I noticed a few days ago that our election was aiming to fill 2 moderator positions instead of just the one position that was vacated by SevenSidedDie (as I expected). Is there a reason behind that decision that the mod team would like to/is able to/is comfortable with sharing with the community as a whole?

The reason I ask is not out of idle curiosity, but because I think it often says something about the state of the community and of how the moderators are feeling which I think could be valuable to disclose to the community as a whole. And, in the past, these conversations have been held publicly on Meta.

Again, my intent is not to pry. For example, if it had something to do with the personal circumstances of a mod I certainly wouldn't want this to be pressure to reveal that. But if there's something of value to the community, I'd personally be interested to hear it.


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There's nothing particularly magical about the number 5. A long-serving mod retired recently and we three thought that a deeper bench of experienced moderators would be good to have in the community, as other mods may choose to retire with little notice.

-doppelgreener, nitsua60, and mxyzplk

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    \$\begingroup\$ What's this, long term thinking? mock surprise \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 29, 2019 at 0:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ I agree, the magic number is actually 3: "And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out! Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thou foe, who being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.'" \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Commented May 29, 2019 at 0:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ "One... Two... FIVE!!!" \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 7, 2019 at 13:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ "as other mods may choose to retire with little notice." You don't say? \$\endgroup\$
    – NathanS
    Commented Jun 11, 2019 at 21:01

Unofficial Answer: We probably merit 5 moderators based on the size of the stack.

Our stack gets about 18 questions/day and about 73k visits/day.

Some other stacks for comparison:

Magic links to other stacks work in comments but not in answers. My sadness knows no bounds.

These metrics probably play at least some role in how the Stack Exchange staff decides to assign moderator slots to stacks. There are likely other metrics that are not publicly available, such as flags/day or new users/month, that also factor into whatever system they use to make these decisions.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Stack Overflow is currently at 26(!) moderators. \$\endgroup\$
    – JohnP
    Commented May 28, 2019 at 18:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ I would have never believed it. But I also would have never believed the core D&D books are a permanent fixture in Amazon's top 25 books. I don't mean of RPG books, I don't mean sci-fi, I mean all books. Anyway, hats off to SevenSidedDie... \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 15:36

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