Summary: Sustainable Living Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on February 24, 2020 to bring in two more moderators.

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

  • Starting on February 24, 2020, users can nominate themselves. Users can also ask questions on meta for potential moderators to answer. (Use the and tags.)

  • On March 2, 2020, 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 March 10, 2020.

(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.

Note: The election date was pushed back a month, due to some ongoing back-end work on the election mechanics, in order to automate some steps.

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    As a current mod on Arqade I believe I have the SE experience necessary to help moderate, but is there a minimum site-rep requirement for being considered for moderation? I've only recently discovered Sustainable Living SE but it's something I've been passionate about for years, and I wouldn't mind throwing my hat in the ring to help this site grow.
    – Robotnik Mod
    Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 3:37
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    The sidebar on the election page says any community member in good standing with more than 300 reputation may nominate themselves, @Robotnik. You still have a bit of time to get there, and are already halfway through :)
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 10:08
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    @Robotnik Congrats on reaching 300 reputation!
    – THelper
    Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 8:48
  • @THelper Thanks! With plenty of time to spare :)
    – Robotnik Mod
    Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 10:09

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I am one of the moderators who will step down. As can be seen from our (public) Site statistics Sustainability.SE has been growing slowly but steadily and the library built here already seems to provide canonical answers to a large number of sustainability related questions (with several questions over 100k views).

In almost seven years(!) much has changed work- and family-wise and I have found it increasingly difficult to spend time here on the site, so I am looking forward to the new faces that will be able to make the site a better place and wish us all on the site continued success!

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    Thank you for all the work you did here on Sustainable Living! I know you are rather busy these days, but I hope to see you on the site occasionally.
    – THelper
    Commented Jan 9, 2020 at 8:41

Like Earthliŋ , I'm stepping down too. It's been an honour to serve this community, and I hope that the new mods will take the site onto much greater things than I've been able to.

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    Thank you for all your work! You've written many great answers and I hope that you will continue to write more.
    – THelper
    Commented Jan 11, 2020 at 7:51
  • I notice you changed your handle and avatar -- any particular significance? From generic energy-related numbers to a specific number -- the current CO2 concentration in ppm?
    – LShaver Mod
    Commented Mar 5, 2020 at 14:30
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    @LShaver 410 Gone is a http status code: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – THelper
    Commented Mar 21, 2020 at 15:47

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