The community bulletin says that there is a moderator election occurring.
How does the election work and how can I get involved?
What's happening? The community is electing diamond ♦ moderators; those individuals responsible for moderating the site the election is happening on.
Moderators are elected by a three phase process:
Phase 1: Nomination
Duration: 7 days
Anyone may nominate themselves to be a moderator as long as they fulfil certain conditions.
Nominations are not binding and nominees may withdraw themselves at any point. The nominations are ordered in the order that they nominated themselves; earlier nominees will be at the bottom of the page.
Nominees create a small introduction to themselves and why they think they would make a good moderator. Any user has the ability to comment on each nominees introduction. Currently, the comments under nominations can be neither upvoted nor flagged (abuse can be reported to SE staff through the election chatroom.)
After 7 days the top 30 nominees by reputation advance to the primary phase. If there are 10 nominees or fewer, then we skip directly to the election phase.
Phase 2: Primary
Duration: 4 days
This is where the voting starts. Any community member with at least 150 reputation may vote, but candidates are not allowed to vote for themselves. You get one vote per candidate in the same manner as a question or answer. There are no comments allowed.
You vote by using the up and down arrows next the candidate's post. An upvote indicates you want that person to move on to the next phase, and a downvote indicates you do not.
Nominations are not binding and nominees may withdraw themselves at any point. The nominations are ordered randomly.
The vote tallies are public, so you should be able to get a good idea of the most electable candidates.
After 4 days the top 10 nominees by vote advance to the election phase.
Phase 3: Election
Duration: 4 days (8 days if the Primary phase was skipped)
Lastly, comes the election phase. Once again any user with 150 reputation or more is allowed to vote; unlike the Primary phase candidates are allowed to vote for themselves. Once again, no comments are allowed and the candidates are displayed in a random order.
Each community member gets 3 votes, 1st choice, 2nd choice and 3rd choice. Votes are tallied using the Meek STV method.
Unlike the primary phase, the voting tallies are private so gaming the result is impossible.
Results and further information:
Past election pages are preserved for posterity and are available at
When an election is in progress previous results are partially hidden and are visible at