Summary: Spanish Language Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on September 9 to bring in two more moderators.

For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack Exchange. The timeline:

  • Starting on September 9, users can nominate themselves. Users can also ask questions on meta for potential moderators to answer. (Use the and tags.)

  • On September 16, if there are three or more candidates, we'll run an election. If not, I'll simply appoint the candidates. (There's a small chance we'll need to remove a nomination, but I doubt that will come up.)

  • If there is an election, I'll announce the results on meta on September 24.

(Note for current moderators: there's no need to nominate yourself even though you'll likely get an email saying you should. The system assumes the first election is a graduation election, which would mean moderators would need to be re-elected. This isn't that sort of election.)

If you have any questions about the process, please stick them in an answer here.

  • Welcome to the site, JNat! Nice to see you around :) – walen Aug 1 at 9:59

Is the timeline fixed?

Historically, July and August (along with Easter and Christmas) have been low-traffic months for this site. We are already experiencing this:

2019 stats

This is because these are the months for summer break in Spain and several Latin America countries (including most of those in the Northern Hemisphere as well as Peru and some regions of Colombia); and, for countries in the Southern Hemisphere like Argentina, Chile... it is rather too close to the end of school's winter break.
Given that a good part of our community is comprised of students, it is understandable that participation on the site goes hand in hand with school periods. For this very same reason, October and November (and maybe the second half of September) are the months with the highest traffic and participation.

I believe it's desirable for any election to have a high voter turnout. Because of this, I think it'd be positive to move the election to the second half of September.

A point could be made about the new mods needing some time to learn the ropes, and a high-traffic period not being the best moment to do so. However, I don't think that'd be an issue: we've been doing OK with just two active mods for some years now; we can survive a couple months more while they adapt, if that means they will be backed up by a greater share of our community.

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    The election can be moved, no worries — the only bit we need to make sure of first, though, is whether the current team (minus the mods stepping down) needs to have the "full team" ready ASAP, or if it can wait for ~1 month before that happens. – JNat Aug 1 at 10:02
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    It sounds logic. We current moderators do not have problem with waiting a bit to have the full team on board, so waiting until September sounds good. Hopefully will come with many good candidates and debates around the election. cc @JNat – fedorqui Aug 1 at 13:59
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    Moved it to September 9th, after discussing it with the mods :) – JNat Aug 1 at 14:36
  • @JNat fair enough :) Thanks! – walen Aug 1 at 22:08

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