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Does anyone know how often elections are held; how often moderators are re-elected?

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    $\begingroup$ Lev, did you withdraw your nomination because of this answer? I think SE has not really decided about this yet (they haven't faced a serious problem about it and therefore don't have a policy on it). It seems that on SO they had a recent election to add a number of new moderators as the SO community grow and of course you can stop being a moderator when you decide. I hope that you withdraw your withdrawal and continue to run to be a moderator. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Jan 27 '11 at 4:25
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    $\begingroup$ Yes (good eye!) -- an indefinite term worries me, especially because without fixed elections set in advance it is unclear what the expectation will be. I imagined a moderator working hard for say 6 months and then letting someone else do it... without upsetting the expectations/ideas of the community and of other moderators. I withdrew so that I would reconsider my nomination in light of this answer because it was very much different from what I thought the policy is (and should be). $\endgroup$ – Lev Reyzin Jan 27 '11 at 5:39
  • $\begingroup$ ps. Thank you for your encouragement. Actually seeing good and enthusiastic candidates such as yourself makes me feel less of a need to run! $\endgroup$ – Lev Reyzin Jan 27 '11 at 5:40
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    $\begingroup$ @Lev, the hope is that we can keep adding more moderators as time goes on, so that the work gets amortized down. There are so many of us who do moderator-like jobs anyway ! $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Jan 27 '11 at 6:57
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    $\begingroup$ After some thought, I have re-nominated myself. But my text is faded. Fair punishment I guess :) $\endgroup$ – Lev Reyzin Jan 28 '11 at 0:33
  • $\begingroup$ @Lev: I posted a bug report on meta.cstheory.stackexchange.com. $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Jan 28 '11 at 10:54
  • $\begingroup$ Apparently I'm not allowed to renominate myself because of a mystery policy nobody knew about. meta.cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/907/… $\endgroup$ – Lev Reyzin Jan 28 '11 at 17:42
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See discussion at

Should Community Moderators be "elected for life", or have terms?

but the consensus was effectively for life, or until they get dragged away by other concerns -- guess which is more common in practice? :)

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