Recently, I saw a bunch of images showing what a mod can do. I'm just wondering, what do the options mean?

For example, what's the difference between "destroy" and "delete" a user?

And what's annotate a user?

And how do you convert an answer to an edit?

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    Your name makes me sad.
    – Amelia
    Jul 16 '15 at 12:48
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    "delete" just removes the user, "destroy" deploys cruise missiles to the user location as well. Jul 16 '15 at 12:49
  • @Amelia why? Unicorns are yummy! Jul 16 '15 at 12:49
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    You are evil. Unicorns are sacred.
    – Amelia
    Jul 16 '15 at 12:49
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    Have you seen the Moderator Cheat Sheet ? Jul 16 '15 at 12:51
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    You really should focus on asking one question at a time. This is way too broad. Jul 16 '15 at 13:07
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    I've duped you to another post covering the first question you asked. Jul 16 '15 at 13:13

what's the difference between "destroy" and "delete" a user?

  • destroy removes the user account and all posts by that user.
  • delete removes the user account and any negatively voted posts they own.

The former is used for spammers and other types not welcome on the sites, the latter for other users who may have contributed valuable (i.e. positively scoring) content.

what's annotate a user?

This is basically adding a note to the user's account for the next moderator who comes along.

how do you convert an answer to an edit?

This is for questioners who may be unsure of how Stack Exchange works and have added extra information as an answer rather than editing the question. So on that answer you bring up the mod menu, select that option and press "Submit" and as if by magic the answer is deleted and appended to the question as an edit.

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