The issue of holding fair elections is largely technical. The long-term solution will likely come from [Stack Exchange management]. Still, bring up these issues in meta. There is a lot of room for innovation. Discussing the criteria of a great moderator is important and picking out potential candidates is a great way to introduce outstanding contributors to your community. And [management] are completely open to appointing temporary Moderators when someone’s contribution makes them a standout choice for your community’s human exception handler.
I think @J.R. ought to be our first moderator here. He has largely contributed many answers to meta.english.SE and has shown advanced expertise in defining the community policy.
I hope that in selecting the protemporals SE will consider including representatives of all three of the major constituencies here:
- the English-language 'experts', who provide most of the answers and inevitably get the most reputation;
- the non-native-speaker questioners, who more than make up for any linguistic deficiency by an acute (sometimes painful!) understanding of the real needs of our audience;
- the teachers of English, who know better than any of us how the needs are best addressed.
Having spoken with her in chat and read her Meta questions, I would like to nominate WendiKidd as one of the moderators. She has made a distinct effort both to answer users' questions and try to make the site successful. Some of her Meta posts have aimed to:
- Figure out the audience of the site
- Make the site more welcoming for new users
- Understand better herself how Beta works
In addition, she is active in chat, which shows a willingness to build and foster the sense of community here.
A moderator should be someone that has proven themselves worthy of being a moderator. They may not necessarily have much rep, however their answers should be of reasonable quality.
They should be able to take, give and request feedback on questions and answers via comments, and should be able to communicate with the entire community.
I'm throwing my hat into the ring.
I'm familiar with the workings of SE sites and have been around SE for a little while now. I would like to see this community grow and ELL become the canonical resource for people who are learning English.
I'm also on an Australian Timezone (GMT+10 [AEST]) which means I am active when those who are around the Atlantic are usually asleep, so there would always be someone floating around.
If you'd like to know more feel free to ping me in chat or ask in a comment.
I would like to nominate myself for moderator. I was a little late in commiting to the Area 51 proposal, and I wasn't able to promote the sight, as I would have liked. However I believe I am a good responsible user, who has what is best for the community in mind. I don't have the most reputation on the site, however I have enough to show I am active. I also believe I have done a good job, in helping to moderate the site with my somewhat-limited powers.
Thank you for your consideration,