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2020 Moderator Election

nomination began
Feb 24, 2020 at 20:00
election began
Mar 2, 2020 at 20:00
election ended
Mar 10, 2020 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!

Hi, I'm Nic. I'm a Canadian software developer/SRE and a Stack Exchange user for 11 years.


I've been exploring various aspects of sustainability for over a decade, with a particular focus on understanding the relationship between behavioural change and organized, collective action. I've contributed my effort toward eco-oriented software startups, local political candidates, and activist movements. I believe that Stack Exchange is a small but important element in helping motivated people to do the right thing. I also believe that sites like Stack Exchange and Wikipedia are even more valuable in the current political atmosphere of disinformation.


I have helped to moderate online communities in the past on mediums like IRC, phpBB, Slack, and Facebook Groups. On Stack Exchange I've contributed to both large and small sites, though I have not yet played a role as a ♦moderator on any site in the network, so I would consider myself a junior mod.

My general philosophy is to be welcoming and gracious to people who are unfamiliar and don't know the rules or the culture, but maintain firm rule against malevolent misbehaviour and misinformation.

Hi! I'm Robotnik (or Ryan if you prefer). I'm an Australian developer/programmer, and a Stack Exchange user for over 6 years.


I'm relatively new to Sustainability SE but have been passionate about sustainable practices my entire life. I'm currently in a position of being able to implement some of my personal sustainability goals, as well as submitting to my local council on sustainability practices on a larger scale.


I'm well seasoned in moderation both on and off Stack Exchange: I'm currently an active mod on Arqade (Videogaming SE), I also admin multiple Discord groups and have previously administrated Facebook groups of 30k+ members.

I'm active in meta discussions, reviews, and am a prolific editor, including many edits to tag wikis/excerpts. I regularly browse older questions/answers to see if they need updating/improving.

Regarding site policies, I engage positively in discussions and share my thoughts, and I respect and will uphold decisions that I may not personally agree with.

Based on this, I feel that I have the necessary experience, personality and mindset to help moderate Sustainability. Thanks for your consideration. :)

Hi, I'm LShaver! I'm an electrical and energy engineer in Wisconsin, USA.

How I got here

During grad school I got stuck while programming a microgrid controller, and asked a question on Stack Overflow. Within 3 minutes I had a solution, and I was hooked. Soon I found Sustainability.SE, wrote my first answer, and fell in love.

Sustainability matters

Climate change is the issue of our time, and sustainability is about making choices big and small that address it. This site connects people to share knowledge, learn new skills, and work together to build a sustainable society.

Why I'd make a good moderator

I've been on the site for over 3 years, ask lots of questions, and keep an eye out.

I haven't been a mod before (here or elsewhere), but I'm active on the site and a regular on meta, so I understand the guiding principles well. Whether elected or not, I look forward to helping the community grow through active participation and community-building.

This election is over.