I know that moderators on beta sites are appointed by the SE CMs. What I don't know is when that occurs or what milestones must be reached before it does.
I had assumed that it occurred pretty soon after the site entered public Beta... which is supported by the info from this blog post:
That's why I am in the process of identifying and organizing a team of provisional Moderators from within each community (about three per site, starting about seven days into the public Beta). This is a temporary, short-term appointment. Moderators Pro Tem focus and expedite the essential needs of each new site. By the end of Beta, the community will be better suited to hold their own elections.
So, I understand that we're not in public beta yet... and that's fine... but I've also heard that over on 3D printing they're in their public beta as of February 1st and they still don't have mods three months later on. While another site more recently in public beta already does.
So, my question is, is the content of the blog post linked above (from 2010) still correct and, if so, what are any extenuating circumstances that would delay appointment of mods.
Also, part of that post says to create a meta topic to discuss recommendations for who should be on the pro-tem moderator candidate list:
If your meta site does not have a post to nominate Moderators, start one now! Pro Tem appointments will begin about two weeks after the site is created. The more guidance we receive, the more informed our choice.
Is this actually still good advice? Doesn't this clash somewhat with the "we don't let beta sites pick their own mods" mantra or is this less formal method within acceptable behavior for a beta site?