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I don't have 300 points, so I can't nominate myself. But that is a good thing, because I have no interest in being a moderator. However, I'm a heavy lurker on gaming.stackexchange, and I'd like to nominate some others that appear to be good community members. Is this possible?

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Nominating others is intentionally not possible.

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    To expand on this: The best way to "nominate" someone else is for you to convince them that they should nominate themselves.
    – Shaun
    Feb 2 '11 at 18:07
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    ... or hack their accounts in order to nominate them
    – juan
    Feb 3 '11 at 15:13
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When we did allow outside nominations, it caused a lot of problems:

  • users often did not know they were nominated by someone else
  • users sometimes did not want to be nominated at all
  • it implies a lot of coordination, more than there actually is, between users

There is, I think, an important difference between nominating yourself and accepting someone else's nomination. While in theory this could work and feels very democratic, in practice it typically does not, and has a small but significant chance of causing confusion and possible hard feelings.

Best to let users nominate themselves so there is no chance of confusion or misunderstanding. I also think people who self-nominate are the most motivated to participate, anyway.

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