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.

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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. Jun 2, 2011 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 Mod
    Jun 2, 2011 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 Mod
    Jun 2, 2011 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 Mod
    Jun 2, 2011 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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