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Let's disallow moderator nominations from people who've been suspended in the past year

I am very happy with this. I don't think it's an unreasonable restriction and the net win for the process itself is big. This is supposed to be a fun and exciting time for a site and everyone that ...
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What are the details on the "candidate score" which shows during an election?

The Candidate Score can range from 0 to 40, and is calculated as follows: 1 point for each 1000 reputation up to 20,000 reputation for a maximum of 20 points. 1 point each for Moderation badges - ...
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Can a fired moderator be elected as a moderator?

Past events indicate that whatever senior staff thinks is appropriate is what will be allowed or disallowed, regardless of what has gone before, what staff has said on Meta, or what written policy is. ...
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Design-Independent Graduation is on for early September!

I am ...dissatisfied with this from at least two perspectives. One perspective is that as a Programmer, one is that as a member of the Code Review Community @200_success: Come on. You know we hear ...
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Design-Independent Graduation is on for early September!

Some clarification: This is only one step in a very long process of figuring out what it means to be what kind of site on the SE network. We had the concept of a strict graduation for many years. ...
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What would my Election Candidate score be?

Here's a SEDE query - this displays the candidate scores for some of the candidates in the 6th election on Stack Overflow. You can use the site-switcher to make this work for user IDs on a different ...
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Exclude comment flags from the helpful flag count during moderator election

Update: the system described below is live for all past and future elections Big thanks to Ol' Slim and his merry band of stats-obsessed voters over on Mathematics Stack Exchange for coming up with ...
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Let's break up with "Graduation" and remove a bunch of "Beta" labels

I'm speaking from the perspective of someone who uses and moderates several low-activity beta sites. I agree that it can be, at times, a bit demoralizing to see some sites quickly graduate,1 while ...
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Writing desperately needs moderators!

I’m sorry. The long-standing repercussions of the fall are something we’re still recovering from. The moderator situation on Writing and a handful of other sites is something we need to address - ...
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Will we really have "democratic" moderator elections?

Moderators who resigned resigned in good standing. I don't think anyone can fault them for choosing the path of action they did, simply because there's no alternative. Outside of seeing that other ...
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Help me opine about a new election system

The first Skeptics election had 64 voters in total. That's a scary number to me, any lower and I'm not sure the election would mean anything. The previous stance by SE was always that the ...
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Design-Independent Graduation is on for early September!

I'm glad to hear that improvements are coming. Thank you. No it's not perfect yet, but Abby's answer gives me hope that more improvements will come as you continue to refine this process. Since ...
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Is it common or desirable for moderators of one SE site to actively influence moderator elections of another site?

Is it common? Yes. I've been observing these elections for as long as they've existed, and in my experience there are users who will nearly always spark a comment from a moderator when they choose to ...
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Let's disallow moderator nominations from people who've been suspended in the past year

I agree with this. Being a moderator is a higher responsibility than being an ordinary user; it should follow that moderators are held to a higher standard, and that there is an intermediate stage ...
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Help me opine about a new election system

Should "Moderator For Life" always be automatic… and FOREVER? This would be a fundamental change in the relationship between the moderators (particularly the elected ones) and the company and, more ...
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Which moderator election was decided with the smallest margin?

It appears that today's results from the Code Review election resulted in 224.05 "votes" for Mast and 224.32 "votes" for Peilonrayz, so a difference of 0.27 out of 767 total ...
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Should Community Managers remain impartial during Moderator elections?

I see no reason why they should stay impartial . . . but they should make it clear who they're speaking for. Community Managers work for Stack Exchange. Whenever I see one doing something, I ...
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Let's disallow moderator nominations from people who've been suspended in the past year

I tend to agree with this. The reason is, unlike content that you contribute to different Stack Exchange sites, the principles of moderation stay the same between them, for the most part. These people ...
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I appealed against a suspension, but the appeal is still pending. Am I going to miss the election?

Even back when the Community Team had twice as many people on it, 7-day suspensions were pretty much never investigated. The standard timeline of events was always as follows: User is suspended. User ...
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Let's disallow moderator nominations from people who've been suspended in the past year

To somewhat play devil’s advocate, I am throwing an alternative into the ring that has not been discussed yet (forgive me if I missed something): TL;DR Let the voters decide, but steer inform them ...
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Help me opine about a new election system

Could we get a yearly check in meta post by the Community user asking if the site would like to have a mod election? On some sites, a mod election may be necessary while on others the community could ...
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Is it common or desirable for moderators of one SE site to actively influence moderator elections of another site?

Either you want the election process to be open and frank or you want it be about electing those you get along with in the chat room despite whatever personality flaws and misgivings are actually ...
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Let's disallow moderator nominations from people who've been suspended in the past year

I agree with this in general. I'd say if you've been so immoderate as to get yourself banned from an SE site, you need time to let bygones be bygones before you can be an undivisive candidate. There ...
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Let's give a better idea of what moderators do

As this answer says, some of this information will be both site-dependent and time-dependent. I suspect that a high-level "what do moderators do?" post could be written too, but it's ...
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Should we be concerned on the region based voting on moderators?

I really don't think this is a problem to worry about. In any election there are always some voting patterns based on demographics and personalities. Of course these skew the results, but it's not ...
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Why aren't moderators moderating but wait for high-rep users to do it?

I always thought that high-rep users with additional privileges only support moderators in their work but it looks like they're actually the ones doing it. If moderators don't care about the queues, ...
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Is it common or desirable for moderators of one SE site to actively influence moderator elections of another site?

Moderator elections tend to draw some attention across the network, especially among users active on multiple SE sites and interested in the meta aspects of the network. So of course we sometimes talk ...
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By-elections or non-competitive recall of runners-up?

Since the last SO election was less than 6 months ago, we reached out to some of the runners up to see if they were interested. Typically, if an election is within 6 months we'll ask the runners up. ...
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Exclude comment flags from the helpful flag count during moderator election

There's another historical reason why this makes sense. Before June of 2013, comment flags didn't count as "helpful" flags in the statistics. They didn't affect the numbers one way or another. Anyone ...
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