I was working on updating the FAQ What are the reputation requirements for privileges on sites, and how do they differ per site?, 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

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.

  • 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) Apr 15, 2019 at 1:44
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    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, 2019 at 3:27

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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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    Since the FAQ lists that together with seeing vote counts, can mods without 1,000 rep see vote counts? Apr 15, 2019 at 1:45
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    @sonic Yes, they can
    – Catija
    Apr 15, 2019 at 14:21
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    @Catija Can moderators give out 50-rep bounties while having only 51-74 rep? May 20, 2019 at 3:37

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