When reading the information box to the right of the election page, you see this text:

In the nomination phase, any community member in good standing with more than 3,000 reputation may nominate themselves to be a community moderator.

To me, the phrase "in good standing" roughly translates to "who we like" which makes it sound like there is a bit of bias in who is allowed to run for moderator. It reminds me of teachers who use "participation points" in their classes.

So what exactly is the phrase "in good standing" supposed to mean?

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I personally can't comment on this, but I'd be interested to see the response. I don't know whether you're reading into it a bit too much... –  Danny Beckett Mar 4 '13 at 2:13
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I may be wrong, but I believe "in good standing" translates closer to "doesn't have a question/answer ban in effect" and the like. –  Geobits Mar 4 '13 at 2:13
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@Geobits that's what I thought too, but the wording is so vague that I believe it's inclusive of both what I said, and what you said. –  David Mar 4 '13 at 2:14
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@David I've just never really heard the phrase "in good standing" used for "who we like" is all. –  Geobits Mar 4 '13 at 2:15
    
Well I'm not saying that's what the words mean, I'm saying that that's essentially what the words give the moderators the right to do. Just like "50% of your grade is Participation Points" doesn't really translate to "You're going to fail if I don't like you" But that's essentially what it means. –  David Mar 4 '13 at 2:17
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I think the better question is, has anyone ever been rejected for personal reasons? If so, your claim may have some merit. I was under the assumption that nomination was a fully automated process initiated by the user. –  Geobits Mar 4 '13 at 2:24
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Moderators, quick! Delete this question and suspend David before anyone else discovers your secret! @David: Seriously, dude? This is the loosest interpretation of those three words I can imagine. If you have some reason to think that moderators are using their privileges to skew the election of new moderators, then present that reason. –  Josh Caswell Mar 4 '13 at 2:38
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I threw the same question out there for discussion a while back before I got my mod diamond: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/75510 - back then I was on the fence about it, but afterwards - and while still a regular user of the site - decided I was ok with this. At the end of the day mods are users as well so why shouldn't we cheer on our favourite candidates. –  Kev Mar 4 '13 at 12:09
    
FYI, I stumbled across this in the Reopen Votes queue, and I feel that as it currently stands, this is a useful and constructive question to the community, so I'm reopening it. –  animuson Sep 11 '13 at 15:15
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The phrase "in good standing" is very common in the legal world and used to indicate that a person otherwise has nothing wrong with their account. Here on Stack Exchange, it means you're not currently banned or suspended and meet all the necessary requirements explained. In a place like a college, it means that your tuition and other fees are all paid up. In a company, it means that you are all caught up on your legal paperwork (taxes, licenses, whatever).

It has nothing to do with "do we like this person or not?" It's merely meant to indicate that a person is not currently in the wrong, so to speak.

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Right, in this case it just means currently suspended on the site in question. It doesn't even mean review or question bans. Plenty of candidates have run in the past that existing moderators had severe reservations about, and you better believe that suspending them mid-election would make for quite a spectacle. The only instance that I know of where a nomination was removed was for a known troll who ran on a campaign of violating the Stack Exchange moderator agreement and privacy policies, which are the two things a moderator has to comply with. –  Brad Larson Mar 4 '13 at 3:52
    
Sorrry, the wording seemed vague, maybe there should be a clarification that "good standing" means not banned. –  David Mar 4 '13 at 6:02
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