Tone is really hard to convey when posting text online so please know that I'm not trying to whine or complain or anything.
How many members of this community (or any stack exchange for that matter) vote for a person based on any measurement other than reputation earned?
I can't think of a more accurate way to vote for a good moderator than simply clicking next to the person SE says contributes a lot.
Isn't reputation and badges the beauty of SE and a good reason why it works so well? Anything a member does that contributes to the greater good is automatically recognized. Does anyone honestly expect a community of this size to look deeper than raw stats when electing a moderator?
Currently there is one outlier among the top vote getters and I must say that I am really tempted to vote for 5,500 based on outlier status alone.
votes / reputation
189 / 36,500
139 / 49,000
127 / 5,500
105 / 20,000
67 / 9,000
I'm curious to hear your thoughts.