Summary: Chess Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on June 3 to bring in two more moderators.

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

  • Starting on June 3, users can nominate themselves. Users can also ask questions on meta for potential moderators to answer. (Use the and tags.)

  • On June 10, 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 June 18.

(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.

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So, I don't have a ton of rep on this site, but I have some good answers (IMO), and I have 3000+ rep on Puzzling.SE, so I'm familiar with moderation tools. Would I be a reasonably good candidate? I've heard that mods need to spend at least 30 mins/day working on the site; could I do 4-5 hrs across 3 days, or would I need to be active every day?

Just weighing the pros and cons of self-nominating before the nomination starts.

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    On this site, I don't imagine there's so much work you'd need to spend anything like 30 minutes a day. The more critical thing from my perspective is that there are moderators checking in (and handling any flags that might be around) a few times a week. If you already visit regularly, it won't be very different to be a moderator most of the time. Commented Apr 4, 2019 at 19:07
  • @JonEricson I appreciate the feedback. I might just give this a shot.
    – Brandon_J
    Commented Apr 4, 2019 at 19:09
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    Yes, I believe you would make a fine candidate. You've got a fair amount of rep now, and seem to have quite a bit of moderation experience and familiarity with this community. If you feel comfortable being a mod, then you should absolutely nominate yourself.
    – Picachieu
    Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 1:43

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