First things first:
CONGRATULATIONS, MAGENTO STACK EXCHANGE IS GRADUATING!
A few weeks ago, I quietly dropped a comment on the 2015 moderator nomination post to say that we on the SE team wouldn't be appointing a new pro tem moderator... because you had been approved for graduation, and we wanted to give you a moderator election instead. The comment didn't seem to get much attention, which was just fine with me; I intentionally didn't make a big deal about it because we didn't have the details ironed out at the time.
But now we do! (Or, at least, we're a lot closer.) As I alluded to above, the fact that you've graduated means that your pro tem mods' terms of service are ending, and you now get to elect your own moderators from within your community. Magento's first moderator election will begin on Monday, August 17, 2015. Please join me in taking a moment to thank Alex, benmarks, Marius and your past pro tem mods for all their work getting the site to where it is today!
Before you get too excited about the upcoming election, there is a bit more news; this isn't just an election announcement. As those of you who follow network-wide events may know, we announced some changes to the way we think about the site lifecycle earlier this year, and the response to that announcement made us start work on breaking up the elements of graduation into independent pieces. On Monday, when your election starts, you'll be the first site that gets to try out this new "graduation without design" approach.
Specifically, this means:
- you will no longer see the "beta" label attached to your site's name
- you will become eligible for question migration paths with the rest of the network
- you will be able to select your own community ads
Since you are the first site to get these features outside of dev, there may be more bugs than normal. Please report any that you see here on meta like you would any other bug.