Recently, I have found several occasions where I could really use an @Moderators ping that alerts all elected moderators of the site.

Do you agree? Would this be nice? Can we make this happen?

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    Why you don't want to use flags? – om-nom-nom Mar 26 '12 at 22:23
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    Yeah, I think that's what a flag is (albeit a less annoying version since it lets them look at the queue rather than being constantly pinged). – Ben Lee Mar 26 '12 at 22:23
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    No, I don't agree. It won't be nice and I don't think it will happen. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Mar 26 '12 at 22:27
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    If you want to ping a moderator, raise a flag. If you want to ping all moderators, post a question on the Meta site. – Cody Gray Mar 26 '12 at 23:05
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    Can you describe an occasion where you needed to notify all moderators site-wide? – meagar Mar 27 '12 at 2:09

The question that is important here is, do all the moderators want to be pinged by you?

In almost all cases you just need any moderator, not all moderators. Just use a flag for that, this can be processed by the next available moderator without bothering any of the other moderators without cause.

Chat is also not suitable for all moderation activities, moderators don't necessarily have the time to discuss every single decision in detail. If it's an important issue that needs to be discussed, a meta post is probably the best solution anyway.

And many moderators, like me, are pretty much constantly logged into the main chat room of their sites when they are around, so you can ping them.


We already have this. It's known as a "flag"

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When you flag a question or an answer, you get the ability to enter a message to a moderator:

flagging dialog with option in need of moderator

Using flags is good because:

  1. They are visible only to mods, so they can contain private information
  2. They show up in a single, sorted list in the mod tools
  3. Mods have a lot of work to do. Having everything in one place is very helpful.
  4. It keeps a separation between administrative issues and comment chatter.
  5. Flags have a history, so other mods can see what flags were cast on a question, who acted on them, etc.
  • What about chat? What if there is nothing wrong with the question, and you are doing it in Meta? – Dynamic Mar 26 '12 at 22:35
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    Doing what? You can flag on Meta. Mods get notifications of every meta question in their inbox. And for chat, just chat away and anyone who wants to join in will do so... – The Unhandled Exception Mar 26 '12 at 22:37
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    What if there is nothing wrong with the question I guess my question is, when would you need to ping all moderators if there isn't a problem? – The Unhandled Exception Mar 26 '12 at 22:38

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