I am the first one to think Charlie could be a very good mod. This comes first!
It is also important to know what the procedure is. For this, comments like:
Guidance regarding those hoops might be would be much appreciated
I don't know what the process is but I will stay tuned and see what is recommended.
... shock me a bit. I mean, aparente, you've been a Stack Exchange user for 4+ years. You know how to find things and that there are some procedures and, honestly, I don't like the tone of 'Hey I would like this, please make it happen.'
Some basic ideas (relevant posts are easy to find):
- Beta sites have Pro Tem moderators.
- Traditionally, those Pro Tem moderators were appointed by CMs:
- I was emailed by a CM on a given moment and said yes.
- For Diego, I asked CMs for suppoet, since I noticed most of the workload was on my side.
- Lately a Pro Tem election system has been put in place and several Beta sites have been using it. I checked with CMs some months ago and we can eventualy ask for it.
That being said, adding a member to the mod team needs to be considered, specially by the current mod team. Having someone new on board means adjusting dynamics and it is desirable to have someone with a good vibe, honest, objective and able to eventually defend positions they are not entirely happy with (I know Charlie would do great on all of this).
As a mod you see the dark side of the site, with trolls, people that want to make you lose some time and people that are just weird. Also, it comes with a red button to whatever you touch that makes things get resolved onehandedly, and not as a part of a collegiated decision.
For Diego and me, for example, it means that we are not expected to attend the review queues much, which is something we used to do often back on our non-mod life in Spanish.SE.
95% of private messages to users were sent by either Diego or me. Time of flag handling has drecreased to less than the half to what was before. +80% of deleted posts were done by either Diego or me. I think also that Meta has had quite a lot of movement over the last three years.
We all know things can always go better. However, it is just that asking for a new mod for the sake of it is not always 'the' solution, because it can have unnecessary drawbacks.