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2018 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 3 '18 at 20:00.

The results of this election can be viewed online via OpaVote. 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


4,710 voters were eligible, 910 visited the site during the election, 653 visited the election page, and 296 voted

I think I have several strengths to bring to the moderator role for our UX community here:

  1. Two degree programmes in HCI (human computer interaction), and related research + industry work.
  2. I have moderated other online forums and communities, and have launched a few stackexchange communities.
  3. I legitimately enjoy seeing how communities can develop through the delicate use of moderation in creating broad mechanics

I have a range of IRL experiences starting several companies, working startups, enterprise, and my own small studio. I'd enjoy helping this community keep in order, clean up loose ends where appropriate, and look to cultivate smaller but significant UX topics

About my nomination:

I do not believe that I have all the qualities required to be the best moderator but I am willing to learn.

My area of interest in UX lies in the area of data visualization and design ethics (maybe because I used to be a scientist and was involved in bioinformatics and medical research?).

I also want to raise awareness about honesty and truth in design, something that Dieter Rams, Milton Glaser and Edward Tufte are all strong advocates of.

Link to Moderator Election Questions

About me on UXSE:

You can read about my exploits on UXSE on my profile page because I think the type of activities I am engaged in speaks fairly well for me as a person in general, but I want to point out a couple of things:

  • I like asking questions as much as I like answering them.
  • I like starting bounties because there are not enough opportunities for people to get rewarded and recognized for answering the difficult questions.
  • I like asking questions about design ethics

My background:

I’ve been a member of UXSE for close to 4 years.

I have a BA in Art and a Masters in Medieval and Early Modern History (focusing on intellectual and technological history).

I started as a graphic designer / web designer in the 1990s. By the middle 2000s I was doing UX work full time.

I’ve worked at a series of dotcoms, financial companies and retailers. Lately I’ve been working on financial dashboards; internal business applications; and customizations for existing third party apps such as SalesForce and Sterling’s OMS.

Why I would be a good moderator:

• I think that novice users (and questions) should be welcome and that we, as a community, ought to integrate and educate newcomers so that they can contribute and participate. To that end I’ve gone out of my way to welcome new users.

• I love this site and come here almost every day. It’s one of my go-to sites when I’m stuck; need to research an idea; or just need to rejuvenate.

• I’d like to think that I’m calm and rational and focus on problems as opposed to becoming emotionally involved in personal disputes.

  • How would you deal with users that have been here for a few months but continue to ask very low quality questions, even after being guided on how to improve their questions? – RobbyReindeer Jun 20 '18 at 12:21
  • I would edit / delete the posts and give a reason for said actions to the user. I assume there is already informal guidelines on how to proceed. If not then, for the first 3-4 posts, I would give helpful advice on how to make quality posts and then, after that, give 3 warnings that the posts need to be improved. Before I get to the warning stage I would communicate my misgivings with the other moderators. – Mayo Jun 20 '18 at 12:58

This election is complete.