2017 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 Feb 28 '17 at 20:00.
The results of this election can be viewed online via OpaVote. 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.

3,386 voters were eligible, 1,363 visited the site during the election, 761 visited the election page, and 416 voted

I'm Rory

I have been a member here for a little over 5 years, and while not one of the top users in rep (I'm on page 2 of the user's) I love travelling and with a few questions and answers I'm just under 10k, so admittedly will get some more mod tools shortly.

I bring a fair amount of experience moderating Stack Exchange sites both large and small, and far too many years running teams across multiple countries.

I'm fair, generally even tempered, and am a mediator when arguments get heated. That said, I'm not averse to closing down trolls and rudeness quickly. I have been instrumental in helping community growth on other sites, through beta and past graduation. I understand the real-life connections, promotion and interaction needed to ensure healthy progression. For evidence of this, please check out the other sites I moderate.

Currently I'm not at max mod load, so happy to take on another.

  • May I ask, with 8? mod roles on SE already and managing reviews and to post, how much time would you expect to be able to devote to Travel? - Do you ever sleep :) – pnuts Feb 14 '17 at 22:23
  • I only have 7. And none of them are SO, so it's really not that bad. The mods there are a special and brave breed. I have noticed my rep graphs have flattened a little with each mod-ship, but that's fine by me. – Rory Alsop Feb 14 '17 at 22:32
  • And that is how much in terms of time would you expect to be able to devote to Travel? – pnuts Feb 14 '17 at 22:33
  • I popped up my answers over at meta.travel.stackexchange.com/a/4330/1381 – Rory Alsop Feb 14 '17 at 22:37
  • The simple answer is that I used to work 100 hour weeks. And now I work less than 45 hours a week, so I have been trying to fill up some of that time with SE, a couple of professional board and committee roles, playing in a rock band and bringing up 3 kids. – Rory Alsop Feb 14 '17 at 22:38
  • That's fine. meets or exceeds the requirements, experienced in SO and Se, less prolific on TSE, but a welcomed candidacy.. – Gayot Fow Feb 15 '17 at 6:52


My involvement in SETravel is a bit less than two years, contributing lots of edits and teasing out the meaning of difficult posts (completely within my wheelhouse), voting for great content, and flagging a few. I offer answers when I have the knowledge and expertise, or am able to unearth it from the source and include links (comes from being among academics, spooks and spies).

I'm not interested in playing ¿quién es más macho? or sparring with other contributors but, rather, in maintaining the site's content, quality, integrity, and reputation.

I am a traveller (and have been an expat), am collegial and collaborative, and completely support the candidacies of JoErNanO and JonathanReez.

My time zone is UTC -5 (EST much of the time) UTC - 8 (LA PST some of the time) and UTC +1 (CET Italia as often as possible).

  • That second paragraph is excellent credentials. – pnuts Feb 14 '17 at 17:27
  • That's fine, excellent score, embedded in the community, etc etc. Strong candidacy. – Gayot Fow Feb 14 '17 at 20:09
  • Experienced person, good candidate – Boten Anna Feb 15 '17 at 0:33
  • Your time zone makes you a good candidate – Ali Awan Feb 15 '17 at 4:06
  • Valued contributions and excellent member. You have my support. – Joel Damien Feb 15 '17 at 7:11

About Joe

I have been around Travel.SE for more than 2 years. During this time I became a trusted user, posted many answers, a few questions, and reached ~1.4m people doing so. I have edited over 1k posts, raised hundreds of helpful flags, completed thousands of review tasks, and distributed a fair share of reputation by voting over 6k times. I'm also an active Meta and chat user, and have interacted closely with the existing moderators.

I love travelling, although I've slowed down over the past couple of years, and have been trying to pass on my knowledge and experience to others by contributing to this site. Indeed, I like to think of myself as a tips-and-tricks guy.

My Objectives

The reason I spend so much time on Travel.SE is that by participating here I'm always learning something new. My goal as a moderator is to make sure this site stays this way for all its users. Maintaining high quality standards is paramount to achieve this goal. As a moderator I'll ensure that site rules are adhered to by all including myself. I'll also strive to judiciously and promptly clean up low quality content.

My time zone is UTC+1.

  • Excellent score, seen as a support and encouragement figure, strong candidacy. – Gayot Fow Feb 14 '17 at 20:11
  • Very impressive, you have my full support. – Joel Damien Feb 15 '17 at 6:34
  • Not just the score, the personality of Joe makes him a strong candidate - My 100% support – skv Feb 15 '17 at 11:02
  • good luck this time, mate – Dirty-flow Feb 15 '17 at 13:53
  • Heh, I think last time you were 39/40, surely this time ;) – Mark Mayo Feb 19 '17 at 13:34

Joel Damien

Questionnaire response here.

I'm definitely not going to be the most traveled person applying for this position, but I've got a fair amount of experience moderating online communities, and I like to help on TSE whenever I can, so I figure it can't hurt to apply to moderate my favourite SE community.

  • SE is not the standard online community. What is your moderating experience on SE? – Bernhard Feb 14 '17 at 6:40
  • None on SE itself :) – Joel Damien Feb 14 '17 at 6:42
  • Anywhere else would still be of interest. – pnuts Feb 14 '17 at 12:43
  • 3 out of our 4 mods are in the top 13 for meta participation. You are barely on the second page. Might you consider increasing your involvement there enough for the time being? – pnuts Feb 14 '17 at 14:32
  • That's fine, meets all requirements, less vigorous, but stable candidacy – Gayot Fow Feb 14 '17 at 20:13
  • Thank you for the kind words and support @GayotFow – Joel Damien Feb 15 '17 at 6:30
  • @pnuts Absolutely. I will increase my involvement there, whether or not I'm elected. In general my activity is lacking there because I always forget to check it, and get distracted by questions on the homepage most of the time. But I recognize it's importance and will definitely get into a habit of checking it out regularly. – Joel Damien Feb 15 '17 at 6:32
  • Would it not make more sense to increase your participation and then put yourself forward as a moderator? Why will having a little diamond by your name suddenly stop you from being distracted by questions on the homepage? – David Richerby Feb 16 '17 at 14:47
  • @pnuts I disagree. Getting on the second page is a distinction, something we should all celebrate. – Gayot Fow Feb 17 '17 at 8:45

I like to travel!

I'm Moderator at Law, and I like travelling and living abroad. I've lived in a bunch of countries and states, and have taken many roadtrips across the states.

  • How does your love for travelling make you a good moderator? – Bernhard Feb 14 '17 at 6:42
  • Is there a reason why your participation on meta has been very limited? – pnuts Feb 14 '17 at 14:45
  • That's fine, meets all requirements, less robust, but stable candidacy. – Gayot Fow Feb 14 '17 at 20:15
  • Your wide experience of travel suggests that you'd be good at answering questions here, but doesn't have a lot to do with being a moderator. The fact that you haven't used your expertise to answer many questions (an average of only one answer every three months, and only one in the last year) suggests to me that you're neither particularly interested in this site nor particularly familiar with its culture and practices. So why do you want to be a moderator? – David Richerby Feb 16 '17 at 14:40

Current involvement in Travel.SE

  • 3rd most active user by reputation in 2016
  • 6th most active editor of all-time
  • 550+ helpful flags
  • 500+ posts
  • 6600 rep given out in bounties, 2nd most generous user

Goals as a mod

I think our mod team is a-okay, so if you want to keep up the same style of work —- vote for me. My only complaint is the speed of processing tag changes, which would be more of a priority if I'm elected.

Personal info

Located in the GMT+1 Timezone (Prague, Czech Republic)

  • What is "a-okay"? – Bernhard Feb 14 '17 at 6:41
  • @Bernhard Google google.bg/… – Urbana Feb 14 '17 at 7:27
  • That's fine, impressive score, less stable, but energetic candidacy. – Gayot Fow Feb 14 '17 at 20:16
  • Very impressive, you have my full support. – Joel Damien Feb 15 '17 at 6:34

This election is over.