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This question doesn't address how one becomes a community manager –  Cole Johnson Aug 20 '13 at 6:40
Step 1: get hired by Stack Exchange as a community manager. –  jcolebrand Aug 20 '13 at 16:11

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Who are the Community Managers?

There are currently eleven community managers. They are:

Robert Cartaino

Robert Cartaino's network flair


The network flair of Shog9

Grace Note

Network flair for Grace

Tim Post

Network flair for Tim

Abby T. Miller

Network flair for Abby

Jon Ericson

Network flair for Jon


Network flair for Gabe


Network flair for Pops

Ana Hevesi

Network flair for Ana


Network flair for jmac

Nicolas Chabanovsky

MSE flair for Nicolas

What do they do?

They help you out. No, really. But yeah, that's about the most generic non-answer ever.

They review proposed sites passing through Area 51, revising, raising concerns, closing, destroying, and preparing for their launch as the situation warrants.

They moderate brand new sites as they launch, answer questions and attempt to communicate lessons learned on past sites. They appoint the Pro Tem mods, and hand the site off to them.

They're the navel of the SE administrators, always available for gazing.

They watch the various and sundry meta sites, answer questions, address or escalate requests and provide guidance in the use of the site's tools.

They occasionally answer emails.

They review moderator actions, offer advice, resolve disputes.

Now and then, they sleep. One eye open. Like birds.

Are they the same as the Community user?

No, they are not. That is a special user that even has its own tag, .

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Don't they also make the key decisions for the site? Or am I misinterpreting the "we" in answers like meta.stackexchange.com/a/197335/216381? If so, who is the "we" in "We won't remove the q-ban entirely."? –  Peter Alfvin Sep 18 '13 at 15:38
@PeterAlfvin Sometimes, though not always. We work in collaboration with other teams in the company (most notably, the dev team). The "we" in that answer is a collective "Stack Exchange". –  Anna Lear Oct 28 '13 at 22:29
@AnnaLear Thanks. BTW, I take great solace in your periodic, calm but firm acknowledgement that there is a relatively centralized decision making authority in the form of the SE "company" and that while you guys have great respect for us inmates, both individually and collectively, we are not in fact running the asylum, as some continue to assert. –  Peter Alfvin Oct 28 '13 at 22:59
@AnnaLear Why did you remove yourself from this list? –  nicael Jun 2 '14 at 17:35
@nicael Because I'm no longer a community manager. I joined the dev team back in February. –  Anna Lear Jun 2 '14 at 17:43
Are they volunteers, contractors or employees (or a mixture)? Do they work part-time or full-time, and, apart from sleeping with one eye open, what time zones do they contribute in. –  Qsigma Sep 24 '14 at 10:42
@Qsigma All full-time employees at the moment. Most of them are primarily around during the day Eastern time (US), but overall timezones are irrelevant - the Internet doesn't stop and generally neither do CMs/devs around here. –  Anna Lear Nov 15 '14 at 3:15
@Anna can you please ask Nicolas to update his profile page with his shiny new title? :) –  Shadow Wizard Nov 20 '14 at 8:35
Is it me or are the new appointed CM's younger each time? If so, will SE appoint CM's pre-pollination? –  rene Nov 20 '14 at 8:43
@peterhorvath "Pro Tem" is correct. It's short for "pro tempore". –  Niall C. Jan 26 at 0:48
@AnnaLear Why are some of these flairs real flairs (Robert, Shog), and some of them are pictures (abby, jmac, and Nicolas)? ....if you leave it like that, Nicolas will have 1 rep network wide, forever.... :O –  Shokhet Jan 26 at 8:09
@Shokhet All of them are real flairs. Nick's is the only one that's from a specific site because he doesn't have 200 rep network-wide and therefore we can't generate a network-wide flair for him. –  Anna Lear Jan 26 at 16:32
@AnnaLear Oh, I got it. I thought pictures w/o links were static pictures, and wouldn't change when rep is added; and that those with links (that I now realize go elsewhere) were "real flairs," and were supposed to take you to the network profile of that user. Now I got it; thanks for explaining :) –  Shokhet Jan 27 at 5:26

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