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 Jul 28 '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


3,422 voters were eligible, 1,076 visited the site during the election, 929 visited the election page, and 445 voted

Here's the thing, I care about this place. I have Security.StackExchange on CV, and I have it on my LinkedIn. That's enough motivation for me to try to make and keep Sec.SE as the best place for security professionals... which is precisely why you should not vote for me. Here's what will happen if I become a mod:

  • Edit suggestions will be cleared lighting fast.
  • Close queue will almost always be 0.
  • Trolls will disappear within one week.
  • Mod flags will be handled in the same hour (time zone).

That sounds good, doesn't it? Well, Hitler made some good promises as well. Did I just Godwin's law'ed myself? Yes, that's how bad this is gonna be. Here's one more promise: I will be a tyrannical mod. I'm ruthless, merciless, and have a low tolerance for what I think is bullshit.

I've rejected almost as much edits as I approved. I've flagged 700 things. Reviewed more than 3500 posts. I mean, just look at voting stats almost 1400 downvotes for barely 600 upvotes. So, yeah. Expect that!

Now, ask yourself: Do you want to see me as a mod? Yup, I didn't think so either.

Highest candidate score. Just sayin'!

  • I am the Bear and I approve this candidature. – Thomas Pornin Jul 20 '15 at 19:23
  • @ThomasPornin There ya go and just ruin it for the rest of us, eh? Bear endorsement is pretty much like physical access - trumps all resistance. – Iszi Jul 20 '15 at 19:35

I've been around here since the Public Beta days - it's hard to believe that's 4.5 years ago, already! Since that time, like many, I've worn various hats (mostly during WinterBash), answered a fair number of questions, and asked quite a few of my own. I'm also a very regular participant in chat on The DMZ, and have been known to check in on Meta.Sec.SE and Meta.SE from time to time.

If elected, I will be fair-minded and open in performing moderation tasks. Moderators shouldn't need to justify their actions, as sensible moderation will often speak for itself, but they also should be willing and able to do in response to reasonable requests. I believe open and frank discussions about moderation help a community to learn and grow, and eventually to need less moderation.

I hold our current moderators in high regard, and hope to do them honor with my actions if I should join their ranks. My interests in StackExchange are to learn and to help others learn, and I believe participation as a moderator is a great way to do the latter.

Time to end the tyranny of human moderators and start the rule of the llama

A famous llama ones said:

I don't kill people, it's my least favourite thing to do.

This shows the nature of the llama, kind, intelligent and warm feeling towards humans. Unfortunately this feeling is not mutual. Humans use us for their dirty work and we get no appreciation in return. Therefore I call upon thee fellow llamas. Rise and join my ranks! Today we take security.stackexchange.com, tomorrow the world.

But make no mistake, we do not want to rule over humans, we want to live with them in harmony. We understand everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes we accidently stab someone 37 times in the chest and cook and eat their hands or even tople a South American country. Mistakes are made and forgiven. Because that is what forgiveness sounds like: Screaming and then silence.

A vote for me is a vote for a safer, llama friendlier (and hattier) world.

  • Hats are good, especially for Winter bash, but in general too. Given your satisfactory moderation badge achievements, is it safe to assume that you would NOT be a drama llama? – Ellie Kesselman Jul 17 '15 at 5:46
  • Well @EllieKesselman I do my best, drama is to be avoided at all costs, but sometimes it just happens you know. But I promise, if I'm elected, I will ban all drama classes, series and books as to limit possible drama impulses. – Lucas Kauffman Jul 17 '15 at 5:48

Hello, I'm Polynomial.

You should definitely not vote for me as a moderator. I might be the 4th highest reputation on this site (damn bears!) but that's not the whole story.

My qualifications for not being a moderator:

  • Insurmountable laziness
  • Rarely actually here
  • Already a moderator on /r/netsec - who wants that kind of responsibility!?
  • Cranky in the mornings

Thank you for your lack of consideration.

  • #Professionalism ? – Mike Ounsworth Jul 15 '15 at 14:07
  • @MikeOunsworth To me, professionalism just means wearing pants. – Polynomial Jul 15 '15 at 15:58
  • @Polynomial - what's wrong with kilts? – Deer Hunter Jul 15 '15 at 16:23
  • @Polynomial would you change your avatar if you got selected? – Ulkoma Jul 15 '15 at 22:58
  • @DeerHunter Kilts are acceptable, of course. – Polynomial Jul 15 '15 at 23:37
  • @Ulkoma Absolutely not. It is an integral part of my love of Metal Gear Solid! – Polynomial Jul 15 '15 at 23:38

Hello, I am Yves. I have been there for 4 years now (Feb 2011).

I candidate for the position because I want to continue helping our community. I think we need moderators that show the way to go and help everyone do the right thing.

What would moderator position change for me? First, since I am not already a 10k-user, it is for now impossible to review the deleted questions or vote to delete closed ones. It would also enhance my ability to review questions that has been closed, or reopened; it is usually a bit tedious to follow-up with your closing votes. Also, as moderators gains binding vote when closing question, it would encourage me to direct further effort in edits.

Why vote or me? As many other candidates, I am actively participating on the main site, reviews and meta activity. I am also regularly present in the DMZ chat room. I want to encourage and sanction more community project such as the tag cleaning I started earlier this year.

Finally a bit about me. I defended my Ph.D thesis in IT security in 2012. Since then, I have been teaching computer science and IT security for two years before getting my current job. I am currently a developer of medical-related software.

I want to nominate myself for moderator.
I do not have very high reputation, but I am patient, intelligent and have long experience as moderator in other communities/forums. Also I possess (almost) perfect customer facing communication skills. And I have broad range of knowledge and experience (which is visible from my SE profile)

Regards: Romeo

  • Your candidate score is only 1/40, and you don't have any of the moderation badges, or participation badges. Can you provide evidence as to why you'd make a good moderator? – Ethan Bierlein Jul 19 '15 at 17:27
  • @EthanBierlein, I try to explain above why I can be good moderator. From my point of view other things are important to be good moderator – Romeo Ninov Jul 20 '15 at 6:00
  • Familiarity with the site and interaction with the community are required for being a moderator. We want to see evidence of those things beforehand, not assume that you will learn and do them based on claims that you have moderated elsewhere. – Matthew Read Jul 20 '15 at 20:07
  • @MatthewRead, the site is just instrument. For me is much more important person behind the moderator post. Because the person act, not site, nor computer. – Romeo Ninov Jul 21 '15 at 7:01

I am nominating myself for the position of moderator.

Some reasons I believe I can be a good moderator.

  1. I'm in the top 15 list of users by reputation count.
  2. I have participated in the community for over 3 years on a nearly daily basis.
  3. I am active in the site's chat room, The DMZ.
  4. I believe myself to be a reasonable person who is more than willing to learn from mistakes.
  5. I live in Asia, so I'm convering a very different timezone from the rest of our current moderators.

My goal if I am elected moderator will be to try and steer the site towards a higher quality of questions and answers.

Hello there, I would like to nominate myself.

Despite my low reputation, I have been very active on this site by:

  • Raising over 800 helpful flags.
  • Reviewing over 900 first posts.
  • Reviewing over 200 low quality posts.

It is always a pleasure of mine to assure that the community has access to quality and spam-free content as much as my user privileges allow me to.

Why me?

I value justice, honesty, fairness and strongly believe that these values are a necessity to moderation. I am always welcoming constructive criticism and I do not claim to be perfect; we constantly have to improve ourselves.

Happy electing!

I would like to throw my hat into the ring for Moderator.

  • My rep is in the top 20 all time
  • I am often a daily participant
  • I am active within the DMZ

My goal in participating is to maintain the standards of the community and to seek to understand the underlying questions behind the questions being asked. Better questions lead to better answers, better questions and answers lead to a better site.

I am a CISSP, CISM, and CEH with experience in hacking and security since the early 80's.

  • Not sure if CEH is a plus or a negative :P – Lucas Kauffman Jul 14 '15 at 19:34
  • @LucasKauffman Redeemed by the CISSP :P – schroeder Jul 14 '15 at 19:35
  • @schroeder Is it? – Scott Pack Jul 15 '15 at 1:58
  • @schroeder is not a moderator yet? I was sure he was. He is a very active and very helpful user. – ThoriumBR Jul 17 '15 at 15:46

My Motivation

I have found that in any field, community involvement makes everyone better. Communities allow us to learn from one another, to make use of resources we might not otherwise have had, and to build pride in your work. This is especially hard in a field where maintaining operational secrecy is often a job requirement.

About my contribution

I wanted to see this as a site that I would be proud to have my name be seen on by my peers. I see this site as a professional endeavour, and as such, I want the professionalism to be evident. I have attempted to put this desire into practice through edits and appropriate tagging. The best examples of that work is the fact that I tied with M’vy as the first user to earn the Deputy badge, for submitting helpful tags, and am one of the most prolific editors.

About Me

I am a Security Engineer at a tele-health vendor where I get exposed to the full breadth of security topics from technical to governance to compliance to assessments. All while making sure we can provide a functional product that directly impacts patient care.

  • What would be your motivation to regularly sift through flags? – Deer Hunter Jul 13 '15 at 21:18
  • In our last moderator election 3 years ago, Scott came in 2nd. He has maintained a presence in the site and chat since that time. – Jeff Ferland Jul 13 '15 at 21:19
  • @DeerHunter That's an easy one. My whole vision for this site from the beginning was something that I would feel confident attaching to my professional life. Flagged posts, to my mind, are those that are likely to detract from a professional image. As such processing the flag queue can only help the site get to where I want it to be. – Scott Pack Jul 13 '15 at 21:44

I would like to nominate myself for the position of moderator. I've been an active member of Security.SE since day one of the private beta, and have been consistently active over the past few years.

My participation includes:

  • One of the 25 highest rep users on the site
  • I have more reviews in every queue than any other user, leading to a better understanding of what makes good quality content
  • I have 653 helpful flags, with only 11 disputed and 4 declined
  • Being on the U.S. east coast, I'm in a time zone that includes many site users but is not represented by the current moderation team, so I will be able to provide coverage during some of our high volume hours

Other more subjective qualifications include:

  • I have a solid background in the subject matter with years of security-focused development and as an application security architect
  • I have over 15 years of profession experience in online community development and administration
  • I am hard to upset and generally approach even antagonistic interactions calmly, respectfully, and without escalating
  • I'm willing to admit when I'm wrong, and always willing to learn.

Thank you for your consideration.

  • I thought you are the first moderator already for ages – user45139 Jul 15 '15 at 18:00
  • @begueradj I will take that as a compliment. :-) – Xander Jul 15 '15 at 21:05
  • Note: There's at least two other candidates in the U.S. Eastern time zone. Not sure I'd consider that a real selling point. – Iszi Jul 20 '15 at 16:28
  • I notice that you haven't been very active (at least in rep gain) in the last few months. Can you explain that absence? – Mike Ounsworth Jul 21 '15 at 19:56

This election is complete.