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 Apr 16 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

80 voters were eligible, 51 visited the site during the election, 51 visited the election page, and 34 voted

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.

  • You're not just this site's most active user, but also someone does a lot of maintenance and community moderation work. I'd be very happy for you to join the mod team here. :) – curiousdannii Apr 2 at 11:30
  • You're obviously invested in this site and a stellar candidate. My main concern is about non-mods being able to do moderation work. Currently you're the only user with 4k+ rep (Trusted User) and one of only two non-mods with 2k+ rep (ability to cast delete votes, access Tools page, etc). If you're elected, and none of the others step down, then nearly all the moderation work here would be done by diamonds. In the long run, it's good for site health if the non-diamonded community is taking care of much of it. – Rand al'Thor Apr 2 at 18:06
  • What do you mean by "I am not ready to argue about my decisions. I am also not ready to write explanations of my decisions."? Not ready as in you still need to learn more about doing so, or not ready as in you don't want to do so? Seems a bit ambiguous atm. – Rand al'Thor Apr 2 at 18:07
  • @Randal'Thor Be prepared that my answer to any contestation of my decisions will be one those two: OK, I accept your argument and change my decision or I have heard your argument but I stick to my decision. Be also prepared that I will not answer any why? questions. – jknappen Apr 3 at 10:32
  • Hmm, sorry, but that last part is problematic IMO. Explaining decisions is an important part of being a moderator: better for people to understand site policies so that they too can help enforce them, rather than risk appearing like an arbitrary arbiter. Communities do need to trust mods to some degree, and sometimes you can't explain decisions because they involve private information, but moderation should be as open a process as possible to avoid any suspicions of mishandling. – Rand al'Thor Apr 3 at 11:41
  • I am with @Randal'Thor on this: I cannot in good faith endorse someone not willing to explain their actions or reasoning. – Darkgamma Apr 6 at 15:07
  • Let me say it differently: I am both introvert and intuitive, and I will not change this basic traits by becoming a moderator. When this is a problem for you, you can nominate yourself or support another canditate. – jknappen Apr 7 at 18:34
  • @Randal'Thor This is to your first comment: You probably underestimate how far away from community moderation this site is: On Linguistics there are currently ca. 50 2000+ users and community moderation just works, with long delays in closing questions when there are holiday seasons. We will have to live with single-handed moderatoration by moderators for quite some time here. – jknappen Apr 8 at 11:56


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 :)

  • Oliver does quite a bit of the harder to see maintenance and community moderation work. My only concern is a fairly low vote count. But patience is definitely a good thing! – curiousdannii Apr 2 at 11:31

This election is complete.