2021 Moderator Election

nomination began
Aug 9, 2021 at 20:00
election began
Aug 23, 2021 at 20:00
election ended
Aug 31, 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!


Hello, I'm Rob W7GH, better-known here as @rclocher3. I have a technical background, but I'm not an electrical engineer. I like HF, QRP, DXing, and contesting, and my favorite mode is Morse code. I've dabbled with the digital HF modes and D-STAR. The most fun I've had at ham radio has been running pileups in a Field-Day-style multi-op contest station on a mountain peak.

I've been a member here for a few years, and I've learned a lot. I've been working the review queues and welcoming newbies for a while now. I enjoy helping out, and I would be happy to serve as moderator.

I try to respect and appreciate peoples' different backgrounds and experiences. I try to be polite, friendly, fair, and open. As a moderator I'd try to use a light touch as much as possible, but act decisively when necessary (hopefully rarely), following the example of our more-experienced moderators.

David Hoelzer, WA8BIT (Extra)

I'm nominating myself, not because I am eminently qualified as an amateur radio expert, but because apparently we are very short on candidates!

I've been a member of a number of stacks for several years, with moderator privs for several topics/tags in the general stackoverflow site. My biggest potential contribution is my availability to work with and resolve moderation issues. :)

I should probably add that I have an extra license and, while not an EE, I am a computer scientist with a fair amount of electronics experience.


Nick Caruso, KC1NYU (general class)

I am an avid electronics hobbyist and I try to be kind and fair in any moderation situation. Professionally I am a software developer in the embedded and scientific application spaces. I have done extensive robotics work and this is the basis of my interest in electrical design; I have been off-and-on licensed in amateur radio and recently got re-licensed during the covid pandemic. I am interested primarily in (advanced) home-brew radios, digital modes and QRP operation. I'd like to get into the SOTA sub-hobby but have not yet put any plans into action.

I'm not sure I'd be a great moderator but I'll give it a shot and I promise to try hard to be fair and kind in my actions.

This election is over.