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From The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta:

The issue of holding fair elections is largely technical. The long-term solution will likely come from us. Still, bring up these issues in meta. There is a lot of room for innovation. Discussing the criteria of a great moderator is important and picking out potential candidates is a great way to introduce outstanding contributors to your community. And we are completely open to appointing temporary Moderators when someone’s contribution makes them a standout choice for your community’s human exception handler.

These are not permanent positions; after the site graduates, we'll hold an election to decide the permanent moderators.

So, who should we appoint as our pro tempore moderators?


Some ground rules (taken from past pro tem nominations on other beta sites):

  • Feel free to nominate whomever you think is deserving, including yourself:

    Self nominations are okay, and even encouraged. Most sites have not had sufficient time for many users to stand out. Self nomination is simply a way to say, “I'm interested. Let my record speak for itself.”

     - Moderator Pro Tempore

  • If someone else nominates you, please indicate whether you accept your nomination or not. This makes it easier for the Stack Exchange staff to build their list of candidates.

  • Voting on your favorite (or least favorite) candidates is also helpful, although the top-voted candidates are not automatically chosen as if it were an election.

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    This isn't necessarily going to be a quick process, by the way; Outdoors has had their nomination post up for almost three weeks so far. – Michael Myers Feb 21 '12 at 18:36
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    I would be very interested in nominating myself, as I'm both active and familiar with the SE theory of moderation. Unfortunately, I'm moving in a few days and will be job hunting in my new locale, thus cutting into the attention I can give to the site. – corsiKa Feb 29 '12 at 21:31
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When would naming moderators begin? I would be happy to serve as a mod now and in the future. I visit the site a lot and have enough free time to spend doing it. I'm also a good editor and have done lots of technical writing in the past.

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    Outdoors just got their moderators appointed today; they went into public beta 15 days before Sports did, according to Area 51. – Michael Myers Feb 29 '12 at 17:34
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    OK, so based on the timing of Outdoors it sound like we might be a couple of weeks away then? I wouldn't mind seeing Sports.SE grow a little more before moderators. It still feels pretty small at ~150 questions. – jamauss Feb 29 '12 at 17:36
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    Agreed. I don't think there's a definitive timetable anyway; the community staff just does it when they think a site is ready. And I heard today that they don't always even realize that a moderator nomination post exists, despite the fact that the community director himself wrote the guidelines that call for such a post. – Michael Myers Feb 29 '12 at 17:45
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    Sometimes, it's an agonizing process of elimination, pitting candidates head-to-head in trials of skill and strength... Sometimes, we just throw darts at a board. – Shog9 Mar 1 '12 at 4:50

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