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From this page, I can see that a lot of the moderators of previous years still currently have the moderator privilege, I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but it's kind of counter-intuitive to me since it doesn't look like how moderators work in other environments.

So here are my questions:

  1. Is it true that moderators are able to keep their privileges until they willingly resign, even after the year they were elected?

  2. If so, what's the reason behind this? The more the better(of course quality matters, this goes without saying)?

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Is it true that moderators are able to keep their privileges until they willingly resign, even after the year they were elected?

Yes. Either that or they could potentially have their privileges revoked by SE.

If so, what's the reason behind this? The more the better(of course quality matters, this goes without saying)?

Because the community has recognized that they are trustworthy enough and capable enough to moderate the site. Unless they've demonstrated an inability to perform their duties, there's no reason to remove them.


Do you have some compelling reason to believe that moderators are generally going to be unable to perform their duties adequately after they have served for a year, thus warranting a need for re-election?


it doesn't look like how moderators work in other environments

Really? In virtually every other similar environment I've been involved in site moderators aren't elected to begin with. It's exceedingly rare. For the vast majority of sites they're simply appointed by the community managers/site admins.

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    There have been moderators that have "agreed" to resign, but it is very rare. – ChrisF Feb 25 '14 at 21:37
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    See the moderators help page " Moderators are elected for life, though they may resign (or, in very rare cases, be removed)." – codeMagic Feb 25 '14 at 21:38
  • No, I was thinking if we don't change moderators, why do we need annually elections。 – Zinan Xing Feb 25 '14 at 21:40
  • More are added as needed...I believe that's also on the help page. – codeMagic Feb 25 '14 at 21:41
  • @ZinanXing to keep pace with growth. – wax eagle Feb 25 '14 at 21:41
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    @Zinan the site grows ever larger, flags are ever growing – Richard Tingle Feb 25 '14 at 21:41
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    @ZinanXing It's because two moderators resigned their position, and to accommodate any increased workload. There is no guarantee to be an election every year, and in the past there has been two in a year. – slugster Feb 25 '14 at 21:42

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