I haven't been on this site in a while, but I noticed that elections are going on right now. That's really exciting, and I can't wait to see what the new moderators will bring! However, there is one crucial piece of information that I haven't been able to find out anywhere.

Why are we having elections?

This kinda feels like a silly question, but I don't see any answers anywhere.

Are current moderators stepping down or resigning? How many new moderators are being elected? How many moderators will the site have after the election?


Every so often, the higher-ups at SE will ask the moderation team if new moderators should be added.

New moderators could be added for a number of reasons, such as:

  • The site is growing, meaning that the moderation load is growing.
  • The current mods could use some extra help shouldering the load.

The current moderation team is staying in place, but we will be adding two more to the moderation team.

I think the current mod team has been handling things okay, but it will be nice to have a couple more folks to assist. It's hard for just two or three people to keep monitoring a site that gets traffic twenty-four hours a day from all over the world.

At the end of the election, there will be five moderators on the team. After seeing a number of excellent candidates add their names to the list of candidates during the nomination phase, I'm looking forward to working with the expanded team.

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    Cool, thank you for clarifying this! – James Aug 22 '16 at 16:11

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