I was working on updating the FAQ Reputation requirements compared, which says that despite most privileges of 25k+ users being conferred as part of ♦ moderator rights, there are a few (4.5 technically) that are not awarded as part of it, and the check only checks for the required reputation. The FAQ on moderators also says the same thing (after I edited it). These include:

  • Voting in moderator elections
  • Answering protected questions
  • Not being prompted to comment when downvoting (counted as half, since it doesn't actually restrict one from doing anything)
  • Having a network-wide flair
  • Having an expanded usercard (per Laurel's answer)

These may not be relevant when it comes to most active moderators (which are elected), but does come in handy when it comes to new pro-tem moderators on beta sites, automatically-appointed moderators on beta site pro-tem elections where they had only 300 rep (the minimum required to nominate), and (most importantly) SE staff, who have network-wide moderator rights but usually have only 1 or 101 rep on sites. The case about network-wide flairs is relevant because the list of CMs here contains flairs, and there was one case where a CM didn't have the required rep despite having mod rights so they showed up as an unsightly sad face emoji there.

Update: Thanks to Laurel I know that the expanded user card privilege is another thing that only checks for the required reputation for the "established user" privilege, and doesn't allow mods access. This therefore increases the count to 3.5, but I want to know if there are more.

  • Given Robert Cartaino's edit to the list of Community Managers, it seems like those with moderator rights do not have the ability to have a flair (which requires at least 200 rep on a single site) – Sonic the Reinstate Monica-hog Apr 15 at 1:44
  • Indeed, this is the 'Flair Fail' image: stackexchange.com/users/flair/175974.png - given when someone doesn't have 200+ on a visible site. – Rob Apr 15 at 3:27

Expanded User Card

The expanded user card is only awarded after 1000 reputation, no matter if the user has mod privileges or not:

(The rest of the Established User privilege, seeing split vote counts, is unlocked with the diamond.)

Reputation Leagues

Although this is not listed in the Help Center as a privilege, only those with 201 rep or more show up in the leagues. Just look at the last page of the results on any site, such as here or search for the name of a diamond employee. Also, even when a diamond moderator/employee is on the list, no diamond is shown beside their name.


I can't test this, but I assume that it's not possible to give away more rep than you have, even if you also have moderator privileges. I am not sure if this means that it is unlocked like normal (75 rep) or at 51 (because the minimum bounty amount is 50).

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