As part of our project to make it easier for our community managers to run moderator elections for our Stack Exchange sites, we've just released new functionality related to creating, answering and reading the candidate questionnaire.
For most elections, we ask the community to contribute questions they want the moderator candidates to answer in a question collection Meta post. The community managers compile these suggestions into a final questionnaire that the candidates respond to.
Until now, using the questionnaire was inefficient and inconvenient for all involved:
- Community managers had to manually copy and paste the suggested questions into a separate Meta post that contained the final questionnaire.
- Candidates were asked to fill out a form to create their intro statement, then go to the questionnaire Meta post to answer the questionnaire (which involved copying and pasting) and then manually edit their intro statement to include a link to their questionnaire answers.
- Voters were asked to switch back and forth between the Election page where voting takes place and the questionnaire Meta post as they made their decisions.
We've introduced functionality to solve all three issues.
Community managers can now generate the questionnaire with a button click
We've built a UI for the community managers that lets them pull in the top questions from the community and quickly edit them into the final questionnaire.
Instead of living in a separate Meta post, the final questionnaire is now published directly on the Election page.
Candidates can now answer the questionnaire in one place
When candidates nominate themselves or edit their nomination, their candidate statement and questionnaire appear in the nomination UI.
Voters can now see questionnaire answers in context
As voters evaluate the candidates on the Election page, the candidates' questionnaire answers appear underneath their intros. Because the answers can get lengthy, we show a snippet of each questionnaire, along with a "Read more" link that expands it.