Discussing the criteria of a great moderator is important and picking out potential candidates is a great way to introduce outstanding contributors to your community.
and from the Moderator Pro Tempore blog page:
If your meta site does not have a post to nominate Moderators, start one now! Pro Tem appointments will begin about two weeks after the site is created. The more guidance we receive, the more informed our choice.
- Each nomination should be a separate answer. Link the name to the user’s profile (parent and meta) so we can see their activity.
- The nominee should indicate their acceptance by editing the answer, adding that they accept the nomination. Optionally they can write something about themselves.
- Self nominations are okay, and even encouraged. Most sites have not had sufficient time for many users to stand out. Self nomination is simply a way to say, “I’m interested. Let my record speak for itself.” Links to other activities may be helpful: Area 51 participation, participation in other sites, blog posts reviewing or announcing the site, etc.
We're looking for members of this site who:
- Have a reasonably high reputation score to indicate active, consistent participation.
- Show an interest in their meta’s community-building activities.
- Lead by example, showing patience and respect for their fellow community members in everything they write.
- Exhibit those intangible traits discussed in A Theory of Moderation.
It's also good if the moderators:
- Are members with participation in both the meta and main site.
- Participated in Area 51, generate social network referrals, or blog about the site.
- Are members who have already shown an interest or ability to promote their community.
That's the general question used across Stack Exchange. I'll address some of the specific questions that have come up here:
- There are typically three pro-tem mods on a site - in fact, almost all sites, graduated or beta, across Stack Exchange, have at least three mods.
- Pro-tem mods serve until the next site election, which is typically after graduation. A mod can resign at any time if an issue crops up that makes it difficult for him or her to moderate.
- A person can nominate as many candidates as they want.