This has been mentioned in chat, and is one of the The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta.

You are encouraged to nominate yourself or someone else for the position of Moderator Pro Tempore. One nomination per answer.

  • I've never participated in any SE moderator election, how it's done? Should I vote on the answers below, or there is a separated procedure?
    – Sekhemty
    Commented Dec 30, 2013 at 21:29
  • @Sekhemty: I think you vote on the answers below for the Moderator Pro Tempore and eventually a full-blown election occurs (after public Beta I believe).
    – Jason Down Mod
    Commented Dec 31, 2013 at 1:22
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    @Sekhemty - As far as I know, Stack Exchange community team chooses, but presumably they take into account the nominations and the votes in this Q&A. In the olden days, they merely chose on their own, with no Meta thread IIRC. Once the site leaves the public Beta, they hold real elections.
    – DVK
    Commented Dec 31, 2013 at 2:27
  • @Sekhemty - I am reasonably sure that DVK's explanation is correct. Commented Dec 31, 2013 at 18:21
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    As DVK notes, the first round of moderators are not elected at all but appointed by the community team at StackExchange. This meta post is just one thing they will read and factor in when they internally review who to nominate. Voting here gives them some idea how the community feels about members, but they also take other things into consideration. Later if the site makes it through beta and graduates one of the first orders of business is to hold full blown elections.
    – Caleb
    Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 19:14
  • Be aware it can be a big commitment. On travel.SE, the initial pro-tempore moderators ended up doing it for just short of 2 years before the first official election was held.
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Jan 4, 2014 at 0:15

4 Answers 4


I'd like to nominate Jason Down:

Nominee response: I accept the nomination.

* I realize that reputation isn't everything, but it does show that many users found his answers useful.

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    How's his "moderation" activity?
    – DVK
    Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 23:49
  • I'd be willing to put in the necessary time :) Thanks for the nod @NathanOsman.
    – Jason Down Mod
    Commented Dec 30, 2013 at 19:49
  • @JasonDown - you can start by putting in the same moderation link you put into my nomination :) [ I stole the idea for the format for nominations for mature SE site moderator elections ]
    – DVK
    Commented Dec 31, 2013 at 2:21

I would like to nominate Nathan Osman:

  • Has been instrumental in setting up E-books.
  • Has moderator experience on StackApps
  • Has a cumulative reputation of 70K+ on the various Stackoverflow/Stackexchange sites.

Nominee response (Unable to edit himself at this time): I accept the nomination.

  • +1 - Previous moderator experience is a big plus.
    – Jason Down Mod
    Commented Dec 31, 2013 at 16:42
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    The circle is complete. Now we watch how SE team handles directed graphs with loops :)
    – DVK
    Commented Dec 31, 2013 at 20:07
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    I'm afraid I can't actually edit this answer. I don't yet have enough reputation. (This is embarrassing.) Anyway, I do accept the nomination. Thank you! Commented Jan 5, 2014 at 2:36

I would nominate Anthon. He seems to both be:

I accept the nomination, as indicated on the Moderator Pro Tempore moderator page, by editing this answer.


I would like to nominate DVK:

Nominee response: I accept the nomination.

  • Thanks for the nod :)
    – DVK
    Commented Dec 31, 2013 at 2:33
  • @DVK: No problem. I think the site would benefit with you as a moderator.
    – Jason Down Mod
    Commented Dec 31, 2013 at 2:49

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