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I noticed this question (now only seen by 10k users) does not have one of the "required" tags.

I tried doing the same with a test question and got the expected errors (both as a normal question and as community wiki).

Is it just that the original author was a moderator at the time, so no rules apply?

EDIT: Seeing as this is the answer, I'm promoting my parenthetical question:

  • Was he at least warned he wasn't following the rules?
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he is now... – quack quixote Jun 13 '10 at 7:09
@quack :-) But my question is do moderators get warned they have created a question without a required tag? – Mark Hurd Jun 13 '10 at 10:09
Sorry for the confusion, Mark. @quack fixed my mistake. – Sampson Jun 14 '10 at 12:43
up vote 3 down vote accepted

It appears that diamond moderators may have the power to ignore the required tags rule. 10k users can see my test. (Someone else will have to step up and test whether normal 10k+ users also have this power.)

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10k users cannot - it's just moderators – Kyle Cronin Jun 13 '10 at 3:31
@kyle: not much of a test coming from you... :p – quack quixote Jun 13 '10 at 7:10
As super-powers go, this ranks right up there with "talks to fish." – Bill the Lizard Jul 27 '10 at 16:49

moderators are immune from this rule, though they should include the required tags because it prohibits others from editing (unless they add a required tag in the edit, of course).

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