Summary: Artificial Intelligence Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on February 17, 2020 to bring in two more moderators.

For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack Exchange. The timeline:

  • Starting on February 17, 2020, users can nominate themselves. Users can also ask questions on meta for potential moderators to answer. (Use the and tags.)

  • On February 24, 2020, if there are three 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 March 3, 2020.

(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.

Note: The election date was pushed back a month, due to some ongoing back-end work on the election mechanics, in order to automate some steps.

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    $\begingroup$ Is there a plan for what to do if there are no candidates? After the recent tumultuous events on MSE I'd almost be surprised if it didn't happen somewhere on the network. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 13, 2019 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ If there are no candidates, we'll extend the nomination period for one week, and cancel the election if that's not enough — our usual process. Though, it seems there are users interested in running :) $\endgroup$
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Nov 13, 2019 at 13:00
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    $\begingroup$ Why are we waiting for so long though? $\endgroup$
    – user9947
    Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 7:48
  • $\begingroup$ Because of the holidays that are coming up, @DuttaA :) $\endgroup$
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 17:19


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