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2019 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 30 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


834 voters were eligible, 253 visited the site during the election, 204 visited the election page, and 106 voted

Hi! You've probably seen me around here, answering questions and making edits to improve others' questions & answers. I've never been a moderator before, but I'm helpful, I'm friendly, I'm fair, I love dreaming up lifehacks, and I love our Lifehacks community here.

Our moderators are doing a great job. I'm just here to help them by taking on some of the moderation duties myself.

Thanks to all the other candidates who've volunteered to help too!

  • As the site's highest-rep user (and one of only 7 non-mod users with all of the rep-based moderation powers), I'm guessing you already help a lot in non-diamond moderation stuff like voting to close, delete, etc. How, if at all, would this activity change if you get a diamond and therefore binding votes? – Rand al'Thor Jul 19 at 10:19
  • I plan to be more careful! Currently, my votes are usually only one of many, so I know that my opinions will be balanced out by others' opinions. If I get moderation powers, I'll really need to be certain before I vote to close, delete, etc. Therefore, I'll wait to see how the community is voting, and perhaps ask the other moderators for their thoughts, before I do anything. (Unless a question/answer/comment is clearly spam or clearly abusive.) And currently, I try to advise and help people improve their questions & answers if there's something "wrong". – BrettFromLA Jul 19 at 13:26

I would like to offer my support to this community.

I've spent 60 years trying to do things more easily, cheaply and quickly than expected. I've been impressed by some of the answers to questions on this site, long may that continue.

While I have been a member of the Lifehacks site for four years, I have been a user of the wider StackExchange community for six years. I believe StackExchange has no parallel as a means of exchanging information. I would be happy to help steer the Lifehacks site to successful graduation within this great framework.

I have been a pro-tem moderator on the Retrocomputing site for over two years. So I am well aware of the Theory of Moderation and have the experience to hit the ground running.

The Lifehacks site runs pretty well, there isn't much that I would suggest changing. I would just assist the existing moderators in weeding out the mind-hack questions - and I'm not too old to keep on learning new tricks.

  • You're the site's top reviewer by far, having the highest stat in each of the six review queues. How, if at all, would your reviewing habits change if you become a diamond moderator? – Rand al'Thor Jul 19 at 10:16

I am not the best candidate for the job, there are several others with much more experience at Lifehacks.

I am nominating myself as if elected I would be happy to do the job, but remain hopeful that others with more Lifehacks.se experience will self nominate and win the election.

Some vital statistics that may influence your vote.

  • My User number is 13 https://lifehacks.stackexchange.com/users/13/james-jenkins that means I started way back when the site launched.

  • I am a moderator on Pets.se

  • My user number on Pets.se is also 13, https://pets.stackexchange.com/users/13/james-jenkins that is an unlikely coincidence

  • My moderation style is low key, As much as possible I let the communitte decide on open and close votes, only voting when 3 or 4 non-mods have cast a vote and my vote does not get undue extra weight.

  • I try to be quick to close (as appropriate) duplicates, spam, and anything where there is a clear community consensus.

  • I am an introvert and don't hang out in chat rooms, if it is not in Meta I am probably not aware of it.

This election is complete.