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2019 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jul 29, 2019 at 20:00
election began
Aug 5, 2019 at 20:00
election ended
Aug 13, 2019 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

Full elections have three phases and an optional fourth phase (Primary):

  1. Question Collection
  2. Nomination
  3. Primary
  4. Election

Please participate in the moderator elections by voting, and perhaps even by nominating yourself to be a community moderator!


I would be happy to serve as a moderator for OR.SE. I was one of the founding members of the site and have been active in promoting it in various ways—on Twitter, by email, at conferences, in my classes—and plan to continue to do so.

I'm interested in the governance of our site. I post frequently on Meta and have tried to be proactive in building consensus regarding OR.SE's attitude toward policy questions.

As a moderator, I would be mindful of the consensus of the OR.SE community (especially on Meta), even when it differs from that of SE as a whole. For example, our community seems to welcome certain types of questions (e.g., "big lists") that SE tends to frown upon, and is (I think) still making up its mind about other types (e.g., homework questions). I would do my best to encourage new members to post, and to help them formulate productive Q&A.

Above all, I would strive to be fair and patient with all members of the community. I've really enjoyed spending time and effort on OR.SE so far, and look forward to helping it grow into a successful site.


I've been involved in the OR.SE since its infancy stage back in Area51 and I've participated in its growth by:

  • Asking and answering questions on both Meta and the main site
  • Practicing the "vote early, vote often" exercise
  • Creating and modifying tag wiki excerpts
  • Modifying posts and resolving outstanding review queues
  • Visiting the website on average twice a day to ensure that OR.SE keeps a high engagement rate on questions
  • And lastly, sharing OR.SE questions on different social media platforms and at work among my colleagues

I've always asked for more explanation on unclear questions rather than closing or downvoting, which can turn away a potentially great member of our community; something I personally experienced on another SE site. I believe that this perspective helps me to be more patient and understanding toward questions asked on OR.SE, especially from new members.

I've been enjoying my time here and I plan to keep being an active member and lead by example. And that's why I would be happy to serve as one of the moderators for the OR.SE community.


I would like to present my candidature as pro-tempore moderator. And that means a few things.

Pro-tempore matters

Having participated in Area 51 (e.g creating proposals), I recognise the paramount issues that can hinder the progress of a new site like OR.SE

  • Voting: I am glad that the Vote Early, Vote Often principle has had great effect on the community. I do my best to vote on every Q/A here, and it is nice to see many users casting many votes too.

  • Q&A: I try to contribute to asking/answering so that the site gets a plentiful supply of knowledge, as well as providing comments. This site has given me great motivation into OR, something I have never thought of before.

Moderation matters

I am an active participant of OR Meta and I strive to maintain this in future. This includes raising ideas that will benefit the community, and voting.

I frequently tackle the review queues, and having had much experience on two other sites, I believe this is an area that I am rather strong in.

Finally, I treat all users fairly and respectfully; the OR community is a very friendly group of people.


I have been a member of Stack Overflow for over 5 years and an active member of our main Meta. I am also a core Charcoal member. I visit our Review Queues a half dozen times a day and I am active on our meta and chat, helping out with the startup of our site.

On sites where I have over 200 reputation I have 42 gold, 124 silver, and 513 bronze badges and over 29K reputation. I also have over another 250 badges on the other child metas.

I lead by example in uncommon disputes and exceptions and would feel privileged to assist with moderation, leaving it to our community to decide the direction of Operations Research and intervening only when duty calls.

This election is over.