2017 Moderator Election

nomination began
Feb 13, 2017 at 20:00
election began
Feb 20, 2017 at 20:00
election ended
Feb 28, 2017 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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)


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).

This election is over.