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Who are the diamond moderators, and what is their role?

I usually refer to the elected mods (and community/dev/etc mods) as just that, a "mod" or "moderator", but lately I've read a lot of posts that use the phrase "diamond mod(erator)". I would like to know if there is a difference between a "Diamond Moderator" and a "Moderator"? Is a diamond mod a user with more/different privileges or permissions then a regular mod. Do non-diamond mods exist, or is this just a -verbose way of saying moderator?

Not sure how this is a dup, wasn't asking what is a Diamond mod or what their role is, I wanted to know if there was an actual NON-diamond mod rank. No biggy though, thanks all for your insight and comments.

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    See a general overview of diamond mods and the difference between diamond mods and 10ks, probable duplicate of the second? – Rory Apr 7 '12 at 18:10
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    Newer users, who don't know how everything works on SE, often refer to "actions taken by moderators" when they mean other ordinary, though high-rep, users of the site. 10k users are de facto moderators -- they hold no official title, but the new users naturally (and I think fairly) see their actions (editing, voting to close/open/delete, providing guidance in comments, and so on) as "moderation". – jscs Apr 7 '12 at 18:23
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    Still then, @Iulius, I feel it's fine to explain to those new users that 10k's are not moderators. As for voting to close, any 3k could be called a moderator too then. As as for editing, anyone who can suggest an edit could be called a moderator then ;-) – Arjan Apr 7 '12 at 18:27
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    @Arjan: Oh, absolutely; I don't think we should start using the term that way, or stop explaining things to newer users. I just wanted to explain why this comes up at all. – jscs Apr 7 '12 at 18:37

Diamond moderators are either community elected or appointed. There's a list of all diamond moderators here. The term diamond refers the fact that they have a diamond (♦) next to their names.

Diamond moderators aside, Stack Overflow is community moderated.

At 10000 rep, users gain access to moderator tools, so the term moderator can also refer to a user with 10k rep or more.

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    Ahh, I didn't know 10k+ was also referred to as mods.. That makes sense, thanks. – chown Apr 7 '12 at 18:13
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    I don't think 10k's are rightfully referred to as moderators. True, some do, but I feel that's wrong, @chown. – Arjan Apr 7 '12 at 18:15
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    @chown they're "community moderators" in the sense that most SE users can provide some method of moderation, but no one particularly uses the term "moderators" to refer to them, they're just 10k users. – Ben Brocka Apr 7 '12 at 18:15

"Diamond mod" is just used to reinforce the mapping of "diamond by name" => mod. We no longer have tiers of moderators. A mod is a diamond mod.

  • Thanks for the infoz. I assumed this was the case, just wasn't sure. – chown Apr 7 '12 at 21:57
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    Were there ever tiers of moderators? – Ry- Apr 8 '12 at 4:35

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