The Teacher's Lounge--the Network-wide chat room for elected moderators--used to have a
whois bot. Its functionality was pretty simple:
nitsua60> whois meta mods
Feed> I am aware of 3 moderators on meta.stackexchange.com: ChrisF, JourneymanGeek, Tinkeringbell. JourneymanGeek is currently in this room.
nitsua60> whois rpg mods
Feed> I am aware of 4 moderators on rpg.stackexchange.com: doppelgreener, nitsua60, Rubiksmoose, V2Blast. None of them are currently in this room.
We moderators used that a lot. A lotta-lot. It dramatically reduced friction in the "I wonder if this question would be good there" or "does this user give you trouble like they're giving me?" conversations that happen daily. And I live in the hopes that the bot will be restored.
I request that while working on the bot, SE staff consider pushing a version of that to all chat rooms. It would have two commands--
whois owners and
whois mods--which identify either the room's owners or the elected moderators of the room's parent-site, and indicate whether they're pingable. Again in the hopes that this will reduce friction in communication about site- and chat-matters.
I strongly believe in chat functioning best when we use our words, kindly and compassionately and clearly and firmly, well before resorting to the clumsy mechanical tools of kicks and flags and freezes. (Even when words fail, I prefer asking others for help with words before the tools.) Let's make it easier for everyone to use words well and ask for help when needed.