2020 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 Jun 23 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.

31,536 voters were eligible, 7,373 visited the site during the election, 3,329 visited the election page, and 1,499 voted

I have been an AskUbuntu member for some years and have benefitted a lot from this community.
I have also helped in the little way I could.

I will like to nominate myself as a candidate for the moderator election since I believe to have accumulated some experience with a few moderations tasks, and I'm open to learning more.

I have signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct and answered The Questions.

About me?

I am working into IT for around 21 years. Using Linux since 1996(Slackware Linux). Worked with other flavors of Linux and Unix since then. Computer Science graduate from Government Engineering College Bhopal India(full scholarship). Working as a IT Architect in Bigdata/Analytics with Java/JEE background. My profile at LinkedIn.

I like to help others. Also like to debug the issues with passion. Active on other stack overflow forums. Also a moderator at JavaRanch. Have a diversified experience which helps me to solve problems faster. Eager to learn newer things. Good in terms of understanding what somebody might be thinking when they expressed/wrote it. I hope I will be good moderator at askubuntu and help all the participants in best possible manner.

  • Have you signed Ubuntu's CoC? As of now you also didn't answer election questionnaire. Please post your answers on the questionnaire and append link to the answer in the nomination. These are some pre-requisites for a valid candidacy. – Kulfy Jun 15 at 6:51

I've learned a lot from here. And I tried to give back as much as I could. And I'm happy with what I've already done. For me, this is an opportunity to do something more...

I'm almost always around, Eager to get involved and to help. I also have experience in managing similar communities (mostly forums) in the past.

I've got almost a decade of experience in running and managing GNU/Linux distributions. Occasionally I teach GNU/Linux and I love it. I also studied software engineering and Artificial Intelligence in university if you're interested to know.

Checkout my Profile if you like.
I've signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct and answered the requested questions.

About me

  • I am an electronic hobbyist and cyber geek finishing my final year in B.Sc Computer Science (Hons.)
  • I make projects on hackaday and hackster


  • I have been a user of Ubuntu for almost a decade(started with Natty Narwhal) and I have been answering questions on askUbuntu and guiding users for the past 18 months.
  • Answered 115+ questions, 209 posts edited, 629 helpful flags 222 votes cast
  • Used Ubuntu on Desktop, server as well as on Raspberry Pi(started using from Ubuntu Mate)
  • I also answer questions on other StackExchange sites(StackOverflow, to be precise)

CoC Link: https://launchpad.net/~mrtejas99

Meta QnA Link: https://meta.askubuntu.com/a/19136/890892


Ubuntu since 6.04 and Software Engineer since 2013. I signed the COC when I was a volunteer developer for the Ubuntu Touch. I spend most of my time programming in Qt / C++.


  • I am an open person, and value free speech.
  • I let people talk, and express their ideas.
  • I have a calm, steady, and peaceful disposition.
  • I'd rather be hands off, and let people decide what is valuable for themselves.


  • Steady as she goes.
  • Value Privacy & Anonymity.
  • Open to broader scoped questions.
  • Protect the COC from those who abuse it.
  • The focus should remain strictly technical, and subversive elements like identity politics will be tossed out like last nights dinner.

That's it.

COC: https://launchpad.net/~akiva
Q&A: https://meta.askubuntu.com/a/19134/253579

I am a student of Computer Science and I am very active on various forums on internet. So I will be a good resource as moderator.I have faced a lot of problems on stackoverflow when I used to post question most of my questions were blocked and deleted because they were too novice. But the problem is how do you decide what is the use of a new born baby. So I understand the problems faced by new users. Check this answer of mine ubuntu stuck on boot in after upgrade to 19.10 from 19.04 in vmware [end kernel panic not syncing:VFS:unable to mount root fs on block (0,0)]
my profile
signed Ubuntu code of conduct.

  • Have you signed Ubuntu's CoC? As of now didn't answer election questionnaire. Also, you have 0 helpful flags, 0 edits, 1 vote and no activity on Ask Ubuntu Meta so far. It seems you're just getting started. – Kulfy Jun 10 at 3:16
  • @Kulfy hello thanks , I signed all the CoC and election questionnaire. I have 0 helpful flags because I answered less questions. Mostly it depends on knowledge. You can see .askubuntu.com/questions/1185370/… when I solved the problem I did post the answer which might have helped people in similar situation. – political science Jun 12 at 20:54

Hey!!! I'm Kulfy, a pug who is as sweet as Kulfi. I joined the party in April 2018 and visited the site for ~783 days doing random stuffs everyday. I started here as an questioner and developed interest in participating not just by asking. By profession, I lurk here and there in search of food. Everyday I learn new things from this user and I admire their work.

Feel free to visit my main profile and comment why you think pugs are cute.

I have signed Ubuntu Code of Conduct and posted answers to the election questionnaire.

  • May I ask, what do you learn from me? :) – Daniil Jun 9 at 20:36
  • @Daniil I've seen you lurking in Charcoal HQ, reporting spams and having healthy discussions with veterans. These discussions surely "improves" my ability to detect spams and know more about Smokey. ;-) – Kulfy Jun 10 at 2:28
  • lol nice easter egg! Kind of cheating though :p – Dan Jun 10 at 8:05
  • Although I have difficulty overlooking the fact that he doesn't like sambar (or even masala dosa!), I have to admit that Kulfy does a lot of great work to improve Ask Ubuntu. – Zanna Jun 11 at 6:01
  • Good luck buddy! You'll make a good moderator :-) – TheLittleNaruto Jun 12 at 6:26
  • Very clever, Kulfy! Good luck in the election. – chili555 Jun 13 at 23:18
  • @Kuify Oh my God Is it me you tagged in link "this user" or is it a magic trick that opens profile of whoever click this link. By the way Best of Luck – Ajay Jun 15 at 8:25
  • @Ajay Everyone here is spreading knowledge in some way :) – Kulfy Jun 15 at 9:45

This community has done so much for me and I would be so happy to give back a little bit by becoming a moderator.

I am on board with what we are trying to do here and, although stuff keeps changing, I am fairly familiar with how SE sites work, and our community's policies and conventions.

I have been around for a while, which means I have the great advantage of having made many of the available mistakes at least once.

I see my work here as my contribution to Linux, so it's extra important to me for that reason.

I have signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct.

And also answered those questions.

  • Zanna has essentially been a moderator for years. Contrary to what some people think, being a mod isn't about tools or POWAH, it's about working quietly behind the scenes to keep the site clean. Zanna is the number 1 most prolific editor on the site and has been doing her best to clean up and improve posts for ages. She is also fair, reasonable and not afraid to admit her mistakes. She would make a great moderator! – terdon Jun 9 at 16:02
  • I completely agree with terdon. Glad you're still nominating yourself! I've seen a lot of your current moderation work even though you're not a mod already. Good luck! – Dan Jun 10 at 8:13
  • As terdon said, in my opinion Zanna is already a mod and we all are benefiting her works keeping many things in line for years. I wish her good luck... – Ravexina Jun 10 at 9:37
  • I agree with @terdon. Zanna is a perfect personality for being a mod. She is clever, kind and calm as anybody here. Contrary to me for example ;-) – Pilot6 Jun 10 at 12:05
  • Definitely one of the top choices for AU moderator :) – edwinksl Jun 10 at 15:45
  • How are you not already a mod?? – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica Jun 11 at 12:22
  • I second Terdon. Zanna would make a fantastic moderator, and it warms my heart to see her step up and continue doing the work that she is already doing behind the scenes improving post quality here on Ask Ubuntu. – jrg Jun 11 at 14:25
  • I think Zanna is a great help to the community, always helps in moderating type duties, willing to help with many people with many varying degrees of complexity while using excellent communication skills toward the new and the most experienced. Equally respected among peers. Committed to help and the work and effort that involves. – xtrchessreal Jun 12 at 1:03
  • Though my participation on this site very less comparatively, but whenever I needed help Zanna and Kulfy were the one who helped me a lot. My vote sure would go for both of you. Good Luck, Zanna :-) – TheLittleNaruto Jun 12 at 6:25
  • My vote is for Zanna! She should be the moderator here from years before. Always gentle, but firm. Has a great talent to explain things and to make complex stuff simple. – Josef Klimuk Jun 15 at 11:49

This election is complete.