Background (skip if you don't like meta comments)
I saw a post by Journeyman Geek stating (emphasis mine):
Monumentally long comment threads are a pain to moderate, and the mods have enough on their plates. Comments are meant to get clarification, not be used for extended discussion.
I replied to that in a comment:
I remember weeks ago when people suggested holding an election to have mods who enjoy the support of the community. I think that idea was dismissed because it would take weeks before they could get to work. Perhaps it's something to reconsider.
This was met with a recommendation to ask a separate question.
A comment by a different user, yagmoth555 - GoFoundMe Monica pointed out this was also mentioned by another mod, promting me to write this question:
@JJforTransparencyandMonica with the current drama on MSE, even Tinkeringbell seem to have stated the same in a comment to the OP, that MSE is understaffed;. We don't really have the time (or the energy, or the spoons) to look at everything else too right now. I used to do it that here, when moderation loads were lighter, but currently it's just not feasible if we want to keep up with flags
And more recently, from an answer by moderator Journeyman Geek:
At this point of time we're dealing with a mountain of flags and drama, with no sign of abating, and the mods quite literally do not have the time to individually explain to every person who claims innocence. (And yes, that pretty much happens every time we suspend people).
Is this meta site understaffed in terms of moderators? Does the community or its moderators feel there should be more moderators?
Please don't abuse this question as a vehicle to attack current mods. I am just putting this out there because my previous comments seem to have been misinterpreted as saying that I am calling for the removal of moderators. I am not, this post is not about that. It is inquiring into the needs of the community.