What's the process for moderator elections?
Do they all follow this pattern?
Who can initiate elections? And how?
Nominations for ♦ Moderators starts at about 30 days after the site graduates from beta. That gives sufficient time for users who do not participate in the beta to use the site before nominations and elections.
The elections will work much in the same way as the blog post you linked. But we are in the process of putting together a fair and impartial nomination process that does not favor folks to post first to a meta thread.