According to Lev Reyzin, he nominated himself as a moderator, canceled the nomination, and re-nominated himself (see the comment here). On the election page, his statement is grayed out, and there is no “add comment” link. This seems like a bug in the system.
For the benefit of later readers, here is a summary of the facts explained in the answer by a site admin Rebecca Chernoff and the comments on it:
- A grayed out statement means that the nomination was withdrawn.
- The intent of the admins was not to allow renomination after withdrawal.
- The description of the election did not state this restriction explicitly. In addition, there was a bug which made renomination seemingly possible.
- In the case of Lev, the admins declared that the withdrawal was a mistake, and added him back to the candidate list.
Nominating and withdrawing should not be a revolving door. Once you withdraw, you may not re-nominate yourself. These actions should be taken seriously and with finality.
We are fixing the UI so that it will not allow you to do this anymore.
To be clear, nominations that are grayed out are withdrawn nominations.
edit: we will allow exceptions on a case-by-case basis for mistaken withdrawals, but in general, withdrawing from an election is final.