2016 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 Mar 22 '16 at 20:00.

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


625 voters were eligible, 204 visited the site during the election, 161 visited the election page, and 88 voted

Hi guys. I've been around here for a while. It all started by trying to find an answer about Kalman filters. DSP SE popped in my search results. That's how I fell in love with it:

  • So many clever people giving great answers.
  • Only best answers are being upvoted.
  • Duplicates are closed and deleted.
  • Plain users can edit the Q/A to improve formatting and content.
  • There is $\LaTeX$ $\heartsuit$ !!!

The one thing I really miss here is the culture of chatting with other people (take the Stack Overflow as an example).

So far, I tried to use my current moderation privileges as much as possible. Things to brag about:

  • Top #10 in all-time reputation.
  • Top #1 in First Posts review queue - 1492/5480 reviews all-time.
  • Top #1 in Posts edited - 557 so far. Sometimes spending even 30 minutes on a single question, trying to rewrite a terrible photo of a page filled with equations into $\LaTeX$.
  • 148 helpful flags. No idea how that compares to all users, but by looking at other profiles, it's quite a lot.

Apart from the main page, I am spending some time on meta as well.

  • $\begingroup$ Great to see you throw your hat in the ring, @jojek! :-) You'd make a good mod. $\endgroup$ – Peter K. Mar 14 '16 at 11:38
  • $\begingroup$ I agree. When I talk about the community "self-moderating," jojek has been a huge part of that. $\endgroup$ – datageist Mar 14 '16 at 14:02

i dunno if i should toss my hat in the ring or not. but it says there is one more position than the number of other candidates at the moment.

i haven't been around SE as long as datageist♦ or PeterK♦ have. i have been around the USENET comp.dsp longer than PeterK and likely longer than datageist. on comp.dsp, we don't get to attach graphics or LaTeX-formatted equations like we get to do here, which is nice about this SE site.

i poke my head around meta http://meta.dsp.stackexchange.com/users?tab=participation a few times, but usually only if i wanna complain about something. i am not fond of the extra layer of SE chat, but i'll go there if i have to.

i used to consider myself reasonably anal regarding mathematics and mathematical expression, but cannot hold a candle to some other participants here. i'm not going to worry too much about $\delta(t)$ being a "distribution". it's fine with me to call it a "function" and naked Dirac deltas outside of an integral are fine by me. i don't worry too much about ROC or whatever regarding transforms. and i don't worry too much about the difference between a norm (for a normed space) and a metric (for a more general metric space).

  • $\begingroup$ Great! Good to see you throwing your hat here. :-) $\endgroup$ – Peter K. Mar 10 '16 at 12:37
  • $\begingroup$ I'll second that! I have to admit I'm partially here for the LaTeX math as well. :) $\endgroup$ – datageist Mar 10 '16 at 14:42

As one of the original moderators on the site, I'd be happy to continue moderating, as I think the site would benefit from some measure of continuity as we transition out of beta.

The community has grown to do an excellent job of self-moderation, and there are vastly fewer major "incidents" than there were during the first couple of years. It's been a real pleasure helping to develop this resource into something that will now continue to live on for many years to come.

Stack Exchange can be intimidating for beginners, and I like to think that during my time as moderator I've been able to soften the experience for new users to some extent. I have no idea how successful my efforts have been, but that has been one of my goals. The other has been to ensure that we don't devolve, as a site, into an excessive focus on any particular sub-field of signal processing. There was a real danger, in the early days, for this to become merely a collection of questions about linear digital systems, and I'm very glad that we were able to maintain a broader scope.

So, you know, vote for me if you're into that kind of thing.

  • $\begingroup$ It'd be great to keep working with you! $\endgroup$ – Peter K. Mar 8 '16 at 12:29
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks Peter, same here! $\endgroup$ – datageist Mar 8 '16 at 19:35

As one of the pro tem moderators, I'd like to continue in the moderator's position.

Based on the "Good moderators often" panel, here's some information:

Apart from all that, I have an interest in continuing to see DSP.SE thrive because I started the original proposal on Area 51 back in 2010.

  • $\begingroup$ i dunno datageist, but i know Peter sorta. one day long time ago i almost got Peter in trouble with a cop in a Burlington Vermont suburb. i highly support Peter's candidacy as moderator here. Peter doesn't pick on me like some of the meanies on this SE site do (y'all meanies know who y'are). Peter is technically tight but not pedantic. i don't think Peter's gonna pick on you too much for not worrying about Region of Convergence or other esoterica. $\endgroup$ – robert bristow-johnson Mar 10 '16 at 2:07
  • $\begingroup$ @robertbristow-johnson : That cop was pretty nice, though. I technically did do the wrong thing... with your inducement. :-) Thanks for the plug! $\endgroup$ – Peter K. Mar 10 '16 at 12:33

This election is complete.