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

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 8 '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


330 voters were eligible, 120 visited the site during the election, 97 visited the election page, and 57 voted

Hello DevOps SE! My name is Preston Martin, and I have been a member of DevOps SE for over 2 years now. It has been a great pleasure to be a part of this great community and to see its growth throughout those two years.

I have been working in DevOps oriented positions for over 5 years. I am currently working as a DevOps and AWS Consultant for an AWS Premier Consultant Partner in the United States. I love helping people and their companies solve complex DevOps problems, and I enjoy the satisfaction of making their processes easier and more efficient.

As a moderator for DevOps SE, I look forward to improving the quality of the posts on this site with the appropriate moderation level that is needed. My goal is not to be the judge on deciding what content is good and what is bad, but instead be the guide to what the community wants DevOps SE to be.

I want to continue to see this community grow, and for DevOps SE to be the best source for DevOps Q/A on the internet that it it can possibly be. I look to continue to bring more and more members to this community to grow the steady stream of Q/A that we already have. Thanks!

Professional background

I work, fulltime, in the world of DevOps for over 3 decades, in 3 continents, at multiple global companies. And this in the area of SCM (Software Configuration Management), applied in huge mainframe environments.

My favorite SCM tool is ChangeMan ZMF, for which I'm considered as 1 of the most experienced senior technical consultants around the world.

These days I spend most of my professional time in the area of DevOps in some major European financial institutions, in 5 countries.

I also have lots of experience with Drupal and Linux, for 10 to 15 years.

Moderation motivation

I have user id=40 on DevOps.SE (= early adoptor of it, I joined it during the private beta phase). And visited it every day.

Joning the moderation team seems to me like a natural extension of the various Review tasks I've been doing so far (with my limited moderation privileges). For more details:

  • Visit the /review pages, and visit any of the 6 related links labeled Review stats. Then check the Top Reviewers all time ... Repeat for each link.

  • Check my profile page for the various moderation / editing / participation badges I earned.

Hi! I'm Bruce. I hail from Cape Town, South Africa, but now I live on an island in Italy. I am a physicist by training, and have gotten a lot of mileage out of the scientific method, which I now apply in the private sector.

Over a 10 year career as a Research Infrastructure Engineer in SA I've seen a lot -- like... a lot -- of wierd things. Strange organisational hierarchies, weird technology choices, bloat, graft, you name it. I've made many of these mistakes myself :)

I've also worked for EU infrastructure projects and initiatives too, and yes, I've seen the same tragic faith in outdated believes drive good ideas into the ground. DevOps culture emerged as a "solution" to some of these "problems", and when I see it working, it gives me feels. I care about the fluffy parts of DevOps, and about choosing the right tools for the job -- something which I believe this Q&A can address. Tools, practice, methodology - I care about the quality of of these and their impact on the lives of the people in our community.

Vote for me and I'll commit to - visit this site every day for a year - moderate every question - consider every post's quality and - welcome new people

The reason why I joined the DevOps StackExchange (SE) in 2017 is that I am very disappointed in the misunderstanding about DevOps. According a lot of people, DevOps is a role, while it is a culture! At work I often feel that some people see me as IT of Dev, while I am automating a lot together with my colleagues. However this SE keeps me focused on implementing a DevOps culture and I have to say that it is improving.

Since I am a member of this SE I monitor the question page and try to answer questions and ask questions on a daily basis. I am very happy to be a member as various people helped me to solve issues.

As a moderator I would like to help the existing moderators cleaning up tags and coaching new members regarding DevOps.

This election is complete.