English Language Learners's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are:

J.R. WendiKidd Maulik V

They'll be joining (or rejoining) the moderator list shortly — please thank them for volunteering!

Please also thank the outgoing Moderators Pro Tempore who have done so much to make this site the success that it is.

For details on how the voting played out, you can download the election results here, or view a summary report online.

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    I'm speechless as 'thank you all' is not enough. I'm touched. And, I commit to be faithful and contributing to this loveliest website that recognized my efforts and gave me the responsibility. Love you!
    – Maulik V
    Sep 9, 2015 at 4:39
  • A hearty "well done!" to our assorted bundle of moderators. Just one question - how do you pronounce @MaulikV - 'mow-lick', or 'more-lick'?
    – Damien H
    Sep 9, 2015 at 5:06
  • The former one! And thanks, sir! @DamienH
    – Maulik V
    Sep 9, 2015 at 5:06
  • @Catija The goal was to do it yesterday or today - really hoping to still do it today, just need to hammer out one tiny detail regarding the big fancypants announcement we'll be making with it.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Sep 9, 2015 at 16:28
  • @GraceNote Thanks so much for keeping us in the loop! Can't wait to get the official notice :D
    – Catija
    Sep 9, 2015 at 23:34

3 Answers 3


First I'd like to thank our pro tempore crew for sustaining a fabulous site for learners while their assistance was crucial for the site. WendiKidd, Matt, waiwai933 and especially J.R..

And now . . . 


To our new mod crew:

  • J.R.: The monument of moderation and personability, and being for ELL when ELL needed him. I congratulate him for standing up for us once again, and baring a responsibility that'd be tiresome for most of us.

  • MaulikV: Someone with a lot of passion for ELL; who never ceases to share his knowledge and accept his mistakes when others correct him. I would like to see him with a diamond, but I wouldn't like to see his contributions slow down. :)

  • WendiKidd: One of the few people in ELL that really understood what ELL's problems are, what ELLers need and what they should do. Although the decisions she made with our meta community hardly kept consistently rolling out in the main site, I'd still love to see and hear more from her.
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    I want to thank the other seven candidates you haven't named here. I think it was healthy for the site to have a good number of worthy candidates to choose from, and I'm thankful they stepped up to the plate and ran in this election. Collectively, those candidates have been indispensable to ELL in the past few months: flagging troublesome posts, leaving helpful comments, making improvements via edits, etc. I hope all of those runners-up will continue to play their vital role in keeping the site running smoothly and making the job of moderation less tedious and more manageable. Thanks to all!
    – J.R. Mod
    Sep 8, 2015 at 20:49
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    Thank you so very much. Yes, I respect the 'diamond', and will prove myself worth having it.
    – Maulik V
    Sep 9, 2015 at 4:51

With this result, ELL has set an example where a non-native speaker is elected as a moderator. Yes, I take all the advice and suggestions in a positive way, and will prove myself to be an asset to this site. To J.R. and Wendikidd - I'll try my level best to be the best companion here. And, never feel hesitated if you need my help or contribution in anything.

As I said, 'thanks to all' is not enough. But still, heartfelt thanks to all who put faith in me and voted for me. This is the biggest day of my life and the credit goes to all of you. Love you all!

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    Congrats Sir for officially becoming the voice of non-native speakers on this wonderful platform! We always need you for improving our second language- English. :)
    – Rucheer M
    Sep 9, 2015 at 5:00
  • Yes, Ruchir. Thanks for your constant support. I'll never let you down! :)
    – Maulik V
    Sep 9, 2015 at 5:06
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    Congrats Maulik sir, I am really happy to see a diamond next to your name. As a non-native speaker, I always need your help in this site.
    – Ramya S
    Sep 9, 2015 at 6:42
  • Thanks @RamyaS. I'm always there (especially for non-natives). Just a little note: 'the diamond' and 'on this site'. The lesson begins ... :)
    – Maulik V
    Sep 9, 2015 at 6:48
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    :) Learning started...
    – Ramya S
    Sep 9, 2015 at 6:55
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    Wow, a rebus in your acceptance speech. Nice :^)
    – J.R. Mod
    Sep 9, 2015 at 8:51
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    Congrats! I have to add though, that you've already proven yourself to be an asset to ELL.
    – ColleenV
    Sep 9, 2015 at 12:40
  • Thank you Colleen. Thanks for your support.
    – Maulik V
    Sep 9, 2015 at 12:57
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    Congrats Maulik, and welcome to the team! Please don't hesitate to reach out to @J.R. and I in the mod room if you have questions; I know it was a bit of an overwhelming experience to get used to the mod tools/responsibilities, and we're here to help onboard you :)
    – WendiKidd
    Sep 9, 2015 at 14:13
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    ELU has more than one moderator who is not a native speaker of English.
    – tchrist
    Sep 9, 2015 at 19:30
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    Fabulous! :) Now, as bosses may say, "get back to work!" :D Anyways, we have much to do to ensure ELL is ready for graduation. I started out with helping users to find out how to write titles and starting the title cleanup act. I wonder if you could lend me a hand: Was wondering if you'd mind featuring the FAQ and participating in the event? Thank you. (If that isn't possible, could one of the crew be present?)
    – M.A.R.
    Sep 9, 2015 at 20:18
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    I hate to be the dissenting voice, but - let's not attribute your election non-native speaker status. You were elected not just because you're a non-native speaker, but because of your contributions which have made you an invaluable asset to the site - and that's what you should be proud of.
    – jimsug
    Sep 10, 2015 at 2:51
  • @WendiKidd thanks and same to you. True, I'm hooked up with a lot of articles' links, suggestions, notifications in my 'mod' tab. Please bear with me...it'll take some time to get accustomed. Thanks for your support. I'll definitely reach out to you guys in case I'm stuck.
    – Maulik V
    Sep 10, 2015 at 3:58

Congrats to all of the three new moderators! :) Personally I'm very happy that my favorite candidates (that I had voted for) have been elected as Moderators.

@MaulikV, a non-native speaker (From my country ;-)), has been elected as a moderator in ELL. This happened only because of your excellent contribution to this site.

I had an experience as a Moderator candidate at ProWebmasters @2013 (Unfortunately I didn't get a chance :( ) and have been contributing at ProWebmasters by editing, flagging, answering and commenting for the past 2 years so I know the difficulty in contributing consistently.
But you people have been giving your contribution in a wonderful manner. I hope you will do more and more as you have more privileges as a moderator. :)

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    Sathiya, thanks for your kind words and a priceless vote. With power comes responsibility - and I take it all seriously. Yes, I commit to be a keen moderator.
    – Maulik V
    Sep 9, 2015 at 12:58

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