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!

If you are curious to see your candidate score there is a SEDE query that can show you before you nominate yourself.

This election ended Jun 16 '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.

471 voters were eligible, 231 visited the site during the election, 169 visited the election page, and 131 voted

By popular appeal (@GiantCowFilms cough, cough) I now present my nomination. I haven't been around on the site quite as long as many of the other applicants, but I have been very active in the year I have been around. Some of the things that might make me a good consideration for the position of moderator:


  • I have real-world experience handling responsibility. I am a C/TSgt in the Civil Air Patrol and an active part of my local squadron. I know how to commit to something and get it done.

  • I am single and homeschooled, leaving me lots of free time to dedicate to the care of the site.

  • I have been actively participating in site activities and normal functions, and know the ropes.


  • I am an active Blender user and can be absent for entire days sometimes.

  • I am active in the Civil Air Patrol and activities may limit activities occasionally


  1. Almost 2,000 upvotes cast

  2. Gained over 6,500 rep this year

  3. Over 80 flags, the vast majority of which were deemed helpful

  4. Actively reviews posts in review queues (2 Reviewer badges and counting)

  5. 650+ reviews

I would really enjoy being able to contribute to the community as a moderator.

  • $\begingroup$ What is C/TSgt? Please remember that for many community participants English isn't a native language. Also, the term "Civil Air Patrol" doen't tell me anything. $\endgroup$ – vvoovv Jun 2 '15 at 11:48
  • $\begingroup$ @vvoovv You could always look it up... here is the official about page: gocivilairpatrol.com/about $\endgroup$ – GiantCowFilms Jun 2 '15 at 13:55
  • $\begingroup$ @vvoovv C/TSgt is the abbreviation of the grade for Cadet Technical Sergeant. The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, dedicated to Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, and Emergency Services. (Search & Rescue, Recon, Relief efforts, Aircraft and Pilot Education, Leadership Training, etc.) $\endgroup$ – VRM Jun 2 '15 at 15:16
  • $\begingroup$ Go homeschooled! (Me too) $\endgroup$ – PGmath Jun 8 '15 at 14:50
  • $\begingroup$ @PGmath Alot of us are homeschooled, or were previously homeschooled, myself being one of the former :D! $\endgroup$ – GiantCowFilms Jun 8 '15 at 18:59

Hello :)
I've been an active user in this community ever since I first joined, almost two years ago.
Since then I've learned much about both Blender and StackExchange.

If I'm lucky enough to become a moderator, I plan to:

  • Welcome and encourage new users, especially users who are not yet familiar with the ways of SE.
  • Maintain a high standard of quality by editing posts and tags, deleting spam, and watching the review queues.
  • Discuss the workings of the site on meta, by proposing ideas, giving feedback, and sharing thoughts.
  • Continue participating as a user. Answering questions, asking questions, and learning more every day.

In other words, pretty much what I've been doing already, but more effectively ;)

  • $\begingroup$ The all-powerful Gandalf decimates the other nominees with his astounding statistics . . . $\endgroup$ – VRM Jun 1 '15 at 22:48
  • $\begingroup$ I should also add you've promoted this site externally, and have made several worthwhile user scripts, and contributed significantly to Blend-Exchange, our own home-grown blend sharing system, designed to improve the durability of our content. :D $\endgroup$ – GiantCowFilms Jun 1 '15 at 23:21
  • $\begingroup$ @GiantCowFilms Haha, maybe I should let you should write my nomination speech ;) $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Jun 2 '15 at 0:12
  • $\begingroup$ It would be hard to find someone who loves participating in the site's activities more than this user. All of his posts combined and organized would form a solid basis for a book about using Blender. His attitude towards people here also speaks for itself I think. $\endgroup$ – MarcClintDion Jun 2 '15 at 7:32
  • $\begingroup$ All the nominees are worthy of my vote, but gandalf stands out for me, not just because of his stats, but because he acts impartial and selfless. He is willing to take on both complex and simple questions, benefiting every user. $\endgroup$ – Neil Jun 2 '15 at 10:32
  • $\begingroup$ you would be an awesome addition to the moderation team. $\endgroup$ – X-27 is done with the network Jun 4 '15 at 1:57
  • $\begingroup$ gandalf3 has been a pleasure to work with over the past year+. Quickly surpassing everyone on the site in terms of activity, content and reputation. I think no one deserves this position more. Passionate for Blender and doesn't skimp on quality nor attention to detail, firm in decisions and fair. Would be an excellent unbiased moderator for this community. If you only cast one vote, vote for gandalf3. $\endgroup$ – iKlsR Jun 4 '15 at 3:34
  • $\begingroup$ So, who exactly are the current moderators? $\endgroup$ – TheMinecraftMan757 Jun 7 '15 at 20:47
  • $\begingroup$ @TheMinecraftMan757 blender.stackexchange.com/users?tab=moderators $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Jun 7 '15 at 23:54

Hi all. I've been your friendly neighborhood moderator for almost 2 years now (could be 2 since I was the first 4k user with mod privileges) and I'd like to keep my job!

In my time as a mod, I've literally shouldered the majority of the weight of keeping our site spam free and healthy for significant periods of time. I was amongst the first set of users to join (number 12) and I've not missed a single day since then, currently at 741 consecutive days. You can usually find me here prowling pretty much anytime of the day and a ping will summon me within the hour.

I've handled hundreds of flags, cast thousands of votes, reviewed, closed and edited hundreds of questions and the list goes on, not to mention extensive promotion across social mediums, reddit etc. I like to curate content and ensure that our site has and maintains a high standard of quality. I leave comments where necessary and prompt for info as needed.

I want our site to be the blender resource, even ahead of the wiki! I'm as active on meta as I am on the main site and I'm in chat every other day. I'm as fair as I'm strict and transparent and hope to continue leading this community forward.

  • $\begingroup$ My 2 cents worth: Good mod $\endgroup$ – VRM Jun 1 '15 at 21:13
  • $\begingroup$ @iKlsR got a link to the reddit post(s)? not that I don't believe you. $\endgroup$ – GiantCowFilms Jun 1 '15 at 21:16
  • $\begingroup$ There are several, most notable is probably this. Same for IRC welcome messages and more. $\endgroup$ – iKlsR Jun 1 '15 at 21:21
  • $\begingroup$ I'd totally vote for you. Good work during beta. 👊 $\endgroup$ – Daniel says Reinstate Monica Jun 2 '15 at 4:36
  • $\begingroup$ He's already done a good job of things as Moderator for the past couple of years. Another term seems in order. $\endgroup$ – MarcClintDion Jun 2 '15 at 7:07
  • $\begingroup$ iKlsR is a proven and experienced moderator who has pushed for this site to succeed every day since the beginning. Always there, ready to handle any situation which may arise fairly and quickly. A true moderator. You can't go wrong with a vote for iKlsR. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Jun 4 '15 at 5:46

I feel that my consistent track record of activity and dedication to this site speak for my ability to make me a good moderator.

Some of my achievements on BSE.

  • I have the most edits (one of only 3 to have the Copy Editor badge).
  • I have the most helpful flags (flag counts are visible on user pages).
  • I have the most reviews for all standard review types except for suggested edits (see point one) combined totals 2670+ reviews.
  • I have written the 8th most answers.
  • First and only to get the research assistant badge.
  • I am the fourth non-mod user to make a tag synonym.
  • I collected the most hats on BSE (19th on the entire SE network)
  • I have continually worked to keep our tags in order. I have created or restructured these tags: , , , , , , , , and more.

I look forward to talking with each of you and earning your vote.

  • $\begingroup$ Whew! Quite an impressive lineup! $\endgroup$ – VRM Jun 1 '15 at 21:09
  • $\begingroup$ I can also pledge to @Davids ability to stand up for policy and communicate civilly, even when hes got a Giant Cow trying to ALL CAPS BOLD him off ;D. (Examples include educating many users including me on close/tag policy and toning down the blend-exchange adds) $\endgroup$ – GiantCowFilms Jun 1 '15 at 21:13
  • $\begingroup$ Absolutely agree, a very good candidate $\endgroup$ – VRM Jun 1 '15 at 21:26
  • $\begingroup$ Currently Daivd and @gandalf3 or tag managing away: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/21961700#21961700 - He truely is a master of the tags $\endgroup$ – GiantCowFilms Jun 2 '15 at 0:41
  • $\begingroup$ "I have the most edits" I have noticed though, that you don't really seem to add much in your edits. They've always seemed more like "I really want the extra two rep!" to me. Not "There's something wrong with the answer, and it needs attention". It's probably not entirely accurate, but it seems a bit like how you've approached your edits to me. $\endgroup$ – TARDIS Maker Jun 3 '15 at 5:54
  • $\begingroup$ @TARDISMaker Note that users with more than 1000 reputation are not awarded reputation for editing. So I hardly think that is the motivation ;) On the contrary, I'd say David is most active in areas of the site that don't award any reputation. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Jun 3 '15 at 11:38
  • $\begingroup$ @TARDISMaker as gandalf already pointed out, I have not gotten any rep for any of the edits I have made since I went over 4K rep back in October of 2014. You may of seen my recent retaging spree, where I added knife-tool to 23 questions, yet did not change much or anything about the post. Related story on the meta Rest assured that I'm most definitely not "rep farming." $\endgroup$ – David Jun 3 '15 at 13:06
  • $\begingroup$ @TARDISMaker slight corection, 4k is the mark when no edits of any kind go through the review, but 1000 rep is when question and answer edits stop reaping the 2 rep (For me it was May of 2014 when I crossed the 1K line, so no rep on edits since then). So somewhere around 1000 of my edits have not given me any rep. $\endgroup$ – David Jun 3 '15 at 13:17
  • $\begingroup$ @TARDISMaker Even if the majority of David's edits aren't significant (but most are significant) he has made over a thousand edits! over a thousand! I've made 84. I think that might put the significance of his contribution into context. $\endgroup$ – GiantCowFilms Jun 3 '15 at 14:17
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, I stand corrected. I guess it mostly comes down to most of the edits you've made are very small, and just don't come across to me as necessary. $\endgroup$ – TARDIS Maker Jun 3 '15 at 15:40
  • $\begingroup$ @TARDISMaker Come over to the election chat room Will you post some links to examples where, you feel my edits were not needed? (you can post the links in the chat) $\endgroup$ – David Jun 3 '15 at 20:37
  • $\begingroup$ Sure, I'll try to find some, although I won't be able to now. Maybe later tonight though. $\endgroup$ – TARDIS Maker Jun 3 '15 at 22:07
  • $\begingroup$ @TARDISMaker Take it from me that this is actual work, as pointed out above, users over X rep don't get points for edits. David curates his tags and is usually the first to tackle a messy post and organize it. I'm usually the one who has to slow him down so he doesn't appear as a spammer when editing. One of the only 3 to hold the Copy Editor badge and the majority of his edits are significant ones (I used to approve these). Once you get the ability to edit any post, a little nip and tuck doesn't hurt really. $\endgroup$ – iKlsR Jun 4 '15 at 3:26
  • $\begingroup$ To quickly add my 2 cents, David is one of two users who I have worked closely with when our site traffic increased and review queues were long. Avid chat user, fast on flagging, catching spam, identifying duplicate accounts etc and taking action. A truly passionate person who likes to curate content, is transparent and firm in making decisions. Having him on overseeing this community with additional privileges would benefit everyone. $\endgroup$ – iKlsR Jun 4 '15 at 3:39
  • $\begingroup$ I'm going to say that I was wrong in my original post. Now that I've looked for it, I haven't found any that weren't actually bad. I found one where there where a few changes that seemed a bit unnecessary, but @gandalf3 corrected me and showed me that it was actually something that was recommended. I'm sorry about my comment (although I'm glad I learned what I did from it), and vote David :) $\endgroup$ – TARDIS Maker Jun 4 '15 at 3:45

This election is complete.