An election will be held in a couple weeks on Code Review SE. Near the bottom of the main content is an <aside> using past tense wording:

17,568 voters were eligible, 0 visited the site during the election, 0 visited the election page, and 0 voted

This election has not started yet.

screenshot of the aside element

Yet the election has not even started. Can it use present tense verbs instead of past tense verbs?

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  • It could just mean 17,568 voters were eligible at last checkup for 300 repz.
    – TheMaster
    Feb 27 at 18:43
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    Or it could be because we all live in a simulation and the elections were already held?
    – Laf
    Feb 27 at 18:53
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    @Laf Now all we need is the system to tell us who won.
    – Mast
    Feb 27 at 18:56
  • @Laf - 100%. This should be posted as the (accepted) answer Feb 27 at 19:45
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    No repro for me, the <aside> is blank. Screenshot. Can you please also share screenshot showing what you mean? Or perhaps it's showing only if you're eligible to vote/nominate? (You can verify by viewing while logged out, or guest mode of the browser) Feb 27 at 19:59
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    @ShadowWizardLoveZelda I have added a screenshot. That is interesting - I do see the empty element in a private/incognito window... <aside class="d-flex fd-column s-notice s-notice__info fs-body3 gsy gs8" role="status"></aside>
    – Sam Onela
    Feb 27 at 20:04
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    So it's showing either to mods only, or users with enough rep to vote or nominate themselves, if you have sock with enough rep you can test it as well. ;) Feb 27 at 20:05
  • It's not "enough rep to vote or nominate themselves" (I have 323 and see the empty aside), so I assume it's moderators only. Might be part of the "moderators ignore permissions checks" thing: someone thought this information is useful for a moderator to see, and just made it available without checking the message's wording?
    – wizzwizz4
    Feb 27 at 20:40
  • The one on SO says "Nominations close in 7 days.". I can't reproduce the behavior reported on Code Review. I presume they fixed some kind of buggy condition that was coded for this specific part of the page. Are there any other SE communities with elections coming soon?
    – Laf
    Feb 27 at 20:49
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    Can confirm those stats are only shown to moderators until the election has been completed or cancelled. They also appear in a different place (below the list of users elected) once the election is over.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Feb 28 at 3:03
  • @animuson interesting - in general should such information be kept private? if so, then perhaps a warning is warranted, similar to the warnings in other places.
    – Sam Onela
    Feb 28 at 18:37


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