I am running for moderator in the EL&U election.

I can vote for myself in the final stage of the election. I couldn't vote for myself in the primaries. Is this a feature or a bug?

Voting for myself

  • 4
    It's a feature.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Aug 3, 2012 at 20:44
  • Is your bug the fact that you can't in the primaries, or that you can in the election?
    – gobernador
    Aug 3, 2012 at 20:44
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    Can't speak for Matt but I consider it a bug that you can't vote for yourself in the primary.
    – MetaEd
    Aug 3, 2012 at 20:45
  • Well, I suppose I see the inconsistency as a bug.
    – Meta Ellen
    Aug 3, 2012 at 20:46
  • There's a fine line between a feature and a bug.
    – Luke_0
    Aug 3, 2012 at 20:48
  • 1
    The ability to do this seemed intentional but I felt bad and picked myself as third choice
    – Ben Brocka
    Aug 3, 2012 at 20:50
  • 5
    I know this is off-topic, but... of all the sites in the network, you had to pick EL&U to use Cyrillic in your display name?
    – Pops
    Aug 3, 2012 at 20:54
  • How come I didn't get a notification that the election phase began? :<
    – animuson StaffMod
    Aug 3, 2012 at 20:57
  • @PopularDemand I could try to explain, but I'm not sure I really remember myself. Something to do with having Sir Elton John as a mod.
    – Meta Ellen
    Aug 3, 2012 at 21:00
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    First of all, that's Sir Reginald Kenneth Dwight, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire to you. Secondly, you're still lacking in the Greek department, unlike me. Thirdly and most importantly, Lauren and Aarthi started it. Fourthly, we also have one JSBձոգչ running.
    – ЯegDwight
    Aug 3, 2012 at 21:03
  • @PopularDemand lol, I had that exact thought.
    – Ben Brocka
    Aug 3, 2012 at 21:08
  • I don't even need to remember! Chat can explain all!
    – Meta Ellen
    Aug 3, 2012 at 21:17

1 Answer 1


It follows life.

Turning up for the primaries as a candidate is your self vote for yourself.

Then, just like in regular real-life elections (which may or may not be run by a junta (and which may or may not be on a day designed to have maximum voter turnout)), you can cast a ballot in your favour when it comes down to the final straw of elections.

  • I see. We don't do primaries in the UK, so I've not experienced that. Thanks for the explanation.
    – Meta Ellen
    Aug 3, 2012 at 20:51
  • Swap out primaries for putting name on ballot and marking a box for voting for yourself and it'll work the same
    – random
    Aug 3, 2012 at 20:52
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    In real life, at least in primaries I've participated in, parties nominate candidates onto the primary ballot, and then nominees have a vote just like anybody else and can vote for themselves in the primary election. Would be curious to see a counterexample.
    – MetaEd
    Aug 3, 2012 at 20:57

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