The site has special features for moderators. Can I see how the site looks like to the average moderator(tools and stuff)

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If we told you, we'd have to kill you.

No, it's not drastically different. There are just a few mod links in different places that pop up dialogues to allow us do things like merging, locking (etc) that aren't in the standard close/delete menus. I'd show you these but they're really very dull. Edit: I'm adding some screenshots of some of the screens. Most are fairly self explanatory.

There's also a mod screen (like review) that tells us about the new flags and lets us action them. We're not allowed to show these screens because they contain identifying information.

Right now I just need you to go over there and stand on that patch marked "Definitely not a trap-door". We'll make it quick but can't promise it will be painless.

Answer mod pop-up

mod actions for answers: add post notice, convert to wiki, lock, convert to comment, convert to edit, show flag history

Question mod pop-up

mod actions for questions: protect, add post notice, convert to wiki, merge, lock, show flag history

User profile mod pop-up (two parts)

mod actions for user profiles: annotate, clear sessions, delete, destroy, merge, recalc rep, contact user privately (includes suspension)

user information: history, IPs, IP cross ref (other users with same IP as this user), votes (only users who voted for this user and users this user has voted for - individual votes are private), privileges)

The main mod screen

I'm not really allowed to show you any more than this but it should give you an idea about what's in there.

mod tools overview with links to stuff of interest to mods like user info, merges, possibly dodgy goings on

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    You people have access to a creepy lot of info. @.@
    – jokerdino Mod
    Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 12:57
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    It doesn't do us any benefit. We're all bound by additional terms and conditions that mean we're not allowed to disclose any of the private information (email, IP, etc). The only use we get from any of that is checking to make sure one person isn't creating more than one account to game the system, and the opposite: checking that two accounts are the same person so we can merge them.
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 13:02
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    can't promise it won't be painless ... was that deliberate? BTW, I got the alligators ready.
    – Tim Post
    Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 13:35
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    @TimPost Sure was. The internet doesn't subscribe to the Geneva Convention so we interpret that to mean all punishments should be as cruel and unusual as possible. The alligators will be very useful for this. I'll put my clown suit on. Just waiting for Amith to get into position now.
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 13:48
  • @TimPost Really didnt understand that :P
    – Amith KK
    Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 10:48
  • Why are there options grayed out?
    – nanofarad
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 20:10
  • @ObsessiveFOSS Convert-to-edit is only active when the answer's owner is also the OP. Lots of the user actions are only live on the main site (I took these screenshots from meta).
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Jun 22, 2012 at 10:47
  • What happens if you delete the main page? Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 16:58
  • @Mechanicalsnail ? We cannot remove any of the pages.
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Aug 2, 2012 at 13:01
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    @Oli: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:DDMP Commented Aug 3, 2012 at 2:16
  • Is there an "unconvert from wiki" button too?
    – Seth
    Commented Mar 24, 2013 at 3:12
  • @Seth Yeah. The wiki option toggles.
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Mar 24, 2013 at 12:47
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    @jokerdino's comment is now even funnier with the diamond next to his name.
    – Alaa Ali
    Commented Aug 24, 2013 at 16:35
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    @jokerdino your comment is the funniest thing I have read ever on AU.The second one that made me burst out is the sudonym "mechanical snail". Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 8:32
  • I'm standing on the spot marked X with my legs spread very wide and nothing is happening! ;-)
    – Fabby
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 19:58

If you want to get a real insight into the daily work of the moderators, the moderator newsletter is available to everyone. It talks about all of the new features, changes in policy and so on.

The site get more features the more reputation you earn. To a moderator, the site looks more or less like it does to a user with 10,000 reputation.

At the top of the page, there are two notification bubbles for Moderator Flags and Pending Edits:

The mod link point to the Moderator Tools, And the tools link is the same as the 10K tools.

In the moderation tools, we can do various janitorial things. There are some interfaces for things like System Messages (the messages you see atop every page sometimes, like when there's an election), merging user accounts, and creating tag synonyms. And that's pretty much all of the stuff we use.

At the bottom of every answer, the links are the same as they are for a 10K user, plus a mod item where we can Merge questions, protect them, convert answers to comments and so on.

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As you can see, apart from the ability to actually affirm or invalidate moderator flags, plus some small things like the ability to email users directly, 10K users can do pretty much the same things.

Remember that we spend 90% of the time on the Flags page (which looks just like the 10K flag page at tools → flags). Clicking on a question, sorting it out (i.e. deleting an answer, adding a comment, downvoting, upvoting, ...) and repeating that process until there are no more flags left (for about 20 seconds).

  • Has the tools link been removed in favour of review? Just curious, as I expected it to appear after I reached 10k.
    – gertvdijk
    Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 16:39
  • @gertvdijk No.See my guestion/answer here: meta.askubuntu.com/q/7303/147044 Commented Sep 8, 2013 at 13:52

As per your request, this is what chat.stackexchange.com looks like to a moderator:

Room owner and moderator controls:

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We (as moderators) can put a room into a timeout - this is generally used for a short period of time as a "hey guys, you're waaayyyy off topic, so lets take a minute to cool down and then we can move on".

We can freeze a room - this means that all non-moderators cannot talk in the room, but moderators can.

We can delete a room - this takes it away from the public eye, but we can bring it back.

Message admin lets us migrate messages from one room to another - lets say we get super chatty in the main room about a specific topic - we can migrate the messages to a new room specifically for that topic.

User Options:

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Here we have options about what to do with a user.

We can add them as a start a new room with this user, hide posts and ignore this user just like a normal user.

But, we have a "add as room-owner" button, as well as a "kick this user" option.

Lastly, room owners (and all mods) have the ability to clear stars, and pin a message:

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  • Thank you :D <3
    – Amith KK
    Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 16:38

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