This is a screenshot of msh210's (current pro-tem moderator) nomination page for the 2012 Mi Yodeya election:


As you can see, there is a listed number of helpful flags (well over 200 for msh210). However, as of now msh210 does not have a Deputy badge. We speculated that perhaps the listed helpful flag count is influenced by various moderator actions and does not parallel the count for the Deputy badge, but it seemed odd that IsaacMoses's nomination (not shown) listed only 8 helpful flags, and we all know IsaacMoses is more helpful than that.

So what exactly do the listed stats represent? And if relevant, how are moderator actions counted vis-a-vis "flag weight" and the Deputy/Marshal badges?


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The Deputy and Marshal badges are only granted to registered users - not moderators. The count of helpful flags shown on the election nomination screen is in fact correct - msh210 does have a lot of helpful flags (specifically on comments).

Isaac does in fact show a few helpful flags however, this isn't the entire story as far as who is more helpful in contributing to your community. I suggest looking at the entire story (posts, comments, and general contributions) to make a well informed decision about who you'd like to see as your next moderator.

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    That seems odd (that mods can't get the badge; they are the Marshals and Deputies par excellance around here) but if you say so I believe you. And don't worry: my question was purely about how it works. I know IsaacMoses does plenty of work on this site :)
    – Double AA Mod
    Jul 15, 2012 at 3:53
  • Hmm this post implies that Bill the Lizard got his Marshal badge after becoming mod. Have things changed since then?
    – Double AA Mod
    Jul 15, 2012 at 15:37
  • @DoubleAA That was back when the badges were powered by flag weight rather than a count of raised flags.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Jul 17, 2012 at 21:43
  • @AnnaLear So the mod rule was changed at the same time coincidentally? I don't see what the metric has to do with whether or not a mod should get it.
    – Double AA Mod
    Jul 17, 2012 at 21:50
  • @DoubleAA I'm guessing here, but I think the implementation was changed when, well, the implementation for the badges changed. Looks like it's intentional either way.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Jul 17, 2012 at 21:55

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