On Ask Different, 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:
Please participate in the moderator elections by voting, and perhaps even by nominating yourself to be a community moderator!
- More information about the candidates.
- Election chat room - discuss the election, candidates, etc.
- Town Hall Chat digest - an hour long Q&A session with the candidates and their responses.
- For questions about the election process itself, visit Meta.
- To see how your vote choices will collectively elect two candidates, you can download free counting software and the actual results from last year. The Meek STV method for counting is considered the best algorithm for electing multiple people. It is not simple in implementation, so seeing it in action is often very helpful before casting your vote choices that become a single vote when counted.