In moderator elections, according to this candidate score query, the Constable badge is not counted as a moderation badge.

Constable, being the badge one gets for being a pro-tem moderator for a beta site, would seem to be worth including - after all, the pro-tems for a site have proved they can moderate, so they should be credited in the election stats for it.

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    It would offset the Deputy and Marshal badges that they probably didn't have a chance to earn before being appointed. – Monica Cellio Feb 1 '16 at 22:24
  • Second it, though never been Pro-Tem. – Ghanima Feb 1 '16 at 22:25
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    This would be a useless statistic in pretty much all elections which are not the first election on the site, and would just make it impossible for users to have a perfect score. Past that, you can easily tell who the current protems are by the diamond next to their name. Does an extra point on a scale really achieve anything? – animuson Feb 1 '16 at 23:29
  • @animuson Give 'em 41 out of 40. No, in the grand scheme, this is probably irrelevant, but it would be good recognition for lower reputation moderators. – ArtOfCode Feb 1 '16 at 23:30
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    @animuson You could just count it without increasing the total score. Anyone with the Constable badge is very unlikely to have the flagging badges as moderators are ineligible for those. – Mad Scientist Feb 2 '16 at 9:27

The specific issue is that there are a bunch of moderation badges (raising flags etc) that pro tem mods cannot get. That artificially reduces our candidate score. For what it's worth I think the "incumbent advantage" and diamond next to our name already more than counteracts that so I don't believe that any change is really needed.

If a change was made then perhaps anyone with either of the badges for spending a year as a moderator should just count as having a max score in the moderation badges part of the scoring?


I'm not sure whether it matters for two reasons:

  • In the first election, moderators still have the Pro Tem diamond. In the other elections, they will probably make it clear in their story they write.
  • I don't really think that one point in the score will matter in a decision between two candidates. At least for me, I tend to look to all serious candidates (i.e. a decent amount of rep and a decent amount of edits, flags, reviews), and then read their story.

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