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2016 Moderator Election

nomination began
Aug 15, 2016 at 20:00
election began
Aug 22, 2016 at 20:00
election ended
Aug 30, 2016 at 20:00

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!

I'm a high-activity user on ELU i.e. 2900+ helpful flags, 11400+ reputation, 3600+ reviews, 1000+ comments, 300+ posts edited, 2400+ upvotes, and 1200+ downvotes. I have all the moderation badges there.

Compared to that, my contributions to ELL are much smaller i.e. 48 helpful flags, 333 reputation and 100 upvotes. I'd like to change that.

I'm better at reviewing and moderating, than answering posts. I'm very familiar with ELL's culture and I visit often. I also know very well the similarities and differences between ELU and ELL.

If I'm elected, I promise to be as neutral and objective as I can, and help this community grow strong.

I'm a non-native English speaker from India, aged 24, and I've recently completed a master's degree in Construction Engineering and Management. It would also benefit the site to have a mod online to handle flags while other mods are probably asleep.

While we wait for Q&As here, you can learn more about me from my answers to ELU's Q&A.

I have been a member of ELL for a while now and I very much enjoy working within it. My time on here is particularly special as I know I am helping those who really need it and might not be able to find the answer elsewhere.

I am extremely passionate about the English Language and I always do my best when answering a question.

Despite not having the dazzling 20k rep that other moderators and nominees usually have, I believe that my qualities make up for this.

I am a huge believer in fairness and I always put this into practice on the site. Additionally, I am respectful of others and I do not participate in "flame wars".

I'd also like to humbly bring to attention my editing statistics. As a grammarian, I like to see that all questions are neatly formatted and grammatically correct and that any questionable posts are flagged. As a moderator, I would be able to continue this duty more effectively.

I'm not sure how many of you have seen me hanging about, but it would be a great honour to wear the diamond with pride.

Please excuse my very similar wording to my ELU nomination, but I feel that it is no less relevant here, and it is still 100% truthful.

Hi all. I'm MAR/TIPS. My new chemical is called "DEAD", and that's both unfortunate and allowing for many puns.

I haven't engaged in answering and asking as much as I could have; but meta, chat and moderation activities are my thing. I've accumulated around 2,500 flags network-wide and 7,900+ reviews in two sites which shows that I know my way around. The main reason I'm nominating is that I know I can help, and I have the time to.


  • I'm usually there. Even if you don't see me chatting or commenting, I'm doing something on the site.
  • I'm an active chatter. I also engage in meta conversations often, so I'm easily accessible.
  • I know how stuff works around here, more or less.
  • I'm here to help. I don't see moderator positions as prizes. Being a mod is a thankless task for the most part. I'm lending a hand, not hunting for jobs.


  • I'm young. There are some SE mods that are younger than me, and an SO mod.
  • There are far more knowledgeable people than me on this site.
  • There are people that have devoted their time to this site more than me.
  • ?

I like long walks in the park and romantic evenings at home ... oh, wait, wrong kind of profile.

I'm not sure how long I've been active on this forum, must be a year or two by now, I've built up a rep of over 30,000 which must take a while. Not that being an active poster or even a good poster is the same thing as being a good moderator, but at least it demonstrates an interest in the forum. I'm not going to be elected a moderator and than never show up again.

My philosophy of how moderation should work is basically: Err on the side of tolerance. If we're considering, say, whether a question should be closed, I say, give the poster the benefit of the doubt. If someone asks, "Who is the best punter in the NFL?", obviously that's off-topic and should be quickly shut down. But if a question is debatable, I say, leave it. The goal should be to help people struggling with English, not to maintain some abstract standard of purity of the board.

In general, I'd say the goal should always be helping people with their English, and not rigid adherence to a set of rules that somebody wrote down and that most visitors will never read.

I've been fortunate enough to have visited forty-two countries in my life. Including a spell living in Korea and several trips to India. I have seen first hand the wide variety of problems faced by people learning English. Different problems caused by the different structures of their own first languages - Problems that can arise through misinterpretation of the myriad nuances of English.

I've been active on this site for two and a half years. In that time I have become convinced that ELL is the single best tool anywhere for bringing the difficulties of learners, of all starting points, together.

I would like to play a part in supporting and strengthening this platform for the benefit of all. I feel that my experiences of helping people learn English face-to-face help me to help users here.

A moderator's job is to be moderate. To enact the wishes of the community in as quiet a manner as possible. To keep the site fed, focused and friendly.

I am already a moderator at the Retrocomputing SE site. That is a beta site with less traffic than ELL so I see no problem in moderating both. Indeed, the experience gained there will serve me well here should I be elected.

Howdy everyone. I'm ColleenV and I've been puttering around ELL for a couple of years now. I think the ELL community is really special, and because I have enjoyed this little oasis that our existing moderators have helped to carve out of the often harsh environment of online communities, I feel obligated to at least offer to help carry some of the load.

I see my responsibility as a moderator as a mix of a gardener, a guide, and an arbiter. I help keep ELL a pleasant place to while away the time by keeping the pests under control, weeding, and pruning (but if the community thinks that weed is pretty, and it's not doing too much harm, I'll leave it be). When new folks drop by, I help show them around and explain what sorts of activities are accepted by the community that owns the garden. My least favorite, but probably the most necessary part of the job is being a fair arbiter that quickly and firmly resolves issues the community can't resolve themselves.

Those of y'all familiar with me know I can't help but add my 2 cents to most discussions, but when it comes down to it, my personal view is secondary. As a moderator, I would represent the community's interests first.

I've been a part of ELL for the past 8 Months. During this time, I have been able to answer over 200 questions, among which, the most notable one being:

Use “him” or “her” in this sentence about a hypothetical gender switch?

And had asked a few questions, the pick of the lot being:

Why is a 'ph' or 'gh' used instead of an 'f' in commonly used English words like Elephant and Enough?

I've also made myself useful in the Meta ELL community by answering a couple of meta questions. During my time here, I have earned a total of 36 distinct badges. I have been involved in 514 Closed Post Suggestions, as of now. Also, I've reviewed over a hundred Suggested Edits.

I'm still learning, everyday, every second. I still make mistakes. But I make sure I don't make the same mistakes over and over again. I log into ELL everyday and unfailingly review posts. I believe I could be a very handy moderator.

~Varun KN

Hello everyone! I'm Nathan Tuggy, and I'd like to be your moderator. I already spend a lot of my time in site moderation — I have almost twice as many reviews as anyone else, and I'm one of the top five editors as well. If you elect me, I'll have more flexibility in handling truly terrible posts quickly, as well as managing users who are causing problems, or who are having trouble getting used to the site. I'll also step back a bit and let others vote whether to close or delete the posts that aren't so clearly bad.

I believe in balancing the rules we have, which are intended to be best for everyone using the site, with individual askers who may not be able to help others very much yet. One key to that is comments, and I'll post even more comments than I already do. Another key is flexibility and careful thought, and I'll use my best judgement, not blindly apply rules where they don't fit. Good judgement is what a moderator is elected for.

If you elect me, I'll also work on spending more time in chat, as I already do on meta, being available to talk to and joining in from time to time.

ELL needs more good moderators like we already have. I believe I can be one of them.

This election is over.