What super-powers do SE staff have, that diamond moderators do not?

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  • you mean all staff? or just certain staff? And do you mean actual implemented powers on the site or just stuff like "the sysadmin can make the database go poof" :)
    – Nanne
    Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 16:22
  • I mean the actual implemented powers on the site. Otherwise they can do anything, having access to the source-code (:
    – gerrit
    Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 16:23
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    I think most of their super powers exist outside the actual site
    – Ryathal
    Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 16:28
  • @Ryathal Related
    – user200500
    Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 16:33
  • @RobertLongson: The questions don't appear to be very closely related. The answer to that question talks about their general duties and does not mention any mod-like powers at all. Commented Feb 12, 2019 at 23:50
  • Duplicate of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/216414/… which is a duplicate, following the link leads eventually to: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/99338/… - they have super powers (use Moderator Console, or dig deeper) but leave "moderation" to the moderators unless it's a beta site, pre pro-tem, then they moderate. If something can wait for the Moderator or the site's users then they should leave it, if is truly awful and purposeless vitriol then deletion is OK.
    – Rob
    Commented Feb 13, 2019 at 2:38

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Not all employees have the same powers, they tend to have only those abilities they need for their job.

Some additional abilites that SE employees have are:

  • Invalidation of votes between users
  • View votes (developers and community managers only, except for their own posts)
  • Permanent deletion of post revisions, viewing redaction history of post revisions
  • Modifying the keyword blacklist for each site
  • Burninating (removing) tags
  • Placing entire sites in read-only mode
  • Migrating questions that are older than 60 days
  • Issuing network-wide suspensions and long-term suspensions (of more than a year)
  • Editing any help pages
  • Editing custom close reasons (without making a new one)
  • Creating post notices
  • Internal SEDE with more information, particularly regarding deleted content and real time access to the site database (no 7 day wait)
  • Merge user accounts.

Of course, any SE employee with database access can do far more if they want to.

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