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2021 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jun 14, 2021 at 20:00
election began
Jun 21, 2021 at 20:00
election ended
Jun 29, 2021 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!


Well... I guess I could run too.

I was here, when this site started about about 3 years ago and had been quite active in the beginning, being one of the users with the most review and moderation activity then. As you can see, I haven't been active since late 2019. That's because I decided to leave Stack Exchange at that time due to the drama.

In the mean time I have been working with other communities, some of the originating from Stack Exchange, some totally different ones. I've also continued working on community-focused software, so I guess I have some reasonable experience in that area. :)

I'm going to be completely honest: I'm in no way an "expert" regarding Quantum Computing. I came to this site because I thought the topic might be fun and interesting and to learn stuff. I'm currently studying (classical) Computer Science, so that's probably an issue regarding my nomination.

You might ask: Why is he then nominating himself after his long absence? The simple answer is: This was the first community, I was active in and I still feel connected to it, even if not to SE itself anymore.

Thanks for considering me!


We are not exactly swimming with candidates it seems, so I'll put myself up for janitorial duties this time around.

As you can probably tell by this, I'm not big on talking myself up. If you read this, chances are you roamed the site at least a little bit, and therefore probably caught me nagging people about their posts being too broad or whatever. If I get elected, well, very little will change. I will keep doing pretty much what I've been doing until now. You'll be doing @Mithrandir's a favour though: they won't have to endure me periodically nagging them about minor things that can only be changed with mod superpowers.

Slightly less tongue-in-cheek: for whatever's worth, as I've repeatedly stated elsewhere, my priority is on building a repository of well-organised and easily-retrievable information. If I hassle people about editing their posts, vote to close questions, etc., is because I hate seeing useful information wasting away in some poorly title question no one is ever going to find again. Being welcoming is of course also important, but as far as I'm concerned, I prioritise everyone that will come after the asker long forgot they even asked the question.



I'm kinda new around (active during the last year or so) and I would like to be a moderator for the very first time.


I'm a Qiskit developer with little background in quantum computing but with some deep understanding of programming and software engineering. My PhD thesis was mostly about formal language verification for web-security. Basically, a long and pedantic way to say that I'm very much an outsider.

We get it, you are not a QC expert. So, what can you add as a moderator?

I think I can complement the moderation team, especially with handling the increasingly popular tags such as [programming] and [qiskit]. These questions are hard to make in a generic and reusable way. Additionally, there was some discussion if many of those questions even belong here. I can very much focus on that.

This election is over.