There really should be a way to include some kind of an endorsement for a candidate for moderator. As it stands right now, users can vote on an election that might not be particularly active. While I can understand that, I also believe there should be the ability for users to recommend a user. I'm not quite sure how this should be limited, perhaps based on reputation, recent activity, or even limited to current (Former?) moderators on the site.
Some time ago, comments were allowed on an election post. These comments could be voted on. The comments were kept throughout the election process. I believe something like that is beneficial.
This would somewhat counter the person who is well known because they answer a lot of questions, but would make a horrible moderator, or perhaps the quiet person who is always in the background, but can't write a compelling vote for me speech, and isn't as well known.
In summary, here's a few quick thoughts on the idea.
- Should be short (No more than about 2 sentences worth)
- Should a way for others to indicate their approval/disapproval.
- Should include both favorable and unfavorable endorsements.
- The name of the user making the endorsement should be visible.
- Perhaps a 5 star rating of the candidate? Or at least a thumbs up/ down.
- These should be limited, perhaps to those with more than 1000 reputation or something? I'm not quite sure where the dividing line should be. Ability to vote on them should be similarly limited. Both should be higher than the normal voting limits.
For reference, I've taken the last 60 users to receive the constituent badge on SFF (Who had an election only 2 weeks ago), and found the following ranges of reputation for the typical voters:
- 150-300- 20
- 300-500- 11
- 500-1000- 9
- 1000-3000- 10
- 3000-10K- 7
- 10K+- 3