2018 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 Jun 26 '18 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


4,279 voters were eligible, 1,441 visited the site during the election, 792 visited the election page, and 429 voted

Hi together,

Travel.SE has surprisingly turned out one of the most active sites I participate in. While I also traveled a lot, my brother is such a travel junkie that he has gathered invaluable experience. I for myself had a very long weakness for survival (with Rüdiger Nehberg as guide) and personal security/safety questions. While I am still mainly interested in natural science, my interest also shifted into how cultures work and why people behave the way they do.

From personality I see myself quite relaxed, forgiving and open to negotiation. As moderator I would prefer clearing up a situation as soon as possible and trying to understand what reason people really have for a conflict and solve it. One known unfortunate streak of character (It runs in the family; we are known for it) is that I can be quite stubborn if I am convinced that I am right.

I do not have experience as moderator and I am also quite unsure if I could hold a regular timeframe. So perhaps I would not have nominated, but I see that we have not so many nominations and I would like to show my support for Travel.SE by nominating.

Hi there,

As a child I travelled to many countries, and my day job for the last 18 years or so has included regular long haul travel so I have continued with my enthusiasm. I have been a member and moderator of various Stack Exchange sites for the last 7 years or so. If you look at the list of sites I have over 10k rep on you can see I have a range of interests, Travel.SE is in my top 6. I am on page 2 by rep so reasonably active here :-)

I already moderate a few sites (I did have 7 at one point, currently on 6 so I have capacity) so I am very familiar with the tools and processes.

My answers to the mod questions are here.

I've been a very active user in the past year, and believe I'd be a good contributor on the moderation team.

I have significant travel experience (primarily personal travel but I do perform some business travel from time to time), both by air and by road. Living in Canada, I have good familiarity with both U.S. and Canadian issues and have been to Europe multiple times and can offer experience there as well.

I'm a published author of magazine articles in several publications (most recently in QST, a monthly amateur radio magazine published in the U.S.) and have made several appearances on local news organizations and radio programs speaking of things in my fields of expertise in both English and French. I'm also a regular lecturer in business administration at my local university's business school, and have been since 2005. As a result, I have very strong communication skills and excellent written English.

You can read my answers to the nomination questions here.

Hi, I am Willeke, for those who missed the facts so far, I am female and Dutch.
While I do not travel as much as some on this site, I leave my home country 4 or 5 times a year and have been in quite a few, including several travels of about 6 weeks.

I have been running around on TSE for over three years and done my bit of answering and moderation. Not that big on questions.

Before hanging out here I have been active on other sites and forums, and either been asked to become a mod or was active in community moderation, over the last 15 years at least, with spam hunting as a main part of my activities.

Mostly around from before dinner to bedtime on working days and longer in the weekends and not planning to change the lifestyle. (Unless I win the lottery, of course.)

My moderation style has always been trying to use a calming voice but I am not afraid to take action if that is needed.

More details in my answers here.

  • I like you, I am gonna vote for you. – Nean Der Thal Jun 14 '18 at 18:53
  • Thanks @NeanDerThal. Are you going to nominate yourself? – Willeke Jun 14 '18 at 18:58
  • no I won't.. I am not a moderator material 😊 – Nean Der Thal Jun 14 '18 at 19:13

G'day, I'm jpatokal. I'm apparently the #2 user around here, so you've probably already seen me around. I used to be a bureaucrat (super-admin) on Wikitravel and was involved in forking off Wikivoyage back in the day.

I'm throwing my hat in the ring mostly out of a sense of civic duty, since I spend a lot of time on Travel.SE and it seems rather inefficient to flag stuff for moderator action all the time instead of doing it myself. That said, I'll state up front that I intend to be pretty reactive/laissez-faire when it comes to moderation: vote me if you want a steady pair of helping hands, not radical change.

My answers to the questionnaire can be found here.

  • You clearly have bias against certain countries, will that affect your ability to be a moderator? Will you use your moderator powers to enforce your personal views against these countries? A clear yes/no answer will suffice. – Nean Der Thal Jun 14 '18 at 18:53
  • No. Also, while I reserve the right to opinions regarding (say) the Saudi royal family, sanitation in India or the US TSA, calling that a "bias against" the whole country is just flat out wrong: I enjoyed my time in all three countries and don't go around downvoting Q&A that mention them. – lambshaanxy Jun 14 '18 at 21:12
  • @NeanDerThal Why do you think that? – Azor Ahai Jun 15 '18 at 22:57
  • @azor I know that, it's a fact. – Nean Der Thal Jun 16 '18 at 3:05
  • Please let us all avoid arguing, finger-pointing, and blaming. Travel.SE is not the place to be doing this. – JoErNanO Jun 16 '18 at 6:03
  • @NeanDerThal Well, that doesn't help me evaluate the candidates when I go to vote ... if you have an actual issue, I'd like to see the evidence (and I'm sure many others would as well). – Azor Ahai Jun 18 '18 at 16:00

I am Moderator At Law. I like travelling. I speak two different languages, and have lived in England, Canada, Russia and United States for at least 6 mo each.

  • Why don't you use your hard-earned privileges to flag posts and perform reviews? I advise you to go to travel.stackexchange.com/review and start moderating this way :-) Nobody has ever been elected without getting extensive review experience first. Good luck! – nic Jun 12 '18 at 1:50
  • @nic, I travel too much to do all the flagging and reviews! Those frequent flier miles won't earn themselves! – cnst Jun 12 '18 at 3:53
  • If you're too busy like you claim you're not going to be a good moderator. What'd the point? – user 56513 Jun 12 '18 at 4:01
  • I'm just that good! I know good people. Very good people. – cnst Jun 12 '18 at 4:28
  • Don't forget to complete the answers on : travel.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4740/… – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Jun 12 '18 at 5:46
  • @MarkMayo, thanks! Done! – cnst Jun 12 '18 at 6:11
  • I like you, and I am gonna vote for you. – Nean Der Thal Jun 12 '18 at 9:21
  • You are the best candidate so far ;-) – Leos Literak Jun 12 '18 at 10:37
  • "I travel too much to do all the flagging and reviews!" Please explain how you have time to be a moderator if you don't have time to flag or review? – David Richerby Jun 12 '18 at 16:18
  • @DavidRicherby Moderator on two SE sites, not just one. – WBT Jun 12 '18 at 22:52
  • @LeosLiterak, thanks! Appreciate your support! :) – cnst Jun 13 '18 at 3:36
  • @NeanDerThal I appreciate your support! – cnst Jun 13 '18 at 3:36
  • @DavidRicherby I multitask. – cnst Jun 13 '18 at 3:37
  • @WBT The more the merrier. – cnst Jun 13 '18 at 3:37
  • What does "Moderator At Law" mean? – Peter Taylor Jun 13 '18 at 6:16

This election is complete.