This site has now been in beta for 441 days. We've exceeded by far all of the target metrics required for launch (except questions per day -- but our questions tend to be more engaging and most are interesting to a wide swath of the community). I don't want to keep beating a dead pony.

Instead, what I'd like to know, is whether it would be possible to go ahead and have elections? I was appointed as a moderator pro tempore based on a week of activity, well over a year ago now -- longer than the term of elected moderators. There are now plenty of people qualified to do the job, and the community is well established.

If Stack Exchange can't commit to a launch date, can we at least have elections? Or is it true that Joel Spolsky hates democracy? Pretty please. Think of the children.

  • Ponies don't die, they just evolve into unicorns.
    – Zelda
    Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 19:33
  • Okay then, I don't want to keep beating a live unicorn. Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 20:03
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    Better not, or they'll kick your teeth in. With rainbows.
    – Zelda
    Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 20:06

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Moderator elections happen after graduation and even though we got a "proper" theme early I can't see that changing. We need to get that sorted first.

Now that we've graduated moderator elections should be on the agenda sometime soon.

Also once elected, the job's yours for as long as you want it.

(And don't worry I won't stand :).)

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