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What advantages do moderators enjoy?

What are the benefits of being a moderator, outside of the privileges on the site?

There are certainly benefits to being a contributor on a SE site.

  • It might help get you a job.
  • It might get a unicorn painting.
  • It might make you famous, or at least get you some attention on the internet.

I don't know of any analogous benefits for being an SE mod.

Is being a moderator really a thankless job, or am I not seeing something?

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“Benefits”, you say… –  Josh Lee Oct 8 '10 at 21:06
FYI ... i was "only" a 10k rep user not a mod on SF ... didn't become a mod til i started. –  Zypher Oct 8 '10 at 21:16
Note that the guy with the unicorn painting is neither a moderator, nor did he need SO to gather a certain amount of fame. –  balpha Oct 8 '10 at 21:49
@balpha I'm saying that was a benefit of him contributing, as opposed to being a moderator. –  C. Ross Oct 8 '10 at 22:19
@CRoss: Ah yes, I misread that. –  balpha Oct 9 '10 at 9:29
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It might help get you a job.

This ... best benefit i can think of :-D

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I know, that's contributing on an SE site. It probably doesn't help to be a moderator. –  C. Ross Oct 8 '10 at 22:18
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