2020 Moderator Election

nomination began
Oct 5 '20 at 20:00
election began
Oct 19 '20 at 20:00
election ended
Oct 27 '20 at 20:00
candidates
4
positions
3

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!

Hi everyone, I'm Dannii and nominate myself for moderator.

It feels to me like this site has been growing in activity recently; we now get a lot of questions and even more answers every day. This is a great thing! But, without meaning any disrespect to the current mods, it sometimes feels like flags are taking longer to be handled, and poor quality content remains on the front page for longer. So this may be a good time for an election to bring in new energy.

While I may not be the most prolific community member here, I do visit this site almost every day, and would be willing to take up the role of the janitor-moderator, to uphold and enact the standards that the site community has developed for itself. I am familiar with how being a moderator works as I am also a mod on two other sites. Neither takes up too much time however, so I am not concerned about this being too much of a commitment.

If elected moderator, I look forward to continuing to uphold the values of this site: a place where students of the Bible from all religious backgrounds can put forward the very best textual analyses, without devolving into sectarian bickering or stump-the-chump one-upmanship contests.

My name's Steve. I'm an ex-atheist, husband, father, systems engineer and lay preacher. I don't have a lot of free time, but contribute as much as I am able from day to day, and have moderated forums in the past.

  • Biblical Hermeneutics is an area which really gets me excited. I love being part of a community which does this in a global setting.

  • The new user experience is so important. On First Posts, I try to make newcomers feel welcome and valued. When users struggle to integrate into the community successfully, I try to leave comments which coach them in the right direction, or explain what they may have misunderstood.

  • I love to question and challenge ideas and assumptions, and have a history of deep engagement with niche Christian and near-Christian perspectives. We get many users from perspectives that are difficult to relate to, and some feel targeted by experienced users. I aim for a soft-but-firm approach where nobody is targeted based on their background.

I love that over time we are building up a 'history' of Answers, viewpoints and discussions that allow people from any background to grow in how they read the Bible. Thanks for considering me.

I think hermeneutics should be less academic and more popular without losing scholarship. It should help participants to get closer to God and not just to satisfy the curiosity of the inquirers. This platform has the potential to serve as a unifying force for common Christian beliefs based on the formal process of objective and logical argumentation. Do not underestimate this. No such potentially unifying global platform has ever existed in the history of Christendom.

John 17:22 "The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one."

Let's popularize hermeneutics and glorify the Body of Christ. Together, we can make history and change the world.

I suspect y'all know my history with this site, but I wrote elsewhere about my background. I've been a moderator pro tempore and a community manager, so my strength is very much the community-building realm. I'm an avid amateur interpreter of the Bible, but I'm almost entirely self-taught. When the site first came into existence, I spent considerable time asking, answering, voting and writing on Meta. After I was hired as a Community Manager, my attention was diverted to other communities. Despite my recent attempts to get involved here again, it hasn't happened. There's no guarantee winning an election will change that.

I'm running because I want this community to continue and I hope help the next generation of moderators lead this site to an even brighter future.

This election is over.