2017 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 Jul 18 '17 at 20:00.
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.

486 voters were eligible, 251 visited the site during the election, 170 visited the election page, and 118 voted

Hi there. I'm Richard, I'm 35 and from the UK.

I've been a member of Ethereum Stack Exchange since day one, and backed it during its Area 51 phase. Before the Ethereum site came along I spent most of my time at the Tor SE site.

My reason for joining Ethreum SE was so I could learn. I learned a lot, and I still do. But my focus has changed, and I now spend most of my time putting back into the community by helping others.

The Ethereum technology stack is big and difficult and scary to people who are new to it, and our community provides an extremely important service. As such, I believe in treating new or less experienced users fairly and with respect, regardless of how basic or "dumb" their questions seem.

I also believe in the development of the community, and putting in the effort to make it better. For example, if you're voting to close a poor question, explain why you're closing it to help that person develop an understanding of what makes a good question.

As a moderator I believe I would be able to continue the very good work of the current moderators, and further increase my contribution to the site.

Good luck to everyone involved! :-)

  • Re: "putting in the effort to make it better" - you've edited merely 21 posts and completed 40 reviews. That is not much effort spent to improve things. – user154 Jul 10 '17 at 2:01
  • Yep, true, though a majority of my actions have been through commenting and flagging. The commenting I'm particularly keen on as it involves actual dialogue with the person who has posted. – Richard Horrocks Jul 10 '17 at 5:53
  • (Metrics, in case anyone's interested: 573 comments, 1080 votes cast, 117 helpful flags.) – Richard Horrocks Jul 10 '17 at 18:48

I have participated in Ethereum both as a researcher and a developer for several months. I developed smart contracts, private networks and Node.js (d)applications that involve Ethereum accounts and transactions.

I also enjoyed participating in Q&A here and other Ethereum-related platforms. I don't have moderation experience in SE prior to Ethereum, but I've done a good deal of reviewing here.

I like learning, asking and answering questions, and help others learn as well. I believe in fair, guiding moderation. Especially when it comes to newcomers, I believe with the correct tone, they could be guided in asking and maintaining high quality questions that will be beneficial to all.


I would like to serve as a moderator for the Ethereum Stack Exchange, in order to better contribute to the development of the site and the Ethereum ecosystem as a whole.

I have been regularly contributing to the site since it was in private beta, and I want to be sure that the site remains a resource for both new users and experienced developers to share knowledge.

As a trusted user for much of the life of this site, I have had many of the privileges and responsibilities entrusted to moderators, and have acted fairly and consistently to keep the quality of questions as high as possible.

As more and more new users join the site, I believe that having a solid core team of moderators and trusted users is indispensable in order to keep the site clean and clear of duplicates and non-answers, and to serve as the "human exception handlers" for the community.


I've been involved with Blockchain Technology (starting with Bitcoin) for 5 years now and I've been developing on Bitcoin, Ethereum and some other blockchains as the full time job for the last 3 years.

My main contribution to the community has been contributing to open source projects such as Web3.js, Web3.py, Mist Wallet, pycoin, and some others. you can see more on my Github page: github.com/shayanb

Hi, would like to continue helping the community as I've done with @5chdn as a Moderator Pro Tem :)

I think an important part of being a moderator is being moderate, fair & not use it to push your bias or opinions. Everyone has reasons that they might not say why they want to be a moderator. My main interest is the community (really good, objective information for the community) and helping other moderators. I think I have done a good job of using moderator privileges fairly. I do not want to bias debates whether it is about classic, or some product, service, tool, or framework against each other. I also do not have anything to promote on this site.

My view of Ethereum Stack Exchange is the place for high quality questions and high quality answers about Ethereum. We should try to remain objective & keep the subjective to other sites like Reddit.

I agree with https://stackoverflow.blog/2009/05/18/a-theory-of-moderation and hope to have been a good example, respectful, fair. I am always open to your feedback too!

I don't take things for granted & appreciate your vote :)

Thank you!

  • (If anyone interested for July 1-12 mod dashboard says I've 168 flags handled, 59 comments deleted, 118 posts deleted, 43 edits, etc. Posts deleted increased a lot with new users posting a lot of "I'm having the same problem" answers which should be deleted.) – eth Jul 12 '17 at 7:38

I'd like to nominate myself to the moderator position.

I'm committed for a long time to Ethereum and hope to help the community here.

  • Igor is great mentor and specialist in blockchain related projects. His knowledge and depth in ethereum based projects is outstranding! He will always help someone who needs help in their blockchain journey. – rstormsf Jul 5 '17 at 22:16
  • Igor is great. Just saying... – Thomas Jay Rush Jul 7 '17 at 10:09

Hi, I'd like to nominate myself as a moderator.
My name is "Bellaj Badr" I am an Ethereum developer for a blockchain oriented startup.

Why nominate?

  • I consider myself as a helpful person dedicated to helping others in their hour of need.
  • I pay a special attention to the new users. I guide them politely to find the answers they need and I help them to understand how the site works. I've been awarded the steward badge Badge for reviewing 1000 First Posts (I am the only user who has the steward badge ^^ no brag here, just fact).
  • I enjoy answering questions.
  • Since 2016, SE is the first website I visit every day (I have my Fanatic badge) and I spend more time on SE than on Facebook.
  • every day, I try to keep the content clean, to clear the review queue, to edit, to close, re-open,flag posts and to answer questions.
  • I firmly believe that every question is an urgent need, it should be treated quickly.
  • +1 you have been really very helpful. – Sig Touri Jul 9 '17 at 18:06

Excited about the election.

124 answers, 9 questions, ~411k people reached

228 posts edited, 54 helpful flags, 601 votes cast

Member for 1 year, 5 months

About me

I enjoy reading about design and startups, watching a lot of movies. Co-founder of Blockchain Interest Group - a community for blockchain enthusiasts in South India.

Currently i am working with Lightrains Technolabs, a SMALL company but the work is absolutely HUGE.

Entrepreneur / Sapiosexual / Privacy Freak / Humanist / Blockchain / Ethereum / Elmlang / Elixir / Digital Security

Expecting support from all you. Thanks. Reach me in twitter @niksmac_


Since I have written a compiler for the Ethereum Virtual Machine, I have some fairly low-level knowledge about Ethereum. I have used geth and have written command line interface scripts for intereacting with geth. I have also developed a modification of the ERC20 token contract API.

  • Hi. Good luck. Possible to add in more details about your moderation experience in the StackExchange network or in this size particularly? :) – Dawny33 Jul 4 '17 at 5:17
  • I have not worked as a StackExchange moderator before. But earlier in my life I have worked as an editor and translator, both professionally and as a hobby. Today I work as a full-stack web developer. – Thorkil Værge Jul 4 '17 at 13:06
  • Please continue posting your good answers... and even if a question already has an answer, you may be able to explain it better :) Currently, however it seems you are too busy to be an editor/moderator on Stack Exchange. – eth Jul 12 '17 at 8:04

This election is over.