aren't the majority of posters calling for transparency in choosing a moderator. so why would the poll be anonymous?
My concern with a non-anonymous poll was that members may be discouraged from voting if say, more than one of their friends is running, or if they may think that if they don'y vote for whoever wins, the appeal mod may hold it against them if they later appeal an infraction.
But I don't have a preference either way, and this whole process is about what you
(the members) want.
I agree that the poll should probably be public, although I can see some arguments against it.
Rather more important in my view are the mechanics of voting. I believe that s simple first past the post system with a single ballot might not be the best option, as you could end up with an extreme right or left winger who happened to command a substantial block vote.
I would suggest:-
First ballot, top 5 go to second ballot.
Second ballot top 2 go to third ballot.
Third ballot head to head.
I know this will take longer, but as this could be a very important decision for the future of the board it is important to get it right.
Sure, we can do it that way. We just have to make sure that enough people vote.