One of my concerns about myself going for a moderator position in an election is that one of the general questions that are gathered as very common questions asked every election is

In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?


Now sure this question may not actually be asked but when I try to evaluate on whether I can be a good mod I look over all the questions and see if I can answer them all. With the above question I just wouldn't be able to give an answer. I know Mods have access to more tools that what those with high rep have access to but I don't know what these tools are or even how they work.

I want to change that. I would like to know where someone can read up on the tools Mods have access to as opposed to what high rep users have access to.

  • Would that include using search?
    – random
    Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 21:49
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    – random
    Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 21:51
  • @random if by that you mean typing "mod tools" into the search box in the top right, well when i did that i got "How can we improve the mod tools?", "Dimmed things in mod tools", "Feature-request: mod tools: Chatroulette 'Next'". in fact your duplicate didn't appear at all in the first 50 results even when i searched for "moderator tools"
    – Memor-X
    Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 21:52
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    This is a bit of an XY Problem: the mod tools that you can't see aren't what make the biggest difference. The mod-only actions that are visible are the most important difference, and are things that you should already be familiar with by witnessing them in action, if contemplating a moderation election run. Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 22:04
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    For what it's worth, I wouldn't interpret that question as trying to quiz you on your familiarity with the details of moderator tools. If you're generally aware of what mods do (e.g. handle flags, rarely warn/suspend users) and what they don't do (e.g. the community mostly runs the site via meta), you know enough to think about the question.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 22:06
  • Oh, and there's also a summary in the help center (same on every site), which I think easily covers everything you'd need to know here: meta.stackexchange.com/help/site-moderators
    – Cascabel
    Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 22:10


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