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2015 Moderator Election

nomination began
Aug 17, 2015 at 20:00
primary began
Aug 24, 2015 at 20:00
election began
Aug 28, 2015 at 20:00
election ended
Sep 1, 2015 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

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!

I would like to nominate myself for the role of moderator.

I feel I would be perfect for the job as I am active on the website and not only for the purpose of answering but also flagging, closing voting and bugging people to accept answers and turn good comments into answers.

I have raised some questions in Meta about tagging of questions and learned from my mistakes with regards to mess re-tagging.

My vital statistics are:

  • Profile
  • Rep: 15,241,
  • 526 helpful flags,
  • 3,526 votes cast,
  • 208 posts edited,
  • 54 badges,

Answers to the Moderator questionnaire.

Fabian Schmengler

I am a Magento Certified Developer and Solution Specialist from Germany, working with Magento since 2011. In this period I have managed and trained a few Magento teams and worked as freelance consultant.

Since the last MageStackDay I have been pushing forward the answer rate and went through "unanswered" questions from time to time to upvote good 0-score answers, remind posters to accept answers or ask if they found a solution

I also put some effort in organizing tags (add meaningful tags to new questions, create tag wikis, suggest synonyms) I check the review queues daily, even though there is never much to do because so many people help out clearing them.

I like to share my knowledge here and elsewhere, as active member on StackOverflow and formerly on the German PHP forum.

I edit questions if I understand what OP wants but could not articulate it clearly because of language barriers or lack of technical knowledge. But I draw the line when it comes to "help vampires" with a lazy and demanding attitude and will make use of the moderation tools to remove these kind of questions.

Magento StackExchange finally out of beta, took a lot of hard work from all of us but we did it. I would like to nominate myself as moderator to keep making sure this forum will be as helpful and awesome as it was in the last few years.

Some facts

  • 18,774 points at the time of writing
  • 46 badges
  • 98 helpful flags
  • Together with Anna we organize MageStackDay, a hackathon dedicated to keep MageSE clean
  • 607 votes cast
  • I have adorable pet rats: see image

It's me, Marius

I would like to shamelessly nominate myself.

It's been an honor to be a "temp" in the past 8 months.
Now I want to be a "legal", community elected moderator.
I hope I deserve it.
I'm just gonna throw some stats here to convince you.

My stats

  • My profile
  • My meta profile
  • Member for 2 years, 6 months
  • almost 900 consecutive days on the website (897 at the time I'm writing this) and counting.
  • 926 helpful flags (before I became a temp moderator)
  • 3.8k flags handled while being a temp moderator
  • 4436 votes cast
  • 1241 posts edited
  • 26 Distinct moderation badges. (41 in total, I think)

Here are my answers to the questions in the election questionnaire.

Hi i am Amit Bera

I would like to nominate myself.

Spending minimum 2-3hrs everyday at magento.stackexchange for

  • Answering the questions to increase answer rate in MSE.Answered above 1.1K till now
  • Raise the flag to closed the question which are not clear & insufficient in content
  • Raise the flag to delete the answers which are low in quality & not proper
  • Request to convert to answer as comment whenever answer look like comment & also convert those as comment myself if user does not have enough reputation
  • Upvote the Questions thus user can interest to put the question again in future at MSE
  • Upvote answers those are good but old and can not score any point.

My profile overview

  • Profile
  • 17,512 point in MSE
  • 1,085 Answers
  • 49 Questions
  • 751 posts edited
  • 92 helpful flags
  • 1,911 votes cast
  • 482k People reached
  • Member for 1 year, 7 months
  • visited 573 days, 128 consecutive
  • 5Gold 16 Sliver 51 bronze bag
  • Current year second high scorer

Hi, I’m Anna!

I decided to participate in the Moderator Election even though self-nomination feels a bit awkward.

I’ve been active on since it started, but especially during the last year. Some might remember my name from the MageStackDays I’ve organized together with Sander Mangel, Marius Strajeru and David Manners which was all about getting lots of questions answered but also working on people’s behavior of engaging with the platform (voting, flagging, closing,…).

I like Magento, good questions and good answers which makes this a pretty good place for me.

Some facts

  • Member for 2 years, 6 months
  • Visited the site 556 days
  • 171 answers
  • 10 moderation badges
  • 77 posts edited, 40 helpful flags
  • 1,009 votes cast

See also my profile and my meta profile.

Here are my answers to the 2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire.

I may not be the most active user or contributor on this StackExchange, but I give my best to support an inclusive environment, which especially supports new and inexperienced Users. And with the sometimes big amount of flaming they have to face for asking sometimes dumb, or bad formulated questions, they need some support. Also I am good in seeing what people are really want to know and can edit the questions to be understandable by others, instead of just voting to close them.

I am also easy to reach if i am needed and react on pings/notes via twitter, irc and everything else.

I also have always an eye on the topics in meta, and commented or even answered a lot there.

Hi. I'm Ben. It's been my privilege to serve as moderator pro tempore. After receiving a few private messages on the matter, I'm throwing my hat in to the elected moderator pool.

In the Magento world I've been a developer & community member since 2008, a developer educator & Certification Advisory Board since 2011, and I now fill the evangelist role at Magento as an employee. I'm also the originator of the Magento SE proposal on Area 51, which I started based on my extensive participation on the tag at StackOverflow.

We're coming up on a new epoch in the Magento world with v2, and it's incredibly important to make sure that Magento SE continues to grow & improve as a resource for the ever-expanding community. Further, I think that we stand a chance to be a model for other SE sites going forward.

I wish there could be enough moderator slots to serve all of the people who deserve the role. There are several folks who do a lot for Magento SE every day, and I know that we're in capable hands no matter who's a mod.

Philwinkle the 4 Cert Podcaster

I am nominating myself for moderator.

My Profile


  • I am a Magento Certified Developer (all 4 certs)
  • I was in the very first group certified in 2011 at Innovate
  • I run a Magento Meetup in South Florida that is 80 members strong
  • I run a Magento podcast listened to by 15,000 people per month.

I've been active for 2 years, 6 months.


  • #3 in the community with 21,197
  • 18 month streak @ #2
  • In the top 0.64% overall
  • 21.2k reputation


  • ~1.0m people reached
  • 539 answers
  • 46 questions
  • 113 posts edited
  • 92 helpful flags
  • 1,054 votes cast

Greetings, my name is Brent Peterson. In 2009 I started as one of the original Magento Moderators and have served the Magento forums until their relaunch this year (I was the highest ranked contributor). Having started out as a developer I have now moved to a role of evangelist and coach and am again a moderator with Magento. In the last 6 years I have personally overseen 100's of Magento upgrades started with 1.0 and including the launch of Magento Enterprise and numerous upgrades from CE to EE.

In 2010 I changed roles to coach a Magento Solution Partner and helped build a team of developers who can resolve all sorts of Magento problems. In this role I often see problems that need to be solved and this gives me a particularly high level of insight to questions that need to be answered. Wading through some of the complicated details to come up with simple solutions are some of the most satisfying and exciting parts of working in Magento.

Last year I started presenting at Magento events on a variety of topics with the most important being aligning client expectations with what a developer or agency will deliver.

I am nominating myself because I am passionate about Magento.

This election is over.