So, this came in the email one day:
Dear Professor Gelman,
I would like to shortly introduce myself: I am editor in the ** Department at the publishing house ** (based in ** and **).
As you may know, ** has taken over all journals of ** Press. We are currently restructuring some of the journals and are therefore looking for new editors for the journal **.
You have published in the journal, you work in the field . . . your name was recommended by Prof. ** as a potential editor for the journal. . . . We think you would be an excellent choice and I would like to ask you kindly whether you are interested to become an editor of the journal. In case you are interested (and even if you are not), we would be glad if you could maybe recommend us some additional potential candidates who could be interested to get involved with **. We are looking for a several editors who will cover the different areas of the field.
If you have any questions, I will gladly provide you with more information.
I look forward to hearing from you,
with best regards
Ummm, don’t take this the wrong way, but . . . why is it exactly that you think I would want to work for free on a project, just to make money for you?