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This question doesn't address how one becomes a community manager –  Cole Johnson Aug 20 '13 at 6:40
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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 nine community managers. They are:

Robert Cartaino

Robert Cartaino's network flair

Shog9

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

Gabe

Network flair for Gabe

Pops

Network flair for Pops

Ana Hevesi

Network flair for Ana

jmac

Network flair for jmac

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
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@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
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@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 at 17:35
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@nicael Because I'm no longer a community manager. I joined the dev team back in February. –  Anna Lear Jun 2 at 17:43
    
@abbyhairboat This begs the question: what's the other half? –  Thursday Sep 16 at 3:19
    
@Thursday it's top secret. I can only say that nobody has ever seen me and Jon Skeet in the same room. –  abby hairboat Sep 16 at 3:44

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