This thread is for nominations to be a temporary moderator to help the community get started. See this Blog Post for more details.

Selection Criteria:

  • Have a reasonably high reputation score to indicate active, consistent participation.
  • Show an interest in their meta’s community-building activities.
  • Lead by example, showing patience and respect for their fellow community members in everything they write.
  • Exhibit those intangible traits discussed in A Theory of Moderation.

Bonus points for:

  • Members with participation in both meta and the parent site (i.e. interest in both community building and expertise in the field).
  • Area 51 participation, social network referrals, or blogging about the site.
  • Members who have already shown an interest or ability to promote their community.

To nominate:

  • Each nomination should be a separate answer. Link the name to the user’s profile (parent and meta) so we can see their activity.
  • The nominee should indicate their acceptance by editing the answer, adding that they accept the nomination. Optionally they can write something about themselves.
  • Self nominations are okay, and even encouraged. Most sites have not had sufficient time for many users to stand out. Self nomination is simply a way to say, “I’m interested. Let my record speak for itself.” Links to other activities may be helpful: Area 51 participation, participation in other sites, blog posts reviewing or announcing the site, etc.
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    We should put heavy weight on participation on the [latex]/[tex] tags on SO. Jul 28, 2010 at 18:52
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    This should be CW. Jul 28, 2010 at 18:53
  • Also look at stats page for [latex] on SO: stackoverflow.com/questions/… Jul 28, 2010 at 20:16
  • @Charles - it was intended as CW. I thought I had checked the box, but apparently didn't.
    – KeithB
    Jul 28, 2010 at 21:10

8 Answers 8


Andrew Stacey



He is one of the top contributors of MathOverflow, and since the beginning of this private beta he has been following closely the evolution of this site and its community, contributing with questions and answers on the parent site and proposing features in this meta site.

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    Apologies for leaving it so long before officially accepting! (I hope no-one was misled.) Aug 3, 2010 at 20:37
  • Great! Thanks! :) Aug 3, 2010 at 21:18

Scott Morrison

(main site) (meta site) (mathoverflow)

Moderator on MathOverflow, where I think he's shown all the qualities required in a moderator (and more!). In particular, he's visible without being overbearing.

  • @Scott Morrison: in case you're tempted to decline through being busy enough already with MO, may I remind you that this is for moderator pro tempore and your experience would be invaluable. Jul 30, 2010 at 9:00

Sorry for the shameless self-promotion

Juan A. Navarro


Enthusiastic TeX/LaTeX user. Runs a small site for LaTeX beginners in spanish: LaTeX Fácil. Once very active at es-tex, the mailing list of spanish speaking TeX users, and on a few occasions contributed in comp.text.tex.

  • Believe or not, I was going to nominate you. You were one of the top contributors users during the definition phase in Area51. Jul 29, 2010 at 8:57
  • Thank You Julian! Jul 29, 2010 at 9:35


(main site) (meta site)

Very active on the main site (less so on meta).

My main reason for proposing her is as a way to ensure that there is an "outside" voice at the heart of the community here. By "outside" I mean someone not used to the SO framework and someone (as she admits herself!) not all that expert on the nitty-gritty of (La)TeX.

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    She has also proven to be very enthusiastic about TeX/LaTeX and this site itself, which is a great quality we would like in a moderator. Aug 3, 2010 at 10:02

Julian Lamas-Rodriguez

(main site) (meta site)

It was his idea!




A top contributor during the definition phase in Area51, he promoted the site in his own blog. That's love! :)

  • Wow, really? I almost declined (check the edit history), but on thinking about it for a minute, I guess I could live with it considering this is just a temporary deal. I want this site to get off to a good start, but in the long term, I don't think moderatorship is for me. I guess I'll let the nomination stay, and see what happens. :)
    – jalf
    Jul 30, 2010 at 23:10
  • That's great! :) Jul 31, 2010 at 13:27


(main site meta site)

As well as his activity on both sites, I've been impressed by his politeness (not sure if that's quite the right word, but hopefully it's close enough).

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