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I know that some Stack Exchange site moderators have become Stack Exchange employees and then later left the company and gone back to being moderators on their individual sites. Sklivvz and Jeremy Banks spring to mind (although both of those are no longer moderators); probably there are others too. But those two both had dev roles in the company, not working as Community Managers. Other former CMs, such as Aarthi and rchern, were never (as far as I know; all before my time) site moderators, so didn't retain any diamonds after leaving the company.

It's going to be strange to see Jon Ericson, who's worked as a CM aka "super mod" for several years, acting once again as a normal site moderator. Less strange for former SE devs who didn't interact much with the community as part of their job for the company.

I wonder if this has happened before? Has any CM (specifically a CM, not other types of SE employee) left their SE job but retained their former moderator diamond?

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No, this has not happened yet as of the time this answer was originally posted: until Jon Ericson, all former Community Managers who ceased to be employed at the company also ceased to be moderators after leaving.

Here are the CMs, past and present, ordered by period of service. This list does not count members of the support team as part of the group of CMs, although the answer is the same even if you do (at time of writing). (Note: current employees are not permitted to serve as volunteer moderators while employed, regardless of their job in the company.)

Employee Mod prior to hiring? Currently employed? Returned to moderator status?
Robert Cartaino No No (2010–2020) -
Rebecca Chernoff ("rchern") Yes (Web Applications) No (2011–2013) No
Shog9 No No (2011–2020) -
Dori Yes (Apple) No (2011–2011) No
HedgeMage Yes (Parenting) No (2011–2011) No
Grace Note Yes (Gaming) Yes, but no longer a CM (2011–) -
Aarthi No No (2011–2013) -
Adam Lear Yes (Stack Overflow, Software Engineering, Literature) Yes, but no longer a CM (2012-) -
Tim Post Yes (Webmasters, Stack Overflow) No (2013–2020) Yes, now retired
Jon Ericson Yes (Biblical Hermeneutics) No (2013–2020) Yes, now retired
Gabe No Yes, but no longer a CM (2013–) -
Pops ("Popular Demand") No No (2013–2017) -
Ana No No (2013–2018) -
jmac Yes (Workplace) No (2014–2017) No
hairboat ("abby hairboat") No No (2011–2021) -
Nicolas Chabanovsky No, but was founder of hashcode.ru which became ru.SO No (2015–2023) -
JNat Yes (Anime & Manga) Yes (2015–) -
animuson Yes (Stack Overflow) Yes, but no longer a CM (2015–) -
Taryn ("bluefeet") Yes (Stack Overflow) No (2015–2021) No
Juan M No No (2015–2022) -
Catija Yes (Arts & Crafts, Interpersonal Skills) No (20182023) No
Cesar M No Yes (2019–) -
Ayo No No (2021–2021) -
Rosie No Yes (2021–) -
Philippe No Yes (VP of Community) (2021–) -
Slate Yes (Puzzling, Literature) Yes (2021–) -
Charlotte No Yes (2021–) -
V2Blast Yes (Role-Playing Games) No (20212023) Unknown
SpencerG No Yes (2021–) -
Bella_Blue No Yes (2021–) -
Salmon_of_Wisdom No No (2021–2023) -
Berthold No Yes (2022–) -
Dalmarus No Yes (2022–) -
Emerson No Yes (2022–) -
Sasha No Yes (2023–) -
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    Thanks for doing the legwork! TIL that rchern was once a mod and that HedgeMage was once a CM. Also, regarding Tim Post, I think he's no longer technically a CM? And are you sure animuson was never one? Jan 21, 2020 at 21:42
  • @Randal'Thor Tim is management, but he's management of the CM team, so I figured he counts. animuson was hired as a support specialist, along with JNat, and as far as I know he's never actually changed titles.
    – SOLO
    Jan 21, 2020 at 21:59
  • @Sonic I've looked at a lot of hiring blog posts in the past half hour, and while technically true, Pops was called "Popular Demand" while CM for all of a few minutes, so I chose not to include it.
    – SOLO
    Jan 21, 2020 at 22:10
  • Someone remember if Oded was a CM ? as he used to interact a lot on MSE
    – yagmoth555
    Jan 24, 2020 at 5:19
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    @yagmoth - No, he was not; he was a developer.
    – Mithical
    Jan 24, 2020 at 10:01
  • Gabe - no // Was never a community moderator// No longer a CM// That doesn't make sense. If they were never a CM, then the following assertion "no longer a CM" is conflictual in meaning. Feb 10, 2020 at 11:33
  • @V2Blast For every CM in this list who's been previously a moderator and ceased to be employed later, the column as to whether they continued as a moderator needs to be filled in. Do you plan on requesting to be reinstated as an RPG mod? Oct 19 at 17:27
  • @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog: I haven't decided yet. Feel free to fill it in as "No" for now – it can always be updated later if I do.
    – V2Blast
    Oct 19 at 17:43
  • @V2Blast I'm inclined to not fill in "No" unless one's made the firm decision to not be reinstated or a significant time has passed since the ceasing of their employment. I've filled it in as "Unknown" with a link to your comment. Oct 19 at 18:10
  • This list seems to be mostly sorted by date of joining, but for some reason hairboat is down in the 2014-2015 era despite joining in 2011.
    – muru
    Oct 20 at 4:40

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