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Currently we have @samcarter and @Caleb as part of the clean up crew along with @Jack and I'm glad that you three are willing to keep our small community nice and clean.

Nevertheless, I think we should find an early consensus on when to have a formal moderator election. What should be our goal as a new, hopefully thriving community to reach before we want to hold formal elections?

Should we aim to get at least <*num*> users so that there is a "democratic basis", or should we agree on a specific time, e.g., say there should be elections <*num*> months after going public?
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Jack Douglas
We are not currently planning to have a single 'moderator' role on TopAnswers. We want to break that down if possible and also shed some of the mystique around moderator actions — in practice that will mean keeping things as public as possible, and even avoiding words like 'moderator', 'reputation' etc that can carry a lot of unnecessary baggage.

That is not to rule out elections. We need some way of making the community itself responsible for choosing how it is run. My current thinking is that communities will elect people with one power: the power to delegate roles (such as 'post cleanup crew') from within the community. Perhaps they could simply be called a '[delegator]('?

If you agree that is a good direction, I'm happy for us to do that when you decide you are ready — bearing in mind of course that the tools and platform will be evolving underneath us as we go along!

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