UPDATE: After discussion with the moderation team, the Community Management Team has went ahead and scheduled an election to start question collection on October 31, and nominations on November 7.
There seems to be a trend recently that whenever someone is elected moderator at Blender Stack exchange personal life takes its turns and takes away your planned availability for moderation.
No one is stepping down at the moment, but some of the current moderators plan to be less active for the foreseeable future, and as such we think additional help would be welcome.
After discussing with the current moderators and the community management team, we're looking at scheduling a moderator election to start some time during October of 2022. To avoid finding ourselves in a situation where an election would fail due to an insufficient number of candidates though, we’re posting this to try to assess the community members' willingness to step up and nominate themselves, when the actual election's nomination period starts.
We would be looking to open up two, maybe three additional moderator slots, but elections need to be competitive, to run a three slot election, we would need at least four candidates. This interest check will help us determine how many slots we should make available.
Being short staffed diminishes moderation quality and frequency. It also leaves little time to do other "site maintenance" tasks and fun activities to stimulate our community and increase engagement.
This may be an opportunity for "new blood" to join the ranks, bringing more action, fresh ideas, and generally avoiding "stagnation".
The winners of the election will join the current moderation team and help make our site grow bigger and better. Moderation is not "a chore:" you get to do what you already do as a regular user, plus you gain access some additional tools and perks to help you with the task.
Please leave an answer if you'd be willing to run for a moderator position.
Note that this is not an official election nomination thread yet, just a "pulse check" to get a notion of how many people here would be willing to step up, so you don't have to put up your whole election nomination.