How long, if elected, does a moderator serve? I can't find any links that specify a term or time-limit. Is it a life-long thing?

  • \$\begingroup\$ worth noting, be careful who you vote for, when someone wins you have them for a long time. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 15:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk - Do you mean we can't shoot them if we're fed up with them? \$\endgroup\$
    – stevenvh
    Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 16:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ @stevenvh: No, he's saying that shooting moderators is apparently the only way for the masses to get regime change around here. I don't see a problem with our current leaders currently, but remember that Hitler was originally elected too. By the time the citizens wanted to get rid of him assasination was the only option. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 18:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @OlinLathrop so you're saying Kortuk is a nice Hitler? :) \$\endgroup\$
    – W5VO
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 15:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ @w5vo: I didn't say anthing about Kortuk, but I do think he's doing a fine job. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 20:51

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Apparently this election is for additional moderators, so our faithful moderators will remain at the job. Some have too little time, hence the enforcement.

It looks like we're going to be stuck with Kortuk until he dies, maybe longer.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Moderators only leave if they step down or are too ill to return to the site for an extended period, so yes, till I die or give up. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 14:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk - That wasn't me hoping you were leaving, I just can't find it documented anywhere on SE. There are very few undocumented policies around here, so I just figured I couldn't find it. Do you have any links that address this? \$\endgroup\$
    – Joel B
    Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 16:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JoelB I really dont, actually, but I have discussed it with the SE employees before and know it to be true. I can get an official quote later if you want one. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 16:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk - No worries. I spend some of the most boring parts of my day getting official quotes, with this site being the exception. It just seems like that is something worth mentioning to any prospective applicants. \$\endgroup\$
    – Joel B
    Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 16:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JoelB Yes, it probably is something to note, but they can step down a year or two from now and we will just have another election, that is how this one came about. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 17:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk - I thought moderator elections were automatic at some frequency. \$\endgroup\$
    – Joel B
    Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 18:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ They contact the moderation team on a yearly frequency to ask about load. They have their own metrics and I bet they would react to other possible issues without being contacted \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 20:12

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