If your meta site does not have a post to nominate Moderators, start one now! Pro Tem appointments will begin about two weeks after the site is created. The more guidance we receive, the more informed our choice.

Moderator Pro Tempore

  • Each nomination should be a separate answer. Link the name to the user’s profile (parent and meta) so we can see their activity.
  • The nominee should indicate their acceptance by editing the answer, adding that they accept the nomination. Optionally they can write something about themselves.
  • Self nominations are okay, and even encouraged. Most sites have not had sufficient time for many users to stand out. Self nomination is simply a way to say, “I’m interested. Let my record speak for itself.” Links to other activities may be helpful: Area 51 participation, participation in other sites, blog posts reviewing or announcing the site, etc.

We're looking for members of this site who:

  • Have a reasonably high reputation score to indicate active, consistent participation.
  • Show an interest in their meta’s community-building activities.
  • Lead by example, showing patience and respect for their fellow community members in everything they write.
  • Exhibit those intangible traits discussed in A Theory of Moderation.

It's also good if the moderators:

  • Are members with participation in both the meta and main site.
  • Participated in Area 51, generate social network referrals, or blog about the site.
  • Are members who have already shown an interest or ability to promote their community.
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    Little early, doncha' think?
    – hichris123
    Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 18:42
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    Nope, not too early at all. This is the one time where this needs to be thought through long and hard, and give as much opportunity as possible for people to consider it. Also, you're just pouting that I beat you to it ;-)
    – rolfl
    Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 18:44
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    I don't think there will be many bad candidates :P Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 18:45
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    It's moderators all the way down.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 18:47
  • so I can't run in this election @AnnaLear? (I know there's not an election for pro tem mods, JK)
    – Malachi
    Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 18:53
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    @rolfl I still think this is a little early as we still need to see who are the prominent users once this site gets a few questions... Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 19:01
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    Does a community full of moderators really need to be moderated? kidding Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 1:40
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    I nominated Xzibit
    – Tom Medley
    Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 7:58
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    To keep accusations of a Stack Exchange bias to a minimum I would suggest that no one who's a mod on another site should be a mod here. This may limit the field (at least until the first election), but I think it could be essential to the site being viable.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 21:20
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    @ChrisF As someone who's a mod outside of SE, and not on any SE site, I have to say I don't share your concern.
    – Air
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 22:22
  • Okay, yes, this isn't literally a duplicate, but that's the best option for closing this obsolete post short of setting up a whole custom close reason.
    – Pops
    Commented Aug 11, 2014 at 19:24
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    @Pops - Historical Lock?
    – AJ Henderson Mod
    Commented Aug 11, 2014 at 20:58

5 Answers 5


profile for Andy at Moderators Meta Stack Exchange, Q&A about the site for community managers, administrators, and moderators

I am an administrator/site owner of a medium sized gaming community that runs on a PHPBB3 board. We host multiple game servers as well. I've got a team of moderators that help keep the forum and game servers clean. I've run this site for 5 years, after taking it over from the original creator of the community who wanted to move on. In my time as admin, we've seen the number of participants on the forum increase. We've seen our game server population increase as well. I attribute this to getting the community involved in change discussions.

One of our biggest changes occurred several years ago. Community members complained that our game servers would be over run with trolls at hours when moderators weren't available and spewing filth. The community wanted a cleaner game server experience. Users wanted these players gone immediately. Previous community leaders felt that trolling of this kind was part of the game and did nothing. After some discussions regarding what was and wasn't appropriate, we decided to be (for lack of a better term) "family friendlier". Certain 'extreme' phrases were no longer tolerated at all. A technical solution was built to automatically remove players that violated these rules. This solution allowed users to swear, but once it became excessive (again, defined by the community) they, too, were removed.

The tool we have (PHPBB3) may not have the reputation, badges, or increasing privileges used here on Stack Exchange but for my community that has not been a negative. Engaging with the community in discussions and letting the members provide input that me and my team utilize has been extremely beneficial.

I have no experience moderating a Stack Exchange site. I don't feel that's a down side though. I can provide the "outside" perspective in a Stack Exchange heavy group. That does mean, though, that I'd depend on and expect the community to provide feedback on how moderation in being handled. Much like my existing gaming community, input from the community to the moderation team is important and the moderation team should be listening to that input.

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    I am very glad to see you here and actively participating. You bring a much-needed perspective. Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 19:05
  • Thanks for the welcome @MonicaCellio.
    – Andy
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 2:18
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    It'll definitely be nice to have a moderator here who isn't a SE mod elsewhere, and you've contributed plenty of high-quality content both on main and meta. You have my vote!
    – Doorknob
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 12:24
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    I've worked with Andy in Charcoal HQ, and I think he'd be an excellent moderator. He is very active both here and elsewhere on the network. Good luck!
    – hichris123
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 20:48

profile for AJ Henderson at Moderators Stack Exchange, Q&A for community managers, administrators, and moderators

I guess I'll throw my hat in the ring as well. As someone who has been a moderator on IRC, forums, games, wikipedia and currently on multiple SE sites, as well as having led in person debates, I'm familiar with a broad range of moderation environments and topics. This set of experience ideally prepares me for being able to understand the relationships between different types of moderation.

That said, I do also think we should make sure at least one pro temp moderator is someone without previous SE moderator experience that is primarily currently active in moderating another community if such a user steps forward.

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    That last paragraph is going to be awful hard to do with our current userbase :/
    – user16
    Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 16:26

I would like to nominate Monica Cellio.

profile for Monica Cellio at Moderators Stack Exchange, Q&A for community managers, administrators, and moderators profile for Monica Cellio at Meta Stack Exchange, Q&A for meta-discussion of the Stack Exchange family of Q&A websites profile for Monica Cellio on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/505925.png

In particular, I've been impressed by the way Monica's contributions on the main site explicitly acknowledge the diversity of perspectives that exist within every community.

Monica's answers demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and effectively and an appreciation for how nuanced a job moderation and community building can be. Those are precisely the qualities I would look for in choosing a moderator for a community full of moderators.

Hopefully the added responsibility on a fourth (!) SE network site isn't asking too much of this user, who I think would bring a unique and valuable perspective to our übermoderator dream team .

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    Thank you for the kind words and the votes of confidence. Currently I am a mod on three othere SE sites, the busiest of which is currently down to two mods. I don't feel I can take this on at this time; if an additional mod is needed in six months or so that may be different. Meanwhile, I look forward to continuing to participate as a user with, I hope, useful contributions to make. :-) Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 15:16
  • Usually the problem is that "6 to 8 weeks" becomes "6 to 8 months", but in this case it's the reverse: our new moderator on that site came in with a ton of clue and other stuff has settled down. I'm very glad to see AJ's new appointment; should someone else be needed in the future I'm now open to that -- though I'm quite happy to just be a regular user, we have an excellent team now, and none of y'all should go anywhere! Commented Sep 29, 2014 at 12:37

profile for FEichinger at Moderators Stack Exchange, Q&A for community managers, administrators, and moderators profile for FEichinger at Meta Stack Exchange, Q&A for meta-discussion of the Stack Exchange family of Q&A websites profile for FEichinger on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/1945575.png

As we're setting up for a lot of self-"nominations", I'll join here as well: My name is Frederic Eichinger. I have experience with moderation stemming from various times as administrator or moderator of communities including board game enthusiast forums, official video game communities, and smaller project boards, overall amounting to roughly six years of experience. I have seen different teams handle different situations, and I have been a cornerstone of balanced decision-making in most of these teams. This experience is what drove me towards supporting this site to begin with.

My activity on Stack Exchange is usually related to the meta sites more than the main sites - building the community, helping with site-related issues, and establishing policy. I had been watching the area51 proposal for a while, particularly regarding the community focus, and I'm looking forward to seeing us put the naming arguments behind us so we can actually give expert advice on building, managing, and maintaining communities of all sorts.

With my SE activity spread across multiple sites and focused largely in chat lately, I am easily able to dedicate a decent amount of my currently free time to assisting and cleaning up on moderators.SE as well.


profile for omeinusch at Moderators Meta Stack Exchange, Q&A about the site for community managers, administrators, and moderators profile for omeinusch on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/2687565.png

My name is Oliver Meinusch (obviously) and I am the administrator of a large community of a game series in the german area. Moderating once a forum for Ubisoft and having my own community with 23k+ users and 560k+ posts, I changed my focused but stack exchange is my favourite forum community network. I am a close to daily visitor and had my experience with IRC, too.

I was never a moderator of any stack exchange network nor am I a high reputation user (~1.7k in total). But I will give my best and I am very very curious how to moderator a stack exchange website. The topic of this new child is still fascinating for me and I am sure that I will give my best to be a valuable member of this community.

  • You haven't been very active here on meta, and some of your activity on main also is slightly lacking (commenting, editing, close-voting, etc.). Do you still think you'll be able to be an effective moderator of the community, despite this?
    – Doorknob
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 12:30
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    Some will be concerned that you consider Stack Exchange to be a 'forum' .... it is not despite what wikipedia says The sites are modeled after Stack Overflow, a forum for computer programming questions
    – rolfl
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 14:23
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    Stackexchange is a forum. Because of all those traditional internet fora, some might think that a forum consists of threads, replies and private messages, but that's not nearly the only possible format. A forum is any place/website where people can convene for discussions about certain topics.
    – Lee White
    Commented Aug 1, 2014 at 19:43
  • Thank you for your questions. That you question me, means, you take me serious. @Doorknob Yes I do. Like everybody else, I have a live beside SE and I think it's not necessary to be fulltime to click on moderators.SE. More important is, that I visit the site on a frequent and regulray base.
    – tjati
    Commented Aug 2, 2014 at 19:44
  • @rolfl Good point, I was unprecise in my wording. I ask you to forgive me and corrected by forum. I know the differences between SE and a regulra forum.
    – tjati
    Commented Aug 2, 2014 at 19:44
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    @LeeWhite - yes, but that's just it, SE isn't supposed to be about discussing a topic. In fact, outside of meta, if something becomes a discussion, we shut it down, or at least try to. SE is a repository of questions and answers, we work to try and improve those answers, but we don't have discussions about what a proper answer would be (on the main sites).
    – AJ Henderson Mod
    Commented Aug 4, 2014 at 16:54
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    I definitely see your point. SE is not like conventional forums. But despite the unique format, in the end, it is not wrong to refer to SE as a forum.
    – Lee White
    Commented Aug 4, 2014 at 20:35

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