The system message on SO says:

The Stack Overflow 2011 community moderator election is underway

Should that be:

The Stack Overflow 2012 community moderator election is underway

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Boy do I feel bad for some people...I thought programming those darn TPS reports were bad - hearing all of you complain about this is much worse! –  JonH Nov 7 '11 at 20:57
    
@JonH: You haven't seen the worst of it :) –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Nov 8 '11 at 3:13
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It's currently 2011; moderator elections are delimited by the year in which they occur. The new moderators will be elected in the year 2011 and will take office before the year is over.

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This misses the point. The last election occurred in February, so there's already something named "The Stack Overflow 2011 community moderator election." I pointed this out to Shog9 here but I guess he wandered off before I hit send. –  Pops Nov 7 '11 at 20:53
    
Maybe 2011 part Duex would be have been better...but its boilerplate. –  wax eagle Nov 7 '11 at 21:08
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This is, indeed, the early "2012 Moderator Elections", but the date is pulled from the start date of the election, so we'll see if there's anything to be done about it.

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Maybe "November 2011 Moderator Elections"? –  Paŭlo Ebermann Nov 7 '11 at 20:54
    
@PaŭloEbermann or "fall 2011" would also make sense. –  nhinkle Nov 7 '11 at 22:07
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@nhinkle I thought about this, but on the southern hemisphere it is spring now. –  Paŭlo Ebermann Nov 7 '11 at 22:10
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Assuming the election happens during this calendar year, I think it's fine as is. It seems customary to name elections after the time when they take place rather than the year they effect. For instance, in the US the 2008 presidential election took place in November of 2008, even though the winner didn't take office until 2009. This situation seems similar so I'd leave the name as is unless the elections spill over into January.

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I don't think so. It's 2011 year, not 2012 and moderator isn't elected only for one year

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If this one is called the 2012 elections, what would we call the first election in 2012? The 2013 elections?

I think that there being multiple in one year should have nothing to do with it - it's still a 2011 election.

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Why do we care when it is? Why not just call it "Election for Moderators" which would seem to satisfy everyone.

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It's not that we care about when it is; it's that we care about having a unique identifier. It could be "The SO Mod Election, Armadillo Edition" if we could get everyone on board with using Armadillo for just this one election. –  Pops Nov 7 '11 at 21:06
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Where do I check the box to vote for the Armadillo? @Pop –  Josh Caswell Nov 8 '11 at 8:49
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Please hold while I change my SO username to "Armadillo" and submit a nomination, @JoshCaswell. –  Pops Nov 8 '11 at 14:02
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