I read the following lines here

At the high end of this reputation spectrum there is little difference between users with high reputation and ♦ moderators. That is intentional. We don’t run this site. The community does.

I want to know what is the difference OR is it lower or higher. Say if they receive more on upvote or less???

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I think this is more referring to the powers that are bestowed upon diamond moderators and trusted users.

There's little difference between the two roles except:

  • Moderators act and behave in an official capacity on behalf of the community,
  • Moderators' votes are binding - they take effect immediately,
  • Moderators can view deleted content (such as comments), and have access to more information about a user

...but outside of that, that's about it. Also, those with a gold badge in a tag have a binding vote on duplicates, which make that power somewhat similar to a moderator's.

You can read a bit more about what diamond moderators' powers are and what their role is at this FAQ entry.

  • Just to clarify, high-rep non-moderators can see all deleted content except for deleted comments. (The software used to have a loophole that would allow high-rep users to view deleted comments, too, but it was closed.) However, moderators do have easier ways find deleted content, since they can e.g. see a list of a user's deleted posts. Sep 21, 2014 at 16:16

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