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I was just looking at the moderator history page on RPG, and noticed that one of the moderator's stats are red? Is that because they haven't done anything recently, or is there some other meaning to the coloration?

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The red seems to indicate which moderator has the "worst" stat in each category. As to why this feature was added, I have no idea. I can understand maybe trying to identify and motivate potential underperforming moderators, but simply turning the lowest number red often makes no sense. For example, the other day one of the moderators on Ask Different had a red "last seen" stat... that was "4 hours ago". Is not visiting the site for 4 hours considered bad because at that particular time the other two mods had visited more recently?

I think this feature should be removed, or at the very least it should be smarter about which values are highlighted - a mod last seen "4 hours ago" is still obviously very active, but obviously there's a problem if the mod was last seen, say over a month ago.

See: Can moderator shame coloring be less sensitive?

Mods that have not been around for a week are "hot", a month are "supernova"

Mods that have 10% or less in a stat from the stat leader (in monthly view only for stats with a higher max than 30) are "hot". Mods that have 2.5% or less are "supernova"

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To be fair, the last seen column no longer has shame coloring. – user149432 Jun 26 '11 at 1:49
@Mark Yeah, I saw that after I posted this answer, but there's still some other dumb stuff with the shame coloring - "comments created"? – Kyle Cronin Jun 26 '11 at 1:55
why is that dumb? Leaving comments is important because it helps teach users. – Rebecca Chernoff Jun 26 '11 at 1:59
@Rebecca I'm not saying leaving comments is dumb, I'm saying that it's dumb that there's shame coloring for moderators that don't leave as many comments as the other moderators – Kyle Cronin Jun 26 '11 at 2:09

The moderator with the least amount of activity for the column gets the privilege of having it bolded and colored red. The column for the moderator with the second least amount of activity is colored orange.

To paraphrase some of the discussion in Teachers' Lounge, it's to give some indication to the person with the least amount of activity that they might want to take on more of the routine moderator work, and as an indication to all moderators and SE staff what the effects of one of the moderators taking some time off might do.

That is, if one of the least active moderators takes some time off, it's not a big deal. But if there are only red or orange highlighted moderators left, the site could use another moderator.

All that said, the coloring seems to be a bit naive: if you happen to be in last place, you get the red badge of shame even if you're only one point (one comment, one closure, one vote) lower than the next moderator. And if you all happen to be tied (like at the start of the new day where everyone's totals are zero), everyone gets the red!

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Please post a feature request for any tweaks around coloring. Nothing is set in stone – waffles Jun 26 '11 at 3:21
Feature request can be found here. – C. Ross Jun 26 '11 at 16:51

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