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I just wonder if moderators earn any money or earn a salary for being moderators - or do they do it just to help out on the site?

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Don't apologise for being curious. Just please don't use backticks (`) for highlighting. =) – J. Steen Feb 26 '13 at 20:01
Yes, we get paid with your agony. =) – casperOne Feb 26 '13 at 20:02
I propose this as a new feature-request! :P – Alenanno Feb 26 '13 at 20:02
@Alenanno What, that moderators get paid? And by the number of sites you're a moderator on, I imagine? ;) – J. Steen Feb 26 '13 at 20:03
@J.Steen Oh well, I guess I'd just get one salary, not one per site. :D – Alenanno Feb 26 '13 at 20:04
@J.Steen sorry highliting i used it because i couldnt post message many times , everytime i get the message (this question didnt meet our standar quality) so i thought maybe to format it little, not my meaning :) – user998158 Feb 26 '13 at 20:05
@casperOne: Garmonbozia? I knew you were a ghost, but... – Josh Caswell Feb 26 '13 at 20:07
its better if they got paid :) , i wish that – user998158 Feb 26 '13 at 20:09
But of course! Unicorn currency cash payments! (redeemable at your local tavern [on the meta] for sparkly handbags). – Lix Feb 26 '13 at 20:09
@Lix you laugh, but.... – Pops Feb 26 '13 at 20:12
@user998158 if you think they should get paid, don't just say so, please explain why. – Pops Feb 26 '13 at 20:12
We get to keep all the things we delete. – voretaq7 Feb 26 '13 at 20:15
You keep what you kill. – jcolebrand Feb 26 '13 at 20:15
because they get much work and much control – user998158 Feb 26 '13 at 20:15
I heared that after 20 year of SE memebership your reps will be traded to bitcoins 1:1 ? – Lone Wolf Mar 17 at 14:29
up vote 202 down vote accepted

No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. Hell no. No. ... No.

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is this an answer ? – user998158 Feb 26 '13 at 20:15
Yes, it is an answer – juan Feb 26 '13 at 20:16
And an accurate one at that... – Lix Feb 26 '13 at 20:16
ok i accept it then :) – user998158 Feb 26 '13 at 20:17
... that was easy. I wonder why that doesn't work on all of my answers. – J. Steen Feb 26 '13 at 20:17
@J.Steen Clearly you don't have enough animated GIFs. – voretaq7 Feb 26 '13 at 20:19
One of the best answers ever!! – Shadow Wizard Feb 26 '13 at 22:50
From where do you find such funny images? – aditya Feb 27 '13 at 3:47
Someone can also take that as a yes by thinking they are paid so huge amount that they have attained a new level of happiness. – mtk Feb 27 '13 at 8:55
@aditya: I don't know where this gif comes from, but browsing Reddit pretty much yields an inexhaustible supply of gifs. – Time Traveling Bobby Feb 27 '13 at 10:45
This mod is toooooooo cool 3:) – Enthusiastic Mar 5 '13 at 5:22
@ShaWizDowArd why didn't you go out for mod? nvm, you don't have to answer. But I would have +1 that. – Won't Mar 5 '13 at 5:37
And I enjoy all this rep I can spread to feature-request questions that deserve attention – Won't Mar 5 '13 at 5:44
@Won't feel honored that you ask but I fear it will cause me to spend time that I don't have plus there are still "core" matters that I try to stay away from, something that moderator can't really do. – Shadow Wizard Mar 5 '13 at 8:15
Hehehe Loved it!! One of the best answer – Lithu T.V Jul 4 '13 at 5:42

No they don't. It's an all volunteer effort.

Note that there are also Stack Exchange employees that do moderation work.

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Employees only moderate in extremis. – ChrisF Feb 26 '13 at 20:03
its better if they got paid :) – user998158 Feb 26 '13 at 20:08

The benefits of being a moderator:

  1. A huge say in the direction of a site.
  2. Access to the site views.
  3. The ability to choose an organization of a list of a few to receive $100 once a year from Stack Exchange.
  4. More direct access to the Stack Exchange employees.
  5. That warm fuzzy feeling of making a difference.
  6. Access to the Teacher's Lounge, a chat room for moderators.
  7. Once in a blue moon, SE will hire one of the community moderators as "Community Managers".

As has been noted, SE staff also has access, who do get paid. But there are some 200+ (Maybe even more?) moderators, including myself, who don't receive a dime for their services.

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I moderated Stack Exchange and all I got was… no, scratch that, not even a lousy T-shirt. (You do get a T-shirt for running in a mod election though.) – Gilles Feb 26 '13 at 21:41
@Gilles: Running and not winning, if I remember right. Hmmm... – PearsonArtPhoto Feb 26 '13 at 23:00
@PearsonArtPhoto , Are you thinking...What I'm thinking? – d-_-b Feb 26 '13 at 23:19
@Gilles: Really? goes off to nominate self everywhere – Manishearth Feb 27 '13 at 7:44
You get stuff for winning an election too. Not sure what it used to be, but now it's a t-shirt. (And @Manishearth: ಠ_ಠ). – Adam Lear Feb 27 '13 at 17:29
@AnnaLear: Is that just for SO? I recall winning an election but I don't recall getting a tshirt for it, ಠ_ಠ right back at you :P – Manishearth Feb 27 '13 at 17:35
@Manishearth That all hinges on me going through my backlog of election participants that need to be contacted. :) I'm gonna be catching up on all of that in the next week or two. – Adam Lear Feb 27 '13 at 17:37
The elected mods get business cards too, don't they? – Kevin Feb 27 '13 at 17:55
I never have gotten any. Man, I'm feeling cheated out of all of the things I should be getting as a mod of 2 sites that I'm not... – PearsonArtPhoto Feb 27 '13 at 17:56
@AnnaLear: Ah, I see. ಠ◡ಠ – Manishearth Feb 27 '13 at 18:02
@иɪvэЖєvɪɴ There are a few sites where those cards haven't been designed yet, but otherwise, yeah. – Adam Lear Feb 27 '13 at 18:03
@иɪvэЖєvɪɴ /cc Pearson: You need a meta post tagged [business cards] to get cards. For that, you need to bug Jin. Jin said something about getting to them in December but he may have forgotten :s (See…) – Manishearth Feb 27 '13 at 18:08
The benefits to Stackoverflow: one of the most difficult problems in running an online business solved for free. That "warm fuzzy feeling" is the feeling of being cheated into doing something for free that a profitable business should be paying for... and lessening the unemployment rate at the same time. – Craig McMahon Mar 13 '13 at 2:47
I don't understand 3rd point. – Murtaza Aug 11 '14 at 18:00

Moderating SE is a volunteer effort. We don't get paid for it, and we are free to step down whenever we want to. It's not always a fun job, but it has its high points and you get a sense of satisfaction as you see a site progress, knowing that you were (and still are) an integral part of it.

Most of us also have a natural tendency to participate in every meta discussion that ever comes up (the fact that we get inbox pings for every new meta question helps). While our words on meta don't hold much more intrinsic weight (except in extreme cases where the community is very divisive over an issue), the community generally respects and follows our opinion on a matter, so we end up "leading" the community at time. Again, one gets a sense of satisfaction for this.

SE also donates money to charities chosen by us every year.

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-1 for a serious answer. We don't care for those. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 27 '13 at 8:28
+1 on the comment just to confuse readers. – J. Steen Feb 27 '13 at 8:30
-1 on the comment indicating a +1 on the previous comment; +1 on the previous comment; -0 on the answer; +1 on the question; +1 lumps on my head. – Andrew Barber Feb 27 '13 at 8:31
+0 for Andrews's comment for mentioning +1 too many times. – Johannes Kuhn Jun 4 '13 at 16:57
@AndrewBarber +1 for figuring out how to -1 on a comment. Share? ;) – WendiKidd Jun 25 '13 at 22:18
@wendikidd Ancient evil-unicorn secret! – Andrew Barber Jun 26 '13 at 0:09
+ and - for confusing us in Math. What numbers should I use? – Murtaza Aug 11 '14 at 18:03

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