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2021 Moderator Election

nomination began
Apr 12, 2021 at 20:00
election began
Apr 19, 2021 at 20:00
election ended
Apr 27, 2021 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

Note: moderators are picked based on the preferences of the community. While the candidate scores can help inform community members about the work of the nominees on this site, they should not be the sole indicator of a good moderator. Voters are free to choose people with low candidate scores as moderators, and a high score does not guarantee that a nominee would do well as a moderator.

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!


Hi everyone, my educational background is in computer science, biology, and mathematics, and I have worked for many years as a professional bioinformatician, trying to encourage more people to dip their feet into the ocean of bioinformatics.

I would love to join the moderation team for Bioinformatics Stack Exchange. I was part of the team of early adopters on this site, bringing the site from commitment (advertising) through to private and now public beta.

Other sites I visit for bioinfomatics:

I'm also apparently popular enough here that someone added a wiki tag for me!

I look forward to seeing how this community will develop and grow to become the primary source of help for bioinformatics in the future.

Ngā mihi nui [Māori: many thanks],

  • David Eccles (gringer)

Kamil S Jaron

I am ...

  • loyally active in this community for years now
  • trying my best to be kind and welcoming to everyone
  • a fairly incompetent bioinformatian, so I am also quite patient
  • know how hard is to maintain scientific software

The only real reason I run for a mod is to get more power on my crusaide for increased bioinformatics accessiblity. I am not sure how being a moderator will help me achieve that goal, but I do consider doubting my abilities as a sign of strenght, so I hope I will earn some symphaties for it.

Is it allowed to give people doughnuts? Did I mention that although I do take this site seriously, I do like horsing around a lot?!

Ram RS

I've been an active user on SE for many years, and have been active on bioinformatics SE since its conception. I love the grunt work of getting posts up to spec (formatting, asking for more information etc.) so contributors can help askers more easily.

I spent a few formative years of my career as a software developer/architect/educator, so helping people understand how computers speak and work is one of my strengths. As someone who moved from software to bioinformatics, I am also aware of the many quirks that bioinformatics software takes for granted, and I strive to introduce more code-data separation/compartmentalization wherever I can.

I have been a moderator on BioStars for a few years now, and I am happy to contribute more here along the same lines - both on subject matter when I can and on moderating content/user activity when required. While I am welcoming to new users, I do expect a decent level of effort from all posts. I do have a bit of a reputation as the bad cop in the good cop-bad cop dynamic as I insist on quality, effort and self learning.

And speaking of cops, I'm more than happy to take @Kamil up on the donuts offer (as long as they're eggless!)

This election is over.