The site has now had its second failed election (I, II), with no candidates putting their hat in the ring to become a site moderator. The actual activity for mods seems pretty low (less than 1 action per day at present), so the position shouldn't be too onerous or difficult.

Jnat says that "the next steps are for the Community to consider here what may have gone wrong" and that the CMs will be working with the moderation "team" (which currently consists of just one individual) to offer their help and support moving forward.

So, what did go wrong and why were individuals unwilling to stand?

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One can help the site with no Moderator's hat.

I, for one, see my role as helping the Mods with cleaning low-quality content. One excellent instrument for that is Review Queues.

Even more, Moderators have the privilege of binding vote; in other words, they always act single-handedly on posts — which is not exactly what I want for myself.

If you really want help the site, here's the (obvious) todo list:

  • visit the site on a regular basis;
  • vote; the reputation is the "currency" of the Stack Exchange network;
  • visit Review Queues;
  • flag bad posts.

Naturally, you would need some reputation gained to get access to necessary instruments.

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    The immediate worry is that with only a single moderator (who by their own admission is feeling "burnt out") and no-one willing to take on some of the workload, the site is at severe risk of being closed.
    – Valorum
    Apr 28, 2021 at 17:11
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    Yea, I need a break... Or at least a helping hand.
    – Canadian Luke Mod
    Apr 28, 2021 at 20:52
  • @bytebuster so the reason you don't want to be a mod is because you don't want your close votes and reopen votes to be "binding" ? May 3, 2021 at 22:51
  • @NikeDattani - Which seems a little counter-productive if the entire site is in danger of being yanked.
    – Valorum
    May 3, 2021 at 22:54
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    @Valorum you're preaching to the choir :) May 3, 2021 at 22:55

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