Hi all, once a user reaches a reputation of 1000 karma points they automatically become a moderator here in Unity Answers. There are currently over 400 users with moderator status, but it’s very difficult to know who is actually making use of their moderator permissions. Being a moderator means agreeing to following the Moderator Guidelines.
As a moderator, you are able to get access to the moderation queue, deciding which questions/answers submitted by users with low karma get published or rejected. If you decide to reject a post, you must leave a written comment telling the OP the reason for that post being rejected. If you add a comment to a post in the moderation queue, make sure to publish or reject it immediately. Again, refer to the Moderator Guidelines if you are not sure whether to publish or reject a post.
There are many questions submitted daily by users with low karma, and the moderation queue quickly becomes filled with posts (typically around 80 posts when I check in every morning, and around 30 when I check out at night.) Some posts can be up to 20 hours old when I don’t check in regularly, and I’m getting the impression that not many of these 400 moderators are helping out in this area.
We are considering increasing the reputation of becoming a moderator to 5000 karma points, as it makes no sense having moderator permissions if they are not being used. This would leave us with around 85 moderators, who will all have the ability to access the moderation queue, edit and close published posts as well as accept answers. A reputation of 10000 karma points is still needed to be able to delete posts and convert answers to comments (and vice versa.)
I am curious as to why the moderation queue is not being maintained by more moderators, so if you’re a moderator reading this and not actively helping out in this area, it would be valuable for me to know the reasons.