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I, along with (probably) hundreds of thousands of other Stack Exchange users, really really want to know what the Stack Exchange Moderator Dashboard looks like.

Moderators are democratically elected, right? The President of the United States is democratically elected, right? We get to see pictures of the Oval Office, right? So why can't we see screenshots of the Mod Dashboard?

The only reason Americans can't see the plans for the President's car is that then we would find a vulnerability in it. Then some crazy person would assisinate him.

On SE, however, it's different. Screenshots of the dashboard will not cause us to find vulnerabilities in it and assisinate the moderators.

There is the problem of private info being displayed in it, but the blur tool in Photoshop has to be used sometimes, right?

So, as a citizen of the Stack Exchange Network, I, along with my fellow Exchangiens, ask that we be shown a censored screenshot of the Moderator Dashboard.

We did elect you mods, after all :)

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Just join the next election. – Bart Apr 19 '13 at 17:40
@Bart Just become President of the United States. That's all you need to do :) – Undo Apr 19 '13 at 17:41
Given that I wasn't born in the US, that would be impossible. You however actually could become a moderator. I mean, just look at them.... (No, upset moderator, not you. You are the exception) – Bart Apr 19 '13 at 17:43
I imagine it looks something like the Tools menu that 10k users have access to. Are you expecting some fancy military-grade screen with a big red button to "launch a nuke at this user" for those nasty spam accounts? What benefit comes to you from seeing it? – animuson Apr 19 '13 at 17:44
@animuson This at least. – Bart Apr 19 '13 at 17:45
This might be a somewhat accurate glimpse of it:… – Mysticial Apr 19 '13 at 17:52
It looks pretty much like the /tools dashboard. – jokerdino Apr 19 '13 at 17:57
10K club's /tools page doesn't look all that much different; they just have a higher range of power. – Makoto Apr 19 '13 at 18:29
See this:… not quite the "dashboard", but interesting. – ɥʇǝS Apr 19 '13 at 19:57
@Bart a few elections later, all I can say: Be careful what you wish for! (And kudos to Undo for taking the advice seriously). – rumtscho Dec 26 '14 at 18:21
up vote 20 down vote accepted

Here's how flags appear in the mod dashboard:

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We also see (unhandled) flags when we visit the post:

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Everything else is either too boring (recent migrations, recent bounties, recent locks), or has too much private information to share (suspicious voting patterns, recent mod messages / suspensions). I took a screenshot of one of the more interesting parts of the mod dashboard and started blurring stuff and... the only thing that was left to show was a couple of labels.

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btw the question in the screenshot remains unanswered, if you have a good answer go for it. – Yannis Apr 19 '13 at 18:16
What color were the labels? ;) – Undo Apr 19 '13 at 18:23
@Undo All labels in the mod dashboard are black, like a moderator's heart. – Yannis Apr 19 '13 at 18:24
Is the "KILL IT WITH FIRE" comment the flag note? Or a moderator-only comment that is only visible via the moderator dashboard? – Rachel Apr 19 '13 at 18:34
@Rachel Heh, no, but if you make that a feature request I'll upvote it. The flag in the screenshot is a normal mod attention flag, "KILL IT WITH FIRE" is the flag message I typed (uninspired, I know). – Yannis Apr 19 '13 at 18:36
Ack. Three heavily downvoted answers on that question; the two deleted ones are copypastas from Wikipedia. Maybe you should kill it with fire. – Robert Harvey Apr 19 '13 at 18:49
@RobertHarvey I've send an email to the Falcon people to take a look and perhaps give me a comprehensive answer, but haven't heard back yet. The poor answers don't bother me because they were effectively moderated by the community, downvotes and flags did the trick. That said, I'm a bit hesitant to throw a bounty, for some reason it seems the question is very attractive to poor answers and we certainly don't need any more. – Yannis Apr 19 '13 at 18:59
I can't help but notice the Rollback Body button looks out of place. – Troyen Apr 19 '13 at 20:47
@Troyen: That's not a button. It's a label that gives a visual indication that another mod has already taken some action on the post. – Robert Harvey Apr 19 '13 at 21:05
@Troyen What Robert said. That label shows non-mod-only actions taken on the post by mods (edits, rollbacks, comments, etc). Sometimes it's useful to know that a fellow mod participated on the post in some way, sometimes it's not. In this specific case it's absolutely silly, as I was the one who rolled back an edit to the question, so... it's telling me what I did ;} – Yannis Apr 19 '13 at 21:17
Just curios, what kind of things are in the mod menus? – Undo Jul 19 '13 at 4:21
@Undo In the mod menus? Just a bunch of links. – Yannis Jul 19 '13 at 16:26

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Seriously though, it would be hard to show a screen shot without heavily editing it to conceal who flagged posts and whose posts were flagged. That's supposed to remain private. The dashboard itself is essentially just a list of links to flagged posts with a short synopsis of each, who flagged it, who originally posted it, and a few buttons to select what action we want to take.

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Wow. You put up with that for four years? I'd recommend trying to get a raise. – Undo Apr 19 '13 at 17:51
Yeah Bill, at least double of what you earn now..... – Bart Apr 19 '13 at 17:52
I'd recommend triple. – Undo Apr 19 '13 at 17:53
@Bill Why is the team so secretive around a page on a website? – Undo Apr 19 '13 at 17:56
@Undo See my edit for the reason why we're being evasive. Half the information is private, plus there's really not a lot to see. – Bill the Lizard Apr 19 '13 at 18:00
@bill Makes sense now. Thanks. – Undo Apr 19 '13 at 18:02
I could stare at this for hours! So many paths – Hugo Dozois Apr 19 '13 at 18:06
@Undo: The moderator dashboard sounds like (correct me if I'm wrong) the moderator tools available to 10k users (just with additional options), of which there is a screenshot here. – David Robinson Apr 19 '13 at 18:12
@DavidRobinson Yes, that's very similar. The only additional information diamond moderators see is who flagged the post, plus we have more flag types to handle. – Bill the Lizard Apr 19 '13 at 18:15

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You've just been collecting these things and waiting for the right moment to post them, haven't you? – Robert Harvey Apr 19 '13 at 21:12
....are those yellow highlighted lines the actual flag messages? – Bart Apr 19 '13 at 21:14
@Bart They are. They were entered into the Custom Flag description. People do actually use flags this way occasionally. – Robert Harvey Apr 19 '13 at 21:16
2 – Bart Apr 19 '13 at 21:16
@RobertHarvey that was from one day. I just cleared the ones in between to get the shot. No fakery was involved. – Won't Apr 20 '13 at 16:12
+1 for actually answering the question. +1 for even more answering it. – djechlin Apr 22 '13 at 17:44
@Bart: Makes you wonder if we need to define the term "moderator" in a glossary somewhere. And for that matter, "question" and "answer" too - people seem to get them mixed up all the time. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Apr 24 '13 at 4:13

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This is an inaccurate depiction. It is not at a carnival. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Apr 19 '13 at 17:49
So moderation is dexterity-based! It's all coming together now... – LittleBobbyTables Apr 19 '13 at 18:00 – random Apr 19 '13 at 18:02

You know part of you wants to implement this


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