Currently there's a moderator election ongoing on Ask Ubuntu, with the nomination phase closing in about one day. Unfortunately, right now the https://askubuntu.com/election page is broken and temporarily redirects with status code 302 to https://askubuntu.com/error?aspxerrorpath=/election (code 500), making it impossible to see or do anything related.

I hope this bug can be fixed as soon as possible. You might also consider extending the nomination period by the time span the page has been down.

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    Well... that's no good. Thanks for letting us know.
    – Catija
    May 12, 2019 at 13:48
  • @Catija looks like it's fixed. May 12, 2019 at 14:41
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    Had to do with a nominee having two accounts merged. It's fixed for this case.
    – Catija
    May 12, 2019 at 14:52
  • @Catija Yeah, it works again, thanks. Would you post an answer so that the issue can be marked as solved? May 12, 2019 at 15:10
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    I'm going to leave it for Adam to explain after he fixes it. :) it's not quite fixed yet.
    – Catija
    May 12, 2019 at 15:11
  • @Shog9 Will the election period be extended as a result of this outage? May 13, 2019 at 23:08
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    There are 8 days left for voting, @Sonic. Unless someone plausibly intended to nominate and wasn't able to, there's no reason to alter the schedule.
    – Shog9
    May 13, 2019 at 23:09
  • @Shog9 Okay, that makes sense. May 13, 2019 at 23:10
  • @Catija is Shog the new Adam? ;) May 13, 2019 at 23:20
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    I think we all have a bit of the Old Adam, eh @Shadow?
    – Shog9
    May 13, 2019 at 23:26
  • @Shog9 or byte, yeah. ;) May 14, 2019 at 6:36

1 Answer 1


The root of the problem here is that the election system doesn't handle situations where users involved in the election are deleted. At least, it doesn't handle them well.

In this case, one of the candidates was merged - effectively, their profile was deleted and information moved to a new user with a new ID... While the old ID persisted in the election data.

The short-term fix here was to just update the ID. The medium-term fix is to correct the logic that blows up when a user can't be found. The long-term fix would be to automatically update IDs when a candidate is merged or deleted.


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