2015 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 Sep 8 '15 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


1,384 voters were eligible, 677 visited the site during the election, 500 visited the election page, and 259 voted

I love this site, not just because it's an SE site. I love it because it's a good resource for humans who are learning English and who'd like to know about it better. As an English teacher of a decade or so, a language learner myself, a teacher-trainer, a writer of materials, I know how rare a good open resource for language learners is.

This resource is great and could be, is on course to be, a rich repository of useful information which learners of varying levels from different backgrounds can use to improve their English learning.

The members of this community do a reasonable job of keeping the standards of questions high! They also provide good answers. The need for intervention here on the part of moderators is low. And should be low. Because you guys generally do a good job of sorting things out.

I believe I would be a good moderator here because, erm, I would be moderate! One of the outstanding aspects of J.R.'s, and Wendikidd's moderation on this site is that they intervene judiciously and with as little fuss or silliness as possible because they understand all the users.

I am a pro good questions, and good answers and good house-keeping from members.

  • Wow! It's a surprise seeing the last candidate here. I'm glad you nominated; I've seen a lot of your answers and I've had some great chats with you; your never-ending love of helping learners and contributing to ELL's community is what I most like and have seen from you. Best of luck! – M.A.R. ಠ_ಠ Aug 31 '15 at 19:32
  • @inɒzɘmɒЯ.A.M Cheers old bean! You too! – Araucaria Aug 31 '15 at 19:35
  • I was thinking just this morning that what this ballot lacked was a Real ESL Teacher and a Real Linguist. Araucaria is both: a scholar who communicates complex concepts in simple language understanded of the people. – StoneyB Aug 31 '15 at 19:39

I have been fortunate enough to have visited 42 countries, which has enabled me to witness first-hand the tribulations experienced by those grappling with the English language. My most relevant experiences are several visits to India and Eastern Europe, along with a time spent living in Korea. It is clear that those starting from Western European, Slavic or Asian native languages experience different problems with English.

I believe that my experiences help me comprehend a learner's attempt at wording a question. This helps me to help them.

I have been active on the Stack Exchange network for almost two years, 18 months on ELL. Long enough to be impressed by, and to wish to retain, the high standard of the sites.

What would I do differently as a moderator? More time in chat. I admit to not having chatted for several months. Secondly, fewer reviews. A moderator's commanding close vote is something that should be used very carefully.

I would relish the opportunity to help this community to help itself to grow out of beta and stand as an equal to the excellent EL&U. Whether we like it or not, English is a lingua franca, let's help everyone become better at it.

  • Great! I'd love to see you (one of the keenest reviewers) as a moderator and what enlightened me was What would I do differently as a moderator? More time in chat. I and anyone else in chat would really love the company of a coordinator like this guy. – M.A.R. ಠ_ಠ Aug 31 '15 at 14:58
  • The scorebox fails to reflect the extraordinary amount of work Chenmunka has done as a reviewer. In every category but two Chenmunka is our top reviwer, and in the other two he is second only to a user who has been here three times as long. – StoneyB Aug 31 '15 at 15:46

Hello. You've probably seen me around a fair amount this year. I've been surprised at how rewarding it is to answer questions here, clear up misconceptions through comments, and even tidy up the site through voting, reviews, closing, and the occasional bit of deletion.

I've decided to nominate myself after a good deal of thought and the gentle encouragement of J.R., who I very much hope to be able to work alongside. In my time at SE, I've focused heavily on understanding, explaining, and even refining the key goals of the SE network, and ELL in particular. As a ♦ moderator, this is crucial: only a passion for and a thorough grasp of our core values can result in good leadership and sound moderation.

If I am elected, my focus around the site will necessarily change a bit. I'll be handling more flags, spending less time reviewing what the community at large can handle, and probably hanging out more in chat. ;) I won't be spending any less time on Meta, and I expect I'll keep answering and editing as I have been. I'll keep nudging those few users who exhibit patterns of bad behavior, and with better tools to spot and handle them, I'll be able to help the site out more effectively.

  • You've got my vote. From what I have seen from my time on ELL, your contributions are positive, helpful and polite and you look out for users (evident in your SO bio). Personally, I find these qualities more important than anything else in a moderator. – Dog Lover Aug 30 '15 at 6:33
  • Thanks God you nominated! I thought you wouldn't . . . – M.A.R. ಠ_ಠ Aug 30 '15 at 8:06
  • You're last (on this page :-) but definitely not least. I can see that you care the community, the learners, and the quality of our questions and answers. I'd be happy to see you elected in this election. Best of luck! – Damkerng T. Aug 31 '15 at 7:09
  • I'm particularly impressed by your dedication to editing. Over the past few months no one has done more to help make questions intelligible and acceptable. – StoneyB Aug 31 '15 at 15:37

I've come to know the ELL community quite well in my short seven months here and I would be honored to commit myself further to the site as a moderator.

Though I'm relatively new to Stack Exchange, I've spent my time here learning about the site. I'm a daily visitor to two communities (ELL and Movies & TV) and an occasional member of several other sites.

I am active on the Metas of the sites I use regularly where I work to improve the way the site functions, and I'm also often on the main SE Meta site as it's the best place to stay up-to-date on the network policies and news.

I interact with the moderators on a few different sites and have learned much from them about the moderation process, the pluses and minuses, mostly the stress of keeping a site clean, which is the ultimate job of the moderator.

I believe that communication is key in the moderation process whether it's communicating with users who have questions or concerns on Meta or in Chat, interacting with closely related SE sites to cultivate relationships, and in resolving disputes between users.

  • Good to see you chip in! I believe you have what it takes to be a great mod, so you have my vote! – M.A.R. ಠ_ಠ Aug 27 '15 at 17:26
  • I think Catija would make a great moderator - and not just because I tend to agree with most of her posts on meta. – ColleenV Aug 27 '15 at 21:38
  • As i know her from Movies and TV, i think she can be a good contender. – Ankit Sharma Aug 28 '15 at 11:10
  • Catija has not only been usefully and vividly present on all three branches of the site, she's been unusually careful to sort out our often inscrutable folkways. And she's a casting director, which means that she's acutely sensitive to those who are performatively insecure -- and that she's professionally inured to being whined at and yelled at. Yet another strong candidate. This is getting tough. – StoneyB Aug 28 '15 at 22:35
  • I agree with StoneyB. I'm glad to see your name on the candidate, at the same time knowing that the election will get tougher. ;-) I'm confident that if you're elected, our community will be in good hands. – Damkerng T. Aug 31 '15 at 7:04

Hullo, I'm inɒzɘmɒЯ.A.M, and I'm nominating for mod position on ELL, as I feel I'm ready to bear a bigger responsibility, which would be moderating ELL.

Possible reasons for why I would make a good mod:

  1. I'm very active in meta.SE, which provides me with a better vision of how the SE system works. I've also read a lot of stuff in other metas, and have a clearer vista of how things are and should be.
  2. I'm fairly active on the main site. Doing reviews, editing, commenting etc.
  3. I've been very active in chat, thus am easily reachable and can coordinate meta and chat activity in a more beneficial way.
  4. I've been also fairly active on meta. I believe I have understood ELL's culture, its people and their concerns.
  5. I'm open to ideas, accept and apologize when I made a mistake; and believe in a nice but firm moderation system.

Possible reasons for why I wouldn't be a good mod:

  1. I'm not a native speaker, and there are a lot of more knowledgeable people than me on ELL.
  2. I haven't engaged in answering and asking on ELL recently, but stuck to other activities, such as reviewing, editing etc.
  3. I'm not a mod anywhere else on SE.
  4. I'm a fairly new member.
  • I ran outta space, but I'd be more than happy to address any of your questions. You can ping me in the election's chatroom, and I'm available in other chatrooms of ELL. – M.A.R. ಠ_ಠ Aug 26 '15 at 8:51
  • MAR's zeal for ELL and for learning and his diligence in undertaking the community's least glamorous work are remarkable. On Main and Meta and in Chat he's contributed substantially to making ELL a comfortable, welcoming and useful place for NNSs. – StoneyB Aug 26 '15 at 11:17
  • I don't think #3 is a valid against reason. Mods have plenty to do as it is, and there's no need for a moderator here to be a moderator somewhere else. – J.R. Aug 27 '15 at 0:33
  • I don't think being able to answer every question is a requirement for a good moderator, and I think being willing to forego answering/asking questions to do the less glorious work of editing and reviewing is a "pro" not a "con" for your nomination. I'm glad you decided to take the plunge! – ColleenV Aug 27 '15 at 21:23
  • Am blushing here @Colleen! Well, I thought some people take these as pros and cons. It's up to people to decide who they'll like to see with a blue diamond next to their name. – M.A.R. ಠ_ಠ Aug 27 '15 at 21:26
  • Dear voters, if you're looking for a good mod for ELL, don't overlook this young fellow. He is multilingual, multicultural, and has been actively participating in SE for quite some time. He knows how to look at ELL questions from both sides: a fluent speaker's perspective, and a learner's perspective. Being still young, he has plenty of energy. He knows his way around SE tools, moderator chat rooms, Meta.SE, and he understands the culture of SE. He is mature, intellectually-gifted, and open-minded. I believe that if we choose him, he will be a good mod, and a great one in the years to come. – Damkerng T. Aug 31 '15 at 4:34
  • @ColleenV I would be happier if you and Damkerng T. will nominate. IMO, both of you are deserving candidates and will make this election more competitive. – Rucheer M Aug 31 '15 at 4:40

I went through this post. And, I can say that I can make it. I spend a lot of time on ELL and can help other moderators lessening their burden. It's been over a year and I'm thankful to all who supported me, taught me and appreciated (at times!) my work. I feel proud to be an active member here. My graph says it all.

Though I'm not a native speakers, I'm pretty sure to serve as a keen moderator as far as spending time on this site and having a 'keen eye' on all activities going here is concerned. In my career, I've served as a manager to many companies.

It's okay if it sounds off to seniors here. I'll still be in love with ELL!

  • I think that you bring a unique perspective because you aren't a native speaker, and it would benefit the community to have a moderator that has been an asker as well as an answerer. – ColleenV Aug 25 '15 at 20:46
  • I am very happy to see you standing -- not just as a representative of the audience we all serve, but on your own merits as one who has served both that audience and ELL diligently. – StoneyB Aug 25 '15 at 22:05
  • I would definitely support Maulik V to be a moderator due to his seemingly endless amount of energy. I know that J.R. needs a high energy moderator support team to help him avoid burnout. I haven't always seen eye to eye with Maulik V's on some English answers, but this isn't about that. This is about putting together a sustainable moderation team and I'm confident that Maulik V would be a valuable asset to the ELL moderation team. – CoolHandLouis Aug 26 '15 at 3:23
  • I'm overwhelmed @CoolHandLouis thanks a lot. – Maulik V Aug 27 '15 at 4:58
  • Such comment from @StoneyB! That's it! I won! :) – Maulik V Aug 27 '15 at 4:58
  • @ColleenV thank you, sir! I just want to make ELL the best across the Internet as it'd be the only site having a non-native moderator (if I'm lucky enough to get selected). It'd set an example. And about my commitment, it goes beyond any doubt! :) – Maulik V Aug 27 '15 at 5:00
  • To my mind, you are the strongest non-native voice on this wonderful platform. It would be great for all of us if you will be elected by our community. – Rucheer M Aug 31 '15 at 4:47
  • Thanks Ruchir! :) – Maulik V Aug 31 '15 at 5:10
  • We both joined ELL at around the same time (it's almost two years already; tomorrow will be my 650th consecutive day). We both came here to learn, and we both learn diligently. I'm not surprised to see you running for a moderator position, as I can still remember that you openly expressed your desire to be a moderator. No matter the election result, I hope to see you continue to learn and keep improving your contribution to the community as you always do. Best of luck! – Damkerng T. Aug 31 '15 at 7:26
  • @DamkerngT. thank you, sir! ;) – Maulik V Aug 31 '15 at 8:30

I've been a moderator here at ELL for two wonderful years. More than anything, I am so proud of the community we've fostered, and that we've gotten this far. Congratulations on graduating, everyone!

I would love to continue moderating ELL, and I think the existing team has a good track record of being fair, impartial, and patient... And not taking things personally, which can be hard unless you have the right mindset, but is vital to interacting with users. I think I have done my job well, and I think that all my support interactions with users have, at the very least, made them feel heard.

Moderation is largely a cleanup job... Take care of the daily odds-and-ends so the site keeps running. Meta participation is also crucial; you have to keep your eye on the community's needs and when opinions on issues change. Sadly RL has made it so I couldn't participate as much as I'd like the past few months. Luckily that ends Sept. 1, and I'm looking forward to coming back full-time--moderator or no.

Whether or not you vote for me, please vote for J.R. His joining our team was a blessing for ELL. I would be honored to continue working beside him, and I'm sure the other mods would agree.

  • I have enjoyed working with WendiKidd on issues that require joint coordination between EL&U and ELL. – Kit Z. Fox Aug 25 '15 at 14:15
  • We've been missing your cogent answers on Main and gracious observations on Meta. Here's to a snappy comeback! – StoneyB Aug 25 '15 at 22:06
  • @Stoney Thank you! I'm very excited to be able to spend more time here again, I assure you :) – WendiKidd Aug 26 '15 at 7:06
  • @Kit Thank you! I've enjoyed working with you as well :) – WendiKidd Aug 26 '15 at 7:11
  • It's nice to see you again. I can still remember all little nice chats in the first few months after I joined ELL. After that, I've found more and more of good answers you'd posted. Really, I miss your answers! It'd be nice to have you as a moderator again. Best of luck! – Damkerng T. Aug 31 '15 at 7:12

I'm nominating myself for a moderator position here because I feel like my experience in community moderation, online and offline, would allow me to contribute to English Language Learners.

I've been quite active in answering questions in the past, and am becoming more active presently. I've been quite diligent in completing review tasks - it's one of the few things I'll need to re-evaluate if elected, as I would make binding decisions on all of the review tasks. Having said that, I would contribute to the community in other ways.

I've been slowly increasing the amount of time I spend on ELL, and that'll continue whether or not I'm elected because I really do find helping language learners rewarding.

You'll see that I've been quite active on the site Meta, which is important for a ♦ moderator. I'm also very active in chat, which I believe is also an important place for many communities.

I'm a ♦ moderator pro tempore over on the Law Beta Stack Exchange, and it's a bit of a different scenario. However, the same traits of respect, patience, and fairness still apply, and I feel that my strengths in these aspects of the role would benefit me as a moderator here, too.

  • Professional writers, who have to deal with compliance orcs, regard the legal profession as a linguistic terrorist state, like ISIS or the Vikings. But jimsug's English doesn't seem to have been corrupted by his legal studies (yet), and he has been very active behind the scenes. Moreover, he has possibly the most elegant avatar on the entire site. A very strong candidate. – StoneyB Aug 27 '15 at 13:42
  • Jimsug hits all four of the desirable moderator criteria on the head. I've notably seen him remain fair and even handed when wading into contentious topics on meta. Consistent reviewing is also crucial for moderators; custodial work is a huge part of the job. – Esoteric Screen Name Aug 31 '15 at 0:28
  • Some of us may not be able to remember you, but I can. Your posts had caught my attention and I was very glad to see you again on ELL earlier this year. "Moderators are human exception handlers." I read that as besides mundane moderation activities, such as deleting spam, closing off-topic questions, which regular users can help with, moderators will have to deal with a tougher problem sometimes. Judging from jimsug's contributions in the past, and his backgrounds in linguistics and legal, I trust that jimsug can make a tough call when we have to make one. IMHO, he will be a great ELL mod. – Damkerng T. Aug 31 '15 at 4:18

I have been moderating on ELL for about two years. During that time, my goals have been to remain level-headed, even-keeled, helpful, fair and impartial, and to do what is best for the community at large.

If the community decides to keep me as a moderator, then I am willing to keep serving in that capacity. If the community decides it's time for a change – or if more capable nominees supplant me – then I plan to continue being a positive contributor on ELL and support the new moderation team.

  • I'm not terribly familiar with how moderation is handled on this particular Stack - is having 4 out of 8 moderation badges after two years in the job about average? – Damien H Aug 25 '15 at 1:29
  • @DamienH: Seems reasonable enough. It's maybe a bit surprising that J.R. only racked up six flags in his first six months before being appointed, but after that, Deputy and Marshal would have been impossible to achieve. The review queues move so slowly that the only way he could have gotten Steward, or perhaps even Reviewer, is by monopolizing them, which is not healthy for a ♦ on a site with good community reviewing like this one. (Only two users have Steward on this site, and only in the last few months; only a dozen or so have Reviewer, a total of 26 times.) – Nathan Tuggy Aug 25 '15 at 1:59
  • @J.R., Your answers, comments, and advice are helpful. (Particularly to new users like me. Thank you!) All the best and good luck! – shin Aug 25 '15 at 5:28
  • hey guys, if you haven't deal with @J.R. before, then I can tell you, from my experience, that he/she doesn't deserve to be selected anymore. He didn't treat me well when i asked two or three valuable questions. i wish I could prevent all the votes from him/her – Marco Dinatsoli Aug 25 '15 at 13:22
  • J.R. is well-regarded on EL&U, and our community was very pleased when he was selected as pro-tempore mod on ELL. – Kit Z. Fox Aug 25 '15 at 14:17
  • @Marco, the site needs J.R.'s skills. (If you've been criticised, don't worry I was also criticised [by J.R. of course], but I considered it as an advice and learned a lot from it.) If I were you, I'd check J.R.'s answers to sensible inquiries (so you'll have a basis why he has to be re-elected). P.S. This is just my opinion, I will not argue further. – shin Aug 25 '15 at 14:24
  • @Damien candidate score and badges were intended for sites like SO. Other than a human factor, no one can really know who's capable of moderating ELL in the future. For instance, no one has the constituent badge on ELL. – M.A.R. ಠ_ಠ Aug 25 '15 at 15:39
  • I have always found J.R. to be fair and to have more concern for the community than his ego. I would be very sorry to lose him as a moderator. I would have a hard time remaining as composed as he was throughout some of the situations I've witnessed. – ColleenV Aug 25 '15 at 20:54
  • J.R.'s not only been a pillar of patience and good humor, even when sorely tried, he's been ELL's principal ambassador to ELU. Nobody understands what this site is and should be better than J.R. – StoneyB Aug 25 '15 at 22:10
  • Even though J.R. has only been able to achieve 4 of 8 badges, if he applies himself a bit more, he might be able to get some more badges and become a good moderator. Ok that was a joke. J.R. is the most knowledgeable and hard-working moderator for ELL. He's been the life-blood of ELL, and ELL continues to need J.R.'s moderating leadership to continue on a positive path. – CoolHandLouis Aug 26 '15 at 1:36
  • I am not going to make this too personal. I have been here for a few months, not an active user. Yet, I can see that J.R. and ColleenV are always trying their best to help people here. Both ColleenV and J.R. are nice. – David Washington Aug 26 '15 at 6:20
  • Having worked personally with J.R., and with firsthand knowledge of how hard he works for this site and how much he cares about its well-being, I would recommend voting for him before myself. I would like to join others here in assuring readers that J.R. has not been guilty of unfair behavior, and is an excellent moderator. And I agree with @Stoney that he is the most knowledgeable of us as to ELU's workings, which has been vital in the past. – WendiKidd Aug 26 '15 at 7:10
  • I would second @Wendi's request. We would be at a big loss if we lost J.R. from the mod team. – M.A.R. ಠ_ಠ Aug 26 '15 at 11:11
  • Undoubtedly, you should be one of the moderators. At times, we had some bitter arguments but I was pretty new here and was driven by my (non-native?!) emotions. Hope you hadn't mind it being a senior person here. – Maulik V Aug 27 '15 at 5:17
  • I would be most pleased to see J.R. continue his stewardship of the site. His patience is apparently boundless, and he is respectful and assertive in appropriate measures. – jimsug Aug 31 '15 at 0:47

I know that I am relatively new to this site, but I believe that I have what it takes to make a good moderator.

I strongly believe in fairness and I treat all users with respect. All questions deserve a chance and I'm the sort of person who will wait before closing a question. After all, the aim of a Q&A site is to get an answer.

I joined this community not only to get a double dose of English (I am a regular user on ELU) but also to share my knowledge and passion of the English language with others. I also make an effort to answer low-scoring questions, no matter how simple, just to help the asker (I know how frustrating it is when you can't find an answer!).

I love grammar and words and I am a native speaker of Australian English.

  • I feel like our moderators should have over 1000 rep, but it's not like I'm throwing my hat in the ring, so thanks for being the first to volunteer. – DCShannon Aug 24 '15 at 22:18
  • @DCShannon No worries, and thank you for your support. – Dog Lover Aug 24 '15 at 22:58
  • @DCShannon I don't believe the rep on this site alone should be taken into consideration. Moderation is moderation, fairness is fairness, rules are rules across all SE sites. I'm not throwing my hat in, but I have roughly the same rep here. However, I have several thousand rep combined on other network sites. That should count for something. Dog Lover has a couple K on English.SE, that should count for something. :) – user20827 Aug 24 '15 at 23:01
  • I don't think reputation measures the qualities I would most like to see in a moderator, so I'm not too worried about that. I would like to get to know you a bit better before voting for you as a moderator (well, as much as we can know anyone just by their typing :)). I don't really see any participation on the meta site, which concerns me more than your reputation score. – ColleenV Aug 26 '15 at 17:00
  • @ColleenV Thank you for support :) I'd also like to see myself participating in the Meta community. Hopefully my edited nomination will help you to get to know me a bit better. – Dog Lover Aug 30 '15 at 6:45
  • It would've been better if the election hadn't come this soon, because I wish to know you better. Having said that, I noticed several good answers of yours, which I know are useful for learners. No matter the election result, I hope you will keep writing such good answers. They're really useful! Best of luck! – Damkerng T. Aug 31 '15 at 7:30
  • @DamkerngT. Thank you for the words of encouragement :) – Dog Lover Aug 31 '15 at 7:37

This election is complete.