I recently attempted to participate in the moderator election, despite my rather thin record on the site. I now understand that it is a more serious position than I initially thought- I happened to enter the election early before many high-rep and/or serious candidates entered and thus did not fully appreciate that I might be under-qualified.
As such, I incorrectly interpreted some comments as hostile which I now realize were merely meant to provide opportunities for me to express my dedication and willingness to be a moderator. In any case, I have withdrawn with my apologies for my candidacy's apparent lack of seriousness.
However, it seems to me that this episode could have been avoided if the link advertising the moderator election were not displayed (or at least not as prominently) if my activity is below a certain level. After all, it's activity as much as reputation that should determine who would make a good moderator.
I am not advocating that low-activity users cannot enter, merely that they would have to work a little harder to find the link. Of course, once nominations are closed, add the link for everyone that can vote - I believe that process already works quite well.