2020 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 Jul 21 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.


761 voters were eligible, 135 visited the site during the election, 111 visited the election page, and 57 voted

About Joe

I am a resident moderator on Travel.SE. I occasionally participate on Expats, although I tend to travel more than settle down in foreign countries. Nevertheless, I have Expat experience and have been trying to pass on my knowledge and experience to others by contributing to this site.

My Objectives

My goal as a moderator is to make sure that high quality standards are maintained across the site. 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.

  • There is a questionnaire if you're interested. It is not in any way required or expected, and to be frank, considering the low amount of traffic in this meta, it might not ever be read. Also, some of the questions might not really apply to Expats. But it's there so.... – ouflak Jul 13 at 15:36

Hi! I've been a moderator of a somewhat active sub on Reddit for many years. (Is two many?) I'm generally laid back, but this would give me a chance to wield power with an iron fist and . . . well, I'm probably just lazy enough that I would only use it to kick the discussion back into bounds of decency when it exceeds said bounds. I have no qualifications other than the aformentioned and living overseas. I am in Korea. I don't know what that does for you.

A vote for me is a vote for my reign of terror, and if that's your sort of lightheartedness, then smoke that vote button. I genuinely have nothing more to say of any significance.

Vote Sideshow Bob.

  • There is a questionnaire if you're interested. It is not in any way required or expected, and to be frank, considering the low amount of traffic in this meta, it might not ever be read. Also, some of the questions might not really apply to Expats. But it's there so.... – ouflak Jul 9 at 9:57

I am, with due concerns, nominating myself for the moderator position of Expatriates.

I already spend an inordinate amount of time on this site, as well as several other StackExchange sites, being active for almost a decade (over six years here). I'm very active in the Expatriates review queues. I like to edit posts for grammar and clarity, flag where appropriate, refrain from downvoting unless I am likewise as committed to providing a useful comment, and just generally keep a tab on how things are going.

I have some history posting on the meta sites (including Meta itself). I certainly encourage anybody to review those topics as well as my contributions. As can perhaps be implied from my activities on the meta sites I tend to:

  • Assume good faith in comments and first posts.
  • Favor experience over reputation and believe that moderation of the site is for everybody to take part in if they are are interested (and only so).
  • Separate unrelated socio/political pandering from strictly technical/professional topics.
  • Acknowledge the value of those users who come to the site for information and will never actively participate in the site, likely not even to register.
  • There is a questionnaire if you're interested. It is not in any way required or expected, and to be frank, considering the low amount of traffic in this meta, it might not ever be read. Also, some of the questions might not really apply to Expats. But it's there so.... – ouflak Jul 9 at 9:58

Hi, I'm Scott. Originally from the UK, I have lived and worked in Thailand for sixteen years.

I have been a member of this community for many years now, and have spent quite some time editing and retagging (so much retagging!) questions.

For the last few years I have served as a moderator for ham.SE, the amateur radio StackExchange site. I feel that the expat site gets more traffic, but it's still not so much that it would be unmanageable.

While I am in full-time employment here in Thailand, I also find time to play games on my PS4, program computers in my spare time (despite it also being my day job), and travelling around Thailand for fun. And the amateur radio, of course.

Since Covid-19, I spent three months working from home, and keeping abreast of the goings on in visa-related news. Did you know that anyone caught trapped in Thailand was granted visa immunity after their period of stay was over? There are people who entered Thailand in February but can not yet leave, and despite being originally granted a 30-day stay they won't be charged with overstay when they do leave.

Also, I voted 'remain' in the Brexit referendum. Any expat appreciates freedom of movement.

  • There is a questionnaire if you're interested. It is not in any way required or expected, and to be frank, considering the low amount of traffic in this meta, it might not ever be read. Also, some of the questions might not really apply to Expats. But it's there so.... – ouflak Jul 9 at 9:58

This election is complete.