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I'm not so sure what moderators are, but I know they are separated from other users by a diamond. I thought moderators are employees but from time to time I see someone without a diamond near his name who says something like this:

We have .....

Which conveys that he is a stackexchange employer. Here is my question:

Are there moderators without a diamond?

marked as duplicate by Martijn Pieters, Makoto, Mr.Wizard, Shadow The Princess Wizard, Wooble Jan 16 '14 at 16:13

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  • No, most moderators are volunteers, elected by the community. – Martijn Pieters Jan 16 '14 at 16:03
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    Even users who are not affiliated with the company sometimes use "we" when they refer to Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange. That's because the community is very invested in the place, has ownership of the content through the CC license, and plays some role in the decision-making process. – Pekka supports GoFundMonica Jan 16 '14 at 16:04
  • Regarding " We have .....", high rep users can vote to close and vote to delete – Richard Tingle Jan 16 '14 at 16:05
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    You're looking too far into the "we" thing. When referring to my favorite sports teams I use "we" but clearly I'm not ACTUALLY on the team (that's what I want you to think! I'm actually Von Miller.). – Embattled Swag Jan 16 '14 at 16:05
  • @Martijn the question you referred to doesn't answer: are there moderators without a diamond? Which is the main reason I asked the question. – Mhmd Jan 16 '14 at 16:14
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    @user689: The community is expected to self-moderate, to a certain extend. The more reputation you gain, the more options you have to help moderate the site. So you could say that higher-reputation users are (limited) moderators too. But generally speaking, the term 'moderator' refers to the diamond moderators. There are no moderators with the same powers that do not have a diamond next to their name. – Martijn Pieters Jan 16 '14 at 16:16
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    @user689 This is the danger of asking multiple questions at once. Try to ask one at a time – Richard Tingle Jan 16 '14 at 16:27
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    @user689 You shouldn't keep editing the question simply to ask what is affectively another question. Just ask a new one, first searching to make sure it's not already asked, of course. People take time to review and vote as dupe, then if it should be reopened. – James Jan 16 '14 at 17:23

Are all stackexchange employers moderators?

No. Only certain employees are diamond (the dev / community types most often). Others (like SamtheBrand while an employee doesn't have a diamond... he doesn't even have 2k rep to get his edits automatic) aren't. Only employees that actually need the diamond have it.

From else-meta Can we give the community evangelist something more notable to make suggested edits go more smoothy? from the esteemed Anna:

Most employees don't require special privileges across the network. Heck, many of us aren't really using the sites and/or aren't always in tune with how individual communities work. Those of us who do have network-wide diamonds take great care to avoid abusing them or overstepping any bounds when it comes to site-specific privileges.

Are all moderators employers?

No. Very few moderators are employees. The vast majority are volunteers that the community has entrusted.

Are there moderators without a diamond?

Not really. The community moderates with close votes and delete votes. Diamond mods just do it without needing more because of the above mentioned entrustment.

  • What do you mean by employees that need the diamond? – Mhmd Jan 16 '14 at 16:11
  • evelopers (who need to be able to poke the database correctly) and community managers (who are in tune with communities and need to be able to be a mod if need be) are the only ones that I've seen. Not all the other employees need a diamond. I've linked a discussion else-meta about having one employee with only ~200 rep (no diamond) be able to bypass /review for edits (he wasn't and isn't, and shouldn't - but it was a question if he should) where this was clarified a bit. – user213963 Jan 16 '14 at 16:20
  • Wait, I thought I read something somewhere about all employees having the option to carry diamonds if they want to? – Undo - Reinstate Monica Jan 16 '14 at 17:30
  • @Undo I haven't seen that mentioned or referenced anywhere. Its possible, I don't know the internal policies of SE and at the same time, I've seen employees without. Getting a diamond can be like "do you want to have a broom so you can be a volunteer janitor too?" with the expectation that they will be able to use it if needed. As a (not SE) dev, I'd rather stay as far away from root-esq production access as I can. – user213963 Jan 16 '14 at 17:35

Are all stackexchange employers moderators?

I thought so too, but apparently not. The Valued Associates and Community managers are all diamond mods, but some developers or lower-level employees may not be

Are all moderators employers?

No, there are plenty of community-elected moderators for every site who are unpaid

Are there moderators without a diamond?

If you have >10k rep, you have access to many moderator tools. They are called 10K mods

Also, you say that people say we have...

That's just because they are members of the SE community just like us, and so they use "we" to mean Stack Exchange in general, just like people refer to their favorite sports team as "we", even though they don't play for that team.

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    There are also employees without a diamond who can still perform moderator only action, see this. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jan 16 '14 at 16:09
  • @ShadowWizard devs are technically higher than diamond mods if they can access the database, but they still have to agree to the same terms that a diamond mod has to beforehand (mostly the privacy policy) – Amelia Jan 16 '14 at 16:15
  • @Santa I was referring to their privileges, which aren't strictly related to having or not having a diamond. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jan 16 '14 at 16:16
  • @ShadowWizard there's two diamond classes: "Moderator" and "Stack Exchange Employee". The diamond-less mods are devs – Amelia Jan 16 '14 at 16:18
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    If you're an employee and you need a diamond (moderator rights) to do your job, you get one. If you're working on the core software that runs these sites, you get a superset of moderator rights by default, since they include a lot of tools you'll need to fix and monitor things. Otherwise, you have access to a handful of things normal users don't (mostly internal tools) and beyond that are a normal user. – Shog9 Jan 16 '14 at 16:48

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