badges in the review queues i haven't yet received it on, and am in the top .07% this year for reputation. I have a bronze badge in and will soon have one in . I am also active in LoL, Skyrim, and Clash Royale.

While I have not been very active in the past in regards to posting on meta topics, I have avidly followed them in order to familiarize myself with the workings of the site, and feel comfortable with the meta and have since begun participating more in meta discussions.

Based on this, along with my experience as a moderator on another site I feel like I am capable of taking on the moderator position and helping to continue to keep the quality of this site exceptional.

  • Good luck with your nomination! :). – Robotnik Jun 1 '16 at 0:14
  • Thanks! @Robotnik – Dragonrage Jun 1 '16 at 0:24
  • What other site are you a moderator on? I'm assuming it's not a SE site? – Wipqozn Jun 1 '16 at 0:39
  • @Wipqozn correct, it is not an SE site, it is my halo clan's website. while it is not an SE site, I do have to deal with a number of issues moderators here have to deal with, such as dealing with disruptive members and settling disputes, among other things. – Dragonrage Jun 1 '16 at 0:43
  • @Dragonrage how much of your clan leadership position translates to what you see your mod duties as? – GodEmperorDune Jun 1 '16 at 1:01
  • @GodEmperorDune I think a lot of my duties as a leader in my clan will translate to moderator duties here. I have the ability to unilaterally close/open/delete/move/edit any topic or post, and the responsibility to not abuse these by targeting specific users with these privileges. Not only that, I help make and enforce policies for the clan to abide by, where enforcement can range anywhere from editing out insults, to deleting posts, to permanently banning members. – Dragonrage Jun 1 '16 at 1:18
  • I also have to work with several other moderators who don't always see eye to eye with me, so I have to communicate with them and work through differences in opinion on policies and correct enforcement policies. I am also responsible for managing other ranks, some of which have some moderation privileges. I regularly am asked to explain my reasoning for my actions, and if I was wrong in what I did, I am completely willing to apologize and undo whatever it was that I did. Also, I have access to a lot of the same PII that I would as a moderator here, and have the responsibility of protecting it. – Dragonrage Jun 1 '16 at 1:22
  • @Dragonrage Do you have any examples of threads you've closed or posts you've made when acting in a moderator fashion? (aka dealing with someone breaking the rules). Just curious to see how you handled those situations. – Wipqozn Jun 1 '16 at 12:11
  • I wish you good luck with your nomination. – Ave Jun 1 '16 at 15:17
  • @Wipqozn Here is an example of a board warning I issued to one of our users who was not following our rules. "I've noticed a number of your posts are things like "oh lol ..." or deviate from the topic. Doing this can annoy the person who made that topic and goes against our forum rules, so if you could be careful about not doing this in the future. See rule 1 here." – Dragonrage Jun 1 '16 at 17:11
  • @Dragonrage Thanks for tracking down and sharing the message, that's exactly the kind of example I was looking for. – Wipqozn Jun 1 '16 at 17:17

My name is Ryan, but most of you probably know me as Robotnik. I've been an active member on Arqade for almost 4 years. I'm an Australian developer and avid gamer with a Let's Play channel and prior experience moderating a Facebook group.


I have bronze tag badges in 4 game tags, never had a post closed for anything other than 'duplicate', and never been in a position to earn the Peer Pressure badge, (all my Q&As being >= 0 score).

Site Moderation/Policy

I'm active in the review queues and a very prolific editor, including over 200 edits to Tag Wikis and Excerpts. I regularly browse older questions and answers to see if they need updating/improving (or closing).

I have raised many topics on meta, and have both swayed others and been swayed myself by points raised there. While some of my ideas ultimately did not have community support, they were all well received and civilly discussed, and I respect and regularly uphold decisions that I may not personally agree with.

Based on these points (and many more, ugh this character count!) I feel that I have the necessary experience/mindset to help moderate Arqade. Thanks for reading and your consideration. :)

  • I was going to message you and suggest you enter but beat me to it. Good luck. Never give up. Never surrender. – Phil D. May 31 '16 at 5:53
  • @PhilD. By Grabthar's hammer... by the suns of Worvan... thanks for your support :-) – Robotnik May 31 '16 at 5:58
  • I wish you good luck with your nomination. – Ave May 31 '16 at 6:36
  • thanks @arda :-), you too. – Robotnik May 31 '16 at 6:46
  • @Robotnik is the very definition of a moderate voice in many meta discussions. – fredley May 31 '16 at 8:45
  • Agreed, Robotnik is very good at coming up with the best and most reasonable solution to a problem on meta. – angussidney May 31 '16 at 10:54
  • @angussidney - Well there are definitely other voices with reasonable solutions on metas as well, though I do try to remain as impartial as possible. I will admit there are times I've argued a case that I've definitely felt strongly about though. But as I've said, I have (and will continue to) uphold community decisions even when my own opinions differ on the matter. :-) – Robotnik May 31 '16 at 11:23
  • I just got one question for you. Lore or no lore on Arqade? :P – Zerjack May 31 '16 at 21:02
  • @Zerjack On a personal level: I support Lore on Arqade. If the community ever decides to get rid of it, it'll "cut me deep, Shrek" but I'll support the community's decision. – Robotnik May 31 '16 at 23:06
  • I was just waiting for your submission :) good luck! – pinckerman May 31 '16 at 23:11
  • Good luck Mr. Roboto :) – Dragonrage Jun 1 '16 at 0:17
  • Glad to see an entry from you. Too often, when looking at particularly contested meta posts, I find myself going "hmm... where's Robotnik's answer, he probably has a good idea how to handle this". Good luck to you, man. :) – king14nyr Jun 1 '16 at 18:50
  • I'm really glad you're standing :) we've been about roughly the same time on the site, and I've never seen you be less than reasonable. This is a tough election with some top candidates, but I think you're one of the ones I'd be totally happy with being elected in. – shanodin Jun 1 '16 at 21:35
  • Thanks to all of you for your support :) @king14nyr I can't answer every meta haha. – Robotnik Jun 1 '16 at 23:23
  • I was going to run if we didn't have sufficient candidates I wanted to vote for, but that's fixed now. Bullet dodged. – DCShannon Jun 3 '16 at 22:00

Hello, my name is Evan, but most of you know me as Unionhawk or Uni. I have been a member of this community for 4 years, and an active member for 3. I am also a room owner in The Bridge, where I work to keep chat clean by pinning important messages, clearing stars as appropriate, moving spam messages to Android Hell, and even, in extreme circumstances, giving out kick-bans.

On the site, I am a silver badge in , and am still partially active in the tag, particularly in , where I am 5 answers and 42 score away from a bronze badge. I also have contributions in , , and .

On Meta, I have a bronze badge in , providing opinions in many, many different matters, including what suggested edits are appropriate to approve, developer-only knowledge, and unreleased content. I also often participate in policy-related discussions in The Bridge, for discussions that are not big enough to warrant a meta.

I feel that I have what it takes to become a moderator of this site, and I look forward to answering questions posed by the community in the coming weeks.

  • I wish you good luck with your nomination. – Ave May 30 '16 at 21:21
  • ^ Likewise, best of luck from me as well :-) – Robotnik May 31 '16 at 4:51
  • Good luck @unionhawk – Dragonrage Jun 1 '16 at 0:17
  • Another great potential mod. Good luck Unionhawk, I think you'd be a good addition to the moderation team. – shanodin Jun 1 '16 at 21:44
  • Other than bridge room owner, what sort of relevant experience do you have? Have you moderated other sites or held leadership roles? How do you feel those would translate to your duties as a mod? – GodEmperorDune Jun 2 '16 at 1:52
  • @GodEmperorDune I don't really have any other relevant external experience per se. I guess you could count a Wikipedia arbitration case in which I was an involved party as relevant in the sense that I had to show a level head there as well. But that was 7 years ago (wow that was a long time ago). Internally, though, I'm active in policy discussions, and, of course, community moderation tasks afforded to me by being a 15k user. – Unionhawk Jun 2 '16 at 2:26

This election is complete.