It's time to think about who the mods should be, and one way to do that is "nominate" candidates for the role of moderator pro tempore. These nominations won't lead to elections, since this is a beta site. Instead, the Stack Exchange team will take these recommendations into consideration as they select these provisional moderators, and when we graduate, we'll have an actual election.

If you want to nominate someone, please check first for other answers nominating the same person, and upvote that instead of posting your own answer. Nominations should have the name of the nominee and a brief explanation of why you think they'd make a good mod

To disagree with a nomination, downvote, and ideally comment on why you disagree. Do not edit the answer. Note that agreeing with one nomination does not mean disagreeing with all of the others – "X is better" isn't a reason for Y to not be a mod. We have three slots, after all.

If you've been nominated and for any reason you can't or don't want to be a moderator, do it anyway please edit the post to say that. You don't have to be specific as to why, but for this pseudo-nomination we need to make sure we only think about people who could actually do what's needed. Likewise, if you are able and willing to, please edit the answer to reflect that, and maybe even add a short "campaign speech".

If you are interested in becoming a moderator and feel that you could do it, nominate yourself! Self nominations are encouraged.

Here is an example nomination entry. You can copy-and-paste from the format below:

##[username](<main profile link>) ([meta](<meta profile link>))


<why you feel nominee would be a useful addition to the pro tem choices>

Please ensure that your nomination is community wiki. This allows anyone, even those without full editing privileges, to edit freely.

To be edited in by the nominee:


> **Nomination accepted/rejected**

I am name/age/location/fun fact (all optional). I live in location, so
I am generally active on this site from <time> to <time>. Some other 
things you may want to know about me are ...


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    More on this process is available here: Accepting nominations — Who should moderate this site? Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 19:57
  • @Nathaniel Please feel free to edit the question to match that more – especially the part about candidates editing their nominations to accept or reject. I'm currently on mobile do I can't.
    – Nic
    Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 20:00
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    Is it intentional that self nominations are not mentioned? I would encourage them; I have nothing against interested people stepping forward without being called.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 20:56
  • @JoonasIlmavirta That was an unintentional omission. Could you add it?
    – Nic
    Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 20:58
  • @QPaysTaxes, done. Feel free to reword that if you want.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 21:04
  • How many moderators pro tem will we have? Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 22:54
  • @JoelDerfner My understanding was 3, but I suppose it depends on how large this site becomes when they're chosen.
    – Nic
    Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 22:55
  • It might be worth making a nomination community wiki, in case the nominee doesn't have full editing privileges.
    – HDE 226868
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 0:53
  • @HDE226868, is there a reason to make a nomination CW if the nominee has editing rights anyway? QPaysTaxes suggested this under my answer below, but I failed to see why it would be relevant.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 19:11

4 Answers 4


There are quite a few good users here worthy of becoming pro temp moderator, so I hope this nomination does not feel like a slight toward anyone else, but I would like to nominate Cerberus.

Cerberus (meta)

  • Cerberus is a seasoned user with 40k+ reputation on the English stack, while maintaining a high reputation here as well. I think it's fair to say that he has a good idea how SE works.

  • He has a Masters degree in Classics (pending thesis), which means he knows how to research questions. This will come in handy when—si di immortales volunt—we get tougher and tougher questions.

  • He can compose in Latin, which may have utility if we get an influx of non-English-speaking students of Latin.

  • His questions are exempla for everyone, as they're thought-out and well-researched before asking.

  • He's very active in the comments, which sometimes is even more important than answers (not that he's not active in answers, too, though!).

Nomination accepted but precedence given to those more fitting

This would be a great honour. And I'd be happy to spend a bit of time and energy to keep the website running smoothly and doing whatever the consensus wanted done. But there can be only three moderators, and I'm not especially suited to be a bureaucrat: I'm more of a common-sense dog. Moderation may involve scary rules and regulations! So I'll gladly endorse Weimer, Nathaniel, and Joonas. However, this is likely to remain a small site, with little bureaucracy and few bothersome visitors, so I'm more than willing to moderate if some of the others should have a change of heart or find that they lack the time.

I live in Amsterdam, and I can be found here at random hours ignoring my allotted time zone. I have all but an MA in classics ("working on" thesis) and a few more things.

I can be found in chat, which I think is a really nice place to found a community and discuss what we want to do or be. So far, the people on our site are cooler than anywhere else!

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    But Cambridge told me he died in Pompeii!
    – tox123
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 21:40
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    @tox123: Wait a minute, I've always been in the underworld! I don't remember being in Pompeii? I received its former inhabitants at the gates, to be sure, but...
    – Cerberus Mod
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 23:43
  • @Cerberus oops I was thinking about Caecilius's dog.
    – tox123
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 23:44
  • @tox123: Mehercle, how did you know I know Caecilius!! I know nobody else who used that book except people who went to my school. And what is this about "Cambridge"?
    – Cerberus Mod
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 23:51
  • @Cerberus ecce! books.google.com/…
    – tox123
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 23:59
  • @tox123: Is that where you read about Caecilius and Cerberus in Pompeii?? I had no idea it had anything to do with Cambridge: I know them from a Dutch book, from which we learned Latin in high school between ages 12 and ca. 14. Perhaps this book was translated from English. It was called "De Taal der Romeinen", "The Language of the Romans". P.S. A "North-American" version? Why would one want a special version for North America? This is all so perplexing...
    – Cerberus Mod
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 0:09
  • @Cerberus Well it's possible they were unrelated, Caecilius was a real person. But it's more likely one is copied from another.
    – tox123
    Commented Mar 23, 2016 at 0:22

Joonas Ilmavirta (meta)

I feel that Joonas would make a good pro tem moderator on Latin.SE for the following reasons:

  • He's been consistently active here, as shown by his regular posting, his voting, and his efforts in the review queues.
  • He's familiar with and dedicated to moderation: he has numerous Steward and Reviewer badges on other SE sites, with lots of helpful flags spread across them.
  • He's involved in meta, with several posts here, and more on other SE sites.
  • I've found him knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful.

Nomination accepted.

Latin is not what I do for a living, but I am qualified to teach it at high school level. For me this site is an opportunity for keeping my old skills in shape, learning more and hopefully also helping others. Given my enthusiasm to use, promote and learn Latin, I doubt my interest in this site could fade any time soon.

I regard moderators more as janitors than leaders. I believe that moderators should mostly act as members of community, moderating the site as any other user and only using their superpowers when needed. I am ready for such janitorial work, and I am also capable of communicating in Latin.

A researcher's life can be hectic, and I can't promise any fixed hours of activity even when I am close my usual time zone. I hope my connections to other SE sites and other Finnish Latinists can be of use.

I am available for this position, but I do not demand it; I'm happy either way, as long as the site keeps producing quality content and everyone feels welcome.

  • Thank you for your support! I am available for and interested in this. I edited your answer a bit to make it clear that I am available. (Feel free to reformat the added note if you wish.)
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 20:03
  • @JoonasIlmavirta I've moved the nomination accepted part down, to make it clear what I wrote and what you wrote. I'll update the instructions as well. Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 20:20
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    I support @JoonasIlmavirta. With 2k+ reputation of a very good questions and answers along with the second most votes and edits, he's already been a leader of this community. Add his active participation in meta and 10k+ reputation (over a year and seven months) in math.SE, he's clearly knowledgeable about the inner workings of the site.
    – cmw Mod
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 14:44

C. M. Weimer (meta)

I think he would be a good moderator for three big reasons, which cover all of the smaller ones:

  • He's always polite and helpful, which is a good trait because mods have to regularly deal with [censored]s and new people, who both benefit from someone who keeps a clear head and knows what to do to help.

  • He's been the highest-rep user since Day 1, which means that the community loves him and he contributes helpful content.

  • He is an expert in the language, which is useful if/when we get people who only have Latin as a common language and we need someone who understands it fluently on the moderation team.

  • He's active on Meta, more for answers than questions though.

  • He's active on the main site, contributing answers to tough questions

  • He's active in chat (whenever chat is active)

I am unsure of future time commitments.

  • This. Also, he's a good reviewer on Mythology, among other places.
    – HDE 226868
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 0:47
  • @HDE226868 I wanted to mention something about his activity on Mythology, but I'm not active at all on that site -- I don't think I even have an account there. Feel free to edit it in!
    – Nic
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 0:49

Nathaniel (meta)

Nathaniel has been active, knowledgeable and kind. Activity on meta and experience with other SE sites, including meta and moderation work, suggest that Nathaniel could make a good moderator for us.

(I didn't want to copy what you wrote about me verbatim, even if it describes you more than me.)

Nomination accepted.

Be forewarned, if it's not obvious already, I'm no Latin expert. However, I really want to see this site succeed, so that in a few years we are the place to come for serious Latin questions.

I'm relatively new to Stack Exchange, but I love the Q&A format and its emphasis on bringing visibility and stability to high-quality content. It's simply the best platform I've found for sharing information (sorry Wikipedia).

I'm perfectly happy doing the menial work of moderation, as I've shown here and on other sites. That said, I strongly believe that the vast majority of moderation should be done by the community: flags, close votes, and review queues are excellent tools and need to be utilized. For moderators, a light-handed approach is therefore best.

I look forward to being a part of this site's success, whether I'm a moderator or not. Thanks for considering me!

My availability drops off between 2 and 11 GMT.

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    I don't know why this is making me giggle so much. The reciprocal nomination, that is, not nominating Nathaniel – I agree wholeheartedly with that.
    – Nic
    Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 20:30
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    @QPaysTaxes We didn't coordinate, I promise ;-) Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 20:30
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    I heartily support @Nathaniel for this position. He has the most votes and by a large margin the most edits of anyone. As Joonas implies, he embodies that moderator trifecta, "knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful." +1
    – cmw Mod
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 14:36
  • Joonas, could you make this CW so other can edit it freely?
    – Nic
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 18:44
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    @QPaysTaxes, why should anyone besides Nathaniel be able to edit it freely? I can turn it CW, but I would first like to understand why. The comment to the question only mentions making a nomination CW in case the nominee does not have editing privileges but that is not a problem for any of the current nominees.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 18:54
  • @JoonasIlmavirta Ask HDE 226868. Given that he's a mod in at least three places, and high-rep in a few others besides, I figured he knew something I didn't when he posted this comment.
    – Nic
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 18:55
  • @QPaysTaxes, that is the comment I referred to. The way I understand it, the answers should be made CW if the nominees don't have the rights to edit otherwise. I'll ask him.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 19:08

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