I was most dismayed to see that votes I made for moderator candidates were being added to my profile stats.

It does not seem right that these votes should count the way question and answer votes do. (Kobi, and others, seem to agree.)

This also works against those of us who are working to an up/down ratio, or striving for the Electorate badge.

Please remove these votes from the normal SO tallies and statistics.

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    It actually helps your progress to the Electorate badge as the nominations are questions rather than answers.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 9:51
  • @ChrisF: Do you have a source/reference for that? You could answer Jason Plank's question. Seems like the votes would be for answers to the question, "Who shall be the next moderators?" :D But, even if they helped towards the electorate badge, it doesn't seem proper to count those votes in our SO profile/stats. Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 10:25
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    @Brock yes Yi Jiang (who wrote the election page) told me in chat - chat.meta.stackoverflow.com/transcript/message/475070#475070 - "Technically speaking they are questions - I looked them up using the API"
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 10:30
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    I really don't understand why this would be a problem. I'm quite shocked that your rep/badges are more important to you than who is going to help moderating the site. Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 10:32
  • @Octavian Damiean: Nowhere did I state that valued badges more than moderators (Not that that isn't a very valid and logical stance on stackexchange sites). I merely linked to others (at least six) who had that question. Personally, I was more annoyed that my up/down ratio got hammered by an unexpected side-effect. Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 10:36
  • I see but really does it matter that much? Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 10:37
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    @Octavian Damiean: No, obviously this is not an earth shattering issue. Just an annoyance and a question. I don't see that I treated it otherwise. Although, 10 upvotes here, and several upvotes elsewhere, suggest that I'm not the only one annoyed/curious. Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 10:43

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