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 Mar 29 '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


910 voters were eligible, 473 visited the site during the election, 301 visited the election page, and 179 voted

I would like help the community as a moderator. As many of the others have pointed out, moderators are service people. We are not here to mod and edit every post, the community already does a great job and reviews the queues. Moderators are as voretaq already pointed out: janitors. We grease the gears and we tidy up the place, but usually do that in the background.

I have been with the community for some 2 years, have participated in the blog that unfortunately lost momentum and I am quite knowledgeable in some fields of aviation: General Aviation, Air Traffic Control, EASA Regulations and I own a PPL with roughly 100h+ of flight time. I also control on the simulation network VATSIM.

SentryRaven for president moderator!

I've been a PPL student for just over a year, and active on the site throughout that time. Although I haven't been as prolific on this site as some other parts of SE, I love the aviation.SE community because there is so little moderation needed on the site: we have a good team of active, high-rep users and hardly any 1-rep fly-by-nights (most of those were looking for travel.SE anyway). I feel that Aviation breaks the SE mould of "for SO users who also like x".

I'd like to use the diamond to help set a more visible example of being a good citizen: assuming good faith, being encouraging to new visitors even when they're posting ELI5 questions or dangerous guesswork answers. Our community is doing so well, I'd like to challenge every member to be the best they can be: to delete that snarky comment before pressing enter, to spend an extra moment finding a source or a good (and public-domain!) picture, to research their own question and then post the answer too. This way we can remain a moderation-light site as we grow, and become an example to other SE sites of what it looks like when it works well.

My favourite button in the review queues is "skip", and I hope to keep it that way.

  • $\begingroup$ While skipping through the review queues is good for moderators, I think it would be valuable as a non-moderator to gain the experience of making determinations on more items. Unless by "favorite" you don't mean "most-clicked." $\endgroup$ – fooot Mar 21 '16 at 16:49

Why me?

  • I have been active on the site since a few days after public beta began.
  • I am a moderator on another stack exchange site, so I know the ropes.
  • I fully subscribe to the theory of moderation.
  • I keep an eye on meta and have been an active participant.

Why not me?

  • I haven't been the most active reviewer, editor or flagger.
  • I just started a full time job so while I can commit to being an active moderator, I won't be as active as I have been in the past.

I see my role as a diamond moderator to clean up messes and deal with the few issues on the SE network that community moderators cannot. I don't wield the mod-hammer on anything the community is capable of taking care of. I handle flags as soon as I see them. I communicate with my fellow mods to make sure we are on the same page.

  • $\begingroup$ As a fellow mod on Earth Science, casey is a great mod and I'm sure he'd be great here on Aviation too. He is kind and patient, and is an excellent communicator with the mod team. If his behavior here is anything like it is on Earth Science, he'd be a wonderful mod. $\endgroup$ – hichris123 Mar 18 '16 at 23:28

OK, I'm running because you're all well-behaved enough for me to put up with!

I've been a moderator during the beta so most folks voting in the election are probably familiar with my moderation style: I subscribe to the "moderators are janitors" theory:
We're here to handle the exceptional messes (spam, blatantly off-topic posts, personal flame wars, mile-long comment threads, and the like) and keep the muck off the floors so the community can function.

I am not a fan of "mod-hammering" posts as a unilateral action because autocratic moderation doesn't scale well: In all but the most blatant situations I prefer to let the community handle things on its own (perhaps with the occasional prod in comments, chat, or meta to start or steer the discussion), or at least show the beginnings of a consensus before tacking action.
My ultimate goal in doing so is to help create a self-moderating environment where the high-reputation users vote, close, and curate content actively as we grow to maintain and improve the quality of the site (basically "A site where things work as designed!").

  • $\begingroup$ I will second @voretaq7's nomination. I've been a member/mod of several other online communities (some for almost 15 years), and I appreciate the "moderators are janitors" stance. The best moderators are the ones you don't automatically associate with being a moderator, but are willing to step in when needed. $\endgroup$ – Shawn Mar 17 '16 at 15:12

Hello everyone.

I am nominating myself and is then reasonable for you to demand an explanation of why I think I would be fit to serve as a moderator.

Let me start off by saying that this would not be my first moderator appointment, sure, it would be the first in a StackExchange site, but I believe that some experiences I had in the past will help me to deal with what might be expecting me here.
I am convinced that part of this experience shows in my stats: out of 243 generic flags raised, 228 (something shy of 94%) have been deemed useful; out of 50 spam flags, 49 have been useful, while only one has aged away.

Since I began participating 2 years ago, I have tried to be as active as possible, both as a member and as a reviewer: I am one of the few to have the "Fanatic" badge on meta and I am quite active in the review queues (I am one of the 2 people that has 4 "Reviewer" badges).

I am also a strong supporter of mutual understanding and I would continue down this path during my appointment; I realise that sometimes this might come across as confrontational, but I think a community thrives on open discussion aimed at finding common ground, be it with meta posts or chat.

  • $\begingroup$ I'll vouch for Frederico on this, especially the enthusiasm part! I do wonder though, are there any particular actions you plan on taking to help promote "mutual understanding" between users? $\endgroup$ – Jay Carr Mar 15 '16 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ @JayCarr not anything specific, no. I don't think that "one size fits all" and actions will have to be taken on a case by case basis. As a rule of thumb I will promote chat discussions if the topic is limited; meta questions with the discussion tag, if the topic debated has a further reach for the community. $\endgroup$ – Federico Mar 15 '16 at 17:26

Hello friends,

Since always, I have loved airplanes. That is why I have been following Aviation.SE even when it was a concept on Area 51. And then joined it on the very first day, before public beta.

Why I want to be a mod? Of course I love aviation. We all do. In addition to this affection and fondness, there are certain attributes I want to highlight:

  • I'm always learning. I don't feel embarrassed when I don't know something and always try to get knowledge for any source possible.
  • I've been very active in mod duties based on my rep level. Reviewing, flagging, improving, you name it and I'm doing it.
  • I'm the very first recipient of Copy Editor gold badge. (done over 700 edits so far).
  • I always appreciate others and was the first recipient of Electorate gold badge. (standing 3rd on voters table). I don't downvote as criticizing doesn't always help.
  • I actively participated to revive the blog site.

Why I should not be a mod. Because I do not know everything. That doesn't look good but this reason alone helped me continuously increase my knowledge, learn more, and help others.

Thanks for your time.


This is a lot of self praise. Glad there's a 1200 char limit.

  • $\begingroup$ "always try to get knowledge for any source possible" Errrr... based on your profile picture, I'm hoping you would use your mod powers in the "it belongs in a museum" sense, rather than... other purposes... $\endgroup$ – fooot Mar 15 '16 at 14:35
  • $\begingroup$ never downvoted...can I ask you to explain a bit more about this? There is a reason downvoting is a feature on the site. I agree it probably shouldn't be used all that often, but is there not a time and place for it? $\endgroup$ – digitgopher Mar 15 '16 at 15:47
  • $\begingroup$ I think being able to admit you don't know everything sounds like a good personal attribute :). I think you'd make a good mod, I'm glad you decided to run. $\endgroup$ – Jay Carr Mar 15 '16 at 17:06
  • $\begingroup$ @fooot Looks can be deceiving ;) $\endgroup$ – Farhan Mar 18 '16 at 13:55
  • $\begingroup$ @digitgopher I don't disagree with the motive behind downvoting but I don't see that motive is followed most of the time. When you downvote, you provide some feedback. Do people do that, always? As a principle, I decided that when I cannot improve, I should not criticize. When I can improve, I should improve and not criticize. We don't have to be in agreement, it is just my opinion. $\endgroup$ – Farhan Mar 18 '16 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ @JayCarr Man, you are just being too nice of a gentleman, and making everyone else look not like a gentleman, but an ... forget it :D $\endgroup$ – Farhan Mar 18 '16 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Farhan I was just curious as to your stance, since it seemed extreme. That makes good sense, thanks for explaining! $\endgroup$ – digitgopher Mar 18 '16 at 14:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Farhan You are too kind :). But I mean it. Overally, actually, we have a really good group of folks going for moderator. Gives me hope for the future of the stack :). $\endgroup$ – Jay Carr Mar 18 '16 at 14:30

I'd mostly like to be a moderator because I love aviation and honestly enjoy fostering a good environment for Q&A for both enthusiast and professionals so others can learn about this topic (myself included!)

If I was made a mod, my goal would be fostering good will between users by mediating disagreements in both comments and (preferably) in chat. Mostly by hearing out both sides of the argument and making a decision compliant with the rules in our charter.

I would also do my best to help the community to continue to define it's purpose and police that purpose by removing/reassigning off topic questions and by helping newer users clarify their questions to be more on topic (possibly through 1 on 1 chat sessions.)

Yeah, it's kind of super vague ;). But the reality is that being a good mod just means paying close attention and listening to users who have gripes. I feel like my history of comments on the main site, meta and chat prove that I have the patience and ability to do this. And I think a review of my user profile shows that I have a vested interest in this community, and aviation in general.

But, if you don't pick me, pick Vorteq7, because that guy is an awesome mod..

  • $\begingroup$ If you were a mod, you state that you would mediate users in comments and chat. Is this really a problem? If it is, then that's fine - although I haven't really seen ugly disputes between users. Aside from that, good luck to you! $\endgroup$ – Zizouz212 Mar 14 '16 at 23:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Zizouz212 Thankfully big arguments are not super common. Usually arguments are more along the lines of level bickering that is easy settled by urging people to use the chatroom :). $\endgroup$ – Jay Carr Mar 14 '16 at 23:33
  • $\begingroup$ @Zizouz212 I did add a bit more about what I'd want to do, just so I don't look like a one trick pony. Moderating involves so many things...it's hard to develop a good platform in just 1200 characters :). If you have further questions, pleas ask. $\endgroup$ – Jay Carr Mar 14 '16 at 23:43
  • $\begingroup$ We have interacted so many times on different questions and I think you would look perfect with that diamond badge! $\endgroup$ – anshabhi Mar 15 '16 at 7:01
  • $\begingroup$ You are too kind @anshabhi, thank you! $\endgroup$ – Jay Carr Mar 15 '16 at 10:05

This election is complete.