2017 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 Sep 5 '17 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


614 voters were eligible, 233 visited the site during the election, 174 visited the election page, and 110 voted

Go on, I'll throw my hat into the ring (but I want it back afterwards).

I've done the questionnaire thing...

Would I make a good moderator? No, probably not.

Should you vote for me? Heck no! I wouldn't vote for me.

  • I wouldn't vote for me. - why not? – Nick Gammon Aug 28 '17 at 2:40
  • Majenko's answers to the questions. – Nick Gammon Aug 28 '17 at 7:47
  • @NickGammon I would be like Cartman in south park: Respect my authority!!! – Majenko Aug 28 '17 at 7:59
  • @NickGammon Ta for the Q&A link. I was on my tablet at the time and I couldn't get it to copy the permalink. – Majenko Aug 28 '17 at 12:20

I am jose_can_u_c, nominating myself to be a moderator for Arduino.SE.

I have few prior qualifications, but a mindset of helpfulness, as well as 3+ decades of electronics hobby-ing, and 3 decades as a professional software developer.

I've found this community to also have a mindset of helpfulness, and feel like I am a good fit.


My questions to your answers here.

Hello all of you! I'm Anonymous Penguin and I'm nominating myself to be a moderator on Arduino Stack Exchange.

I'll keep it short and simple here:

  • Having been a pro-tempore (interim) mod on both Arduino Stack Exchange and Community Building Stack Exchange, I have experience with the Stack Exchange tools and the Arduino Stack Exchange community.
  • I've been a mod here since the first week or two of the current Arduino Stack Exchange site, along with being an active user on past iterations of the Arduino Stack Exchange site.
  • I'm excited about growing and expanding our community. In particular, I'd like to bring more events to the site, such as the Arduino Day contest.

Though I'm not always perfect, I do feel that I've helped push along our community towards graduation and I hope to be able to continue making our community thrive.


You can find my answers to your questions here.

I'm Avamander and I'd like to nominate myself as a candidate for community moderator.

  • I have been a community moderator on Arduino SE since January 2016, that means approximately a year and a half of keeping an eye on this place as a moderator and a bit longer as a low-rep user.
  • In addition to moderating Arduino SE, I help to maintain a few popular Arduino libraries (which is sometimes quite similar to Arduino SE), a medium-sized subreddit plus a few other communities online.

As a moderator I've tried to be as little noticed as possible but still noticed enough to keep everything tidy and help out where I can and where I am needed.

As this is Arduino SE, with most questions being made by people just starting with electronics and programming, I've been in the same position at one point I try my best to keep in mind my own experiences. Thus not be overly eager to close a question. I also try to actively use of the upvote button because reputation grows slowly here and I wish to change that (the Electorate badge for ex.)


You can find my answers to the questions here.

I nominate myself for the position of elected moderator.

  • I have been a "pro tempore" (interim) moderator on this site since January 2016 (over a year and a half). I know the ropes, and moderator tools used by Stack Exchange.

  • I have been a Global Moderator on the Arduino Forum since March 2012. This has given me over 5 years' experience of moderating on a large, active site.

I think moderators should have a light touch, so that people barely know they are there, except when they are needed to resolve an issue that the voting and user-based moderation cannot solve. When they are needed they should act calmly and fairly.

I realize we get quite a few questions from newbies on this site, and have tried to not be overly harsh on closing questions from enthusiastic beginners. On the other hand, when users post thread after thread on the same basic question, they need to be steered into using this site in the most appropriate way, to benefit both them, and others who read their questions in the future.


My answers to your questions are here.

  • If I may say, I think that Nick will continue to be an excellent moderator for this site. I have had a positive experience with him on the few occasions we have interacted (migrating posts back and forth between this site and Raspberry Pi) and I agree that being helpful and welcoming to beginners is key for SE branches like Ardunio. – Ghanima Aug 16 '17 at 12:37
  • Between the Arduino forum and this site Nick has consistently answered the most simple and the most difficult questions with amazing detail, accuracy and clarity. A high level of experience combined with the ability to teach in a selfless manner is a winner in my book. – Visual Micro Aug 25 '17 at 22:18

This election is complete.