I have been banned for a month from the only SE site I really use. I do contest it, as do most I suppose, but that's not what this question is about. If curious see my profile.
Instead, while thinking about the ban, it occurred to me to research a little how a Community Moderator might tie into the License(s?) I have granted the Stack Exchange network for any/all content I may have contributed to it over time. And having read the TOS several times through now, as well as perusing the Creative Commons legal mumbo-jumbo, I am nowhere nearer to anything like a working understanding of how the moderators tie into it, if at all.
The little I do understand amounts to...
Moderators are bound by (is it a?) contract not to disclose personal information about me to which they may be exposed (though I do not understand what that might be) but that Stack Exchange has promised to almost never share any of [my] personal information with non-agent third parties, with one exception, where you basically are asking us to do so... and then goes on to talk about Careers (which, I guess, is supposed to be the one exception?)...
Are moderators agents then?
If not agents, then how is it moderators might gain my personal information, and have I given them the legal right to do so in any way?
I did get an email from a moderator in my personal email account. What does that mean?
Stack Exchange is almost perfectly indemnified of any obligation to me whatsoever, except that it will make all reasonable efforts to continue to allow me to access its network so long as I also keep the TOS and that, according to the Creative Commons, it must remove attributions to work which I license to it if I request it, and that it must not ever Adapt my work in such a way that might be deemed prejudicial to my repute... or something.
While ^that is a mouthful at least, I don't understand how an explicitly unaffiliated moderator can be the one who severs my access to my work. As near as I can tell, I have made no agreement with moderators in general, and so is it kosher in a legal way for an unaffiliated party to denounce me on Stack Exchange's behalf as unfit to edit my work?
Along those lines, in so doing is the moderator somehow prejudicing my repute? After all, it is the moderator who removes my 30k of repute and, as a consequence, at the bottom of every one of my posts to the site there's a little ghosty me depicted beside the number 1.
Not only that, but if you click the little ghost you're taken to a page which declaims my network account [a]s temporarily suspended to cool down. The suspension period ends...
Have I, in some way, entered into an agreement with the Community Moderators at all...?
- This is important to me. Whatever your opinion of my opinion might be, as I perceive it my ban has amounted to a censorship to which I object, and so if any information might be offered me along these lines which I can readily understand I will be most grateful to them that offer it.