2018 Moderator Election

nomination began
Oct 22, 2018 at 20:00
election began
Oct 29, 2018 at 20:00
election cancelled
Oct 29, 2018 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!

I've been active here since shortly after the exchange was created in 2015. I was an EMT for 15 years, CEO of an ambulance service for eight years, and although I'm not a physician I have a lifelong abiding interest in medicine. I study and learn continually because medicine is continuously evolving. I am well known on several other medical forums outside of StackExchange. I'm an associate editor for The Afib Report and a patient advocate for a large cardiology center.

I have the second highest reputation on MedSci. My stats look like this:

  • ~361k people reached
  • 117 posts edited
  • 174 helpful flags
  • 2,044 votes cast

Only one of my flags was ever declined, and that post was eventually deleted anyway.

My philosophy of moderation will be the less I do, the better. Most moderation should be by the community, not moderators. I will strongly enforce the Be Nice policy.

I will be more tolerant of comments than some moderators. I agree that answers shouldn't be in comments, but my response to that will be to suggest turning the comment into an answer rather than just deleting it. I've seen many good answers come about that way.

This election is over.