If I have ALL of the required badges to be a moderator, save Yearling.

Why should that one badge disqualify anyone?

Some people have been active users for almost a year.

I see no reason why not having one of the six badges (especially one that has nothing to do with the quality of their work) should disqualify anyone as a moderator.

Can we change the rules so that Yearling is not required, but maybe is a plus when getting into the primaries?

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges!

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    lol. Wow HARSH ^_^ – Naftali aka Neal Nov 7 '11 at 20:21
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    @Rocket no freakin idea. but my nomination was removed because i did not have one stinkin badge... – Naftali aka Neal Nov 7 '11 at 20:23
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    There's required badges? I can understand Yearling, but there are others? – cHao Nov 7 '11 at 20:23
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    @AManAPlanACanalPanama: Not really the attitude from someone who wants to be a moderator is it? Nominations have only just opened so I would imagine the requirements may change based on feedback. (It already has as the Pundit badge was a requirement but has now been removed) – codingbadger Nov 7 '11 at 20:25
  • @Barry i updated the question's question to sound less pompous – Naftali aka Neal Nov 7 '11 at 20:25
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    Ranting about it probably won’t make it change for this election, and it definitely does’t put you in a better light for the job… but maybe that’s just me. – poke Nov 7 '11 at 20:25
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    @Barry: Shouldn't this count as "feedback"? – jscs Nov 7 '11 at 20:26
  • @poke ha, i see that now ^_^ but its a little late now. – Naftali aka Neal Nov 7 '11 at 20:26
  • @JoshCaswell: I should have said "constructive feedback" rather than just feedback. – codingbadger Nov 7 '11 at 20:28
  • @Barry: Fair enough. – jscs Nov 7 '11 at 20:32
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    I find it incredible that this legitimate question has been downvoted so much. @AManAPlanACanalPanama was simply curious as to why Yearling was a necessary badge, and he's being punished for it. – zzzzBov Nov 7 '11 at 20:34
  • @zzzzBov thanks ^_^ although it comes with the territory. sometimes you get a bad bout and people can't help but to follow in other's footsteps – Naftali aka Neal Nov 7 '11 at 20:35
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    @AManAPlanACanalPanama - at the rate you're going you'll be banned from meta for this post :) and all its downvotes lol. – JonH Nov 7 '11 at 20:58
  • @JonH it has happened before ^_^. and I have come back from it :-D – Naftali aka Neal Nov 7 '11 at 21:00

After some review, we have decided to revoke the requirement for the Yearling badge (much like we did with Pundit).

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  • I noticed that my revoked nomination is back, but I cannot comment on it, why is that? – Naftali aka Neal Nov 7 '11 at 21:45
  • @AMan I'll get someone to look into that. We had the same happen on Gaming earlier. – Grace Note Nov 7 '11 at 21:47
  • Can you please let me know when that is fixed? it is quite frustrating.... :-( – Naftali aka Neal Nov 7 '11 at 21:53
  • Good move Grace! – genesis Nov 8 '11 at 13:32
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    This is really a terrible idea. Is there such a dearth of qualified candidates that have been around a year that we need to expand the pool that much more? Being around a year indicates commitment to the site. – JNK Nov 9 '11 at 13:03

My guess is that they want people who have been active on SO for at least a year. It won't be long before another election is run (at most a year). If you are serious about participating wait until you actually meet the requirements.

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The reason is simply dedication.

As a moderator you're given enhanced privileges, and we'd like to be certain that you're going to use them actively and fairly.

If you haven't been committed to SO for at least a year, how do we know that you're going to stick around once you've become a moderator?

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    Ha. It should be at least half a year. not a year. I have been commited if you see anyone's rep history who has previously been nominated then removed that they are fully active. – Naftali aka Neal Nov 7 '11 at 20:39
  • Also as a side point, alot of the people who get the yearling badges are users who have not been on in a while and have very low rep. – Naftali aka Neal Nov 7 '11 at 20:40
  • @AManAPlanACanalPanama, I recently achieved the Yearling badge, but after observing last years election, I fully understand that I'm not qualified to be a moderator. I am missing a couple badges that are in the list as required, but more importantly, I know i'm not dedicated enough to be a moderator. Despite having some of the higher-level privileges, I rarely if ever use them. – zzzzBov Nov 7 '11 at 20:43

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