2020 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 Apr 27 at 19:45.

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

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.

  • Alright, I'll ask: what's the story? :-) – Martin Tournoij Apr 22 at 2:08
  • David William Knoble is the father of David Matthew Knoble is the father of David Benjamin Knoble. I’ve gone by Ben all my life, but I put David on official emails and documents (like when I apply for college/jobs). It got confusing, to say the least. I got advice to pick something and stick with it, and here we are. The most exciting part is really that DWK was born 08/21, and DMK is 08/24/68, and DBK is 08/25/98 :) – D. Ben Knoble Apr 22 at 3:13
  • Ah yes, the American tradition of using the same first name for generations. I will just call you prez DBK after you're a mod ;-) – Martin Tournoij Apr 24 at 10:44


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!

  • So, as a question out of curiosity (not a challenge): why do you use your phone and not a laptop/desktop? I believe I've had a positive impact on the site ever since I joined → 100% agree! – Martin Tournoij Apr 22 at 2:13
  • @MartinTournoij Since I had kids 3 years ago it became much harder to find time to sit on a desk to use a laptop or desktop. Especially with a baby, I had a lot of time putting the baby to sleep on my lap and using the phone was viable. Also easy to interrupt something and then pick up where I left off. I started getting good at the tiny keyboard, so the phone stuck with me... I kept the habit of using it on the bus, during breaks, in bed. The phone has been a good companion and has enabled me to be quite prolific here. I'm quite grateful! – filbranden Apr 22 at 5:10
  • Lesson: don't have kids? 🙃 – Martin Tournoij Apr 24 at 10:44
  • @MartinTournoij Oh not at all, having kids is wonderful!!! At least I've been told. I mean, it will get better, right? Right?! 🤣 Seriously though, it's a lot of work but it's really awesome seeing a little person (or a few of them) developing. The challenges change every quarter or so, so it's never boring either. I'd review it at five stars. Ok, maybe four and a half, but still recommend the experience! – filbranden Apr 24 at 13:57
  • Covid has been especially hard on us parents of toddlers. The little dudes really need outside time. They're really built for parks and playgrounds. (Actually, probably the other way around, parks and playgrounds built for them, that makes more sense.) In any case, I really hope we can soon go back to something a little closer to normalcy and that the "new normal" after all of this won't be too bad. At least, hoping there will still be parks and playgrounds is what I'm saying. – filbranden Apr 24 at 14:01
  • On the other hand, having a newborn baby is apparently alright these days, said a friend of mine who just had one. He reminded me that taking care of one is not really much different than being on quarantine anyways. – filbranden Apr 24 at 14:03
  • I was a scout leader for many years, and a week of summer camp surrounded by 30 kids is a special kind of exhausting hard work 😅 So yeah, I feel the pain of parents "stuck" with their kids 24/7 now :-/ – Martin Tournoij Apr 25 at 12:08

This election is complete.