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2022 Moderator Election

nomination began
Feb 21, 2022 at 20:00
election began
Feb 28, 2022 at 20:00
election ended
Mar 8, 2022 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'm motosubatsu - you may or may not have seen me around on the site as I read far more here than I post (I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on TV but I am interested in various medical science topics) but I've been a member for over four years and I'd like to volunteer to be a moderator here.

I have experience moderating on SE sites - I'm currently an elected mod over on The Workplace SE and have previously served as a Pro-Tempore mod over on Writing SE so I know my way around the mod tools and processes. I think this experience combined with having been around the site long enough to (hopefully) grasp the way that this site differs from others in the network - particularly around the need to avoid "personal medical advice" questions and the relatively stringent referencing/sourcing requirements for answers means I could do a good job for the site and help the existing team.

Shadow Wizard Hates Omicron

I visit this community from time to time and take a look in the posts, voting and commenting where I see fit. While not very active here, I am very active on Meta Stack Exchange and very familiar with the network itself.

I also see the site struggle with self moderation, so feel it's important to step up and help, to keep the site alive. This also implies very high activity in case I'm elected.

In addition, I have experience of years dealing with spam and low quality posts as high rep user (Stack Overflow and Meta Stack Exchange), and was moderator in a big forum in the past so have experience on that field as well.


I have been involved in medical situations and issues both personally and for family members as well. Many of my elderly family members I've stayed in the hospital with them for many times and got to know how the system works and I've researched many of the syndromes and issues that they were having. And as well for myself for the few medical issues that I've had, I've always researched it from reputable sources and I do have a holistic approach to dealing with health in general.

Ian Campbell

I am a physician and medical researcher. I believe this community can serve both the public without medical training as well as professionals in medicine, science, and health informatics.

In my opinion, appealing to medical professionals is vital to this community. When I first began participating, the fact that the site's moderators include a physician was very welcoming.

Why you might want to vote for me:

  • I promise to treat all users with respect when moderating their posts.
  • I will work to quickly close questions requesting personal medical advice.
  • While not a moderator on any site, I have good understanding of the site system. This community would be my priority when spending time on the network.
  • I am experienced in reviewing user content; I have completed 2,804 reviews, have 1,054 helpful flags, and have cast 5,992 close votes across the network.
  • I help fight spam as a contributor to Charcoal.

Why not to vote for me:

  • You prefer a candidate with a longer history on the site.
  • You prefer a candidate who can better advocate from a patient perspective.

Bryan Krause

Hi, I'm Bryan. I'm a PhD neuroscientist working in academic research. In addition to studying consciousness, anesthesia, and psychedelics in human participants and rodents, I provide statistical support to my clinical colleagues and help them publish results in the areas of clinical anesthesia, critical care, and cognition post-surgery.

I'm a moderator and regular contributor at Biology.SE, Academia.SE, and Psychology & Neuroscience. I am experienced with the moderating tools here and I'm an active contributor in mod-only spaces (the mod Team and Teachers Lounge chat).

I think this site should be a place to help a lay audience understand published medical science, to assist medical students learning the science of medicine, and in continuing education for people working in the medical field. I think it's important that we curate the site to keep it within the bounds acceptable to medical professionals and scientists, even though that can produce some tension with people who are seeking out a forum for personal advice.


Having regularly visited this site for over six years, I am well aware of the issues that it faces, particularly personal medical advice requests, under-researched questions, and the lack of definitive resources such as medical databases.

I feel that I can contribute to all of these areas, and work together with the community to find solutions that are acceptable to all of its members. I plan to start with improving the current tag wikis and excerpts.

This election is over.