It's time for us to consider holding an election for moderators for Ask Ubuntu.

The last election we held was back in 2019, where we elected a single moderator, and since then, several of our moderators have resigned (Seth, terdon, jrg, and RolandiXor). That leaves us with fewer moderators than we had, and of that not all of us are active.

So: we should hold a new election to get ourselves back up to a more regularly-available and active moderation team. To avoid finding ourselves in a situation where an election would fail due to an insufficient number of candidates, though, I'm posting this to try to assess the community members' willingness to step up and nominate themselves, when the actual election's nomination period starts.

Please leave an answer if you'd be willing to run for a moderator position, should we decide to run an election.

NOTE: This is not an official election nomination thread, just a "pulse check" to get a notion of how many people here would be willing to step up.

Currently, June 1st is the tentative date for such an election, but only if we can get enough people willing to run for moderator positions.

A moderator election has been scheduled for June 1st. The Question Collection post is now up here.

  • lt would help if there is something related to what this envolves. How much time you for instance spent on AU as a moderator. How you divide your time.
    – Rinzwind
    May 19 '20 at 17:17
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    also Rolandixor is still a moderator.
    – Rinzwind
    May 19 '20 at 17:19
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    @Rinzwind he has the diamond, but posted on meta last month that he'll be stepping down soon (and hasn't been all that active before that). For practical purposes, I'd say he's not around as a mod anymore.
    – muru
    May 19 '20 at 17:32
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    How many candidates would we need for an election not to fail?
    – Dan
    May 20 '20 at 6:25
  • I retire at the end of this year so perhaps in 2021 :)
    – andrew.46
    May 26 '20 at 11:56
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    So, how is this looking? There are some good candidates but is it enough? I guess more will run on the day if they don't read meta. Should some of us run just to make up the numbers? I don't want the site to be too low on mods.
    – Mark Kirby
    May 26 '20 at 17:13
  • What about the rest of the mostly inactive mods that aren't providing any value to the site? Personally, I think they should be replaced with new blood. All four of these respondents seem to have an active interest in maintaining the quality of the site. There are a couple that I don't see providing much value. May 29 '20 at 1:42
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    @KevinBowen A good portion of the existing mod team are indeed online and active but not in the forefront of the site operations like I am. Just because you don't see the mods doing things doesn't mean they aren't inactive, there's several ways of tracking activity of mods that aren't visible to the rest of the site and users. Hence why we're going to be running an election to get 2 more people soon.
    – Thomas Ward Mod
    May 29 '20 at 13:34
  • @MarkKirby askubuntu.com/election/7
    – Kulfy
    Jun 1 '20 at 14:08

I would be willing to stand again if there were an election :)

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    Glad to see throw your hat in the ring. I think you would make a great addition to the mod squad. May 26 '20 at 21:49

I would like to join the existing crew. 🤗


Well, I have run in the past two elections and I would run again.


I have the time, and would be happy to serve.

  • Hey, thank you for your interest. For your information, the nomination phase is ending tomorrow and you have to nominate yourself to partake in the election.
    – jokerdino Mod
    Jun 14 '20 at 17:54
  • Hello, how do I nominate myself
    – GilbertS
    Jun 16 '20 at 17:08

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