2012 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!

For more information, see:

This election ended Sep 25 '12 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.

1,255 voters were eligible, 359 visited the site during the election, 278 visited the election page, and 167 voted

Hi, I'm Justin, and I'm young and passionate tech user. I have grown up with the internet and the tech that goes with it. Along my journey I have obtained staff positions on many big forums 2 of which had over 1 million members. I pride myself in being as patient and fair as possible.

There are so many web applications out there, and there will only be more as time goes on, but for this growth to progress users need to know how to use the new tech. I love helping people to the best of my knowledge and teaching them new things they didn't know before. No question is a dumb question. Some questions may be poorly asked, but I respect peoples questions and respect them as a person even if the question does seem somewhat vague.

With my extensive experience in moderation I have had many disputes that I have had to deal with, but I have managed to, with some firm moderation solve these disputes.

Overall I want to be a Moderator so, I can say to myself later in life "I helped a lot of people, and I helped a lot of people have a better experience when receiving help". I get a nice feeling knowing that I helped some out!

Thanks for taking your precious time to read this!


  • Hi Fogest. A lot of what a moderator does is janitorial work. Cleaning up posts, removing spam, and handling flags. Your nomination is very positive, which is great, but consider focusing on how your experience applies to those tasks as well. Good luck! – jmort253 Sep 16 '12 at 21:45
  • @jmort253 Will do. Thanks! – ComputerLocus Sep 17 '12 at 3:37

Hi, I'm Sathya. I've part of Web Apps Stack Exchange since its inception - from the Area 51Proposal stage through the Beta phase and 2 years on, still participating however I can.

Being part of the Stack Exchange network for well over 3 years and as a Moderator on Super User for well over a year, I'm quite comfortable with the Stack Exchange Engine, the way Stack Exchange community works and what is expected from Moderators.

I'm quite active on Chat and can be reached there pretty much throughout my working day on IST(GMT+5.30).

Thanks for the taking the time in reading this and I hope you will elect me as a Web Apps Moderator.

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    You're a well-respected longstanding member with experience for this position? How boring. I vote for the other guy because he's entertaining. – mmyers Sep 11 '12 at 19:54
  • @mmyers And that’s why afterwards (usually) shit starts to hit the fan. – Alex Sep 12 '12 at 5:10
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    You're an awesome mod over at SU, and you'll make a great one here. – James Mertz Sep 12 '12 at 20:14
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    Sathya is always friendly, helpful, and lives in India so he can cover a whole different set of timezones from the current moderation team. He would make an excellent addition to ANY moderation team, and Webapps would be lucky to have him. :) – Aarthi Sep 16 '12 at 21:40

I'm the Evan Carroll, a Web Application developer. Most people know me on Stack Exchange. I believe technology can be a force to solve many social problems. I look forward to suggesting Web Applications that can solve problems, and I also lookforward to solving some of the many social problems that plague this platform.

I understand the detriments of a government that lacks transparency, and so I promise to always publish conversations with other members and moderators. I'll even go so far as to submit all attempts of bribery and coercion by Jeff Atwood or Stack Exchange to Wikileaks.

My goal is justice. Justice requires transparency and accountability. Every action must be reasoned. And, there is no just rule without the consent of the majority -- this is something I'll never forget.

A vote for Evan Carroll is a vote for the people. Elect freedom, vote me!

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    There is no need to scream like that.. we can read :) – Lipis Sep 10 '12 at 21:07
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    There are many other places where justice desperately needs to be served moreso than Stack Exchange. Given your level of commitment to justice in all its forms, I'd recommend focusing on those areas that need it most. – casperOne Sep 10 '12 at 21:14
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    Yes, many people know you on StackExchange. I think you've confused the concepts of fame and infamy however -- they are related but not quite the same. – Caleb Sep 10 '12 at 21:37
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    You appear to be campaigning for the wrong site. Also, you have a typo. – Eight Days of Malaise Sep 10 '12 at 22:15
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    This is the same ridiculous nomination you posted on English. I've gotten numerous complaints about its formatting; do not edit it again. – Shog9 Sep 11 '12 at 1:41
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    I promise to always publish conversations with other members and moderators --> You do realize that you're trashing your own nomination by pre-declining the moderator agreement, don't you? – Manishearth Sep 11 '12 at 5:31
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    "I understand the detriments of a government that lacks transparency" privately owned companies (Stack Exchange) !== government so why expect them to behave the same. I don't understand why you continue to fail to see this. – Kev Sep 11 '12 at 8:54
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    Have a break, have a Kit Kat. – Alex Sep 11 '12 at 9:47
  • Most people know me on Stack Exchange - not for the best reasons, though. – tombull89 Sep 17 '12 at 11:03

This election is complete.