2019 Moderator Election

nomination began
Apr 1, 2019 at 20:00
election began
Apr 8, 2019 at 20:00
election ended
Apr 16, 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 nominate myself because @curiousdanii suggested so.

I am interested in conlangs of all kind, the history of conlangs, and conlangs created for the sake of art (like Tolkien's languages).

As a moderator, I will decide quickly and I will probably make mistakes. I am ready to revise a decision presented with a good argument that I have overlooked something, but I am not ready to argue about my decisions. I am also not ready to write explanations of my decisions.

I am aware that this community needs a different style of moderation than linguistics.se allowing for some creativity. But still, questions should be answerable and not invitations for discussion.


I'm in active participant in the Constructed Languages Stackexchange, having come here via the Esperanto one. I have a degree in Computational Linguistics and a PhD in English Linguistics, and have a good background in linguistics in general. I speak several languages to varied levels of proficiency, English, German, Swedish, Dutch, Esperanto; I also know some Toki Pona and am currently learning Hawai'ian. I also tried Klingon, though that is dormant for me at the moment.

I work in the AI field, in "conversational AI", and in Natural Language Processing.

I haven't worked on my own conlang, but am very interested in the interaction of language and society -- how different features of a language hinder or help its ultimate purpose: communication.

To the moderator position I would bring a non-partisan approach with good knowledge of different languages. As father of three teenage daughters I also have a lot of patience :)

This election is over.