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2020 Moderator Election

nomination began
Oct 26, 2020 at 20:00
election began
Nov 2, 2020 at 20:00
election ended
Nov 10, 2020 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 guess I'll start us off!

I’m Richard, and I am a music theory professor in the United States. Above all, I hope that my activity on this site has been helpful for some of our visitors. And if you’ve found my activity helpful, I hope you’ll consider my candidacy for moderator.

I am one of the most active members of the site; my profile says that I have visited the site for over 1200 consecutive days, and I’ve only missed two days since I became a regular user in May of 2016. (And the two days I missed were due only to extended international travel.)

During my time here I’ve been especially active with the community reviews: looking at the stats now, I see that I’m the top reviewer in every single review queue (close votes, late answers, low-quality posts, re-open votes, and suggested edits) except for one, first posts, which I admit I’ve intentionally stayed away from to give other users the opportunity to get some community review experience.

This place has become very important to me over the past few years, and I would love to have the opportunity to say thanks and give back to the community by serving as a moderator.


I'm luser droog, self-nominating for the moderator election.

Which I'm super impressed with Richard's vitae (and will probably vote for him), for elections to be meaningful there ought to be some competition.

I've been active on the site for a number of years and have spent time in the review queues. I'm also constantly logged in to the chatroom and try to share new music and theory and technique videos I find.

I'm a gen-"X"-er, currently a returning CS student finishing up my first degree after a 20 year hiatus.

I am a bit of an anarchist. While I recognize the need for structures and rules, I am deeply distrustful of pat answers from authority figures and constantly wary of the fallacy of improper appeal to authority. Consensus is better than compromise. Two honest parties with the same information cannot agree to disagree.

I hope I would exercise authority fairly, ever cognizant that there is a real person on the other end of the line.

This election is over.