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2018 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jun 11, 2018 at 20:00
election began
Jun 18, 2018 at 20:00
election ended
Jun 26, 2018 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 RĂ¼diger 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.

This election is over.