2017 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 Nov 14 '17 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


1,439 voters were eligible, 470 visited the site during the election, 314 visited the election page, and 176 voted

Howdy y'all!

I would like to nominate myself as moderator. I have an easy-going attitude when it comes to Q&A, and I will always give the OP the benefit of the doubt. There are, in fact, many questions that should get closed, and I do vote to have them closed, but I also will get in there to provide an answer to the OP. People come here seeking information and opinions, and while opinions are off-topic, I easily and gladly jump in there and provide the OP with the info needed for them to make their own opinion.

I've moderated forums before, I've been on this SE for well over 1 year, I have tons of rep, I don't argue with people, I just provide information. Out in the real world, I am an educator.

Here are my answers to the Election Questions.

Hello everyone! You may know me from The Pitstop as that one girl who's always lurking. I'm a software engineer by day, motorcycle-riding amateur mechanic by night and weekend.

Find my answers to the mod questionnaire here.

I know I'm relatively new here, but since I joined I've been an active member of the community and have a good idea of how everything works and, I believe, how to keep everything running smoothly. My "always lurking" status means I'm pretty much always available if someone needs me, and I keep an eye on new questions throughout the day.

"Be Nice" is the motto I try to follow in my everyday life as well as here, I believe that puts me in a good position to make sure it's upheld by all the users who visit our site, as it makes leading by example particularly easy. I'm always willing to work out issues in a civil way, and fairness is something I value highly on a personal level.

I love the site and the community we have here, and I want to see it continue to be a great place to be for everyone who's interested, and I want to be better able to help that happen.

Hi there,

I'm a security professional in my day job, but also have been a member and moderator of various Stack Exchange sites for the last 5 years or so. If you look at the list of sites I have over 10k rep on you can see I have a range of interests, and as I have been an amateur mechanic since my teens this site is one of my top 5.

There is a great community, skilled and experienced, and very friendly in chat. We are welcoming and if elected I will continue to support that ethos.

My answers to the mod questions are here

Hi All,

I'd like to nominate myself for moderator here. I've been a member for 6 and a half years, and active throughout that time. While I might not answer quite as many questions as some of the other candidates, I spend a lot of time voting (I'm the third highest voter, after Paul & DucatiKiller), reviewing and doing other moderation tasks.

I'm a self-taught amateur mechanic (professional software engineer by day), and I think I'm pretty good at sticking to the 'be nice' ethos of the site - I always endeavour to be fair and even in all things in life, both on and off the internet.

I think the biggest issue we currently have here is with new members failing to give enough information in their questions, and others quickly closing them - I always leave at least a week (usually longer) before casting a close vote for such questions, and would encourage others to do the same, to allow the asker time to come back with more information.

I think this is the best, friendliest and most fun site on the SE network, and, whether or not elected, I will continue to do my best to make sure it stays that way.

Q&A

He's quick to those calls of distress;
Turn failed fixes into success:
"Welcome to the site"
And "Check Engine Light?"
You'd think they're his email address!

He conferred on The Pitstop its name;
Fuel trims are his number one game;
With Close Vote Café
He helped keep at bay
Wild site stats - and now they're so tame!

They call him Unflappable Zaid,
Petrol-head of the finest grade.
With youth on his side,
He'll take in his stride,
Mod duties (without getting paid!)

I nominate myself for the moderator position.

Over the years, I've owned two cars and two Haynes manuals, and have done various repairs, including renting a bay/lift and changing the oil and filter in my Jetta.

I've also been a Motorists member. I use emacs as my text editor.

This election is complete.