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I'm looking for a simple count of all moderators. It can be as of now or as of a week ago. It should be reasonably accurate and up-to-date but it doesn't have to be exact.

I would like:

  1. The total number of moderator positions.
  2. The total number of SE users who are moderators for at least one stack.

In 2011, the post Full list of Moderators led to the creation of the very useful Moderators page. It doesn't tell me the total though; I'd have to count (and cutting out duplicate names would be hard). Is there a resource to make this task easier?

I've done an extensive search with no luck, but I did find that there are 173 stacks.

  • A SEDE Query that could be slightly modified by one of our resident experts is a good starting point. – Rob Oct 2 at 1:27
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    @Rob Okay, 663 total moderator positions as of Oct 2018. That is helpful, thanks. – Cyn says make Monica whole Oct 2 at 1:29
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    Yes, but there are a few Mods called "Rob", etc. - so the person modifying the query would want to match to the main ID and use that to eliminate duplicates. Also some of those people have quit, the list is updated each Sunday. – Rob Oct 2 at 1:32
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    By the time the query result is returned, the information will be stale. – Martin James Oct 2 at 5:10
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568 according to this snippet I plugged into my browser's developer console when sorted by users.

document.querySelectorAll('.mods-container>.mods-item').length

Thanks to Mark's answer for the tip to sort by users for better deduplication!

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If you switch the "group by" dropdown from "Sites" to "Users", it eliminates the duplicates. Now all you have to do is count them; I get 553 (give or take the current wave of resignations).

  • I did not notice that feature, thanks. Very helpful (and I appreciate someone else counting). – Cyn says make Monica whole Oct 2 at 1:10
  • Why the discrepancy in totals? Are there that many cases of different display names? – Alexander O'Mara Oct 2 at 1:10
  • @AlexanderO'Mara, I probably mis-counted. – Mark Oct 2 at 1:11
  • So only a handful of users are moderators in more that one site? – Cyn says make Monica whole Oct 2 at 1:11
  • @Cyn, there are 71 commas on the page. Subtract the three in the header, and you get at most 68 moderators who moderate more than one site. More of my error-prone counting gives 51 multiple-site moderators. – Mark Oct 2 at 1:14

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