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):
- Question Collection
Please participate in the moderator elections by voting, and perhaps even by nominating yourself to be a community moderator!