While looking at the election page, I noticed that it states:

moderator positions available 3

We currently have four moderators. So we will lose one moderator spot. How many is right for this community?

  • George made this note: I'm mentioning this because it was new information to me: apparently if a moderator is elected once, they needn't seek re-election. They are a mod. for life. Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 18:50

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Three is the standard number of community moderators for a launched, public site.

There will be more moderator elections later (typically every year), adding more moderators.

We can also appoint moderators if something urgent happens and a moderator has to step down or take an extended leave of absence.


I brought this up in chat earlier. It went something along the lines of:

  • Me: Why are there only 3 positions? Surely we want more than we have now.
  • Marco: Current mods aren't that active but I cope.
  • Me: True, you are awesome.
  • Marco: If we had 3 active mods, it would be easy.
  • Me: True

On reflection we do only need a few but for it to be easy as we grow, we need two or three on all the time. I do think five is a much healthier number but we have at least a dozen people who are trustworthy enough to have the designation... So why not?

I'm serious. Adding more only makes the job easier.

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