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Summary: Interpersonal Skills Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on June 10 to bring in one more moderator.

For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack Exchange. The timeline:

  • Starting on June 10, users can nominate themselves. Users can also ask questions on meta for potential moderators to answer. (Use the and tags.)

  • On June 17, if there are two or more candidates, we'll run an election. If not, I'll simply appoint the candidate. (There's a small chance we'll need to remove a nomination, but I doubt that will come up.)

  • If there is an election, I'll announce the results on meta on June 25.

(Note for current moderators: there's no need to nominate yourself even though you'll likely get an email saying you should. The system assumes the first election is a graduation election, which would mean moderators would need to be re-elected. This isn't that sort of election.)

If you have any questions about the process, please stick them in an answer here.

  • Is this an election, or a community recommendation? – apaul Apr 11 at 5:34
  • @apaul: It's an election if there are enough candidates. If there aren't enough candidates, it'll be a way to find volunteers. (My guess is there will be plenty of candidates to run the vote.) – Jon Ericson Apr 11 at 5:37
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    Awesome, that's certainly progress. – apaul Apr 11 at 5:38
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Why wait so long before starting the election? What is the point?

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    We have a serious backlog at the moment. Since we started making elections rather than appointments the norm, we've had a lot more communities needing elections. CMs are monitoring elections, so we can't run too many concurrently. – Jon Ericson Apr 10 at 19:20
  • For context: this site started with three mods, then two more were brought in. Later, one resigned and another was hired by SE as an employee. This is to fill in the backlog caused by those. – gparyani Apr 13 at 10:01
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    @gparyani no. That's not true at all, there is no backlog caused by the events you described. – Tinkeringbell Apr 13 at 10:03
  • @Tinkeringbell If that's so, why did Jon Ericson say that there is a "serious backlog"? – gparyani Apr 13 at 10:10
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    @gparyani To answer the question from Ælis as to why our election is only going to happen in June. – Tinkeringbell Apr 13 at 10:15
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    @gparyani Serious backlog of sites waiting for elections. There's a new election starting every week until mid-June. The date in the announcement was the first available. – Catija Apr 14 at 16:57
  • @Catija How many sites are backlogged and waiting for pro-tem elections, and approximately when will it all finish? – gparyani May 9 at 10:10
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Do only candidates have the ability to nominate themselves or can the community submit a user's name?

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    Since being a moderator is a responsibility that must be entered into willingly, we do require users to nominate themselves. But nothing says you can't suggest they do so in chat or somesuch. – Jon Ericson Apr 11 at 7:14

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