I've taken note that there are Several Elections going on right now - Server Fault finished recently, while Gaming and Ask Ubuntu have just launched their elections. I had to wonder though - What qualifies a site to need elections? What factors contribute to the need to elect more moderators?
There are several possible reasons a site might have an election:
- It has exited public beta and SE feel an election is viable. In which case, you get to elect new moderators to replace the pro-tems (who are by appointment) (or elect them back into their jobs).
- A moderator has stepped down from an elected position and a replacement is needed to ensure the site does not suffer from too few moderators.
- SE Inc, the current user base, the current moderators (any combination thereof, but there's usually a general sort of consensus) feel more moderators are needed e.g. due to an explosion in visits and ensuing spam.
In this specific case, I know the serverfault election was triggered by a moderator asking to step down. I haven't been following the other sites, so am not sure why - I think gaming is due to volume.