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?
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.