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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

Who are the Community Team?

Robert Cartaino

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Grace Note

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Abby T. Miller

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Jon Ericson

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Nicolas Chabanovsky

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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 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". – Adam Lear Oct 28 '13 at 22:29
@AdamLear 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
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. – Adam Lear Nov 15 '14 at 3:15
@peterhorvath "Pro Tem" is correct. It's short for "pro tempore". – Niall C. Jan 26 '15 at 0:48

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