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2020 Moderator Election

nomination began
Apr 20, 2020 at 20:00
election began
Apr 27, 2020 at 19:45
election cancelled
Apr 27, 2020 at 19:45

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!

My name is D. Ben Knoble. Everyone calls me Ben (though DBK will do too). I'll tell you the story behind the name if you ask.

As a community leader, I wish to be seen as someone

  • with the patience to consider relevant details before acting;
  • with the self-awareness to know when I am in over my head (and to then ask for guidance!);
  • with the kindness of spirit to assume best intentions;

and someone

  • who upholds civil discourse and scholarly disagreement;
  • who upholds the principle that every person be treated with the utmost kindness and respect;
  • who is an ally, support, and friend to all minority groups;
  • who welcomes each member, new or old;
  • and who upholds the community by upholding its members.

I spend my free time on Vi and Vim and the tag on StackOverflow. I mostly deal in welcoming comments and edits now, since Filipe and a few others are so quick to answer :) But I like to think I can still contribute my expertise and leadership, where I always see myself as guide and obstacle remover.



My name is Filipe, I live in Seattle and I would like to nominate myself for moderator at Vi & Vim Stack Exchange.

I'm fairly new at Stack Exchange, have had an account for a bit over two years only. After a stint of very high activity on Unix & Linux, I found Vi & Vim and decided to make it my primary home here on Stack Exchange.

Even though I have used Vim for 25 years or so, I have only recently started to become what I'd consider a Power User. I still have a fairly bare vimrc and actually feel pretty comfortable without any plug-ins installed (though of course I do have my favorite plug-ins, I think vim-surround and vim-unimpaired being the ones I miss the most when I don't have them.)

I actually use the site and answer most questions on my phone, which makes for a lot of "fun" testing and reproducing issues on DroidVim, URLencoding links to help topics on vimhelp (which is better than vimdoc) and I found out how Firefox on Android is much better than Chrome for browsing source on GitHub (when looking at plug-ins and Vim source code.)

I believe I've had a positive impact on the site ever since I joined and I'd be happy to do more by becoming a moderator!


This election is over.