2019 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
  • signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct, 2.0, and link to your Launchpad.net page showing you have signed.

We encourage everyone who has contributed to the success of Ask Ubuntu through all moderation tasks - flagging, editing, Meta Q&A, chat discussions etc. to put their names forward.

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!

Nominees, please consider placing your answers to questions you deem helpful to your nomination inside your Nomination post.

This election ended May 21 '19 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.

21,453 voters were eligible, 5,973 visited the site during the election, 2,461 visited the election page, and 1,185 voted


I am Yufenyuy Veyeh Didier, and this is my first time to nominate for a moderator position. I have been participating here by answering questions, editing, raising flags, reviewing, and so on... though I have sometimes been on and off the site and have just 1.6k reputation.

Been using Ubuntu for about 3 years now, and I'm quite acquainted with it, and I love Open Source. I equally have some "Offline Moderation Skills" and believing that I am an easy going and calm but firm person, I think I can make a good moderator on this site (Also intend to improve my commitment, integrity, and reputation).

I will simply love to add more value to AskUbuntu.

Hello my name is Videonauth (Launchpad link)

This is my second time I nominate for a moderator position, first time I was on this Site only for a few months and now I'll try again.

I have listed a few things about myself:

  • My name is Michael (46 yrs.)
  • I speak both German and English
  • I am rather calm and relaxed
  • Helping others with their technology issues is something I love to do
  • Feedback and constructive criticism are more than welcome

Meanwhile I joined the Smoke Detector team to help actively to keep this network clean of spam messages and moderating on a community discord for ProtonDB.

I have hobby wise experience with computers for about 40 years now and since end of 2015 using Ubuntu as my main OS. I'm an early retiree and so have time on my hands to spend.

  • A welcome nomination. I've seen Videonauth as a solid contributor to the site, minimum dramma with other users, and solid interest in Linux and coding outside of the site. – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy May 10 '19 at 23:11
  • @SergiyKolodyazhnyyThank you very much for that compliment. – Videonauth May 11 '19 at 10:20
  • I agree with @SergiyKolodyazhnyy. – Anwar May 11 '19 at 10:24

Hello, I am Byte, IT student from Germany and passionate fan of Ubuntu and its wonderful community. I would like to nominate myself again and offer to become one of your moderators.

I started using Ubuntu over four years ago, which was also when I joined here. Helping others was always a great motivation and I also learned a lot in the process myself, both technical as well as communication and moderation skills.

Since I acquired the privileges, I participated a lot in keeping the site clean by doing edits, reviews, etc. and also joined the Smoke Detector team to assist in fighting spam across the whole SE network. Admittedly, during the last year I had less time for Ask Ubuntu due to university, but once I'm finished in a few months, that will no longer be an issue.

For a bit over a year now, I also run an Ubuntu Discord community where people can chat in real-time and also exchange support or just hang out in a friendly environment. We grew to over 1500 people already and my moderator team and me keep receiving quite positive feedback.

Here's my Code of Conduct link btw

  • What Ubuntu flavour do you like most, and why? – dessert May 8 '19 at 20:20
  • Personally I am still a big fan of the old plain vanilla Ubuntu with Unity. It was designed with newcomers in mind and provides a good out-of-the-box experience while still offering some flexibility and not wasting much screen space. I find it simple yet pretty and efficient, which also relates to the qualities I like in Ask Ubuntu: it's simple and easy to participate as well as find knowledge, but in a way that is both friendly and efficient. Hope I managed to give a satisfying on-topic reply within the scope of this comment, but feel free to ping me in chat for a longer discussion @dessert. – Byte Commander May 9 '19 at 0:43
  • Byte has been good contributor to the site and community in general, Ive never had an issue or conflict with him personally nor with his contributions. I think he'd make a very stable and reliable moderator. – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy May 10 '19 at 23:05
  • @SergiyKolodyazhnyy Thank you for the compliment. :) – Byte Commander May 10 '19 at 23:45

Self-promotion isn't my strong point, but I guess I think I'd be a good moderator for this site. I know the place well and I think I understand what we are in general trying to do here. For me, my efforts on Ask Ubuntu are my contribution to Linux since I'm not a developer. I mostly do editing and janitorial work since my skills lie more in those areas, but I think we mostly need answers and I like to create and encourage the creation of answers. Since my background is in education, I'm usually quite good at explaining things clearly with respect and patience. I think I work with integrity and commitment.

It turns out I signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct ages ago...

PS - still a beginner in Linux.

  • One of my best teachers! – George Udosen May 8 '19 at 6:59
  • I was kinda right about your nomination. Best of Luck :) – Kulfy May 8 '19 at 7:54
  • yeah I've had an encounter with you once – connelblaze May 8 '19 at 10:06
  • Great one there! – ThunderBird May 8 '19 at 10:56
  • Glad to see you giving it a go. The choice is clear. – edwinksl May 8 '19 at 12:56
  • I was just happy when I saw your quite unexpected nomination today, thanks! Here are some questions to enhance your introduction: Who are you? Where do you come from? Since when (and why?) do you use Ubuntu (and maybe other distros)? What Ubuntu flavour do you like most, and why? – dessert May 8 '19 at 20:20
  • For some reason, I thought you were already a moderator. It’s probably because you’re quite active on Meta and your contributions come across as respectful, thoughtful, balanced and authoritative (not authoritarian) – all attributes I would associate with a good moderator. – Anthony Geoghegan May 9 '19 at 11:38
  • @dessert I answered your questions in a pastie because I wrote too much for the post or comments, sorry! – Zanna May 9 '19 at 18:21
  • @Zanna All the very best here, you will be a great mod :) – andrew.46 May 10 '19 at 5:15
  • Zanna is a committed contributor to the site. She would make a solid moderator, though what may need addressing and learning is divergence of opinions between community members and moderators. As an editor she's fantastic, and experience as ESL teacher helps with that. A welcome addition to the election – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy May 10 '19 at 23:09
  • I think Zanna will definitely be a moderator. – Liso May 11 '19 at 5:02
  • Nice to see you running for mod position. Best of luck! I think, I already made my choices – Anwar May 11 '19 at 10:26
  • 16k edits and 17k reviews. Someone has been very busy! Makes my choice easy... – Stephen Rauch May 11 '19 at 19:26
  • Simple explanations and working answers! – Josef Klimuk May 13 '19 at 7:48

Hello. I'm vidarlo, from western coast of Norway. I started with Linux 20 years ago, when I was ten. That was Redhat 5.1.

From there, I moved to Debian, and today I use a mix of Debian, Ubuntu and OpenSUSE, depending on the use. I have a fairly good knowledge of Ubuntu, both through using it, and through what it has in common with Debian. The first time I tried Ubuntu was Warty Warthog.

Today I work as an electrical engineer, with a significant portion of my work related to IT and networks, albeit in special circumstances on board vessels.

I've not been around too long, but I feel I've come to know this site, the user base, and through the moderation tools and watching what's happening, I believe I have a fair understanding of how moderation works, and what the tasks is.

My motivation for stepping up is that I enjoy enabling others to use technology, and to spread free software in general.

I have some experience in moderation, from smaller and different sites, yet I believe I understand at least a few things about moderation.

I've signed the CoC.

  • What Ubuntu flavour do you like most, and why? – dessert May 8 '19 at 20:21
  • @dessert Whatever works (best) for the task. I'm pragmatic. – vidarlo May 8 '19 at 20:27
  • What flavour of Linux is your workhorse, Debian, Ubuntu or OpenSuse and why? – Michael May 12 '19 at 10:43
  • @MichaelG. All of them. My current laptop runs OpenSUSE. I have a couple of boxes with Ubuntu, including the one connected to my telly, and a few at work. I have a few servers with Debian. I probably know Debian/Ubuntu best. Which I choose depends on the purpose. I for instance prefer Debian for no particular reason on servers. On my personal desktop, I find that OpenSUSE just works, while I use Ubuntu on a few other laptops, because of the immense amount of software available. – vidarlo May 12 '19 at 10:46
  • Thanks for your rapid feedback, Norway is cool (in both senses of the word). Good luck for the election. – Michael May 12 '19 at 10:49

IT professional, started my career in the biochemistry and chemistry world. I have been using Ubuntu for and a member of the site for 3yrs+. In that period I have improved my understanding of Ubuntu systems. I like the Ubuntu vanilla flavour of Linux for its desktop user-friendliness; the aesthetics of Ubuntu vanilla is also an attraction to me. It is also an easy to learn OS for beginners. I have over the years provided well written answers to questions and used a one-on-one method to help users get the best Ask Ubuntu has to offer. My interest in Ubuntu and Linux has prompted me to improve my knowledge of Linux with courses from both Linux Foundation and Linux Academy.

I am also a software developer asking for an opportunity to serve selflessly on Ask Ubuntu and to use my experience and knowledge to improve the user experience on the site.

As a moderator I intend to use my good understanding of Ubuntu OS and Ask Ubuntu site to maintain and in some cases improve the value the site offers its users.

Signed Code of Conduct

  • What Ubuntu flavour do you like most, and why? – dessert May 8 '19 at 20:22

I have been an Ubuntu and FOSS enthusiast for many years and although I'm not a developer in my day to day work any more, I would like to contribute in a practical way and this is probably a good way to do so.

I use Ubuntu, FreeBSD primarily. Most of my work is server and network infrastructure, but a little desktop as well, since we have work on something after all :-)

I'm a stickler for detail, so I enjoy checking documentation, wiki's and the like for correctness.

  • Have you signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct on Launchpad? If so, what's your Launchpad.net account? (This is a requisite) – Thomas Ward May 7 '19 at 13:54
  • 0 flags, 1 edit, 1 comment, 3 answers, no profile on meta so far. Last post was made way back in 2015. This implies you have a very low activity on the site. Do you think you'll start engaging on site more after becoming a moderator? – Kulfy May 8 '19 at 7:53
  • What would you consider the main function of a moderator to be? – Tim May 9 '19 at 12:20
  • I have signed the code of conduct in 2005: launchpad.net/~lifeboy I consider the most important role of a moderator in this context to deal with exceptions in a fair and impartial way thus ensuring the community is not disrupted. – LifeBoy May 10 '19 at 7:15
  • Kulfy, I'm here quite often actually, but yes, I haven't been asking many questions simply because I'm having little trouble with Ubuntu :-) – LifeBoy May 10 '19 at 7:21
  • @LifeBoy You appear to have two accounts - the account you posted this nomination from is not the same as the one you're commenting with. You're going to need to sort that issue out and make sure you can access the account from which you posted this nomination before this election is over. – ArtOfCode May 10 '19 at 20:58
  • @ArtOfCode, wow,I'm not sure how that happened! There are many StackExchange sites and somehow I must have logged more than once. Since I use a password manager, I don't actually type in a username and password, so I never noticed it. Is there a way that two profiles can be merged? – LifeBoy May 12 '19 at 11:05
  • I have requested a profile merge which should be completed soon. – LifeBoy May 12 '19 at 11:11

I started using Ubuntu as my main OS around 2006. Over the years I have learnt from my peers many aspects of managing the OS. On the way, I picked up bits of LAN management, remote access, and bash scripting. I started contributing to this site some years ago. As a "normal" user whose primary field of expertise is not computer related, I try to make my answers to the questions in this site as easy to understand as possible.

As a moderator I will bring the perspective of day-today Ubuntu users who are not trained in computer and programming related fields. My years of experience with Ubuntu and my easy communication style will allow me to work with other moderators and computer experts as well as new Ubuntu end-users.

I have signed the code of conduct.

This election is complete.