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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.)

If you have any questions about the process, please stick them in an answer here.

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    $\begingroup$ Is there a list of expectations for moderators somewhere? Like how often they are expected to log on to clear queues, etc? $\endgroup$ – Connor Garcia Mar 24 at 22:11
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    $\begingroup$ @ConnorGarcia The general expectations are described here: stackoverflow.blog/2009/05/18/a-theory-of-moderation $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Mar 25 at 13:38
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    $\begingroup$ @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. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Mar 25 at 13:39
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    $\begingroup$ @ConnorGarcia Congrats on joining the mod team! I look forward to working with you. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Apr 5 at 20:21
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    $\begingroup$ @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! $\endgroup$ – Connor Garcia Apr 5 at 20:24

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