I just saw there now are badge requirements for a person to even get nominated.
I agree with requiring Civic Duty and Strunk & White, but requiring Deputy and Convention really stinks.
I know at least one person who I think would make an excellent moderator - and I really think excellent - who until very recently didn't even have a Meta account.
But that aside - why are candidates being filtered out by an artificial set of requirements? What is the actual need for this? Why not let the community decide who it wants to vote for?
It worked fine the last times around.
Please remove the requirement for Deputy and Convention, or at least relax the badge requirements to a "3 out of 4".