As we are in election period, I don't get the difference between getting to 10k reputation point and the diamond. What additional controls do you earn with the diamond ?

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    Shhh! Don't ask! They get you! Commented Aug 14, 2009 at 12:52

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It is all documented here.

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    Hello welcome to SO! Please refer to the faq. Answers should be self-contained... Nah Just kidding Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 16:19

And 10k is documented here in greater detail. Jeff's link is more for diamondy goodness.

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    Well it's not like Jeff took the time to list all of the moderator tools. Someone had to do it and happened to be me. I'm just taking advantage of work I've already done. Screw you pal, it's honest work! You can't take that away from me. You guys with your rules and your regulations are always trying to bring the honest man down. Wait until I tell my friend the three-cheese pizza about this. He's going to rally up his justice squad and take you down for a change. You'd be sitting there in disbelief with hot cheese on your face and your dignity in a small growing pool on the floor.
    – Welbog
    Commented Aug 14, 2009 at 13:02
  • Yes, send him to me. I like pizza guys. Best served with onions and chili. Commented Aug 14, 2009 at 13:13

Moderators have the same privileges a 20k user has; the following then applies for moderators:

  • On voting, the action is taken immediately. This is true for voting to close a question, or deleting a post.
  • When a post is deleted by a moderator, users cannot vote to undelete it; it is necessary for a moderator to undelete it.
  • The flags a moderator can cast are unlimited.
  • Moderators have access to additional tools to convert posts, such as making a question and its answers Community Wiki, or set a post as not CW; in the latter case, a post will never become a CW. Moderators can convert an answer into a comment, or an edit for the question, if the answer has been given from the OP.
  • Moderators can merge tags, or create synonyms independently from the score they have for the tags they are handling.
  • Moderators are the only ones who see comment flags, even though they don't see who cast the flag.
  • Moderators see all types of flags, while other users don't see flags for which a custom reason is entered.
  • Moderators can contact a user, or suspend users.
  • Moderators see the past names used by a user.
  • Feel free to plagiarize the rest from meta.stackexchange.com/questions/136890/… , be sure to VTC the question afterwards :) Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 16:59
  • Just out of curiosity, why would a mod need to cast a flag? Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 16:33
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    @mikeTheLiar A moderator could need to flag a post because he wants to let one of the other moderators decide on the actions to take.
    – apaderno
    Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 16:47

10k Reputation allows you to vote to delete and undelete content on the sites you have 10k rep on. It takes 3 10k user votes to delete or undelete content. A moderator (ones with the diamond) can close and reopen at will with a single click, as well as delete and undelete with a single click.

Moderators also have the ability to lock posts, merge posts, convert entire threads or single answers to community wiki. There are numerous moderator tools to aid in finding vote and user fraud and dealing with unruly users (suspend, delete, destroy).

Both 10k users and moderators can see items that have been flagged as Spam or Offensive. Only moderators can see the items that were flagged for moderator attention.

  • You can destroy my account but you'll never destroy my freedom!
    – Welbog
    Commented Aug 14, 2009 at 13:04
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    You live in socialist Canada, that has already been taken care of for me.
    – TheTXI
    Commented Aug 14, 2009 at 13:05
  • Suspend, delete, destroy... TheTXI robot army.
    – Troggy
    Commented Aug 14, 2009 at 14:41
  • Like a Dalek... exterminate... exterminateeee Commented Jan 8, 2010 at 12:58

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