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2021 Moderator Election

nomination began
Apr 26, 2021 at 20:00
election began
May 10, 2021 at 20:00
election ended
May 18, 2021 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!

Stuart Ainsworth

The best reason I have for seeking this role is to help the community grow. I've been active in the SQL Server community for the last 20 years, and moved into a DevOps role about 5 years ago. I manage people in my day job, so I'm always intrigued by cultural questions and improving workflow.

Most of my contributions have been to Stack Overflow, but I've tried to provide conversational insights here. As a moderator, I think I can do more of the same; nudge people toward deeper discussion and insights.

Peter Turner

Answering the call for the DevOps moderator nomination. I've been a mod on Christianity.SE for quite a while, weathered the 2019 purge (to my credit or detriment, you decide) and I've been on StackOverflow since the beta.

As moderator on DevOps, I'd be patient and fair as I've learned to be, I don't think we've got quite as much trolling or holy wars as there are on Christianity.SE but I'm sure some people get pretty hot about Chef vs Puppet vs Ansible.

As for DevOps cred, I suppose I'd have to contribute to some OSS to actually have some, but I work 8 to 6 in practicing the art of automating Titanic deck chair shuffling and raise a family the rest of the time. I've written hundreds of ansible roles and some packer templates. I don't know if that helps as a mod, but I think I understand where most of the questions on the site are coming from, which is a handy skill.

I'm AWS Certified Pro Architect too, but who isn't, so that's not much of a plug. Either way, look up my meta record on Christianity.SE you can see if people think I've made a positive difference, just don't look me up on Programmers.SE (or whatever they call it now), I learned my lesson over there.

Avi Kessner

I see there is a call for more moderators.
I am happy to volunteer my time to help moderate. I have taken on similar roles in the past.
I think it's important that we have a well moderated DevOps community as more and more companies adopt these important sociotechnical and cultural changes to enable efficient development flows.

Preston Martin

I've been a contributor to DevOps SE since it's very early days, contributing to many DevOps topics/tags including Docker, AWS, CI/CD, etc. I have consistently been in the top 20 users on the site for the past few years.

I have worked in the DevOps industry for over 7 years accumulating multiple AWS and CI/CD tooling certifications, written blog posts, and contributed to widely used CI/CD OSS. Currently, I am working as a DevOps Engineer at GitHub implementing CI/CD workflows at some of the largest companies in the world.

My primary goal is to keep the quality of incoming questions to DevOps SE as high as possible. Questions that have a definitive answer, or that create constructive discussions that draw to an acceptable conclusion are key factors to this. In particular, questions about DevOps (and tooling) best practices and methodologies are where I see the most potential for attracting users, and I would like to continue to encourage the frequency of those types of questions. I hope to gain insight and collaborate with other prominent DevOps SE users to work on creative ways to building this site into something even greater than it already is!

This election is over.