I'm missing a convenient way to access the 10k moderation tools as described on SO privilege help, because it shows I'm suspended from review. I can still access them by directly navigating to /tools or via the help center, however.

Is this a bug? Or is it intentionally inconvenient? Or should I have been prevented from accessing moderator tools as well with the review suspension?

Screenshot of the dropdown of reviews with suspension message and no link to tools

As you see above, the "tools" link is missing. Can we please get it back?

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    Moderator tool access shouldn't be related to bans from the queues, AFAIK.
    – Mast
    Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 18:09
  • What way are you using to access the mod tools? Is the "tools" link in the top-right of the review queue dropdown missing when you're review banned? Or are you used to navigating to the full /reviews page and clicking the "Tools" button in the top-right?
    – Spevacus
    Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 18:16
  • @Spevacus, the former one. The message about review suspension is the only dropdown content. I don't see /reviews page, assuming you meant /review page, the tools are accessible from there. Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 18:19
  • Gotcha. That sounds annoying. Maybe you want to tag this with feature-request and include a screenshot that shows that the "tools" link isn't available in that dropdown due to being review-suspended, and ask for this functionality to be changed? I'd certainly support that change. The mod tools don't really have much actionable content, it's pretty much just informational. There's no reason for them to be more difficult to get to due to a review suspension, IMO.
    – Spevacus
    Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 18:20
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    Moderator tools are something that only moderators can use. 10k users tools page title is "Moderation Tools". Also, as mentioned in above comment, this better be feature request, I've edited everything in. Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 18:31
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    @ShadowWizardHatesOmicron Is this a feature request or a support request? It certainly doesn't seem like expected behavior to me? It's unclear whether it's a bug or by design, so it's not really a request for new functionality.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 18:52
  • @ColleenV feature request, and it's even under review now. Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 19:23
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    @ShadowWizardHatesOmicron So we know this is an intentional design and not an oversight? It seems weird that we have to ask SE to not remove a link we still have access to just because we're review banned and call it a "feature" instead of a "bug fix".
    – ColleenV
    Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 19:47
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    @ShadowWizardHatesOmicron I agree with ColleenV, and have retagged it as a bug, because it's inconsistent: either the link should be there, or if review suspensions are supposed to also ban the user from accessing moderation tools, accessing them directly should also be prevented. Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 20:04
  • @Sonic well, still think they removed the link on purpose, but as I can't know, it doesn't really matter. Commented Feb 17, 2022 at 7:52
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    @ShadowWizardHatesOmicron I think if the intention was to block access to the 10K tools when someone is review-banned, Alex wouldn't be able to to access the tools by typing the url in. Most likely this is just a bug that was missed because it's rare that 10k users get banned from reviews and those that have in the past didn't try to access the 10k tools from that link during their ban.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Feb 17, 2022 at 14:02

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The link to Tools in the Reviews topbar dropdown will now show for users who have enough rep to see it, regardless of review suspension status.

did something not good
on review queues…it's ok
you can still see tools

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