For the sake of transparency, I wanted to let people know that I've just received an email that my nomination from https://workplace.stackexchange.com/election/7 has been withdrawn.
Here's the text of my nomination:
I nominate myself as a libertarian candidate. I believe a lot of moderators take the job too seriously, and prematurely close and remove questions that simply haven't had enough exposure to produce interesting and on-topic answers.
I am running on the platform against using the moderator powers to subvert the democratic process of handling site moderation through the regular voting procedures (e.g., the voting rules where a certain number of community votes automatically closes the question without any need to get any moderators involved, and same for re-opening). Moderators should only exercise their powers in exceptional circumstances. Every kid now wants to have their own social networking site so that they can ban anyone, and that's wrong. Reinstate Monica.
Here's the email I've received:
We're writing in reference to your The Workplace Stack Exchange account:
I'm writing to inform you that your nomination for the The Workplace Moderator election has been withdrawn. While voicing complaints about the downfalling state of a community is a proper thing to be doing, the nomination space is not the place to be doing it.
The Stack Exchange Community Management Team
Whilst I do disagree with this withdrawal, there doesn't appear to be any way to dispute it.
It is unclear whether this has anything to do with the parting words, "Reinstate Monica", which would indicate biased treatment and interference with the principles of free expression and free speech, or whether it's expected that moderators are supposed to work so much handling all the mundane flags as to burn out quickly (someone jokingly noted in the comments to my nomination that at least I'm unlikely to burn out).
As I posted in one of the comments to the nomination, the complaint about moderators abruptly closing the questions is not necessarily specific to Workplace, but perhaps to some specific sites on the network (as I'm active network-wide), where such one-moderator-only-vote closures are much more common.
I do not see any legitimate reason why my nomination had to be withdrawn, if not to curtail the discussion and establish the voting precedent on the issue. I disagree with the assessment that my nomination is "a complaint"; I insist it's a platform.