Two users who were candidates in the first moderator election have since left the site and deleted their accounts. This seems to have caused some issues with the page documenting that election:

  • The users who no longer are members are completely missing from the page. (This is true for the nomination, primary, and election tabs.) While it says “9 candidates” in a few places, there are only seven people listed. In my opinion, the platforms should be treated like questions and answers; i.e. they should still be shown, although calling the users “userNNNN” instead of their previous user names.
  • The ballot file has also changed and no longer mentions the former users. Apparently, their ID has been set to 0 in the individual ballot lines. As far as I understand the syntax, that makes the file invalid; in any case, it is no longer possible to verify the election results from that file.
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    Note: this is not a duplicate of the previous question by SQB, which only concerned the representation of deleted users on the overall election page.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Feb 3, 2016 at 20:31
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    Who doesn't love coding for edge cases?
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Feb 3, 2016 at 21:04
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    @AncientSwordRage - Who doesn't love psephology?
    – Valorum
    Feb 3, 2016 at 21:06

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Deleted candidates is not a scenario well-supported nor one we have any intention of encouraging.

I manually patched up the list of winners, which should be sufficient to indicate what happened. But we will not modify votes or alter any other data connected to the election (that is: We're not going to create fake users with fake votes winning fake positions in an old election to paper over the fact that two of the winners decided to leave; they're gone).


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