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As we’re sure you’ll remember, Arqade last held an election in June 2019. Since then, the mod team has been working fairly heavily on a few activities that need moderator attention (community building being a core focus of ours). As such, we’ve discussed what to do with the workload, and thought we could use a little more help on our side of the fence.

Following discussions with the CM team, and after confirming their willingness to step up, we’re happy to announce that the two highest-scoring candidates that were not elected from the previous election: Unionhawk and Dragonrage, will be joining the moderator team!

Please join us in thanking them for volunteering, and share your assistance and advice with them as they learn the ropes!

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    Congratulations, fellows, and thanks for investing your time and efforts into 'moderation'! One question: what is "community building" in this context specifically? – Joachim Jan 22 at 12:06
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    @Joachim A few things, but essentially we wanted to grow the team to help us with things like this and this. – Wipqozn Jan 22 at 12:31
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    Bold move, appointing a moderator who's Universally wrong. Seriously though congrats to @Unionhawk and @Dragonrage! – fredley Jan 22 at 13:26
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    @fredley We needed someone to take all the blame for my mistakes. – Wipqozn Jan 22 at 15:53
  • Congrats you two, well deserved based on the previous election – FoxMcCloud Jan 22 at 21:40
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    Congratulations! – V2Blast Jan 23 at 9:01
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    That's why we elected you to be a moderator @Wipqozn! Uni is wrong and you are to blame, that's how it's always been! But congratulations to Ash's new sockpuppets! – Elva Jan 23 at 9:38
  • Congrats guys. Good choice! :) – dly Jan 23 at 13:31
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    Can I ask why the decision was made to bypass the system and appoint candidates from the previous election? I'm assuming it was that the mod team preferred those candidates to uncertainty but if thats the case, why have elections at all? Why not embrace the mods appointed by mods oligarchy? – Studoku Jan 23 at 13:48
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    @Studoku Calling up mods from a past election is always an option, depending on how recent the last election was. We've actually done it before. In this case we decided to call on the runner ups from the previous election because it was only back in June, and a new election would've taken quite a while. Elections always take a while to spin up, but there's a lot of sites in line to have an election right now, so the wait would've been even longer than usual. If you're concerned about the mods we called up, then I'll refer you to this post. – Wipqozn Jan 23 at 15:14
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    @Wipqozn I appreciate the explanation. – Studoku Jan 23 at 15:15
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    @Studoku Note that StrixVaria/InvaderSkoodge was called up when Mana stepped down – Robotnik Jan 23 at 22:40
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    Congratulations on becoming a moderator! :) – Wondercricket Jan 22 at 16:32
  • I always see you contributing to Arqade's community. Glad to see you becoming a mod! – Stevoisiak Jan 23 at 17:01
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Oooh, Shiny. :)

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    We are mining diamonds – Ave Jan 22 at 17:04

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