I'm curious what is causing this. There are a few possibilities that I see:
- Slashdot is giving out far more moderator points.
- Fewer people are willing to moderate now.
- Moderators are chosen differently.
As for more mod points given out, I'm sure thate there are more than ever, but I don't think it would account for the sudden spike. Similarly, I can't imagine that a lot of people are suddenly choosing not to moderate. My guess is that subscribers and people that have good moderation history are being asked to moderate more frequently. Taco said in is journal, that subscribers moderate more fairly. He hasn't said anything about making a code change to use subscribers more frequently, but it wouldn't suprise me.
I really like the new(ish) feedback mechanisms for when somebody moderates your comment or medamoderates your moderation. I'm suprised to find that my moderations are almost never questioned in meta-moderation.
I'm hoping that cmdrtaco will write about this a bit in his journal soon. (hint, hint)