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2020 Moderator Election

nomination began
Feb 17, 2020 at 20:00
election began
Feb 24, 2020 at 20:00
election ended
Mar 3, 2020 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!

Why vote for me?

  • Relatively high reputation on the site
  • Active on this site for multiple years
  • Still constistently log on almost every day
  • Formal education in AI (M.Sc., working on PhD)
  • Actively publishing AI research
  • I do care about the quality of the site and hope it continues to grow in quantity and quality

Why not vote for me?

  • Historically not been the most active on, reviewing queues, our chatroom, etc. (have been sporadically present in all of them).
  • Much more interested in answering questions in my direct area of expertise, than in janitorial duties.
  • Primarily nominating because I was asked to, and because I think that increasing the number of nominees increases the "credibility" of the election and the site as a whole.

If I were to be elected, I don't think I could guarantee that I'd be the type of moderator who actively seeks out things to moderate. I would actively log on almost every day, and wouldn't mind taking a look when notified. So I guess I'd be able to work best when other people on the site are also keeping an active eye out, and flag when attention is required.

I am running for a moderator position because I can further help the community with the moderator privileges.

Who am I?

The user

I'm a computational linguist, and have been working in AI for the past 6 years (first a start-up and now a company developing conversational AI systems) after about 20 years of being a university lecturer. I am fairly active in checking out the review queues every day, and would be happy to take on more responsibilities if selected.

While my reputation score might not be as high as some others', I have similar scores on various other stackexchange site, as I see myself as more of a generalist than a specialist in one particular area.

My main area of interest is NLP and related issues; I tend more towards symbolic AI than ML approaches, which — however — doesn't mean that I am dismissive of them. My impression is that many newcomers think deep learning is the cool silver bullet, when it is often not the best approach to solving a problem at all.

Happy respond to any questions asked in the comments!

I am an AI researcher. I worked in academic research for about 10 years, including some time as a professor. More recently I have moved to industrial work, including as the principal scientist at a startup, and now in the AI/NLP group at a major corporation. I continue to publish AI research in machine learning and multiagent systems, and to serve on the program committees for many AI conferences, including AAAI, IJCAI, and AAMAS.

I joined this site later than most users, and have been sporadic in my activity, but am now ranked fourth overall by reputation. When I'm on the site, I'm active in the meta discussions, The Singularity chat, and in the moderation queue.

I've been asked to run, but cannot promise that I will be substantially more active than the previous moderators, especially in the near term. That said, I care about the site, and would like to see it improve. You can see my opinions on the various issues facing the site by consulting my post history in meta.

This election is over.