What happens when a moderator candidate schedules their profile for deletion while the election is going on?
Just curious. What will happen to the votes that they had already gained?
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It's a Single Transferable Vote (STV), so there's options, though picking the best option is pretty important.
It mainly matters if the candidate came in a placing that let them win. Otherwise it might not matter. If they did win...
Since it's STV - in theory it's possible to simply either pass on the candidates votes to the next user (if the software allows), or go with the next choice to fill that seat - as if it was a mod stepping down.
As it's the first time it's happened, this would also set a precedent on how it's handled in future, though hopefully this would be an uncommon situation.
However, it's also worth recognizing that both standing for a moderator role, and choosing to step down are difficult decisions, and well, as fellow users and human beings, it's worth respecting the privacy and feelings of the moderator candidate. We might have our differences, but there's a point where we might want to tone back on the gawking, and remember there's a real person there.
In practice - it looks like any votes remaining will be transferred as per the Meek STV Algorithm though voters are free to change their ballot till the end of the elections.