If a mod or ACer wants someone nominated, they could send a PM to nominate that person. However, their vote wouldn't be worth any more than a vote from any other user. Well, if we're using the "let the public do the nominating and the mods choose from that list" approach, filtering it through the AC, then doing it this way would really give a vast majority of the power for deciding the mods to the AC. Allow me to demonstrate: the regular users pick person's A, B, C and D to be the mod candidates, this goes the AC, the AC also decides that users E, F, and G would be good, and as users themselves, they are allowed to add these names to the list of candidates, so they do. They then must decide which names go onto the modsquad for final decision, so they choose users E, F and G, and so none of the regular users nominations go on to the modsquad. The same could also happen with the mods's nominations; they add some names to the list, then when they decide and vote, the person they vote on is a name they added to the list. Not saying this would happen, but as you can see, it could very easily happen. So, what are the bugs that need to be worked out? Do you have any ideas on how to work them out? With popular you have the problems of handling the popularity contests that it would generate and the endless drama that would go with it, the problem of socks, the problem of new users, then even past all this, you're only hoping that 51% of the users really made a decision based on wisedom and not based on "who's cool" or just voting in their random buddies. With the AC idea, we have the problem I outlined above. How to solve this? I don't know off the top of my head. The AC idea has more merits and less bugs, so it should be more carefully considered than the popular vote idea. I'm not pleading that any plan become a rule immediately. I think that everything needs to be discussed, until the bugs are worked out. We agree on that.