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 28 at 20:00.

The results of this election can be viewed online via OpaVote. 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.


598 voters were eligible, 209 visited the site during the election, 176 visited the election page, and 107 voted

I am Tsundoku and I am nominating myself for the Literature SE pro-tem mod election.

In addition to posting questions and answers, I have written literally hundreds of tag wiki excerpts, which shows I don't mind doing the less exciting work that is needed for the site's upkeep.

I have also contributed to the site by editing questions to improve them, by reviewing issues in the review queues, by making many suggestions for the reading challenges and by proposing a change to the reading challenges.

I have been moderator on Language Learning SE since October 2017.

I hope for our site to become more diverse, both in the literatures being discussed and in our userbase. Diversity in our userbase needs to be protected by taking a clear stance against bigotry and aggressive behaviour.

During the day I work in digital accessibility, which is an area where diversity is also important. It is an area in which I have also witnessed shortsightedness and uncivility, but whereas making things accessible to people with disability can cost time and effort, being tolerant online does not. There is no excuse for that.

  • Great to see you nominate. Your contribution to this site has been incredible: from your early days writing hundreds of tag wikis to prevent the tags from disappearing (if that's not a thankless community service, what is?!) to your expert-level questions and answers on a variety of topics (encouraging and increasing diversity as well as quality) to your thoughtful discussions of tagging, topic challenges, and other meta/community issues. – Rand al'Thor Apr 17 at 6:45

Hi. I'm Rand. I love literature.

Why to vote for me:

  • I'm the site's top flagger, top voter, top editor, and top reviewer in all six review queues. So I'm already doing a lot of moderation work here.
  • I have four years of experience moderating another Stack Exchange site, Science Fiction & Fantasy. (So I'm well aware of the differences and wouldn't try to import SFF policies here.)
  • I've been active on Literature and its meta since day 1, and helped create important policies including on recommendation questions, homework questions, language tagging, etc. So I know the site policies as well as anyone.

Why not to vote for me:

  • Electing me would eliminate one of the most active non-diamond moderators. If I had a diamond, I'd try to leave non-obvious close/reopen/delete/undelete votes to the community, so I wouldn't be reviewing as much as I do now. Others would need to fill that gap.
  • Your latter point would be my main concern. You're more valuable as a non-moderator than you'd ever be as a mod. – Valorum Apr 17 at 21:28
  • Same here, I'd love to see you as a mod, but I personally can't spare enough time right now to go through review queues to fill such a gap. – Fabjaja Apr 18 at 11:25
  • @Fabjaja I'd still continue reviewing First Posts and Suggested Edits (the busiest review queues) much as before, but I'd most likely slack off on the Close and Reopen review queues a bit if I had binding votes there. The Close queue has only had 26 items this year (2020), and the Reopen queue just 1. So it's not a big gap for the community to fill :-) – Rand al'Thor Apr 18 at 12:09
  • Don't worry there are those of us who would gladly pick up any review queue slack. – Skooba Apr 20 at 16:04

Hello, I'm heather.

Let me disclaim that I stopped dropping by this site so frequently, and I'm primarily nominating because I love this site and I want to make sure there's a variety of candidates. (I would certainly start coming by more if I became a mod.)

When I was active I regularly went through review queues and I do have a decent amount of reputation. I'm also somewhat experienced with moderation as I've been pro tem moderator on Quantum Computing SE for around two years.

Thank you, and stay safe everybody.

EDIT: I just noticed Mith's question on the announcement post; my apologies. As someone who was rather...in the thick of things this past fall, I will continue pushing as I have been for the safety of those on this network, especially LGBT+ folks. I do not know how to convey appropriately my sadness over what has happened this past year. Aza and Mith were good mods, and Aza has left the network entirely. The notification I got for the election brought everything home just that little bit more. The best I can do is work hard to continue to persuade SE to do more and to continue speaking out against problems, to continue flagging and deleting and trying.

  • I know heather from Meta Stack Exchange and from the Stack Moderators Team (heather is a moderator on Quantum Computing). Although I'm barely active on Literature, I believe heather would be a good moderator pretty much anywhere. Have a look at this post on Meta Stack Exchange. Don't let the low "candidate score" fool you, when there are frictions between humans you want heather as a moderator. – gerrit Apr 18 at 8:33

Hey all you cool cats and kittens... Oh wait, wrong platform...

Hello there Literature.SE, my name is Skooba and I would like to nominate myself for the honor and privilege of being one of your moderators.

I have been with the site since its commitment phase, but I would also be the first to admit I am not an expert in Literature. I like many here (I believe) just have a love for literature in all its forms.

This is also not my most active site on the SE network, but I have been around for about 4 years and have earned access to all user moderator privileges (on other sites). I feel confident in my understanding of the network rules, policy, and guidelines.

I have seen great things happen and communities grow and flourish while even making a few friends along the way. I have seen some of the "not so great" things in our recent past. As I moderator I would strive to keep the positive vibes flowing while maintaining an atmosphere of respect and inclusion with a keen eye on promoting high quality content.

I look forward to the election cycle and will be in chat to answer any questions.

  • You haven't really been active on the site lately - your last post was in August 2018. This doesn't, to me, indicate the level of dedication to the site that I believe a moderator needs to possess. Do you believe that you have an accurate grasp of the site's issues today and are familiar with any recent developments? – Mithical Apr 14 at 12:44
  • In the past, you've been involved in several moderation incidents, especially in chat, where, let's say, your views were in conflict with how moderators at the time viewed the situation - including, if I recall correctly, coming to the defense of users who were subsequently permanently banned from chat. What would you say in reference to this? – Mithical Apr 14 at 12:46
  • @Mithical While I have not made any posts, I tend to lurk around and visit meta and catch reviews in the queue. I do believe that I have enough familiarity to work well with the remaining moderation team and can work through becoming directly involved in day to day operations. – Skooba Apr 14 at 12:49
  • @Mithical The incidents you refer to happened quite some time ago and I think recent events have shown us that just because you disagree with a moderators view of a situation and defend users who are banned does not mean you or the users you are defending are a "bad person" or that the moderators take on the situation was correct. Each experience is opportunity to learn and grow and I feel I have used those situations to help form me into the user I am now. . – Skooba Apr 14 at 12:53
  • Full Disclose: I did nominate myself for Modertator Pro Tempore to underwhelming reception during the Private Beta. I feel like a lot of time has passed since then and I have matured as a network user. – Skooba Apr 14 at 13:04

This election is complete.