There is no single place where SO users can check the requirements necessary to nominate oneself to a moderator elections.

There is a formal description of the requirements: https://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/51439/users-eligible-for-2011-stack-overflow-moderator-elections

But I think they should be summarized somewhere together in a more human-friendly way (i don't mean a programmer).

  1. Reputation should be greater than 3000

  2. Should have all of the following badges:

  • Civic Duty
  • Strunk & White
  • Deputy
  • Convention
  • Yearling

Did I miss something?

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    The query itself is not that reliable, for example I meet all of the requirements but the data dump is old. I received the Deputy badge recently and that's not reflected in the current version of the data.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Jul 25, 2012 at 11:42
  • That is why it would be nice to have these requirements gathered in one place.
    – Sergey K.
    Jul 25, 2012 at 11:44
  • I agree, I was not arguing with you, I was adding to your argument.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Jul 25, 2012 at 11:46
  • Also some interesting (but outdated) information: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/35583/…
    – Sergey K.
    Jul 25, 2012 at 11:55
  • Nice idea. Can you augment the query to exclude current moderators? Jul 25, 2012 at 12:04
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    Yearling isn't a requirement anymore. See stackoverflow.com/election/3 - It's documented when an election is in progress.
    – Mat
    Jul 25, 2012 at 12:05
  • @Ernest Friedman-Hill: moderator status is permanent. So that none of current moderators need to be ever reelected.
    – Sergey K.
    Jul 25, 2012 at 12:06
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    Yes. But your query result includes the current moderators in the results. I'm asking if you could change the query so they would not be included; it would make the returned list shorter. Jul 25, 2012 at 12:07
  • @Ernest Friedman-Hill: i cannot, i am not related to SO hosting.
    – Sergey K.
    Jul 25, 2012 at 12:08
  • Oh, sorry, I thought you were the author of that query, but now I see that you are not. Jul 25, 2012 at 12:10
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    From what I've seen, they post the requirements every election.
    – JimmyPena
    Jul 25, 2012 at 13:11
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    There have been discussions about candidates shoring up their stats when they find out what the requirements are. That shouldn't be how it works; if you meet a requirement, it should be because you've been helpful all along, not because you suddenly became interested in helping because you want to qualify for an election.
    – user102937
    Jul 26, 2012 at 18:33
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    @Chris I'm against any and all restrictions for mod nominations - let the community sort things out through voting. Requiring badges and rep is silly. But BS like this about "fiefdoms" and "actual" communities (as if the people who invest the most time here somehow aren't part of the "actual" community) isn't really helping the agenda.
    – Pekka
    Feb 26, 2013 at 18:40
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    @Chris well, it still seems to be doing okay in that department (high quality developers), and is the #1 resource on programming Q&A. Have you ever considered the possibility that what you call "bureaucracy", for all its faults, is part of the reason for that? I agree way too much stuff is getting closed way too harshly these days, but as said, your wild generalizations and rhetoric aren't really contributing anything useful to the discussion.
    – Pekka
    Feb 27, 2013 at 10:55
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    @John This is a very old question. They didn't "miss" anything - the requirements have just changed a bit over time. This likely hasn't been updated because we just publish all the requirements directly on the election page now, and they're also different per-site.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Mar 29, 2017 at 4:22


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