The site FAQ refers to moderation tools, available to users who've earned more than 10,000 reputation:

10,000   Delete closed questions, access to moderation tools

What are these tools exactly?

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First off, see: the Access to Moderator Tools privilege description. (Note: on beta sites and graduated sites without designs, you gain these privileges with just 2,000+ reputation.)

Each view is found in one of four categories: links, stats, close, and delete. There is also a tab for the same review view that is available to users who have yet to reach 10k. When you click on the tools option in the header, stats is the first category opened. It contains general lists:

  • Highest voted questions sorted by vote
  • Lowest voted questions sorted by vote
  • Highest voted answers sorted by vote
  • Lowest voted answers sorted by vote
  • Most commented questions and answers sorted by number of comments
  • Most viewed questions and answers sorted by number of views
  • Most edited questions and answers sorted by number of edits
  • Recently imported questions (those migrated from other sites)
  • Tags that have been created recently, sorted by frequency of use

The close category has views relating to questions that have been or are being closed or reopened:

  • Most close votes, sorted by number of votes
  • Most reopen votes, sorted by number of votes
  • Recently closed, sorted by time
  • Recently reopened, sorted by time

The delete category has views relating to questions and answers that have been or are being deleted or undeleted:

  • Most delete votes, sorted by number of votes
  • Most undelete votes, sorted by number of votes
  • Recently deleted (not by owner), sorted by time
  • Recently undeleted (not by owner), sorted by time

Several pages contain a set of links to additional information in the footer:

  • Information on the moderator tools privilege
  • New answers to old questions
  • Suggested edit statistics
  • Anonymous and low-rep post feedback statistics (also accessible to all users via Stack Exchange Data Explorer)
  • Question close stats
  • Protected questions

For the stats, close and delete views, they are filtered by time span which is choosable by the user. The options are "30d", "14d", "7d", "2d" (default) and "today".

Users with 10k reputation can also:

  • Search among their own deleted posts using deleted:1
  • View any deleted question that they have the link to*
  • See deleted answers when viewing a question, even when deleted by the author.*
  • Vote to delete closed questions 48 hours after they were closed.
    • Users with 20,000+ reputation (4,000+ on beta sites) can immediately vote to delete closed questions if they score -3 or lower.
  • See full history of each review queue on the History tab; <10K users can see only their own review history.

* If the posts were deleted as spam or rude/abusive, the contents will be hidden, and can only be viewed by accessing the revision history.

These lists help us see where intervention might be needed: where edit wars are going on, where new tags with typos have been made, which questions are spam, etc. They don't really give us any new power other than to delete questions the rest of the community has already decided doesn't belong on the site.

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    thanks that looks very thorough. Now the meta meta question. As I'm not in a position to know if this is correct or not, should I accept it? Jul 12 '09 at 12:51
  • You just have to trust me that it's correct. The other +10ks can confirm.
    – Welbog
    Jul 12 '09 at 16:01
  • not doubting you, guess this is really another question. There are a large class of questions that the person who asks is not well placed to judge if it is the right answer or not, should they accept any answer to those questions? Jul 12 '09 at 21:29
  • In this case, yes - because that's accurate. In other cases, I personally just leave it unaccepted.
    – Tom Ritter
    Jul 12 '09 at 22:07
  • 5
    Can we see screenshots? Aug 28 '09 at 16:16
  • 12
    No, I'm too lazy.
    – Welbog
    Aug 28 '09 at 16:23
  • 35
    Can we have photoshoped images of ponys eating waffles?
    – perbert
    Sep 4 '09 at 16:45
  • 1
    Only if you make it your damned self!
    – Welbog
    Sep 4 '09 at 17:27
  • 1
    I want lists :(
    – Earlz
    Apr 12 '10 at 21:42
  • 5
    @perbert Ok.
    – Cloud
    Jul 7 '17 at 19:26

In the top bar where you have the Logout, About, and FAQ options, there is another one added called Tools.

Basically the tools are just lists of items for different criteria.

Some examples:

  • Flagged items
  • Questions with the most close votes
  • Different lists of questions with heavy activity in terms of up votes, down votes, etc.

Once you hit 10k, it is almost a bit of a disappointment because you expected more powerful tools, but they serve their purpose, I suppose.

  • 6
    A "make it all better" button would be very useful, for example.
    – Stu Pegg
    Mar 22 '11 at 21:01

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