This change has been executed. See my answer below for more information.
We've noticed a number of remarks in the SharePoint election chatroom and elsewhere indicating some confusion about how the nomination phase of the current election was supposed to work. We suspect that as a result, fewer folks nominated themselves for this election than we would notionally expect given the size of the site. This includes some of your most active members.
So, we're in a bit of an unusual situation.
Would you all like to either:
- Restart the election, or
- Let the election stand as is?
We haven't done something like this before, but I'm proposing this now because I'd really like to see this site's election draw the interest and attention it deserves.
Essentially, we would cancel the currently-running election, and begin another election this Monday, October 26th, starting over from the nominations phase. At this point, between October 26th and November 2nd, folks would again have the chance to nominate themselves for a moderator position. The existing candidates would need to re-nominate themselves.
There were no questions on the question collection post, and I'd be inclined to let that stand, but if anyone strongly feels question collection should be re-run, this would be the time to say it.
If you all do opt for the first choice, and believe the election should be restarted, I would highly recommend directly soliciting nominations from candidates you feel are qualified to run. It's not a small task to run in a Stack election, and encouraging folks to run whom you respect and trust on the site may go a long way to ensuring the elections themselves generate a reasonable amount of interest.
If we are going to restart this election, we need to know this information at latest by 20:00 UTC on Monday, October 26th, the day before the currently-scheduled election would advance.