Politics Stack Exchange graduated late last year. After discussing with the current moderators and the community management team, we're looking at scheduling the graduation election to start somewhere in July 2022. To avoid finding ourselves in a situation where an election would fail due to an insufficient number of candidates, though, we’re 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. As mentioned, we're looking at scheduling the nomination period to start some time in July '22.

Since post-beta elections need to be competitive, the interest check will help us determine how many slots we should have. To run a four slot election, we would need at least five candidates.

The winners of the graduation election will make up the new moderation team. As then community manager Jon Ericson wrote in 2018:

On graduation, all moderators must stand for re-election if they wish to continue in the role. There will be no difference between moderators who ran for an election during beta and moderators we appoint.

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, so you don't have to put up your whole election nomination.

  • We currently have 3 moderators, is there a need to add more?
    – Joe W
    May 13 at 17:39
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    @JoeW It's a graduation election; the current moderators are still pro-tem. In other words, me and the other mods will have to get (re)elected if we want to stay on as mods.
    – JJJ Mod
    May 13 at 17:45
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    I understand that and what I was asking is that if the current number we have is enough or that there is a need for more.
    – Joe W
    May 13 at 18:24
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    @JoeW ah okay, yea I think we're aiming for three or four. Three works, but four is a bit more flexible when not everyone is here (both in terms of daily routine and being busy in real life for longer periods).
    – JJJ Mod
    May 13 at 18:45
  • The moderator team here is top-notch; speedy and responsive yet open and operating with a "light touch". The mod work load must be enormous in Politics SE compared to other sites already asking for a fourth moderator.
    – uhoh
    2 days ago
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    @uhoh we used to have four mods since the last election. I'm not sure about the size of the mod team over the years before that.
    – JJJ Mod
    2 days ago

2 Answers 2


I was elected as a pro tempore moderator in October 2020, and I’ve found the last year and a half enjoyable and engaging, so I intend to nominate myself once again in the upcoming graduation election. I highly encourage anyone else considering doing so to throw their hat in the ring as well!

While we’re on the topic, I’d also like to thank yannis who has stepped down as a moderator. He was very welcoming when I was elected and helped me learn the ropes, not to mention his near-decade of service since being appointed back in 2013.


I plan to run in the graduation election too. I enjoy the moderation aspect to the site, especially with the current affairs angle on Politics keeping things interesting.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the other moderators as well as yannis who’s recently left the team. Though we mostly act independently, it’s always been nice to have the support and counsel of my fellow mods.

If this appeals to you too then I look forward to seeing you join the race. :)

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