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The site FAQ refers to moderation tools, available to users who've earned more than 10,000 reputation:

10,000   Delete closed questions, access to moderation tools

What are these tools exactly?

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First off, see: the Access to Moderator Tools privilege description.

It's mostly just lists. I just recently became a member of the +10k club. Allow me to enumerate all of the views available.

Each view is found in one of five categories: links, stats, close, delete and flags. There is also a tab for the same review view that is available to users who have yet to reach 10k. When you click on the tools option in the header, stats is the first category opened. It contains general lists:

  • Highest voted questions sorted by vote
  • Lowest voted questions sorted by vote
  • Highest voted answers sorted by vote
  • Lowest voted answers sorted by vote
  • Most commented questions and answers sorted by number of comments
  • Most viewed questions and answers sorted by number of views
  • Most edited questions and answers sorted by number of edits
  • Recently imported questions (those migrated from other sites)
  • Tags that have been created recently, sorted by frequency of use

The close category has views relating to questions that have been or are being closed or reopened:

  • Most close votes, sorted by number of votes
  • Most reopen votes, sorted by number of votes
  • Recently closed, sorted by time
  • Recently reopened, sorted by time

The delete category has views relating to questions and answers that have been or are being deleted or undeleted:

  • Most delete votes, sorted by number of votes
  • Most undelete votes, sorted by number of votes
  • Recently deleted (not by owner), sorted by time
  • Recently undeleted (not by owner), sorted by time

The flags view shows posts flagged low quality, not an answer, or off-topic. There are 2 paragraphs of text describing what you should do, which is to look at the flags and decide if you need to add your own flag vote to the flagged post, close it, or dispute it.

Several pages contain a set of links to additional information in the footer:

For the stats, close and delete views, they are filtered by time span which is choosable by the user. The options are "30d", "14d", "7d", "2d" (default) and "today".

Users with 10k reputation can also:

  • See deleted answers when viewing a question, even when deleted by the author.

  • Delete closed questions 48 hours after they were closed.

  • See full history of suggested edits (not to confuse with Suggested edit statistics) where <10K users can see only their own suggested edits.

These lists help us see where intervention might be needed: where edit wars are going on, where new tags with typos have been made, which questions are spam, etc. They don't really give us any new power other than to delete questions the rest of the community has already decided doesn't belong on the site.

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thanks that looks very thorough. Now the meta meta question. As I'm not in a position to know if this is correct or not, should I accept it? –  Rich Seller Jul 12 '09 at 12:51
    
You just have to trust me that it's correct. The other +10ks can confirm. –  XMLbog Jul 12 '09 at 16:01
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Give me ~3 more days and I'll be able to confirm! –  jjnguy Jul 12 '09 at 16:17
    
not doubting you, guess this is really another question. There are a large class of questions that the person who asks is not well placed to judge if it is the right answer or not, should they accept any answer to those questions? –  Rich Seller Jul 12 '09 at 21:29
    
In this case, yes - because that's accurate. In other cases, I personally just leave it unaccepted. –  Tom Ritter Jul 12 '09 at 22:07
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Can we see screenshots? –  Daniel A. White Aug 28 '09 at 16:16
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No, I'm too lazy. –  XMLbog Aug 28 '09 at 16:23
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Can we have photoshoped images of ponys eating waffles? –  perbert Sep 4 '09 at 16:45
    
Only if you make it your damned self! –  XMLbog Sep 4 '09 at 17:27
    
I want lists :( –  Earlz Apr 12 '10 at 21:42
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In the top bar where you have the Logout, About, and FAQ options, there is another one added called Tools.

Basically the tools are just lists of items for different criteria.

Some examples:

  • Flagged items
  • Questions with the most close votes
  • Different lists of questions with heavy activity in terms of up votes, down votes, etc.

Once you hit 10k, it is almost a bit of a disappointment because you expected more powerful tools, but they serve their purpose, I suppose.

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A "make it all better" button would be very useful, for example. –  Stuart Pegg Mar 22 '11 at 21:01
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