2016 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 6 '16 at 20:00.

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


694 voters were eligible, 299 visited the site during the election, 258 visited the election page, and 167 voted

Heya, I am Dimitri Mx and nominate myself as a moderator.

If been around for a fair amount of time, and spend several hours a day in the review queue's or lurking about questions.

As a moderator I will be able to put this time to some good use by either cleaning up the meta (as our tomato seems to lack the time), acting upon post that require attention, and many more things.

Together with the other moderators I hope we can pull A&M to a new level, where everybody can enjoy anime Q&A even more then before.

Hello, I am Michael McQuade.

I want you to know, I've heard you.

Your cause is our cause.

Our community needs your ideas, energy, and passion.

That's the only way we can turn our progressive ideas for improvement into real change for Anime Stack Exchange.

Together, we wrote the meta. We create the guidelines that formed this community, together. And we've created the questions and answers that brought us here, together – now let's continue this trend and make Anime Stack Exchange happen, together.

Hello, I am Josh McMahan.

I humbly and gratefully nominate myself for the position of community moderator of the Anime Stack Exchange website.

Together, we will lead our community back to the reason we are all here, Anime. We will lead our site back to community engagement, fun, and good questions. We will be a community of generosity and warmth. But we will also be a community of law and order.

So together, let us make Anime Stack Exchange great again!

Hey everyone, I am Torisuda. I had a hard time deciding whether to run, but I've decided. Win or lose, it'll be an interesting experience.

A Stack Exchange user for about two years, I still spend an unhealthy amount of time on various sites in the network, but Anime and Manga is the cradle where I was nurtured. When id requests were the law of the land, I started a discussion to solve a problem I saw with them. When banning them came up, I laid out my case against them. When I felt that people who came here with Legend of Korra questions weren't getting a fair deal, I sought a definitive consensus on them, and took the initiative to make a guide to which peripheral things are on-topic, consolidating the results of two years of Meta posts.

I won't send you cookies and I can't make animated gifs, but if elected, I'll do my best to help the site both in the open, by making suggestions and helping shape policy, and behind the scenes, by cleaning up spam and garbage posts.

  • I really liked your nomination text and am personally happy to see you running however I'm going to ask a few questions. Looking at your election profile, only issue I can see is that you seem to lack the Deputy badge (and you are at only at 45 flags), is this caused because you use your close and delete votes frequently (or do you simply prefer not doing too much content moderation - not a big issue as community moderation can take care of content)? Good luck on your nomination! – Ave Aug 27 '16 at 23:03
  • Thanks, @ardaozkal, and also thanks for encouraging me to run in the first place! I mostly do content moderation through the review queues or directly on the post and, as you said, use my close and delete votes. I've been trying recently to use my flags more, but also taking care to use them judiciously, on posts which are obviously spam or complete gibberish. – Torisuda Aug 28 '16 at 1:42
  • @ardaozkal We hardly have a need for flags on this site, given our low content velocity. I've been trying my darndest to get Marshal, and I'm still only at 400 flags after 3 years. Frankly, we only need flags for speedy removal of spam and offensive content; pretty everything else gets taken care of soon enough through the regular review process. – senshin Aug 28 '16 at 2:14
  • @senshin thanks for the clarification, senshin. – Ave Aug 28 '16 at 2:58

Kashikoi kawaii...хорошо!

Ayase Eri here. I would like to nominate myself for the position of moderator in this site. I'm not the most experienced member here. If we are to talk about contribution, then clearly what I contributed is far less than many of the other members has contributed. Reputation points wise I'm in the 24th rank, far below the other candidate, 3rd rank senshin is. Even so, I still would like to strife for the betterment of this site and contribute more to the community.

The main problem why we needed this election was because of the said moderators only 1, Ms. Tomato, is active regularly. In the event that Ms. Tomato is out for holiday or somehow got caught in Tomato War and thus need sometime before she can reincarnate into another tomato, this site would be in danger of being in moderator-less state.

I'm nominating myself for this exact problem as I find myself checking this site almost everyday regularly. I'm inexperienced, so I hope everyone will continue to guide and watch over me. Arigatou gozaimasu.

Otonokizaka Student Council President,

Ayase Eri

  • You may not realise this, but there are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes that many don't know about. Site Janitorial work is the norm, but it's so trivial that no talks about. Policy writing and event planning take a significant time to plan and write. You only see the result of all this planning and work as part of posts in meta. So know that there's more things than what meets the eyes with moderating. – кяαzєя Aug 26 '16 at 23:20
  • According to your election profile, you seem to have only 2 meta posts and have only 31 flags raised and only 62 edits. You seem like you don't like Janitorial work or like site meta too much - do you believe that being elected will help you start doing so? You are a high-rep user of this community who has over 170 posts, do you believe that you'll have enough time to continue posting quality answers and questions? Good luck on your nomination! – Ave Aug 27 '16 at 23:19
  • It's not like I don't like janitorial work or meta site. The first thing I checked when i open anime SE is the review queue, then the new questions. So I actually like to do the janitorial thing. I don't do edits much since most of the time I meet answers that is too comment-like to be edited so I just end up flagging it as comment. As for meta, to be frank, I kinda forget that it exists until recently. But regardless of being elected or not, I definitely will start to be active on meta too. – 絢瀬絵里 Aug 28 '16 at 5:48

A few people have suggested I go for it, so I'm going to throw my hat head into the ring.

I'm an experienced moderator, having been a pro-tem on Freelancing for three years (and counting), and I've seen my fair share of disputes, spammers, and so on.

I like to focus on janitorial tasks, and I have a hands-off approach to moderation.

Also, I'm a better tomato than @ToshinouKyouko.

  • I disagree >:(. – Toshinou Kyouko Aug 24 '16 at 14:50
  • I'm a tomato too! – Ave Aug 25 '16 at 4:23
  • We're all tomatoes! – Alagaros Aug 25 '16 at 18:26
  • Janitorial work is very light as we're fairly small in respects to the other sites in the network. I feel that finding ways to help develop the community and engage users is just as important as keep thing the site clean. What do you feel are important things moderator should focus on? – кяαzєя Aug 26 '16 at 23:38
  • According to your election profile, you have a mod score of 1 and you only have 3 posts in Anime.SE. I agree that your experiences as a mod in freelancing could help with janitorial tasks, I think that кяαzєя's comment kinda eliminates the possibility that. What do you think you'd help with if you were elected as a mod? Good luck on your nomination! note: This message applies to this nomment too – Ave Aug 27 '16 at 23:23

Hello again. I was a pro tempore moderator from Apr 2015 until site graduation, and was a failed candidate in election #1.

I would like to be a moderator for the following reasons:

  • It is still the case that we have problems with getting synonyms created for tags. I did a lot of this when I was previously a mod and would like to continue doing this.
  • While I have been doing less maintenance (editing, retagging, managing tag wikis, etc) recently than I used to, I still have done more than almost anyone on this site. Having access to mod tools again is likely to get me to do more of this again.
  • I was one of the strongest advocates of slaying identification requests. This was an unpopular position in the past, but I stood by my principles. And history has vindicated me!
  • Now that id-reqs are gone, it's time to look at other aspects of the site that need improving. The #1 thing I see a need for is increased diversity of content (which I've worked towards in the past; cf. bounties-for-tags, etc); a moderatorial pulpit will allow me to help implement any such initiatives more effectively.
  • Diversity of content is the single issue most likely to sway my vote; when I have a minute I'll add it to the other post as a question I'd like to see all the candidates address. – Torisuda Aug 23 '16 at 1:12
  • @Torisuda you should nominate yourself, I would vote for you – wcarhart Aug 23 '16 at 2:51
  • only if you want though, no pressure :p – Hakase Aug 23 '16 at 3:17
  • @ThePickleTickler Thanks for the vote of confidence! I'll think about it, but I'm not sure I'm right for the job. I think there are stronger candidates than me, including senshin. – Torisuda Aug 23 '16 at 3:56
  • Would you consider revising the vindication part? It's kinda not cool when you put it like that. It gives off an impression that you've been against the ids in spite of pro-id users first and foremost, and not thinking about the best interests of the site overall. Hope you understand where I'm coming from. – Hakase Aug 23 '16 at 4:42
  • What contributes to your belief that a moderator has more effective ways to diversify content on our site? – Michael McQuade Aug 23 '16 at 6:24
  • I'm not that much of a regular here but I have a few concerns about your nomination: You can still do maintenance, you have the tools and you have chosen not to use them actively lately as stated by you. Do you believe that becoming a moderator will change that? You are acting, well, weird about ID requests. Your message looks like "I know what I'm doing, you don't. It ended up the way I wanted anyways." Diversifying content in a site is usually up to the community rather than the moderator. You need people to ask and answer on the new topics. [1] – Ave Aug 23 '16 at 17:34
  • Do you believe you can find a number of people who can answer and ask on those topics, and get them to regularly ask and answer on our website? Couldn’t you find a user base as a user and not as a mod? If I’m wrong and you believe that our current user base is knowledged about the contents you want to diversify, can you explain what they are? I am not and haven’t been a mod in Stack, but from what I’ve seen, moderation in big websites with a big community (like Anime.SE) is more about moderating the users and meta, not content as users take care of content by themselves. [2] – Ave Aug 23 '16 at 17:35
  • The allowed contents needed serious changes last year when you were still a protemp and I think that you were trying to improve it, however the community seems happy about our current selection of allowed content. [3] – Ave Aug 23 '16 at 17:35
  • @Hakase I prefer to view it as "the evidence shows that I have historically held positions that end up proving good for the health of the site". There is a distinction between "what some users of the site want" and "what is best for the site"; while I have always strenuously advocated for the latter, you will recall that I nonetheless fully acceded to the former during my short-lived pro tempore moderatorship. – senshin Aug 23 '16 at 17:49
  • @MichaelMcQuade I will happily concede that the ability of "senshin the moderator" to promote diverse site content is only slightly greater than the ability of "senshin the regular user" to do so. I just feel that the added gravitas of a diamond would make meta initiatives like the ones I've run in the past slightly more successful than they would be otherwise. – senshin Aug 23 '16 at 17:50
  • @ardaozkal Re: maintenance - there are certain search tools and other features (e.g. post-to-comment conversion) that are only available to moderators. Having access to these more powerful tools will very likely increase my propensity to get back to doing more maintenance tasks. Re: id-reqs - see reply to Hakase. – senshin Aug 23 '16 at 17:54
  • @ardaozkal Re: diverse content - see reply to Michael McQuade. However, I should add: the approach I would want to take is a strictly "on-site" approach - getting the people who are already here to ask and answer more diverse questions (which is where a diamond could be relevant). I have little interest in going to other communities and trying to get their users to come here (and, as you point out, moderatorship wouldn't help with that anyway). It is not too difficult to get our existing userbase to diversify; you just need to give them a little bit of an incentive to do so. – senshin Aug 23 '16 at 17:57
  • @senshin RE: maintenance: You said that you aren't using the ones that much that are available to you. I will repeat, why will a mod position change your maintenance habits? You answered the ultra classic "What is the difference from 10k and 20k?" while that is not what I asked. RE:RE: reply to Hakase: this site (and whole SE network) is about users. We aren't a news website writing about anime news. Users are the reason why this site is active. You are failing to see this. Mods are the people, the bridges between site and community. You seem to have been on site side too much. [1] – Ave Aug 23 '16 at 18:07
  • @senshin RE: diverse content: I asked before, I'll repeat, can you give an example? [2] – Ave Aug 23 '16 at 18:07

This election is complete.