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2019 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jun 3, 2019 at 20:00
election began
Jun 10, 2019 at 20:00
election ended
Jun 18, 2019 at 20:00

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

Full elections have three phases and an optional fourth phase (Primary):

  1. Question Collection
  2. Nomination
  3. Primary
  4. Election

Please participate in the moderator elections by voting, and perhaps even by nominating yourself to be a community moderator!

Well, I'm newer to Chess.SE than the other candidates, but I think that could be a good thing. Since I've joined, I've been active both here and on meta - I'm one of 7 users with the curious badge on meta. I've also been able to gain reputation on CSE fairly quickly considering the time I've been here, and I think that's reflective of how I carry myself - not only in well-formed questions and answers, but also thoughtful engagement in comments. Also, out of the 17 flags I have raised, 15 are helpful, 1 is disputed, and 1 declined.

I've also had some moderation privileges on Puzzling.SE, a larger site, which gives me general moderation experience. I also frequent the Charcoal HQ.

If I am elected moderator, I will continue to approach Chess.SE with the same mindset that I have employed in the past: persistently trying to make it a better place.

Note: as @fuxia said, please vote. Seriously.

Also, the other candidates are great people. Chess.SE will be in good hands regardless of the election outcome.

Hi, I'm Glorfindel and I'd like to become your moderator.

Why me?

  • I'm already doing a lot of moderation activities on this site. I'm the most active reviewer, editor and flagger on the site.
  • I have almost two years of experience serving as a ♦ moderator on Ask Different. I'm familiar with how the tools work; I know how and when to act, but equally important: I know when not to act, e.g. to let the community decide on whether a specific question is on-topic or not, instead of closing/opening it unilaterally.
  • I'm an active contributor on Meta Stack Exchange so I know what's going on on the Stack Exchange network as a whole. We don't have a particular active Chess Meta site, but I'm one of the top contributors there as well.
  • I'm one of the top 10 users here by reputation. Reputation doesn't necessarily say something about a person's moderation capabilities, but a little subject matter expertise definitely helps making the right decision in some situations.

Why not me?

  • I'm not an active chess player anymore. I stopped about ten years ago when other priorities (also known as "work") started to conflict with playing long over-the-board games.

My active involvement on this site in the last couple of years have allowed me to understand how the community works. I still manage to guarantee a minimum activity of 1hr/day, not just to answer but also to review new posts and protect well-answered ones, monitor closing & quality votes and suggested edits.

Two very important aspects of moderation for me:

An inclusive and gender-neutral community:

  • This is something I've always worked towards, which is clear from my own answers and the numerous occasions I've pointed out an implicit bias in someone's answer. Sadly, in many cultures there is a clear (not even implicit) bias against women playing chess, and when already one's tone and choice of pronoun (irrespective of the language) assume a hypothetical chess player to be male, that bias gets perpetuated, and finds its way into influencing choices made even at an individual level.

A professional community, this entails encouraging:

  • Clear arguments and well structured answers
  • Showing own attempt and cross linking to related posts
  • Providing sources and refs. for any made claims
  • Using the built-in features of chess SE, such as the chess replayer, etc

I'm Brian Towers and I'd like to be one of your moderators.

Why me?

  • I already do a lot of moderation on the site, reflected in the moderation badges I have.
  • I'm retired so have plenty of time to visit the site several times most days.
  • I'm the top user by reputation. This shows that I have the knowledge and expertise needed to make the right fact-based moderation judgements.
  • I'm an active chess player. As well as playing local chess I play international chess tournaments as well. In the last year I have played in both the Isle of Man and Gibraltar tournaments.
  • I'm an active FIDE arbiter. I have been chief arbiter in a range of FIDE rated tournaments ranging from local blitzes to international norm events with several GMs and IMs.
  • I post under my own name so users can check my public record.


I'd like to help this site as a moderator.

  • I visit the site every day, clear the review queues and try to improve new posts.

  • I'm a moderator on WordPress Development for 7 years now. I know the tools and how to act in difficult situations.

  • The base for a working community is, in my opinion, mutual respect. This includes that the moderators have to respect the evolving specific culture of the community, as long as it is friendly and welcoming.

  • I'm also the most active chat moderator on chess24, and I help out as a mod on various Twitch channels.

  • As a chess player, I see myself still as a beginner – I started just 2½ years ago. I play on lichess, but mostly I'm exploring theory and try to improve every day a tiny bit.

I think this site has a good potential to become the place to discuss chess. If I can help with my time and experience, then I will take this seriously. I see the diamond as a duty, not as a trophy.

Side note: Please use your right to vote. Whoever the new moderators are, they need to know you support them.

This election is over.