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2019 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jul 1, 2019 at 20:00
election began
Jul 8, 2019 at 20:00
election ended
Jul 16, 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!

I am Paul Johnson, aka: Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 and I am self-nominating to be a Pro Tempore Moderator here on 3dPrinting.SE


  • To provide a stable stack and help it grow to graduation.
  • I have a love for Stack Exchange: I love the format; I love the Q&A; I want to see it succeed.


  • I'm currently a moderator on Mechanics.SE. I've been a moderator there for over 2.5 years.
  • I believe it isn't the quantity of flags which are created, but rather the quality of the flags which are created.
  • I'm fair and impartial.

What makes me better?

  • I'm here everyday.
  • I believe if something can be handled by the community, let them. I subscribe to Jeff Atwood's A Theory of Moderation:

    Moderators are human exception handlers, there to deal with those (hopefully rare) exceptional conditions that should not normally happen ...

  • I live in the Eastern time zone, which places me between the two other moderators. This helps spread out availability to ensure better coverage and therefore better moderation.

In 3D printing and building 3D printers I found a great marriage between the mechanical, electrical and software aspects to keep me (my hands and mind) busy.

As of 2018, I'm doing my best to share my gained knowledge and moderate the site given my 15k+ reputation. To improve the quality of the site I am among the top 3 voters, the top 3 editors and I've raised over 400 flags of which only a handful are disputed.

How I'd see my moderator duties is that I extend the work I'm doing already:

  • Teach new people how SE works and enforce mutual respect
  • Delete spam and misuse of answers (e.g. for comments by low rep users)
  • Close off-topic questions and duplicates
  • Counter rude & abusive comments
  • Refrain from immediate actions to let the community decide first
  • Be available in our 3D Printing chat room that I started.
  • Promote the use of 3D Printing.SE on other sites

Furthermore, while keeping that all in mind, I'd keep on asking & answering questions.

Let's see where I come in here... I have been in this community since a question I did pose on RPG-SE was moved over here in October '17 or something. Since then I have gotten up to the top 2% of the site by learning, reading and a doing my part in answering questions.

I am in the top 10 voters, top 3 editors, raised round more than 200 flags.

I see the duties as mainly ensuring quality in the questions and answers. This can be teaching about the stack, asking for additional information to allow and closing duplicates (especially those of the tag) as well as removing the rudeness from comments, questions or answers.

If you want me to bear the title of moderator, I'll try to mainly push what I already do: be active, ensure quality and try to be available in chat.

This election is over.