While this post has elements of jest in it, I'm entirely serious, and I think this situation deserves to be addressed: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/101431/should-stack-overflow-moderators-have-a-standard-of-duty - While this discussion is not the only answer, that question really demonstrates that we, the community, aren't in a position to help the moderators as much as we could be. What tools can we ask for that would lighten their load?
There are over 270 users with more than 30k reputation. Unfortunately they are all lumped together with the 500+ plebes who have 20k reputation in terms of ability.
The current abilities are offered on an exponential rate that suggests the next natural priviledge points are:
- 40k (176 users)
- 60k (84 users)
- 100k (36 users)
- 150k (6 users)
- 250k (1 user)
- 500k (0 users)
- 750k (0 users)
- 1M (0 users)
What, if any, privileges could we award people at the above levels? Note that while I extended the progression well past 20k, we really only need to get something at 40k so the 500 people with 20k have a new brass ring.
For instance, perhaps 40k users could see more of the moderator flags of certain types, and perhaps they would have more ability to act on them unilaterally or bilaterally. There are probably a lot of other things I'm not aware of that could be extended to the 40k users, and if chosen well they could lessen the workload of the moderators, so I'm actually hoping the moderators chime in here with ideas for things they think could be done by highly trusted users.
NOTE: I am just a user, I'm not in any position of authority, so this is a just a discussion, and not endorsed by or backed by Stack Exchange.