I'm a little curious as to why users on the moderator election page can downvote a candidate. This actually does not make sense to me. Is this a bug? or a feature? and why.

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    Why not? In the primaries it shows your utter dissapproval of the candidate in question Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 9:55
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    to be honest, i want to be able to throw shoes at them. :(
    – Sirex
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 0:02
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    I wish I could downvote one twice. :P Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 3:57

2 Answers 2


It is a feature.

  • Upvote is approval.
  • No vote neutral.
  • Downvote is disapproval.

This gives an overall sense of how the Server Fault community and the wider Stack Exchange users feel about a particular candidate.

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    So voting is more of a confidence indicator than a standard voting situation.
    – mdpc
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 18:10
  • At this stage yes. From tomorrow (Friday 27/11) at 20:00 UTC the top 10 candidates will advance to the election proper.
    – user9517
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 18:24

To add to Iain's answer, to make it to the second Election round, I believe the candidate needs to have a positive net vote count. That is, more people approve than disapprove of the candidate.

  • It seems that this is not true, at least 2 people in the election had overall negative scores.
    – user9517
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 20:29
  • Did they make it to the next round though?
    – MDMoore313
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 20:50
  • I'll give that comment the contempt it deserves
    – user9517
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 20:53
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    @BigHomie For posterity, no. They didn't.
    – sysadmin1138 Mod
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 21:42
  • @Iain I'm on SE mobile, easier to just ask the question :)
    – MDMoore313
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 22:27
  • @sysadmin1138 I see two people who had net negative vote count in the election.
    – user9517
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 23:51
  • @Iain my mistake, I was thinking about the election phase, not the true second (primary) phase. I've update my answer.
    – MDMoore313
    Commented Nov 29, 2014 at 1:16
  • @Iain Net-negative is a bit different than a value showing as -1. We had one of those in the primary, that candidate didn't make the general.
    – sysadmin1138 Mod
    Commented Nov 29, 2014 at 3:04
  • @sysadmin1138 Nope. the answer here says net positive which is wrong. The value showing as -1 is SE being pink-and-fluffy and not showing a much bigger negative total that 2 candidates have. The candidate that didn't make it to the primary effectively came 11th in the primary.
    – user9517
    Commented Nov 29, 2014 at 7:49
  • Still wrong. The 2 candidates showing -1 at the end of the primary who got to the election proper had +19/-77 and +25/-81. They look like overall negative values to me. The one that failed to get through had +32/-165 and is therefore quite clearly the least fragrant of the candidates. All 3 show as -1 unless you expand the voting, you can see it clearly if you check out the primary tab
    – user9517
    Commented Nov 29, 2014 at 7:58
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    @Iain I don't see any primary tab on that bikeroutetoaster.com site. :p
    – Zoredache
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 18:57
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    hahahahah no you know where I cycled at the weekend :) @Zoredache
    – user9517
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 19:14

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