The items in the moderator queue are no longer showing up in order from newest to oldest. As I write this, the items in the list on Stack Overflow have the following time stamps:

2 hours ago  
3 mins ago  
1 min ago  
11 min ago  

There was a recent update (which I really like, by the way) that adds a note to each item in the list when a moderator performs some action on the flagged post. If this is related, is the new order [status-bydesign]? If not, can we get it changed back to the newest-to-oldest order?

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    Most likely they've realized my flags are more important than everyone else's and listed them first Dec 13, 2010 at 17:42
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    @Michael: Ah, so now it's a priority queue. I should have guessed! Dec 13, 2010 at 18:03

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Actually there is some truth in Michael's answer; we're playing with things that should make the most pressing issues appear first, to make moderation easier. I also plan on merging the three tabs, and tracking the number of mods that have viewed a post without doing anything urgently.

All suggestions and feedback welcome here.

To be specific, in addition to taking the cumulative flags into account, there is a subtle variation between users; users with a history of flags that lead to action by moderators will be ranked a little bit above users who have a history of false-positive flags.

  • Feedback: Make me a mod so I can help!
    – jjnguy
    Dec 13, 2010 at 19:21
  • Will there be a way to see your own 'flag score'. (% of flags acted on by a mod) If it is low, maybe the person could work to improve the number, and thus reducing the amount of flags mods have to deal with.
    – jjnguy
    Dec 13, 2010 at 19:30
  • You could also associate a badge with your 'flag score' to even further motivate people to flag correctly.
    – jjnguy
    Dec 13, 2010 at 19:30
  • I like the sound of this. I hate to play favorites, but I'd be lying if I said I don't already have a list of names in my head (mostly positive). When you track the number of mods who have viewed a post, can you indicate to me if I've already viewed it? That would fix my issue with the newest-to-oldest ordering. Dec 13, 2010 at 19:31
  • @Bill - sure; maybe even dim the ones you've actively viewed Dec 13, 2010 at 19:34
  • @Bill - my immediate problem there is figuring out where best to track that ;p Dec 13, 2010 at 19:36
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    @Marc One table per mod per flag, naturally. CREATE TABLE HasBillTheLizardSeenFlag12345(boolean b); INSERT INTO HasBillTheLizardSeenFlag12345 VALUES(true); Dec 13, 2010 at 21:53
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    @Michael see, I was going for CREATE DATABASE ... Dec 13, 2010 at 22:14
  • @Marc: The new changes that rolled out today look fantastic! Thank you. Dec 23, 2010 at 15:24

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