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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 Oct 31 '17 at 20:00.

The results of this election can be viewed online via OpaVote. 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


1,143 voters were eligible, 306 visited the site during the election, 218 visited the election page, and 110 voted

I would like to nominate myself for Moderator.

Although I have only been an active member of the Bitcoin StackExchange for 5 months, I have fairly consistently maintained the top spot in the reputation leagues (with occasional dips in weekly rankings) since I became active.

I am a Bitcoin Core and Bitcoin Armory developer so I have a strong understanding of Bitcoin's internal workings. While this is not necessarily a requirement for being a moderator, it can certainly be useful in determining whether something is spam and nonsensical or not.

As a moderator of the Bitcointalk.org Technical Support and Development and Technical Discussion sub-forums, I have experience with moderating. Although moderating a forum and moderating this StackExchange are different, many of the same things done on Bitcointalk can be applied here.

Lastly, I have also been fairly active in the review queues to help with cleaning up and maintaining the site so having a moderator position feels like the next step forward in helping Bitcoin SE.

Thank you for your consideration.

Questionnaire Answers

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  • What is your opinion of asking and answering questions about alternate crypto currencies or forks of Bitcoin like Bitcoin Cash? – Scott Oct 19 '17 at 22:54
  • @Scott I have answered that question here: bitcoin.meta.stackexchange.com/a/882/48884 – Andrew Chow Oct 20 '17 at 0:02
  • You've pointed out that "moderating a forum and moderating SE are different", could you please elaborate on some of these differences and especially how these differences affect the scope of the moderator's role? – Murch Oct 23 '17 at 13:33
  • On the forum, nearly all threads have a place, but on SE, threads can be off topic, too broad, unclear, duplicate, etc. and be closed. But moderators on the forum wouldn't do that; we would just move the thread to an appropriate place if it were off topic and let the forum users have a back and forth to try to answer the OPs question. On the forum, things are more hands off whereas I have noticed that moderation on SE is a bit more involved and includes other things like editing posts, closing questions for being duplicates, and closing off topic questions which aren't done on the forum. – Andrew Chow Oct 23 '17 at 14:16
  • Thank you for your answer, best of luck in the election! :) – Murch Oct 23 '17 at 23:38

Hello Everyone :)

I would like to nominate myself for this position.

To be honest, I am just learning my way through bitcoin, but still want to help those who are just starting their steps in this.

I came to know about Bitcoin before 2013 and it was on 2013 I had my first Bitcoin Transaction.

From that time, I was really fascinated about this, and was an avid user of this technology.

I don't have high reputation, but I have been trying my best to spend quality time for this StackExchange each day.

If I will be given this opportunity, I will try my best with my knowledge to help this forum and it's users.

Have a great day!

Click here to see the Questionnaire Answer

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  • Hey asterisk! Thanks for nominating yourself. Please be sure to also fill out the moderator Questionnaire here: bitcoin.meta.stackexchange.com/q/888/5406 – Murch Oct 17 '17 at 22:19
  • Thanks for letting me know @Murch, but I am not able to edit that post to add my link to it, as it says "Suggested edits are not allowed on non-tag-wiki posts on meta sites" Any help is appreciated :D – remedcu Oct 18 '17 at 5:29
  • I've added your link. – Murch Oct 18 '17 at 9:27
  • Thank You mate :) – remedcu Oct 18 '17 at 10:12
  • What is your opinion of asking and answering questions about alternate crypto currencies or forks of Bitcoin like Bitcoin Cash? – Scott Oct 19 '17 at 22:54
  • Hi asterisk :) I notice you haven't yet earned enough reputation to participate in the review queues on this or any other SE site. Do you think this lack of experience reviewing will affect your ability to moderate? – MeshCollider Oct 20 '17 at 0:14
  • @MeshCollider, I don't think so mate. Everyone has to start from somewhere, and I am trying my bit. I don't think I am an expert, rather I am a learner. And will continue my learning journey. And, if chosen as a moderator, surely I will try my best that my lack of experience won't affect my moderation. – remedcu Oct 20 '17 at 7:02
  • Nice answer, thanks :) – MeshCollider Oct 20 '17 at 8:14

I would like to enter myself as a candidate.

I've been active on Bitcoin SE since 2013 and have been a pro-tem moderator since March 2014. Besides being a top contributor to the site both in maintenance tasks and content, I've initiated projects such as:

While I have a little less time compared to when I was studying, I'm still committed to Bitcoin.SE and would love to continue growing and maintaining the site after graduation. I'd be especially excited to collaborate with two new enthusiastic moderator colleagues.

As previously disclosed I've been a software engineer at BitGo, Inc. since April 2017. Living in California, I'm in UTC-7.

Please also see my answers to the Moderator Questionnaire, and my previous application to become a pro-tem moderator.

Thank you, for your interest in the election.

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  • What is your opinion of asking and answering questions about alternate crypto currencies or forks of Bitcoin like Bitcoin Cash? – Scott Oct 19 '17 at 22:54
  • Hello Scott, thank you for your question. Currently, this site's topic explicitly includes alternative cryptocurrencies, especially the ones derived from Bitcoin. I'm weakly in favour of keeping it that way, as I think that many of the questions are closely related to Bitcoin and easily covered with the knowledge of our regular contributors. However, my personal interest in altcoin is rather intermittent. There is an on-going related discussion on meta. In the end, I'll help keep content adhere to the rules this community gives itself. – Murch Oct 20 '17 at 16:56
  • i wish you good luck, i am supporting your nomination. – Badr Bellaj Oct 23 '17 at 19:25

I would like to put myself forward for consideration.

I've been a member of this site for 4 months now, and in that time I've reached top 7 (nearly 6 ;) ) reputation-gained leaderboard for the year, and top 50 of all time. I have and will continue to dedicate a lot of time to the site, as my Fanatic gold badge shows. In that time I've had my share of difficult members, but actively ensure I'm polite and professional.

I contribute to Bitcoin Core and have a reasonable understanding of a number of aspects of bitcoin, so while a moderator may not need such technical knowledge to moderate effectively, I would consider it a definite bonus. And I'm not afraid to ask for help if I'm out of my depth.

My time zone is NZT (UTC+12) which means I'm sometimes awake while other moderators may be asleep, giving good timezone coverage.

I would like to be a moderator because I'm already active in the review queues, and see this as a natural progression to helping keep the site clean, healthy and growing. I regularly visit the meta site and the mempool chat for bitcoin.SE so feel free to find me there and have a chat :)

Answers: https://bitcoin.meta.stackexchange.com/a/891/51948

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  • Could you post a link to the most difficult conversation you've had with a user (or users) while dealing with a difficult situation you might find yourself in as a moderator? – B T Oct 16 '17 at 21:40
  • Some of the more abusive conversations have been deleted of course, but I've found one particular example of a user who consistently kept posting further questions as comments, criticising my answers and making incorrect edits to them which I found quite difficult. Here's an example, although the comments were removed and moved to chat: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/63416/… – MeshCollider Oct 16 '17 at 23:24
  • Thanks for that! – B T Oct 16 '17 at 23:27
  • What is your opinion of asking and answering questions about alternate crypto currencies or forks of Bitcoin like Bitcoin Cash? – Scott Oct 19 '17 at 22:54
  • The bitcoin stack exchange is actually purposed for all cryptocurrencies, not just bitcoin. So there is absolutely nothing wrong with asking questions about altcoins and forks, as long as they adhere to the other rules (such as not being primarily opinion-based) – MeshCollider Oct 19 '17 at 23:52
  • Of course, that would change if the scope was reduced to just bitcoin (see bitcoin.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/879/…) – MeshCollider Oct 20 '17 at 1:46

This election is complete.