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 Feb 21 '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.

2,777 voters were eligible, 1,573 visited the site during the election, 823 visited the election page, and 472 voted

called up after the election to meet additional demand

Hah. Do I really need an introduction? :p ;)

Anyhow, since you insist, here it is. I am a guy from Pakistan. I am a science journalist and after writing for some science mags, I am now building my own website (www.daera.net/cosmos, for the English language articles). Sometimes I write fantasy fiction too.

I've been a member of this place for some time now. I don't recall precisely when I joined, but I do remember the place was in beta stage then.

Most of my contribution to the site has been about answering people's questions to the best of my knowledge. I am not very active on Meta or chat (as the active members would know already) and like to spend my time serving other members by answering their mainstream WorldBuilding questions.

While I have done some review queues, my main focus has been on writing answers. Sometimes I even go on to answer questions which others feel off-topic and vote to close, later. I just don't like to stifle someone's creativity by red tape. Ha! That's me!

I am not standing up for the election to build regulations, or to have my say in resolving disputes. I just want to be the guy who takes newbies by hand and helps them merge in.

  • $\begingroup$ Your first bit of activity on the site appears to have been worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/a/25425/29 which was posted on September 10, 2015. The graduation announcement was meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/q/2767/29 on November 16, 2015. $\endgroup$ – user Feb 9 '17 at 9:03
  • $\begingroup$ You say that you aren't very active on Meta or in chat, and that your main focus is on answering questions. That's fine, great even (we wouldn't have the site we do without answers to peoples' questions), but I think it would be beneficial if you can elaborate on how you feel that having a diamond will make you able to help newcomers better, or write more or better answers. I would personally find it especially worrisome if a diamond moderator regularly answers questions and then later, without the question having changed, hammers the same questions shut by closing. $\endgroup$ – user Feb 9 '17 at 9:07
  • $\begingroup$ As you can read on the page where I have posted answers to community questions, I am in fact against hammer-closing questions and sometimes I even go on to answer questions which other members consider off the scope of the site. I have also stated that my main focus would be merging newbies smoothly and quickly into the community. I will leave more sensitive issues (like closing questions, issuing warnings, determining site's scope etc) to senior mods who, with their longer experience of the site and community, can handle these issues much better than me. @MichaelKjörling $\endgroup$ – Youstay Igo Feb 9 '17 at 16:20
  • $\begingroup$ Also, thanks for digging up the details. As I said, I don't recall precisely when I joined, but that the site was in beta stages then. Somehow I feel like the site got out of beta sometime about 8 months ago. Must be some weird memory kink I guess. Oh btw, when I wrote that I even go on to answer questions which others feel off-topic and vote to close, later I meant that the other community members vote that question for closure, not myself. Haha! Now that would be a contradictory behavior if I wrote an answer and then voted the question for closure later :D $\endgroup$ – Youstay Igo Feb 9 '17 at 16:23
  • $\begingroup$ Some people actually do that. It's even worse when said people have diamonds. $\endgroup$ – user Feb 9 '17 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ «if I wrote an answer and then voted the question for closure later» hey, isn’t there a badge for that? :) $\endgroup$ – JDługosz Feb 10 '17 at 8:24
  • $\begingroup$ @JDługosz: Maybe there is a badge for that. It's just that I don't support that idea. And I don't want that badge either. I am not saying that it is an objectively bad idea. Just that it is very much against my conduct and rationale. $\endgroup$ – Youstay Igo Feb 10 '17 at 21:02

Hi, my name is MolbOrg, it is like Terminator but MolbOrg.

I participate on WB for a year now and recent time I tipped the point when I feel to understand the rules of the game.

I think that WB needs a bit of fresh blood, to develop further and on the way forward as a first step he should begin a critical thinking about what he actually is, what differs it from other SE places and act accordingly to what will be discovered by the community about itself.

I'm your 3rd party candidate. It is not easy to suggest my own candidature, as I can't guarantee more than 5 months of service(because of my personal situation) and because I'm usually do not like that kind of duties if I see there is someone else capable of doing the same and more excited/willing to do so.

I encourage anyone who reads to consider nominate yourself, sometimes things are no fun, but they have to be done on behalf of the community for it to thrive, for you to enjoy the fruits the community makes and who else if not you. Let it be 30+ candidates.

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;

(William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • $\begingroup$ hm, seems I'm 9month baby, but it feels like a year :) $\endgroup$ – MolbOrg Feb 8 '17 at 4:05
  • $\begingroup$ When you say that "WB needs a bit of fresh blood, to develop further", could you elaborate a little on how you feel having a diamond attached to your name, and having access to the moderator tools, would help you further that goal? Lots of the ways a user (any user) can affect the community's direction and development are equally available to all users with a minimal amount of reputation required, no diamond needed; what would the diamond add in your case? Pointing to e.g. previous work in your desired direction on Worldbuilding Meta or Worldbuilding Chat would work; I see very little Meta activity from you. $\endgroup$ – user Feb 8 '17 at 8:42
  • $\begingroup$ For who are not good enough, as they might think, I will cite/rephrase a bit from the answer to @MichaelKjörling (which I posted in the questionnaire the answer is long for comments), if it helps you to decide to nominate yourself. At the moment WB has a solid team of mods and sounding situation and it is the time when beneficial changes can be introduced despite your previous experience. And if you choosing the changes, you should nominate your self, introduce trough questionnaire, others have to pay attention to such nominees. $\endgroup$ – MolbOrg Feb 8 '17 at 13:00

Hello WorldBuilding!

My name is Aric and I am a sixth form student in the UK. While I have interests in music, physics, and programming, I also enjoy worldbuilding. I have not been particularly active over the last few months due to unforeseen circumstances, however that no longer applies.

I'm an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy novels, and I enjoy everything worldbuilding. The science (or not-science!) of how a setting works and why things are there are great fun to come up with. I find that creating the history and language of your own world is a hefty but worthwhile activity which extends your imagination and vision into your creation.

While my knowledge of linguistics, physics, history, and geography may not be as high as others, I will often read a post on any stack exchange site and research possible solutions because I, too, am interested. If I find anything, I am sure to reply or simply give input as a comment.

I have never been a moderator on a site, and let's be honest i'm practically brand new here, however I think this will be a challenging but rewarding new experience for myself, and more importantly a help to everyone else.

  • $\begingroup$ Don't forget the questionnaire! :) $\endgroup$ – Zxyrra Feb 7 '17 at 20:19
  • $\begingroup$ You say that you are a "sixth form student". Not being familiar with the UK educational system, what does this mean in more detail? $\endgroup$ – user Feb 8 '17 at 8:47
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelKjörling Finishing school. I am doing A levels and about to apply to a university $\endgroup$ – Aric Feb 8 '17 at 11:57
  • $\begingroup$ For people more familiar with the American system, it's the rough equivalent of a high-school senior. $\endgroup$ – Mark Feb 8 '17 at 21:35
  • $\begingroup$ 6th form generally means 16->18 years old, at a stage between normal school and further education $\endgroup$ – Tim B Feb 8 '17 at 21:59
  • $\begingroup$ @TimB Thank you, that helps to understand the reference. Note, Aric, that there's no real problem with being young (as long as you are old enough to be on the site at all); there are (or have been) quite young diamond moderators on the network. What matters is maturity. $\endgroup$ – user Feb 9 '17 at 9:11
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelKjörling I understand if people are reluctant to vote for me, especially with my age and low candidate score $\endgroup$ – Aric Feb 9 '17 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ SE's youngest moderator was either 13 or 14 at the time of election. As Michael said, age isn't a barrier. Time and participation on the site, and of course maturity, are much more important. Regardless of who's elected, I look forward to your continued participation! $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Feb 9 '17 at 20:21
  • $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio Thank you, I do too! $\endgroup$ – Aric Feb 9 '17 at 20:22

Hello everyone!

I am James. I have been around the site since we were defining what the site was going to be on Area 51. I have participated uninterrupted from that first inception phase all the way to today.

I am active on meta and always available in the chat, I like to help keep chat lively as I find it to be an excellent way to get to know your fellow community members as well as resolve issues and answer questions. As a bonus it is also pretty entertaining.

I stay pretty active in the review queues with a grand total of around 2000 review activities completed to date.

With the help of Nex Terren, Green, ArtofCode and several guests I have also helped organize the site's podcast (episode 3 will be up soon).

I am also an itinerant contributor to the site blog.

I would like to continue my involvement in the site and thus am throwing my hat in to be a moderator.

My answers to the candidate questionnaire can be found here

Thank you for the consideration.

  • $\begingroup$ James has been here since the beginning and his contributions have continued to increase over the last 2.5 years. He's active in our busy chat room, in reviewing, in commenting and posting on main, and on meta. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Feb 7 '17 at 17:24
  • $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio Awwww, I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. $\endgroup$ – James Feb 7 '17 at 17:26
  • $\begingroup$ Don't forget the questionnaire! :) $\endgroup$ – Zxyrra Feb 7 '17 at 20:19
  • $\begingroup$ @Zxyrra I won't! It just takes some time to get it all written up and formatted. $\endgroup$ – James Feb 7 '17 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ James is another hot* candidate to consider when casting your vote. I especially value the time James is putting to the chat and his overall commitment to this site (* about 310 Kelvins to be precise) $\endgroup$ – Pavel Janicek Feb 8 '17 at 18:55
  • $\begingroup$ @PavelJanicek I had to look up the conversion. Thats a funny joke right there. $\endgroup$ – James Feb 8 '17 at 21:18
  • $\begingroup$ James has simply been . . . awesome, since the start of the site. He's been a major contributor to the blog and the podcast, and he's really active in the review queues and on meta. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Feb 9 '17 at 15:05

I am relatively new to stack exchange, I just joined in the summer, but this is a great community, and I always enjoy checking out the more science based questions to get Randall Munroe style answers.

I know I'm probably not going to get very far in this election because i'm new, and don't have a huge amount of experience, but i'm willing to give it a shot!

  • $\begingroup$ I don't want to be discouraging, but frankly, you only just now (509 vs 500 rep) earned access to the first review queues, and Worldbuilding is the site on the network where you have the greatest amount of reputation. You have only four posts in total (2 Q, 2 A) on Worldbuilding Meta, and only three comments (no posts and no significant lurking logged-in) on Meta Stack Exchange. While I'll be among the first to point out to anyone that we all start out with 1 rep on a single site (I did, too), going from that position to a full-fledged community-elected diamond moderator in one fell swoop would be a huge jump. $\endgroup$ – user Feb 7 '17 at 18:54
  • $\begingroup$ Don't forget the questionnaire! :) $\endgroup$ – Zxyrra Feb 7 '17 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Michael, as a completely unrelated aside, how do you know if someone is lurking logged-in? Is there a way to see that? $\endgroup$ – Jerenda Feb 12 '17 at 14:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Jerenda Since, as you say, this is completely unrelated, you should take that question to Worldbuilding Meta or, because it isn't a site-specific question, even better Meta Stack Exchange. $\endgroup$ – user Feb 12 '17 at 17:46
  • $\begingroup$ Reminder - the questionnaire could use your voice! $\endgroup$ – Zxyrra Feb 12 '17 at 22:56

Hi! I’m the guy with the famous name that most of you can’t type.

You’ll see from the summary stats box that I’m highly qualified according to which badges they consider important for this (6/8, 6/6, 5/6). In fact, I’m the first/only one to have earned the Marshal badge. I also have a gold topic badge which carries special moderation privileges.

I’ve been a member since the public beta started. I peek in to WB almost every day. Currently it shows 250 consecutive days. I realize that WB isn’t exactly like a typical SE, and answers can be an entertaining exhibition of creativity, not a definitive “right” answer. Good Qs are hard to quantify, and I hope we can improve our mutual consensus on what works, rather than making overly simple pronouncements.

I want to be welcoming and supportive to new users, helping to make a good Q rather than chasing them off. My meta activity of note concerns this: getting people to look at the sandbox, and getting the conspicuous note for .

  • $\begingroup$ It feels like you could flesh this out rather, and also take a look at answering the election questionaire... $\endgroup$ – Tim B Feb 7 '17 at 9:30
  • $\begingroup$ I’ll answer the questionaire, from a desktop computer. Typing on this tablet isn’t going so well. $\endgroup$ – JDługosz Feb 7 '17 at 10:13
  • $\begingroup$ Sounds like a good idea :) $\endgroup$ – Tim B Feb 7 '17 at 10:18
  • $\begingroup$ Leave my Grammar alone!!! :P $\endgroup$ – Durakken Feb 7 '17 at 17:37
  • $\begingroup$ It is sad that it's not possible to upvote comments here @Durakken , moare language syntax edits. ;) $\endgroup$ – MolbOrg Feb 8 '17 at 7:52
  • $\begingroup$ Can't wait to read your questionnaire, it is not necessary but I just curious what will it be written there :) Veni, vidi, vici $\endgroup$ – MolbOrg Feb 10 '17 at 8:19
  • $\begingroup$ ^ You seem like a very promising candidate - you have the highest score out of 40 among all the applicants - but it would be helpful if you checked out the questionnaire. $\endgroup$ – Zxyrra Feb 12 '17 at 22:57
  • $\begingroup$ My questionnaire response is here. $\endgroup$ – JDługosz Feb 13 '17 at 5:47

I think I would make a good moderator because I feel that within boundaries the community should govern itself.

I believe that Worldbuilding is a special place and that anyone should be able to come to get help with their world building problems.

I'm active on the site almost daily, answering questions and offering advice in the comments, in the chat, and in meta.

Lastly, I'm even tempered, slow to anger, no matter how heated a discussion gets.

Mod election questionnaire: http://meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/a/4424/6751

  • $\begingroup$ What World Building have you done in the past? i.e. have you built or contributed to building a world or helped a story line arc etc or been a Dungeon Master (or its equivalent) ? $\endgroup$ – Sandy Feb 6 '17 at 22:36
  • $\begingroup$ Can you point to/link/discuss an example of what you consider good moderation and what you consider bad moderation? and why it is good or bad in your eyes? $\endgroup$ – Durakken Feb 6 '17 at 23:36
  • $\begingroup$ I'd like to remind people that any questions they have for the candidates should have been submitted to the (now-closed) questionnaire on meta, not put in the nomination thread. cc @Durakken $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Feb 7 '17 at 0:40
  • $\begingroup$ It's also ok to ask candidates questions in the election chat room, and if you want them to clarify anything they've said on the meta questionnaire, you can add comments there. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Feb 7 '17 at 3:03

I was a pro tem moderator during the site's beta phase, and fell short of the stellar team chosen during the site's first community moderator election. I have also served as mod on Amateur Radio. I am now hoping to join the team here in their efforts to keep Worldbuilding SE a great place.

As a moderator, I will always aim to be fair, impartial, and to handle similar situations in similar ways. I will do my best to moderate with a gentle hand, focusing on guidance and consulting with the community before taking mod-powered binding action whenever I am uncertain, and aim to always ensure that any action I take as a moderator is something that I am willing to explain in public on our Meta, should the issue be raised, while yet respecting the confidentiality of all involved.

I have 120 A's on Meta, only one net negatively voted, and 31 Q's, none of which below net +2, indicating a good feel for the unique style of WorldbuildingSE. My previous experience as a Stack Exchange diamond-powered moderator means that I am familiar with the tools available to moderators and can thus quickly get up to speed.


  • $\begingroup$ What World Building have you done in the past? i.e. have you built or contributed to building a world or helped a story line arc etc or been a Dungeon Master (or its equivalent) ? $\endgroup$ – Sandy Feb 6 '17 at 22:36
  • $\begingroup$ Can you point to/link/discuss an example of what you consider good moderation and what you consider bad moderation? and why it is good or bad in your eyes? $\endgroup$ – Durakken Feb 6 '17 at 23:36
  • $\begingroup$ I was among those who joined the private beta and had Michael as a pro tem. I can wholeheartedly say he did an amazing job at being a moderator. He was really great at interacting with the community and helping us work out our scope and policies on the site. $\endgroup$ – DonyorM Feb 6 '17 at 23:39
  • $\begingroup$ You seem to be approaching this very maturely and respectfully (not that other candidates are not). I look forward to hearing more from you. $\endgroup$ – Zxyrra Feb 7 '17 at 0:19
  • $\begingroup$ I'd like to remind people that any questions they have for the candidates should have been submitted to the (now-closed) questionnaire on meta, not put in the nomination thread. cc @SandyBeach $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Feb 7 '17 at 0:39
  • $\begingroup$ I joined during early public beta and I must say Michael was an engaged and active pro-tem moderator. I was disappointed to see that he was elected last time around, hopefully that changes this time around. $\endgroup$ – fi12 Feb 7 '17 at 2:57
  • $\begingroup$ Michael Kjörling was one of my picks in previous moderator election. As one of users who is on the site since public beta phase, I remember Michael's style of moderating and it was perfect fit for this site. Michael, you have my full support $\endgroup$ – Pavel Janicek Feb 7 '17 at 7:27
  • $\begingroup$ @fi12 I really hope that you meant to say that you were "disappointed to see that [I] was not elected". Otherwise, I'd love to hear why you'd feel the way you express in your comment! I'm in the election Worldbuilding Chat room. $\endgroup$ – user Feb 7 '17 at 7:33
  • $\begingroup$ @Durakken Not really within the space of the nomination as it stands; I'm all but out of space already, and I still will need to add a link to the moderator election questionaire answer once I get a chance to writing up those. (That said, I think a lot of what I wrote for last year's moderator election is still reasonably current, and you are of course free to review my contributions (direct link to my profile for convenience) on Worldbuilding Meta in general.) $\endgroup$ – user Feb 7 '17 at 7:37
  • $\begingroup$ @SandyBeach - domain experience, while useful, is not essential. Moderation usually involves dealing with behaviours that are not related to the site's topic. $\endgroup$ – ChrisF Feb 7 '17 at 10:19
  • $\begingroup$ Michael has been with the site from the beginning and was an outstanding pro-tem moderator. A lot of his work, particularly in guiding new users through comments, tag improvements, and meta, is quiet and flies under people's radar. He's one of only three people with a silver discussion badge on meta. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Feb 7 '17 at 17:19
  • $\begingroup$ Don't forget the questionnaire! :) $\endgroup$ – Zxyrra Feb 7 '17 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Zxyrra Not forgetting! $\endgroup$ – user Feb 7 '17 at 20:46
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelKjörling Nice catch! Missing that one word completely changes the meaning of my sentence. What I meant was: I joined during early public beta and I must say Michael was an engaged and active pro-tem moderator. I was disappointed to see that he was not elected last time around, hopefully that changes this time around. $\endgroup$ – fi12 Feb 7 '17 at 22:55
  • $\begingroup$ Do not forget to not forget $\endgroup$ – MolbOrg Feb 10 '17 at 8:21

This election is complete.