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 Aug 8 '17 at 20:00.

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1,023 voters were eligible, 297 visited the site during the election, 234 visited the election page, and 107 voted


I'm Philip, a 31-year-old German MA student of philosophy currently writing his thesis. Due to health issues, I underwent professional training for about 13 years overall now and feel quite well educated in philosophy, not withstanding the need for life-long learning, of course. I had the privilege to take part in an ERASMUS exchange program with the University of Kent, UK, for two terms, further improving my language skills and widening my field of professional training and horizon in general. My other main interest is martial arts, training for 16 and a half years now.

My understanding is that a moderator should try to appear as a normal user as much as possible, making use of his privileges only in cases where the community and high rep users are not able to settle the problems on their own anymore. Another aspect is helping new users to find their way into the community and understanding of its rules and mechanics as part of the StackExchange network. For this, I will probably write some standard comments I can resort to when necessary.

For further information on how I understand the role as a moderator in this network especially, see my soon to come questionnaire.

Have you all noticed that there's no country code after stackexchange.com? That should mean it's a world wide website, not necessarily a western wide website, much less a single-country wide website.

So, I propose that philosophy ("passion for knowledge") should be much more than only asking what is the point of view of this or that (western) philosopher on this or that subject. If philosophy is really a passion for knowledge, a quest for it, we must be open to many other different worldviews. Actually, the safety and peace of the world both depend on it.

Yes, I know we're all talking in English here. But it wasn't us, "third world" dwellers, who ordered England to invade lands so distant from their own noses. We learned English because we want to talk with people from all around the world, and that means express our own philosophies too, and not be bounded by westerners, "first world" dwellers, who seem to believe that only they know how to think.

What seems illogical at first glance, might well prove correct if you pay enough attention.

My answers to the questionnaire: https://philosophy.meta.stackexchange.com/a/3504/4686

  • This may be too philosophical for my taste, but I see nothing about why you'd make a good mod in your nomination. – M.A.R. Jul 30 '17 at 17:20
  • @M.A.R. In my point of view, philosophy is any quest for knowledge out of (or around) any established science. Some mods here think that philosophy means only being a disciple of a few "famous philosophers", and asking questions about what they have or haven't written. It's a shame that they close any question that don't strictly fit their rules. Need an example? This question was closed as "off-topic". After I rewrote it, it's my second best-voted question. It seems they are too fast sometimes in "not understanding" what others are asking. – Rodrigo Jul 30 '17 at 18:19
  • If you want to make the best impression possible you should fill out the questionnaire, here, that all nominees are asked to fill out. – Not_Here Jul 30 '17 at 22:01
  • @Not_Here thanks for reminding me. There's the link (had to cut an observation to make room for it, though). – Rodrigo Jul 31 '17 at 1:22

This election is complete.