# Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Astronomy Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on March 29 to bring in one more moderator.

For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack Exchange.

The timeline is as follows:

• Starting on March 29, users can nominate themselves. Users can also ask questions on meta for potential moderators to answer. (Use the discussion and election tags.)

• On April 5, if there are two or more candidates, we'll run an election. If not, I'll simply appoint the candidates. (There's a small chance we'll need to remove a nomination, but I doubt that will come up.)

• If there is an election, I'll announce the results on meta on April 12.

(Note for current moderators: there's no need to nominate yourself even though you'll likely get an email saying you should. The system assumes the first election is a graduation election, which would mean moderators would need to be re-elected. This isn't that sort of election.)

• Is there a list of expectations for moderators somewhere? Like how often they are expected to log on to clear queues, etc?
– Connor Garcia Mod
Mar 24 '21 at 22:11
• @ConnorGarcia The general expectations are described here: stackoverflow.blog/2009/05/18/a-theory-of-moderation
– called2voyage Mod
Mar 25 '21 at 13:38
• @ConnorGarcia This is a great question though, because Astronomy has unique needs. Astronomy users tend to generate a lot more flags than similar sites (such as Space Exploration), so it would be most helpful to have someone who could be on regularly to help with the flag burn-down.
– called2voyage Mod
Mar 25 '21 at 13:39
• @ConnorGarcia Congrats on joining the mod team! I look forward to working with you.
– called2voyage Mod
Apr 5 '21 at 20:21
• @called2voyage Thanks very much. I look forward to working with you as well. Looks like I have some homework to do on learning policy and procedure tonight!
– Connor Garcia Mod
Apr 5 '21 at 20:24