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2019 Moderator Election

nomination began
Aug 5, 2019 at 20:00
election began
Aug 12, 2019 at 20:00
election ended
Aug 20, 2019 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

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!

After considering for a few days, I will put my name forward as well - although I am glad to see there are several other, perhaps better qualified, candidates.

I am a veterinarian, and I think it could be very useful to have a veterinarian on the moderator team. I wouldn’t pretend to be able to answer every medical question that came up on this site, but I do feel in a unique position to help make decisions on what questions, answers, and activity are good for the site going forward. In particular, it may be easier for me than most to identify bad medical advice that is harmful to the pet, and might warrant more immediate moderation.

I am also owned by two geriatric cats, who keep me in my place.

For the past couple of years I have been a moderator on another beta site, so I know the ropes of moderation. I am also aware of the struggle to improve our stats (primarily our questions per day) without sacrificing quality. But the quality of the questions and answers on this site sets us apart from other pet forums, and maintaining this would be a priority of any moderating decisions I might make.

I've been an active user of the site for nearly three years (I think it was my first SE account!) And I'd like to give back to the community - and I think I can do that as a moderator.

I'm a pet owner myself (2 cats) and I care about both the animals we discuss here and the users who come to ask and answer on the site.

Pets isn't my most active SE, I think this is largely a reflection of the relative traffic of the differing sites and would step up my presence here if elected. I also think my broader SE experience (I'm an active contributor on multiple sites) is a plus here, I know the ropes as it were! And while it might sound immodest I think I "get" what SE is trying to do - help both those who have questions, those who might find previous questions in the future and ensure that as much as possible the experience is a pleasant one for all who visit - both askers and those who generously donate their time to answer.

I've not been a moderator on an SE site before - but I have moderated elsewhere and take the "light but firm" approach. Most of the time the community does an effective job of self-moderating but I'm not afraid to step in if things look to be getting of hand.


I've been asked to throw my hat in a couple of times if there was an election, and well here we are.

Admittedly I'm not parked on the front page - for most part I'm in your chatroom, finding stuff through the feeds, both in terms of meta and the main site.

I'm currently a moderator on 2 other sites - Super User, and Meta Stack Exchange - but I've also had experience moderating SR.SE.

While typically I'm the "off hours" moderator, I work strange hours at the moment, and shouldn't have trouble putting in time moderating the place.

After a lot of consideration, I'll step up for nomination as well. I tend to step back and observe unless I have solid input to offer, which has let me get a good look at how questions and answers flow on this site, particularly in areas where I have less of my own knowledge to draw on. If elected, I'd use a similar tactic in moderation, stepping back unless needed.

I've had pets and been around animals for most of my life, and am passionate about making sure the animals in my care have their best life, which has lead me to research and experiences I can contribute here. I feel I've learned a lot about how SE in general works thanks to the community here, and would love an opportunity to learn and contribute even more while helping Pets.SE to continue to grow.

For the most part, I'm around during my working hours (USA), checking in while waiting on other processes to complete. As my most active SE site, I do regularly peek in on Pets.SE and would continue to do so whenever available, offering coverage during these times if needed, but sitting back and letting the community manage itself when not needed.

This election is over.