Will we be holding periodic elections, and if so, is this to add more moderators or reelect the existing moderators? In a broader sense, I'd be interested in hearing the level of commitment needed for this position.


If elected you moderate for as long as you want to, you won't have to stand for re-election (at least that's the way it is at the moment).

As a site grows more moderators may be added - either from the runners-up in the previous election or via a new election. Also if any moderators stand down an election may be held to find a replacement.

You're volunteering so how long you serve is up to you.

  • Additionally, because the current moderators were appointed pro tem instead of elected, they will need to nominate themselves in the election if they wish to continue as a moderator. All permanent moderators should be elected by the community. – Rebecca Chernoff Jun 2 '11 at 4:53
  • @Rebecca: in that case, I'm really hoping it's standard practice for people with experience to wait 'til the last second to submit their own nomination. – BMitch Jun 2 '11 at 12:26
  • @B Mitch - Don't forget there are three phases. Nomination, primary where there's public voting and election where there's a secret ballot. Depending on the number of candidates one or more step may be omitted. – ChrisF Jun 2 '11 at 12:28

See discussion at

Should Community Moderators be "elected for life", or have terms?

Consensus was:

Yeah, It should be 'for life'.

  • Thanks Jeff. I knew it had to have been answered somewhere. – BMitch Jun 2 '11 at 12:07

Speaking from experience, it's not a huge commitment. This site is still fairly small and there are very few issues that come up that really require moderator attention.

With three moderators, I wouldn't expect this to take more than 5-10 minutes a day (tops) to pop in and review/resolve any outstanding issues.

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