I have heard that when a user has over 10k reputation the person will become a moderator automatically. That is true partly, but the user still may not be a comments moderator, who can review flagged comments.

Here are my questions:

  • Who are the comments moderators on Stack Exchange sites, like Stack Overflow?
  • And how can one become a comments moderator?
  • see also: What is the SE version of Seven Dirty Words?
    – gnat
    Jul 1, 2015 at 23:45
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    The dupe doesn't really answer either of the OP's questions.
    – James
    Jul 1, 2015 at 23:48
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    I agree with @James. The answer may lie somewhere in the answer to that one, but it's not clear.
    – HDE 226868
    Jul 1, 2015 at 23:49
  • I just realized that I might be asking it at the wrong place, it should belong to Meta Stack Overflow.
    – Stickers
    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:53
  • Can someone migrate it to the correct place please? If you think the same. Thanks.
    – Stickers
    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:55
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    @Pangloss the question is fine here on meta.SE since it does have to do with all the sites, not only SO. ie: it works the same on any site
    Jul 2, 2015 at 5:32
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    – ɥʇǝS
    Jul 2, 2015 at 6:15

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No user becomes a moderator automatically after reaching 10k. They just gain access to moderation tools, but that's not the same comparing to the tools real moderators (who have a diamond) get.

The comment moderation is the part of the abilities the moderators on, for example, Stack Overflow have, as well as employees of Stack Exchange who have diamonds, notably the Community Managers. Stack Exchange employees have diamonds all across the network; Stack Overflow moderators only have diamonds on Stack Overflow, unless they moderate other sites.

You can become an SO mod by being elected, and you can become a CM by being hired.

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    Why would someone wants to be a moderator other than hired? You gain reputations by asking and answering questions, it is also a great way of learning and self-learning process. What are the benefits for the moderators?
    – Stickers
    Jul 1, 2015 at 23:50
  • @Pangloss See this.
    – HDE 226868
    Jul 1, 2015 at 23:51
  • I can see a moderator has a black diamond symbol next to the name, is that always true or it can be without the symbol?
    – Stickers
    Jul 2, 2015 at 0:11
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    @Pangloss All moderators have that diamond.
    – HDE 226868
    Jul 2, 2015 at 1:08
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    Two things missing: SE developers also have diamond everywhere, and clarify that 10k users get access to moderator tools, but not becoming actual moderators. (and the tools do not include editing/deleting comments) Jul 2, 2015 at 6:30
  • @ShadowWizard Done.
    – HDE 226868
    Jul 6, 2015 at 17:18

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