2022 Moderator Election

nomination began
Apr 25, 2022 at 20:00
election began
May 2, 2022 at 20:00
election ended
May 10, 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!

Sacha Lansky

Hi I'm Sacha - my day job involves doing developer advocacy for Substrate as well as writing and maintaining documentation for Substrate's developer hub.

Throughout the beta phase of this site's launch I've been actively engaging with various developers working with Substrate, beyond Parity, to ensure they find their place in our StackExchange community. It's important to me that we help bring developers together, especially with a tech stack that touches so many different areas. There's so much to learn from one another in a place where tags act as virtual lecture halls.

My goal is to help this initiative evolve into a place that fosters relevant, accurate and high quality resources for any person or team building with Substrate. I also want it to continue to welcome expert contributors and for them to set the standards for quality questions and answers, helping new contributors to improve their questions where needed. As your moderator, I will be sure to act in line with the code of conduct laid out by our guidelines and act on things discussed in the meta threads, firmly but friendly. ❤️

Luke Schoen

I am passionate about Polkadot and the Web3 vision. I have a long-term interest in its success:

  • I enjoy hacking on Substrate and Polkadot in Rust and JavaScript for 3+ years

  • I built custom Substrate runtime modules, deployed a standalone mainnet, migrated to parachain testnet on Rococo, and launched on Kusama with support from Substrate Builders Program

  • I am a proud Polkadot Ambassador and often author in-depth walk-throughs

  • I actively post Q&A in this Substrate Stack Exchange. Previously active in Stack Overflow, Ethereum Stack Exchange, Substrate Technical

  • I interact at Substrate and Polkadot community hackathons and conferences. I was at Amsterdot 2022. 2nd place at Build Polkadot 2020. I presented at Polkadot Decoded 2021

  • I am an end-user of Substrate products. I provide feedback, participate with live governance, staking, DeFi, and NFTs

  • I contribute open-source code and docs to Substrate and Polkadot. I also briefly had the privilege of working alongside core devs building Polkadot.js at Parity Tech

  • I am patient and empathetic toward new learners. I was previously an assistant educator at an in-person coding bootcamp

Dan Shields

Hey all! I am a Parity Support, turned Developer Experience Engineer committed to the Substrate and Polkadot developer community. I work to maintain the Substrate Developer Hub docs, tutorials, templates, and how-to guides. As a mod here I will have the best "front line" view of what new materials should exist to help prevent common problems and clarify poorly understood aspects of Substrate and Polkadot.

Outside of my day job, I have relevant experience I will leverage to steward this community:

  • I am a community moderator of the Polkadot, Kusama, Radical Exchange, and Cryptorado discords, and through Cryptorado host in person social and educational events often. I know how to resolve conflict and encourage fun, engaging discussion.
  • I teach courses on blockchain fundamentals at UC Berkeley and Denver University. I know how to curate questions and answers to maximize their utility to the broadest audience possible.

I pledge, as a mod, to foster a welcoming, collaborative culture develops amongst us here.

I would be honored to have your vote!

Alejandro Martínez


Asking questions, reading code, understanding decisions, try and repeat until getting things right. Those are things that I have gone through while learning Substrate, that have brought me to the point where I now stand and that I will keep on doing to get better every time in all Substrate related.

This forum is the perfect place for doing that, and I cannot help but feel like helping this community of passionate hackers to have a home for all sort of discussions, knowledge sharing and bringing devs together, where answers are informative and questions are on point.

With highly respect for those learning and building, I propose myself as a mod for this stack exchange.

Shawn Tabrizi

I am core developer and community contributor of the Substrate and Polkadot ecosystem. I am passionate about the success of developers trying to build the future of Web3 with these technologies.

I work at Parity Technologies, the company that originally created these products. I lead the FRAME team and the Documentation / Developer Experience team.

User feedback is critical to me to improve FRAME, so a role like moderating the Stack Exchange would already be a natural part of my daily activities. I also want to take the opportunity to find ways for the SE and documentation facilitate one another, ultimately leading to more users being successful in our ecosystem.

I have been an active contributor in the past on Stack Overflow and the Ethereum Stack Exchange. I was the one who initially proposed this Substrate and Polkadot Stack Exchange. I have also been the single highest contributor to dedicated Substrate and Polkadot support channels predating this SE community.

If I were to be voted into this role, you should know that I will spend all my energy driving forward the success of developers and users, and by extension the success of this community.

Bruno Galvao


I am passionate about all things Polkadot and Substrate and as such I joined Parity Technologies as a Polkadot Support Engineer.

It would be an honor to be a moderator and help the community grow in a strong and positive manner.

I believe I am a good candidate because:

  • I can relate to those who struggle with complex topics - I have been there, I know what that is like.

  • It is in-line with my role (Polkadot Support Engineer). On a daily basis, I already find myself interacting with many of the moderator tasks outlined here.

  • I am passionate about learning more about Polkadot/Substrate and sharing that knowledge with the world!

  • I strive to bring clarity to the table, whether that means reaching out to others in the community to get an answer or spending hours digging deeper into code in order to bring a clear and concise answer to our community.

If I am elected, I will spend my time and effort in bringing a SE that is well-organized and serves its true purpose.

Yours Truly,

Bruno Galvao

Drew Stone

I've been building on Substrate for around 3-4+ years now as one of the earliest external developers interfacing with this stack. I maintained and built the custom runtime modules for Edgeware and deployed the testnets and mainnet chains.

I am still actively building on Substrate through Webb and would like to continue expanding the interaction I can bring through moderating and providing info/good questions as a builder for this forum. I will help foster good questions and answers from within my organization to help bring more clarity to development in this ecosystem.



Coded much of Frame, Substrate and Polkadot and probably have a bit too much of the design decisions taken in my head rather than down electronically. Perhaps I can be useful in ensuring that the questions here are sensible and the answers here are not too far from the truth.

Joshy Orndorff

I've contributed to Substrate, the substrate developer hub, and Moonbeam. I have hands-on experience with most parts of Substrate including those outside of Frame and the runtime.

This election is over.