Who wants to get access to the TL blocked so they have to chat in here you mean?
gotta tell ya, @Mark - I hadn't really even thought about it much before responding to that progse post, but... One reason I enjoy the SO elections so much is simply that most of the candidates at least have some idea of what a moderator does
I got all excited checking the stats this time, 'cause flag weights were at least higher. But that was about it. Still not much close-voting or editing.
@Shog9 I get the issues you mentioned in your post, but at the same time, I like resolution and closure. You got some people annoyed at the moderators and feel like complaining all the time is the only way to fix it, and we got some people annoyed at the first group because they won't step up. An election is a nice concrete event that says, "okay, let's place all the cards on the table and move onto the next hand"
Well... Like I said in the post, if anyone ever needs to step down, go right ahead - this isn't supposed to feel like work. We'll deal. But don't do it for the heck of it, and try not to think you're unappreciated - it's a thankless job, but thanks for doing it just the same.
Don't get me wrong: I like doing it and I'll keep doing it until someone tells me to stop. There are certain things I won't do because it doesn't jive with my understanding of the responsibilities inherent in the job (like letting Prog.SE become a free-for-all), but I'm all for accommodating other, reasonable requests (which I think elections are arguably one of)