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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. 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 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


8,546 voters were eligible, 1,865 visited the site during the election, 1,209 visited the election page, and 589 voted

Good afternoon all, my name's Frank. I've been a member of Arqade since before it was Arqade.

I believe strongly in a community run site. That's why I have three of the top spots in the review queues, and several thousand reviews under my belt in another. I'm very active on Meta as well, and I try to bring a balanced perspective to viewpoints. Eg., when we voted to ban Minecraft tech support, I proposed we allow them to stick around in a very specific form.

That said, the reason I'm nominating myself is because I'm seeing a distinct lack of a platform from other nominees. I've always been one to focus on quality as an overriding mandate, and I want to make it easier for users, new and old alike to be able to participate. Non-answers, spam, nonsensical questions all clutter up the front page, and I'd like to clean that up quicker so people can find what they want, without needing to spend time digging through all the cruft. I already spend a decent amount of time flagging these things, and being a moderator would just mean it disappears faster.

Moderation is a hard job. I want to make the site better for users.

  • "That said, the reason I'm nominating myself is because I'm seeing a distinct lack of a platform from other nominees." I'm not sure what you mean here, and I am not sure disparaging others is the best approach here. – Ash Jun 6 at 1:41
  • I agree with Ash. I am glad to see you nominate yourself, but could ya explain in detail what you meant by a "distinct lack of a platform from other nominees."? – The Mattbat999 Jun 6 at 1:58
  • Given that moderating is largely a janitorial position—with some extra tools and privileges to support that role—do you see "platform" as being a strong requirement? – fredley Jun 6 at 7:51
  • It is mostly a janitorial position, for sure, @fredley. I'm aware of how much of the junk moderators are exposed to; I'm likely one of those that flagged it. But I think being a moderator is more than just cleaning up; it's also a position of leadership, and they're held to a higher standard. Everything about becoming a moderator reinforces that. I think it's important that wanting to step up and be a leader in some sense is important. Having something to point to and say, "I want to improve that" starts that. – Frank Jun 6 at 13:27
  • My statement wasn't to disparage, @Ash. It's that I feel that being a moderator requires more than just being willing to clean up the junk, but also requires wanting to step up and lead. Everything we do when it comes to elections is more than we do for any other privilege. We already hold moderators to a higher standard, and no site works absolutely flawlessly; being able to point at an aspect you want to improve helps show that passion. – Frank Jun 6 at 13:56
  • Yes, but you also don't work in a vacuum - you Ar eheld to the higher standard, but you also can't unilaterally impose your wants for change on the community - you are there basically to guide the community. It's great to have ideas, but the absence of such doesn't indicate poor moderation suitability. – Ash Jun 6 at 16:15
  • Hi Frank, you are the most prolific voter on the site, with 1038 upvotes and 34221 downvotes (as of writing), for a ratio of 1 up : ~33 down. The sitewide average is closer to 5 up : 1 down, and there are very few users close to having this much of a skew (your fellow nominee Wrigglenite is 1 up : 4.5 down) , Given this misalignment in standards, and your platform of "quality as an overriding mandate", will your modship take a more mediated approach, or will your views of quality take precedence over the community's? – Robotnik Jun 9 at 4:19
  • Probably the worst person to hand over the status of moderator to -- with the amount of powertripping Frank has gotten just from the power of downvoting, imagine what will happen with moderator privileges? Not to mention having a consistently high track record of open hostility towards new posters. No attempts made at being friendly, instead downvoting and posting a passive-aggressive robotic response is how he handles matters. – senpai Jun 10 at 5:47
  • If elected, will you make any changes in how you act towards other members on post comments, particularly new members of the community? You have a history of calling out people in both comments and chat and applying your own motivations to their contributions. Is this something you feel you can pivot to a positive community building skill once you are a member of the team-focused moderation environment? – GnomeSlice Jun 10 at 13:28
  • I have another question. Are you comfortable with removing everyone you have ignored in chat from the list and abstaining from the feature moving forward? I don't know if it's an actual rule but I personally would not vote for a mod who isn't able to participate in chat to the fullest extent. I know we are electing primarily site moderators but chat is a huge part of our community, I think we can all agree. – GnomeSlice Jun 10 at 18:06

Hello fellow community members! I'm Gigazelle, a professional community manager of 7 years in my line of work. I hope to contribute in an official capacity on Arqade.

With my professional experience, I'd like to encourage an environment that helps new users feel welcome and gives them an opportunity to improve the quality of content they offer. Good content and the users behind that content are equally important in my eyes - we cannot have one without the other.

As someone who regularly participates in the review queue, it would be an honor to help the community here in a more official way.

  • Making new users feel welcome is a great goal. How do you feel that being a moderator would help you achieve that goal? – Wipqozn Jun 5 at 21:34
  • Those who have a diamond next to their name act as an example to the community regarding friendliness and conduct. I feel that my existing and future content exemplify the community that we hope to build here. – Gigazelle Jun 6 at 17:45
  • Great experience towards this and a very positive attitude. Will you become more active in chat while in this role? Hope to see you there! – GnomeSlice Jun 8 at 2:08
  • Thanks GnomeSlice! I do plan to drop in chat more frequently. – Gigazelle Jun 10 at 16:29

Hi! I am The Mattbat999!

I have been here on SE for almost 2 years now, and a majority of it was spent here, on Arqade. I am an avid gamer, and also learning how to develop games. While I have been here, I have participated alot in both the chat rooms and the Q and A section of the site. I actually have the Fanatic badge (visiting 100 consecutive days), so I make it a point to atleast check in on the site everyday.

I enjoy how community-based this site is, in that what posts are "good" is determined by other humans.

Outside of SE, I have held, and still hold, a couple of moderation jobs on Discord servers. None of them large, but I learned that being in charge not only means to direct others, but to also listen to other people's ideas and suggestions.

I don't know everything, and have to step back sometimes for acting as if I do, but I believe I have been around and participated in this site enough that I could become a Moderator.

My questionnaire answers: https://gaming.meta.stackexchange.com/a/13413/188005

  • Currently, you do not have enough rep to use most of the moderation style tools. This will likely mean an increased learning curve for you, if elected. Do you feel you have enough knowledge of how SE/Arqade work under the hood to be an effective moderator? – Ash Jun 4 at 17:09
  • @Ash i wouldn't say for definite I know all of it, but I understand it to a degree, and I can learn quickly. – The Mattbat999 Jun 4 at 17:35
  • Hi Mattbat, glad to see your nomination, you seem to be a friendly, moderate presence and participate well in comments and reviews. A lot of the site's core moderation tasks (access to further review queues, voting to close/reopen/delete, seeing deleted posts, protecting questions etc) can be handled by users with 3, 10 or 20k rep. can you elaborate - do you feel you have something more to offer above reaching those rep milestones and using those tools? – Robotnik Jun 5 at 1:54
  • @Robotnik I believe so. Over my two years here, I have learned more and more how to interact with users in a friendly, kind manner. Honestly, at first, I was what you could call a "bad cookie", and got in trouble a few times, but over time I have grown both here and in my personal life. I will be able to not only to use the moderation tools, but also be able to effectively deal with issues on a user to user basis (instead of hiding behind the tools). – The Mattbat999 Jun 5 at 2:27

Greetings Arqade community, my name is Evan but most of you know me as Unionhawk or Uni.

According to my profile, I have been a member of this community for 7 years now. That's almost hard for me to believe but the numbers don't really lie do they.

Since joining I have been fairly active both in the Q&A space and in the review queues, as well as on meta where I can. To me all of these spaces are important. We're here to help people, but we also need to help people in an effective manner.

In addition to my activity on the main site, I am also active in chat, performing minor tasks as a room owner of The Bridge but more importantly acting as an example, always trying to be mindful of when I need to step up or step back.

I look forward to answering any questions you have in the comments, and have answered the moderator election questionnaire now.

  • If elected, do you believe you'd change anything about how your participate in meta? – Wipqozn Jun 6 at 13:01
  • @Wipqozn I think it would require me to be a little mindful of what I say and understand that having a diamond next to my name implies some level of authority, even if I'm not speaking in the capacity of "The Mod Team Has Spake And Thus Shall Be The Rules explosions in the distance". – Unionhawk Jun 6 at 13:29
  • Similarly, if elected, do you believe you'd change anything about how you participate in chat? – GnomeSlice Jun 8 at 6:49
  • @GnomeSlice I'm not really sure aside from having to handle mod flags and being mindful that my regular flags have full weight, so I'm going to go with largely no. – Unionhawk Jun 9 at 0:00

Hello, I'm Wrigglenite. I play games and try to understand their inner workings, and I'm nominating myself to be a moderator for Arqade.

Since joining this community little more than 3 years ago, I've learned to love the user-driven moderation effort that is characteristic of the Stack Exchange network. Voting up and down, being able to edit any post, and especially the review queues are some seemingly simple tools that nonetheless contribute to a high degree towards the site's quality standards.

I have voiced my opinion many times before on Meta, sometimes finding the community's approval, sometimes not. In either case, I've learned more about the community and how Arqade likes to run itself.

As of today, I have one of the top spots as a reviewer in each of the six queues available to me, despite not being afraid of skipping reviews I feel unsure about, and over 3400 helpful flags. I would like to take my efforts even further, which is why I'm nominating myself.

Here are my answers to the mod questionnaire.

  • If elected, do you believe you'd change anything about how your participate in meta? – Wipqozn Jun 6 at 13:01
  • @Wipqozn I can see myself using more red tags than I currently do. Jokes aside, from what I've seen the majority of Meta contributors know how to let their words and ideas speak for themselves, and know that a good or a bad argument can come from anyone. The type of person who is interested in a site's meta doesn't let a user's reputation or mod status sway how they perceive that user's posts, so I wouldn't have to fear people (dis)agreeing with my diamond instead of my words. I would keep participating whenever I'd feel I have some valuable contribution to offer, just like I currently do. – Wrigglenite Jun 6 at 13:17

I am dly, a passionate gamer and sportsman by heart and also a software developer.

I started gaming with an Amiga and had my first PC with Windows 95 around 1996 and started playing PC games with Age of Empires and C&C. Over 10 Years of Counter-Strike were followed by Call of Duty, (World of) Warcraft, Minecraft and several others. In CS:S I played in a pro team for two years.

But playing games alone doesn't make me a good mod, so what does?

I have a lot of experience in moderating and running gaming clans and communities. Because it's too much for the character limit I'll try to keep it short:

  • running a C&C clan for 5 years
  • running a CS:S clan for 10 years
  • managing a Minecraft community and server for 5 years now
  • I've been ESL admin for 10 years
    • head of CS:S for 7 years
    • head of CS:S Anti-Cheat
    • National Master Admin; part of a team running a whole national section for 4 years
  • when chats were still a thing I've been a moderator in Lycos chat for several years

I'm also good at things without computer games involved: 30 years of Football (Soccer), where I started being assistant coach for the team I played for (in a playing coach role).

  • You obviously have a lot of experience being a community moderating. In that time, what would you say was the most difficult moderation problem you came across, and how did you resolve it? – Wipqozn Jun 7 at 11:54
  • @Wipqozn that's a really good (and tough) question. I remember a case, where a pretty famous team had to play a team of moderators in a tournament, and that team kept complaining about how unfair it was to play against the mods, just because they're part of the staff. They simply refused to play. I had no choice but to let them play, because, although disqualifying them would be technically possible, it would bring even more heat into it and I didn't want that to happen. We had long discussions in IRC (good old times) and even repeatedly telling them that staff members are not allowed to... – dly Jun 7 at 13:03
  • ...interfere with their own tournaments didn't convince them. It got already late and even asking them, what we would have to do to show that our staff team plays fair, didn't help. I wasn't allowed to do that, so I had to ask first, but after I got the permission I offered them a free wildcard spot in the next tournament if they played now and found anything at all that didn't go by the rules. Finally they agreed to play. The staff team won. Very close, but fair and square and they didn't find anything to complain about. – dly Jun 7 at 13:04
  • That's a very tough situation to be in, but it sounds like you handled it well. Good luck in the election! – Wipqozn Jun 7 at 13:07
  • You have a lot of experience, and seem very level headed. Good luck! – GnomeSlice Jun 10 at 17:36

Hi, I'm Dragonrage. I'm a software developer and avid gamer.

I've been around for a few years and participated frequently both on the meta and main sites. I'm in the top 50 users by reputation, I have steward badges in 3 out of the 6 review queues I have access to, and almost have a silver discussion badge on meta.

Besides the moderation tasks I participate in here on the Arqade, I was also a moderator/admin for a halo clan for about 5 years. During my time as a moderator there, my responsibilities included, issuing warnings for breaking rules, issuing bans for repeated offenses, and handling ban appeals for the game servers we ran, our discord server, and our forum.

Given my familiarity with the site, my prior experience as a moderator/admin on other sites and servers, and my passion for this site, I feel like I have a lot to offer as a moderator to help keep the site working smoothly and to help direct our community upwards and onwards.

Note: Subject to change without notice if I remember something I forgot to add :)

  • Hi Dragonrage! I've seen you for years around Arcade and I always appreciate your input. I personally think you'd make a great mod here. – FoxMcCloud Jun 4 at 0:44
  • @FoxMcCloud thanks, I wish you luck in your nomination – Dragonrage Jun 4 at 1:20
  • Many times I've clicked through to a meta question with the intention of answering, only to find a great answer by Dragonrage already there. :-) Best of luck with your candidacy! – Robotnik Jun 4 at 1:55
  • Dragonrage is already a highly active queue reviewer, and would make an excellent mod IMO. – fredley Jun 4 at 8:53
  • Dragonrage has been around for a while and has always been quite helpful. He would definitely be a good addition to the moderation team. – Isuka Jun 4 at 12:04
  • Thanks for the kind words all. Good luck to the other candidates :) – Dragonrage Jun 4 at 14:55

Hi, i'm iVhagar.

I am a very active member on several SE cites, and I check my accounts daily.

I've had lots of experience with the harshness's of DVs and the negative and often discouraging impacts they may have on new users and I think that I could help out with encouraging as many people as possible to stay a little while on the site.

One of the things that I appreciate most about this site (and SE in general) is that asking can often times be much harder than answering questions. I am a avid supporter of all quality questions and my voting policy usually consists of: detail gets reps, but also creativity gets reps!

I'm a recently new user to SE (about a year) but I think that I know the ropes pretty well.

Here's my account: https://stackexchange.com/users/13505397/padfoot you can review my many answers, and all of the questions that i've put out there.

Thanks for your consideration, if you want to reach me I can be found occasionally active in this chat room.

My answers to the questionnaire can be found here.

Good luck to all!

  • I think you're good at moderating content on many sites. However, you've only got about 475 reputation, which means you don't have access to many of the tools that can really help you get familiar with the site. You've also only been a member of this site for about 5 months. I think you'll make a good moderator, just not yet. – Pika the Wizard of the Whales Jun 3 at 23:26

Hello everyone, I'm FoxMcCloud.

I've been an active member on Arqade for the better part of 4 years now and I'd like to nominate myself in hopes of being more involved all around.

I've been starting to take a more active role in the meta discussions and some of my answers have been getting some positive feedback, so I think it's time to take some of my ideas and positive momentum into a mod role.

My leading platform is to take a more active approach to making our existing rules more straight forward. I want Arcade to be a welcome place for all new users, without having them confused on if they should join our community or not.

I hope that my previous encounters with my fellow members have been positive and I hope to continue that trend going forward in my new role. I look forward to being nominated and going through the process.

You can see my answers to the questionnaire here.

  • You consider yourself an active member of Arqade, having earned 1 out of the 8 total moderation badges that can contribute to your candidate score. Do you feel that moderation of content is not an important part of being a user of the Stack Exchange network? – Wrigglenite Jun 3 at 20:52
  • @Wrigglenite I think some users enjoy different parts of the SE network. I enjoy how open it is and I think it's important that each person can enjoy the different parts. Do I want to be a user that only answers questions and never posts one? I can do that! Do I want to be a user that asks only Minecraft modding questions? I can do that! Do I want to be a user that fixes grammar all day? I can do that! It's certainly important, but it's only one facet of a user being an important part of any SE network. – FoxMcCloud Jun 3 at 21:11
  • I think Wrigglenite's question was more along the lines of: so far you have not shown much moderation activity, so why should you be a moderator? – Rory Alsop Jun 3 at 21:51
  • @RoryAlsop Ah, I see. I don't necessarily think that moderation activity is the only job that a mod can have. Community leadership and participation can be just as important as moderation activity. I will of course be more involved in the moderation side of things if I get elected. Like I said in my nomination post, I have been more active in the meta discussions and I'd like to carry that momentum forward in my mod activities. – FoxMcCloud Jun 3 at 22:07
  • While the point brought up by @RoryAlsop is important as well, I did not mean anything like that by my question, I was just interested in what kind of activity you see important in users, not just yourself. – Wrigglenite Jun 3 at 22:24
  • Moderation is unquestionably the most important part of being a moderator. Hence the name. – Matthew Read Jun 7 at 17:17

This election is complete.