2020 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 Jun 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.


1,132 voters were eligible, 222 visited the site during the election, 223 visited the election page, and 117 voted

Hi everybody. My name is Ola and I’m probably not as experienced as the other nominees since I’ve only been a member for 1,5 years, but I visit SE everyday. My favorite Stack Exchanges sites are (where I spend to most SE time) Board & Card Games, Sport, Stack Overflow and Retrocomputing.

I think my knowledge in sports together with my interest in keeping everything organized would greatly benefit this site. As a football referee with 31 seasons in the Swedish football leagues and 1 season in the American School Leagues my knowledge for football is vast. I’ve also played a lot of different sport from football, table tennis, tennis, badminton, floor hockey, padel and handball.

My profession has been as a developer and later on as an IT-Director for a medium sized business.

Hello, Joe here. I've been a user on and off for several years, probably more off than on lately as I've spent most of my SE time on Parenting as a moderator there. I've chosen to not run in the Parenting election, to allow some new moderators to step in; as such I will have some more time to spend on Sports, and other sites.

My answers to the election questionnaire are in this answer.

If I'm elected, I will be a fairly hands-off moderator who will tend to prefer to let the community act in situations where it is unclear what the right answer is. My experience at moderating Parenting will be useful, I hope, and I look forward to keeping things drama-free around here.

My sports interests are primarily American sports, though I can watch a game of Cricket or Rugby and understand what's going on pretty well (and enjoy doing so!) thanks to some expat friends from India and Scotland. I'm a stats nerd, and enjoy answering sports stats questions when I have time to write a program to search them out - usually in Python.

I participate in Gymnastics casually, and run competitively.

Hello, I'm Nij. The nickname is a long story - it turns out to be easier than my real one (if you can work out either, that is!). I am or was involved in a range of sport and roles, with a focus now on hockey and football, and in officiating and coaching.

I've been here for a while now; this was the first Stack Exchange site I joined, and of all the sites, it's still my favourite. I've learnt a lot from being here, and I've done what I can to help others learn.

Those who spend any notable amount of time here will have seen my work, and I believe my reputation (both personally and numerically) stands for itself.

I've been a moderator on another Q&A site previously, and have professional roles with similar responsibilities. I know this community well and many of its users by personality, though sadly not personally. I'm putting my hand up to moderate because I'd like to give back more, and enhance the tools with which I help maintain the quality of our content for those who have made the effort so far and those who will join in the future.

My answers to the questionnaire can be found here.

Hello, I am dly and I'm from Germany. This is actually an abbreviation of dudley, a name I used in gaming for two decades and it's a reminder of me and my pal playing the Dudley Boyz on PlayStation.

I only had two major interests in all my life. Football (Soccer) and video games. Also I am pretty good in both.

I played football for the first time in 1986 and started as a striker (well, who hasn't). I got a job as goalkeeper in a U15 tournament, because ours couldn't make it. After that tournament I kept playing goalie for the next 20 years. It so happened that I played for my favourite club for a couple of years. Unfortunately not in the Bundesliga, because they got relegated before I had the chance of joining my dream club.

As I'm too old to play on a decent level I am now working as a coach. And because of my expertise I train goalkeepers. I still play from time to time, but now it's just for fun and nowhere near any professional level.

Next to football I also played video games and moderated quite a few gaming clans and big leagues, such as the Electronic Sports League. I administrated the Pro Series (Bundesliga for gaming) and some others, such as Anti Cheat.

  • Administrivia: it can make things a little easier for the community if you link to your questionnaire answers from your nomination post. – Philip Kendall Jun 3 at 8:00
  • @PhilipKendall character limit says no... I'll put it here in the comments instead. – dly Jun 3 at 8:29
  • My answers to the questions – dly Jun 3 at 8:30

I'm Philip. As I've been a pro-tem moderator here for the past two and a half years, so you've almost certainly seen my name attached to stuff already. While I freely admit to having taken a break from the site (and in fact the Stack Exchange network more generally) late last year and early this year, things have worked out in a way that I now feel happy to commit myself to the workload needed to be a moderator here.

My answers to the question collection are here; thanks to everyone who contributed questions and to any of my fellow moderators who choose to step down at this time, and good luck to all the other candidates.

This election is complete.