I really, really am appreciating the global inbox, but as a mod I find the one thing missing is moderator flags. I think these should show up in the inbox, and perhaps even be a different color, so that I can quickly address any flags on the site I moderate, even if I'm on meta.
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From what Joel and Bill said, it looks like there could end up being quite noisy in the Inbox if mod flags were in it. However, there's still a lot of room in that SE box; the team could quite easily fit an extra tab option, something along the lines of:
This would offer more flexibility with sorting, too. For instance, you could sort on number of flags (I would expect more flags to have a higher priority).
I like the idea as well, but then I'm only a mod here on meta where traffic is relatively low. I think we need to hear from one of the mods on the main Stack Overflow site, where there are a lot more flags, before I can really get behind this.
I'd like to propose an alternative way for this.
Instead of showing the flags in the Global Inbox/Notification multicollider, I'd like to see the flags in the usual place.
So, if I moderate 1 or 5 sites it won't matter. If I get a flag on one of my sites, and I'm visiting another one, I'd like to see the yellow circle in the usual place. Clicking on the circle will always bring me to the usual place to moderate.
Advantages I see:
While it's true that Moderation is not just about handling flags, I don't think this would (should) make moderators do less. It's just a way to speed up the process of checking and handling flags and not an excuse to avoid doing the other things: like visiting the site you moderate, editing, closing, etc.
Moderators should always visit their site, but if I just opened the computer in the morning checking SE, I'd like to instantly know if something was flagged even if I'm visiting a totally unrelated site.
It's just a way to speed up our duties, not give us the excuse to ignore the other ones which are as important.