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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 Nov 24 '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


1,269 voters were eligible, 427 visited the site during the election, 322 visited the election page, and 182 voted

Hello folks, Matt Read here.

I am one of the original pro-tem moderators. As such, I've done a lot of work for this site over the past 4.5 years. I lead all of the diamond-mod-specific action statistics, notably Flags Handled. I've also been very active with reviewing content as a regular user, being the first to acquire the Electorate, Convention and Strunk & White badges. Coupled with my 4+ years moderating the Android site, I think this illustrates that I am willing and able to get things done.

As far as site-specific expertise goes, I am in the top ten for rep and was the first to acquire the Piano and Pundit badges. I'm not an expert on everything, but I know enough to help people out and make decisions regarding content issues.

If you've encountered an issue on this site, chances are that I've been involved in clearing it up. It's up to you whether I can continue doing so as a mod!

  • Note that my candidate score partially suffers because I haven't needed to raise flags since a week or so after the private beta launched! If I'm not elected, I promise to bombard the new mods with flags. And time spent posting instead of modding will get me those 8 points I'm missing due to rep :P – Matthew Read Nov 13 '15 at 5:59
  • I don't think you need to worry about candidate score as you've been a very effective moderator on this site and that speaks for itself much more than just the candidate score could. Thanks for your service so far and good luck in the election. – Dom Nov 13 '15 at 16:30
  • Excellent - don't worry about that score. As Dom says, we know how well you do the job already. – Doktor Mayhem Nov 16 '15 at 8:42

Shevliaskovic here.

I play and study music for the past ~6 years and been gigging the past 5.

I'm not the oldest member, but I've been around for a couple of years, and have been quite active (4 answers shy of 200 and 75 questions). I've visited the site more than 700 days. I had a streak of more than a year consecutive, which I lost due to a out of town gig; oh well.

I've been one of the most active reviewers and editors (and I don't fall behind that much in voting). I am quite active on meta and help around the new members; I also have most of the participation and moderation badges

If I am elected to moderate this site, I'll be even more active (especially on the chat) and try to improve this SE's image, not only by voting on posts and editing the ones that need editing, but by promoting the site to the people that might be interested.

  • Another excellent candidate. Glad you have put your name forward. – Doktor Mayhem Nov 12 '15 at 18:03

Hi, I'm Dom.

I've been a member of this site since October 2013 and in that time I've been extremely active in the main site, the meta, and the chat. As of this post I've visited the site 710 consecutive days. On the main site I go though the review queues as needed, vote up good content and down bad, make sure problem content is flagged (I'm currently the only user with the Marshal badge on this site), and I consistently make sure post are tagged correctly. I'll let my meta posts and chat history speak for my activity on both respectively.

If I am elected moderator of this site I will make sure we continue what we do best and share our music knowledge only stepping in when needed which hopefully isn't too often. As I am currently moderator of the Music Fan SE, I feel I will be able to utilize the experience as mod there to benefit this community. It also should be noted as such Music Fan SE is such related site, being mod on both will allow me to facilitate paths for questions to and from each site if needed.

Vote for me or don't it's up to you. Either way I'll still be around as part of the community.

  • I was hoping you'd run. You'll make a great moderator for this site. – Matthew Read Nov 10 '15 at 4:52
  • In addition to Matthew's comment I'd like to add that Dom has tirelessly pushed for improvements and change since he joined. An excellent candidate. – Doktor Mayhem Nov 10 '15 at 6:53
  • @MatthewRead I agree with your comment both in terms of Dom and yourself (hint hint) (and Dr Mayhem, and one other whom I won't embarass unless they step forward on their own). (Yes I know that makes four.) – Todd Wilcox Nov 10 '15 at 17:05
  • Here Here, Dom for President! Also for moderator. I would add that Dom consistently creates great questions that have added immensely to the value of the site, and is a name I tell my students to keep an eye out for when using the site. – Pat Muchmore Nov 10 '15 at 19:43
  • @PatMuchmore Thanks for the kind words. They really make me want to finish reading A Geometry of Music and get and read Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory so I can generate more questions for you. – Dom Nov 13 '15 at 16:32

Vote for me

I'm the Insidious Doktor Mayhem. And I'm a guitarist! It's been 9 days since my last gig :-)

You may know me. I've been a pro-tem moderator here for 4 years, and with 450 answers and a rep of over 20k I'm pretty active here. I am also a strong believer in voting - with over 4000 votes - and cleaning up the site, with 20 of the 29 moderation badges. I also work hard on trying to promote and develop this site, continually improve the scope and quality of questions and answers, and encourage others to do the same, as you'll see from my meta profile. I liaise with moderators from associated sites to improve our migrations, and also to encourage people to join.

I moderate 7 SE sites - what I bring from that is a fair and balanced approach to moderating. I tend to be a peacekeeper and try very hard to help remove conflict, however when things go too far I will also be strict about following the suspension rules.

In short, I think I do the right thing supporting the community in my pro-tem role, and if elected I plan on continuing to do this.

  • Yeah. I do believe you would be right on. However, can one person really moderate 8 sites!? I do recall a gracious handling of a problem from your part, and am impressed that you can have time for all this. – Félix Gagnon-Grenier Nov 9 '15 at 23:35
  • Having worked with Dr Mayhem in moderating, I can fully vouch for everything in this post. Even behind the scenes he is supremely professional and does an excellent job. – Matthew Read Nov 9 '15 at 23:43
  • Felix - it's not 8. It's only 7. One of them is the Personal Productivity Stack Exchange - this may be relevant :-) – Doktor Mayhem Nov 9 '15 at 23:49
  • Thanks Matthew! – Doktor Mayhem Nov 9 '15 at 23:50
  • Which, if elected for this SX, would make 8 is what I believe @FélixGagnon-Grenier means. I don’t know (nor care) where the limit should be for number of sites one which one is a moderator (possibly ℵ₀), but I’m in principle not convinced that having a few people moderating many sites is a great idea in the long run – if you were to stop your contribution, that would make quite a void. That said I have little doubt about your competences, and that issue would probably influence my vote only if the number of good candidates exceeds three. – Édouard Nov 10 '15 at 0:46
  • Ah, and as I post this comment, I realize the obvious: you’re already a moderator here, so 7 indeed. – Édouard Nov 10 '15 at 0:48
  • This was effectively what I meant @Édouard, and I effectively realized this was indeed 7 after few minutes. Is there a viewpoint on that somewhere on the network? – Félix Gagnon-Grenier Nov 10 '15 at 0:55
  • @FélixGagnon-Grenier Concerns about mod time are raised in almost every election. Generally the guidance is for the mod/candidate to honestly assess their free time and willingness to commit. Given Dr Mayhem's long record of service I think it's safe to say this won't be a concern, and if one day he becomes too busy I'm sure he'd let SE know and replacements would be found. – Matthew Read Nov 10 '15 at 4:57

This election is complete.