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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 Jan 31 '17 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


1,026 voters were eligible, 294 visited the site during the election, 234 visited the election page, and 103 voted

Nomination questionnaire for KorvinStarmast is here.

Why vote for me?

I am not as seasoned as some other candidates (Obama POTUS a possible parallel?). That said, my support for the SE model grows the more I participate. I find myself more often here than other SE sites. (Currently active on 6 SEs).

  1. Primary reason: I love the inter-denomination dialogue and understanding that Christianity.SE brings via its chosen method. It presents answers and questions about the wide variety Christian practice and belief.

    • I love SE's model of a high signal to noise ratio.
    • While I can be grumpy at times, I find that approaching this SE with Christian charity as my guiding principle gets the best results. If I become a mod, that will be my modus operandi.
  2. Secondary reason: sheer humor. If Trump can be elected POTUS, and Marion Barry re-elected Mayor (Washington DC) after his cocaine conviction, there's hope for me.

    Obligatory caveat: Any votes from Duval and Jim Wells counties will be reviewed to ensure that only living voters voted.

  • While newer to the scene than some of the other candidates Korvin's flags have been spot on and I can say with some confidence that he gets how SE is supposed to work and notices when it isn't working. I highly recommend voters review his meta answers, review activity, etc. – Caleb Jan 19 '17 at 18:02
  • I'm largely impressed with what I've seen from Korvin so far, both in providing answers and in community moderation. My only slight hesitations are that I'd like to see a bit more history of using the higher-rep moderation tools, particularly close/reopen votes, and I'd be more comfortable with a longer pattern of encouraging newcomers. But I haven't seen anything that would suggest that he is anything but a worthy candidate for moderator. – Nathaniel Jan 23 '17 at 4:48
  • @Nathanial I hit review and do the tasks that are there. I may not be as quick to VtC since I'd rather engage with or encourage improvements to answer or question. As noted in the recent meta discussion, we have a strikingly high close rate. Are we (collectively) too quick on the trigger? Not sure. If someone responds to our encouragement, good, if not VtC (or delete) follows in due course. Are we working under a timeline? – KorvinStarmast Jan 23 '17 at 13:03
  • @Nathaniel Not to mention that is only fairly recently that I went over 3k rep and earned the reopen/close privilege. Patience, grasshopper. 8^D – KorvinStarmast Jan 23 '17 at 13:24
  • To be clear, I haven't seen anything that really concerns me in your reviews or your approach to close votes – that's why it's only a "slight hesitation" because you simply haven't had the opportunity to use those 3k privileges much. – Nathaniel Jan 23 '17 at 13:47

Hi, bruised reed here.

I've been consistently engaged with Christianity.SE for nearly 3 years. I've cast over 5k votes in that time, earned my marshal badge for flagging and 1 steward badge so far. Like most people, it took me a while to get a handle on the site standards and the ins and outs of community moderation (this was the first SE site that I started participating in), but I'm pretty sure I've come to grips with things now and am keen to keep things running smoothly - not discounting the possibility of incremental beneficial change. There are a lot of other really strong candidates for this election and I'm confident whoever you vote for will do a good job, but here are my answers to the election questionnaire for your consideration and I'd appreciate your vote if you're amenable.

  • I can vouch for bruised reed's having gotten a handle on how the community here works. While I remember a bit of a bumpy start, over the last year or so they've been regularly contributing to community moderation through commenting and flagging I've observed the comments are always helpful and pointing users in the right direction and flags have been accurate as far as when posts need intervention. Being already deep into the work of a moderation, trusting them with a diamond would be a small well justified step. – Caleb Jan 18 '17 at 19:29
  • I'm a lot more than "pretty sure" Bruised Reed has come to grips with the way the site works. He's a valuable member of the community and does great work in the review queues, while demonstrating sensitivity toward newcomers who don't yet know the ropes and working to keep the site's rules accessible. – Mr. Bultitude Jan 18 '17 at 21:14
  • Bruised reed's great answers on the main site are just the beginning; he's also a long-time community moderator and a helpful contributor on meta, where he has answered the questions of many new users. Everything I've seen suggests to me that he'd be an excellent choice for moderator. – Nathaniel Jan 23 '17 at 4:48

Hi I'm Dannii, and I'd love to be considered for a moderation position. I have loved this site since joining it three years ago, and have visited almost every day, racking up over a year in consecutive visits (which I'm sad to say was broken only two days ago, when I was out of phone reception while on a church camp.)

But loving this site isn't all that a moderator needs. I am one of the most committed users of community moderation on this site: I have the highest number of flags (2117 helpful), 5501 reviews (top in the close and reopen queues), the most edits, third highest voter, and a very high Meta participation. I would like to believe that my interactions with other users on this site has been very fair.

Read my questionnaire answers here.

  • Not only are your flags and comments already doing a solid share of moderation work on this site, you also "get" our sister site Hermeneutics. We tend to have a lot of false positive flags in that area because people don't understand it's different requirements but yours are usually spot on (by my judgment). – Caleb Jan 16 '17 at 23:24
  • Curiousdannii, as mentioned, is very diligent (understatement) in community moderation. He's also a very clear communicator, and is frequently available in chat and on meta. Even when I disagree with him on enforcement of guidelines, his reasoning is coherent and well thought out. He'd be a great choice. – Mr. Bultitude Jan 19 '17 at 16:35
  • When it comes to fair, yeah, you've got that in spades. "And by your fruits shall you know them ... " – KorvinStarmast Jan 19 '17 at 17:26
  • If meta sites awarded reputation for upvotes like the main site did, Dannii would be the highest meta reputation candidate in this election. This is noteworthy because there are other users with more reputation on the main site in this election but that number doesn't necessarily translate to interest or investment in keeping the community functioning. – Caleb Jan 21 '17 at 9:33
  • Dannii is a long-time leader in community moderation on this site. His dedication to cleanup helps keep the site's signal-to-noise ratio high, and it's a big plus that he's consistently active when most of the US is asleep. I've found him to be both reasonable and fair (he even goes so far as to critique and vote to close my content when it's deserved). I think he'd be a valuable addition to the moderator team. – Nathaniel Jan 23 '17 at 4:49

I love Stack Exchange. The first time I came across a C.SE question, I exclaimed, "This is exactly what I've been looking for!" I'd previously spent lots of time on Reddit discussions (largely on /r/Christianity, though I was briefly a moderator on /r/ChristianApologetics). When I came here, I immediately loved the quality of the answers. I loved the Q&A format. The combination enabled a focus that had been lacking in my previous web communities.

I love SE's community moderation model. I had a legitimate rush the first few times I raised a flag and returned to see it marked "helpful." Other communities could learn from this model.

I love C.SE's current moderators. I'm not alone: the entire team from beta (save one, who declined to run) was easily reelected upon graduation; the one additional moderator since then had their endorsement. They generally act with a light touch, but are decisive when necessary. Just the right balance. I'd try to continue that tradition.

I love this community. If elected, I'll do my best to deal fairly with all users and to only step in as an exception-handler when called for. I intend to remain active as a content contributor as well.

  • One marshal badge, two steward badges, and this diamond say you've got a pretty good handle on moderator duties already. It would be an honor to serve with you. My only reservation would be in spite of your best intentions my own experience suggests it's almost impossible not to loose focus on creating content when you're constantly being paged in to deal with other people's content. But I suggest the community would be in good hands... – Caleb Jan 16 '17 at 21:50
  • I think you would do well as a moderator. – fredsbend Jan 16 '17 at 22:19
  • I'm a huge fan of Mr. Bultitude's name, the questions and answers he posts here, and his community moderation efforts. He was an encouragement to me when I was a novice, and I think he's shown the disposition and experience needed to be a great moderator. – Nathaniel Jan 23 '17 at 4:48

Hi I'm Peter Turner:

  • Until recently (and I'm throwing down the gauntlet to retake the crown) I'd been the foremost Catholic dude on the site. (Of course, since I'm user #4, I'll always be the foremost).

  • I've participated in many of the discussions that helped form the site since its inception.

  • I fully appreciate the sifting and winnowing that has brought it to its present position.

  • I do not support unilateral efforts of mods to change established norms.

  • I think I've given away more rep in than any other user.

  • I'd be a good steward of what the site has became.

  • I'd throw my hat in as the mod liaison for an official blog.

  • I do support working on questions to lower our higher than average close rate.

Besides participating on this site, I had been a Catechism teacher in my Parish for 10 years and am currently a leader in my sons' Federation of North American Explorers troop. (Which is like being a CCD teacher with more games, singing and fires).

Finally, I always thought that I'd make a good moderator, knew that I would make it if I tried. Then when I retire, I can write a Catechism so they won't call me a heretic when I die.

  • Being a community moderator takes quite a bit of time and needs to be handled on a regular basis (a couple times a day). In the last 6 months you've answered one question, edited one post, and left 3 comments. Why would a bunch of janitorial work interest you? Also you've left 49 flags in the history of the site. As a moderator I've had to clean up after more flags than that just this week. Is your interest at this point really in spending time sorting out misunderstandings with other people's posts? – Caleb Jan 16 '17 at 21:32
  • I want to give back to the community, have a better excuse to participate on the site, and provide a sorely needed Catholic representation in the moderation crew. – Peter Turner Jan 16 '17 at 21:36
  • I'm not saying we couldn't use a Catholic mod (we could) but what exactly would a Catholic mod do that we aren't already doing (or that you can't do already)? Most of the moderation that needs doing these days is busting non-denominational Protestant quacks trying to answer Catholic questions with some variant of "Down with Rome". There isn't as much trouble the other direction and I don't recall hearing any Catholics saying their interests aren't being defended by the mods so I'm curious what exactly you think you'd do differently. – Caleb Jan 16 '17 at 21:44
  • Yeah, the only thing you guys can't do is be a token Catholic mod (well you could, but that would require a bit of work). You're all doing a great job, if you weren't there wouldn't be a site to begin with. – Peter Turner Jan 16 '17 at 21:55
  • Fair enough sir. – Caleb Jan 16 '17 at 22:10
  • I haven't seen a whole lot of Peter since joining the site, but he definitely helped make it what it is today, with quality contributions both on the main site and meta. All my interactions with him have shown him a very kind and fair person. – Mr. Bultitude Jan 17 '17 at 3:35
  • You would do better than I as a "token Catholic mod" - my participation is spotty and intermittent; I've got busy with a lot of projects :-) – Matt Gutting Jan 18 '17 at 15:01
  • Love the last line, PeterTurnerSuperstar! :-) – KorvinStarmast Jan 19 '17 at 16:11
  • @Caleb What would a Catholic Mod do differently? First of all, he'd wear really cool head gear. Ya gotta admit, the Roman Catholic hat thing (Bishop's miter, for example) is distinctive. – KorvinStarmast Jan 19 '17 at 17:28

My questionnaire


Community moderation is a strength of the Stack Exchange model, and I'm a huge fan. In addition to writing plenty of questions and answers, I'm habitually in the review queues, and I'm one of the top voters, editors, flaggers (2025 helpful, 12 declined), and meta posters. I do this because I believe the success of this site depends not just on the creation and upvoting of new, quality content, but also the removal or downvoting of unhelpful, off-topic material.

This is my favorite place online, first because of the content, and second because of the community. I've found no better place for those who are eager to learn the history and doctrines of Christianity and willing to coexist with those who disagree with them. Such a format isn't for everyone, but I think it is worth protecting and fostering.

That's ultimately why I'm here, and why I hope to serve as your elected moderator. I believe I have both the experience and disposition to charitably handle exceptions and encourage the continued advancement of Christianity.SE.

  • Your massive investment in community moderation working through review queues, commenting on problem posts and flagging has been instrumental in holding off the need for elections this long! I think that history pretty much speaks for itself and having handled a lot of you flags I can vouch for you having a pretty good handle on what posts need what kind of intervention. I don't think the community could ask for more. – Caleb Jan 16 '17 at 21:39
  • For me, that 2:1, UV:DV ratio (on ~4500 votes in a year!) is a striking metric. And while one can expect well researched answers, I'm impressed too by how well researched your questions are. Lots of added value there! (I realize that's not quite moderatorial activity, but imo it still represents keen – even exemplary – community engagement.) – Dɑvïd Jan 16 '17 at 22:03
  • I too can attest that Nathaniel has been a fantastic community moderator, given what I've seen of his work in raising flags, going through review queues, and commenting on posts. There is no doubt in my mind that he would be an excellent elected moderator. – El'endia Starman Jan 16 '17 at 22:21
  • Though you're a relatively new member, it is clear that you have a strong grasp of the site's topic, the current site policies, and a desire to produce valued content, whether your own or another's. I think you'd be a fantastic moderator. – fredsbend Jan 16 '17 at 22:22
  • You should highlight your current moderator status on Latin.SE. I didn't even know that. – fredsbend Jan 16 '17 at 22:38
  • Only twelve declined flags to blemish your flagging record! My 61 declined flags feel so massive now haha. – curiousdannii Jan 16 '17 at 22:56
  • @curiousdannii Your flag record is immaculate. 61 out of over 2k is minuscule and speaking as the mod who's probably declined most of those I have no concerns about them. I end up disagreeing with my own judgment calls at least that often. – Caleb Jan 16 '17 at 23:45
  • Basically, we're going to elect Nathaniel – or else we're idiots. The question is, who will be the other new mod? – Mr. Bultitude Jan 17 '17 at 3:32
  • @curiousdannii You being slightly more aggressive in flags probably means that more low-quality material gets deleted, so your ratio may actually be doing more good for the site than mine. I've been trying to catch up to your helpful flag count for some time! – Nathaniel Jan 17 '17 at 20:22
  • @Mr.Bultitude Ha! That's very kind, but there are other well-qualified candidates and potential candidates that I'd be glad to have as moderator here. – Nathaniel Jan 17 '17 at 20:22
  • You certainly have my vote, Nathaniel. – user900 Jan 17 '17 at 21:10
  • I can't not vote for you, but please promise your exemplary content generation won't suffer if you get the nod... – bruised reed Jan 18 '17 at 15:17
  • @SimplyaChristian Thanks; it's much appreciated! – Nathaniel Jan 18 '17 at 15:28
  • @bruisedreed Thanks so much! I'm not sure that a promise would be wise, but it's certainly my intention to continue to contribute content. Ultimately that's what I enjoy the most. – Nathaniel Jan 18 '17 at 15:31

This election is complete.