I've been so incredibly lucky and happy to have Bella and Salmon, the previous newest hires for Trust & Safety, join me last year. It's only been 9 months, and I'm proud of the work they've done, what they've accomplished, and how much I've seen them helping folks around the network - be it users, moderators, or addressing tough world situations. As we took on more and more work, it became increasingly clear that just the 3 of us were not going to cut it, and that's where Emerson comes in! I'm so excited about him joining and the expertise he brings; Emerson has done a lot in this space and will complement our backgrounds nicely, I can already tell.

He has been working in Trust and Safety roles for the past 5 years, and before that worked in non-profits. Emerson started his journey by managing online communities on a well-known social media site, then moved into fighting scammers for the past two years. Protecting users and maintaining a healthy platform are genuine passions (sounds like a crock, I know). He is thrilled to join the team working to ensure Stack Exchange continues to be a vibrant community. He is extremely impressed with the work and dedication of the mod team across the Stack Exchange sites and looks forward to supporting all of you.

In his free time, he likes to spend time with family and his dogs, weightlifting, binging sci-fi, and playing tabletop games whenever they can.

Please welcome Emerson to the T&S Team as part of our bigger community management department! It's so great to have him here.

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    Welcome Emerson~! I am so happy to have you here! Truly the perfect addition to our team! :) :celebration commences:
    – Bella_Blue StaffMod
    Commented Aug 17, 2022 at 18:33
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    Woohoo! Welcome to the team! Commented Aug 17, 2022 at 18:42
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    Emerson is a great hire, and I look forward to seeing him work!
    – Philippe StaffMod
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 12:35
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    They like me! They really like me!
    – Emerson StaffMod
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 16:20
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    Welcome to the team @Emerson o/
    – Nsukami _
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 23:29
  • Hello to you, your family and your dogs. Welcome to you. I hope you work from home, with your dogs lying down at your feet :).
    – Alain Reve
    Commented Aug 23, 2022 at 13:13
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    Whenever I see one of these the "Valued Associate" coupled with "#1301" makes it feel like satire -- if you valued them, wouldn't you use their name instead of a number? I'd just say "Welcome to a new community manager: Emerson!"
    – Noumenon
    Commented Aug 25, 2022 at 17:45
  • Ooh, what a lucky man he was
    – Rob
    Commented Aug 27, 2022 at 21:15

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I am excited at the prospect of supporting you all in maintaining the wonderful sites all across Stack Exchange. I look forward to listening to and supporting everyone of you.

I am starting to travel again and would love to hear any and all recommendations (especially off the beaten path). My next trip is to Buenos Aires and Argentinian Patagonia!

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    For anything travel, you should check out our travel community: travel.stackexchange.com
    – Luuklag
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 7:41
  • @Luuklag and what if he'll get hungry during the travel? ;-) Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 8:39
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    There is also a restaurants tag on Travel.SE @ShadowTheKidWizard
    – Luuklag
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 8:51
  • @Luuklag huh! Was hoping you'll recommend another Stack Exchange site, as Emerson sounds like one who make his own food. :-) Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 9:05
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    @ShadowTheKidWizard You mean Seasoned Advice, but he might also want to drink some Coffee or Beer, Wine & Spirits, or maybe he's even vegetarian. SE has a site for everything! Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 10:34
  • @Randal'Thor yes! That pretty much covers everything. :D Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 10:40
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    I have been looking for some communities where I can contribute answers, seems like everyone here is very fast on the draw AND informative! I will try to throw my hat into the ring over at Coffee though. I don't mean to brag, but I have watched almost every James Hoffman video.
    – Emerson StaffMod
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 16:26
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    The bripe video's the only one you really need to watch tho :D Commented Aug 20, 2022 at 8:12

Welcome, Emerson! It's good to see the CM team continuing to grow, and you're definitely a great addition to the Trust & Safety team in particular.

Looking forward to working with you – and playing D&D or other tabletop games with you sometime! :)

(P.S.: I love your profile picture!)

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    We should set up a mod / CM D&D game. It's definitely possible to play D&D on SE, so that could be a fun community-building exercise. :)
    – Mithical
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 5:41
  • What's a D&D game? Sorry I couldn't understand (or find anything online either) :P @Mithical
    – DialFrost
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 12:43
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    @DialFrost: D&D = Dungeons & Dragons, a tabletop role-playing game.
    – V2Blast
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 14:55
  • Oh, also... @Emerson You should check out the Role-playing Games site. :)
    – V2Blast
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 16:20

Welcome Emerson!

"In his free time, he likes to spend time with family and his dogs"

I look forward to seeing pictures of them!

Or if they're shy in front of the camera, or you prefer to keep their identities in stealth mode, can you share your favorite picture of a cute animal with us?

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    I suggest you probably delete that answer, its kinda awkward to ask people for their personal pictures without saying "may" or "please", Im just saying, either it should be reworded or deleted.
    – Tardy
    Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 19:29
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    A CM asked for something similar here and the topic of sharing pet pictures is all over that thread and others. I was cognizant of the awkwardness about which you speak, which is why I gave an alternative option which is much less awkward. I agree with you that this post can be improved with rewording. Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 20:56
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    @user1271772 in the welcome you linked to, Cesar explicitly says "Yes, they would like to see a picture of your pet" and hence the pictures of pets in some answers. There's no such thing here, and each CM is different. So your request is odd indeed, while not voting to delete, I don't think it's something one should ask. Commented Aug 25, 2022 at 6:54

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