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2022 Moderator Election

nomination began
May 9, 2022 at 20:00
election began
May 23, 2022 at 20:00
election ended
May 31, 2022 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!

Aray Karjauv

Last summer, I successfully completed my master's degree in computer science. The topic of my master's thesis was "Neural Style Transfer for Digital Pathology", where I applied GAN to style transfer for medical imaging. I am currently working at the Technical University of Berlin as a research associate on explainable AI and am about to start my PhD. I also have both theoretical and practical experience with reinforcement learning and NLP. Some of the projects can be found on my github.

During my master's thesis I used StackExchange a lot and in particular this site. I even gave credits to these communities in the prologue, so the main reason I'd like to become a mod is that I want to contribute in return. Since I work in the field of AI, I would like to contribute specifically to AISE.

I have been a member of StackOverflow for 9 years with a 2k reputation and here for 4 years, of which I've been active for the last 2 years. I have experience as a mentor helping students on "Generative Adversarial Networks Specialization" on Coursera, but this would be my first time moderating on StackExchange.


I'm nominating myself as a candidate in this election primarily because I have some concerns about the suitability of some of the other candidates.

I have plenty of experience moderating Stack Exchange sites; I have been a moderator on the network since February 2017, and I currently hold two moderatorship positions on the network.

I have been a member of the Artificial Intelligence site since the beginning of private beta; I was involved in the early setup of the site, making sure it reached public beta, deciding the scope, and setting the site on its path. I was also offered a moderatorship position here in late 2017, but chose to decline at the time.

My experience with AI as a topic is mostly based in pop culture with an interest in theory - which was the original topic for this site - but I'm confident that I can serve as a competent moderator here even without a specific expertise in the field.


I have been a member of Stack Overflow for almost 8 years and an active member of our main Meta site.

I visit the MSE Review Queues over a ½ dozen times a day. I'm a top 10 reviewer in each category with multiple Steward badges, and have completed more than 3000 reviews there.

I am also a core Charcoal member, responsible for removing spam from our sites.

I have 57 gold, 279 silver, and 766 bronze badges, with over 48K Flair reputation. I also have more than 395 badges on the other child metas.

I have access to moderator tools on four of our technical sites, and handle chat flags on two of the Stack Exchange chat servers.

I believe in the principles of respect and fairness, site independence, and user moderation; stepping in only when necessary.

While I do not have a lot of participation on this site I feel I am capable of moderating and would like to volunteer.

Hello world!
Decided to shoot my shot because it's 2022 and why?

Naturally l am curios towards learning new things, have a passion for interacting with people whether online or in person. The network has been growing steadily and hope that we will aid each other in actively pushing forward.


Hi there,

Quintumnia is my avatar name, I have been a member of stack exchange communities for more than 5years now.

And specifically due to my interest in artificial intelligence here, I would like to be a moderator for a while because I want to inspire more friends especially the ones who are planning to do their research papers at university, to be part of this trending and exciting research field.

This is the same reason as to why I joined this community, I was doing my undergraduate final year research.

So long story short, I want to do this on behalf of students who're planning to do their masters program in machine learning/artificial intelligence, data engineering, data science, Automation & computer vision.

Give me a shot!

Michael Hearn

Many of the active members of this community are too busy help be "proper" moderators and some have even withdrawn after being elected which is truly a shame. I am one of the least qualified candidates but I am willing to serve in our community because I see the importance of the work that is done here. I have an undergraduate degree in computer science and have participated on SE. I hope we will help direct the future design and implementation of AI. If I'm elected I'm willing to serve to moderate and direct the future of this platform. By direct I mean salvage content in danger of being too vague/incoherent /nearly of topic being closed. Specifically I want to find any valuable AIXI thought in posts and ensure it is protected. My intuition for understanding what other people are trying to get at is fair which is key for interacting with wide audiences. I do very little and according to Jeff Atwood that's what good moderators do!\_ga=2.59188333.1344018315.1652815422-1731066902.1630271379

"But what do community moderators do? The short answer is, as little as possible!"

This election is over.