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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: until Jon Ericson, all former Community Managers who are no longer employed at the company 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.)

Robert Cartaino - no
Was never a community moderator
No longer employed by Stack Exchange

Rebecca Chernoff (also used name "rchern" while a CM) - no
Was a community moderator (Web Applications)
No longer employed by Stack Exchange
Did not return to community moderator status

Shog9 - no
Was never a community moderator
No longer employed by Stack Exchange

Dori - no
Was a community moderator (Apple)
No longer employed by Stack Exchange
Did not return to community moderator status

HedgeMage - no
Was a community moderator (Parenting)
No longer employed by Stack Exchange
Did not return to community moderator status

Grace Note - no
Was a community moderator (Gaming)
No longer a CM, but still employed by Stack Exchange

Aarthi - no
Was never a community moderator
No longer employed by Stack Exchange

Adam Lear - no
Was a community moderator (Stack Overflow, Software Engineering, Literature)
No longer a CM, but still employed by Stack Exchange

Tim Post - no
Was a community moderator (Webmasters, Stack Overflow)
No longer a CM, but still employed by Stack Exchange (although continues to act in a CM-like way as Community Evangelist and previously Director of Community Strategy)

Jon Ericson - special case
Was a community moderator (Biblical Hermeneutics)
No longer employed by Stack Exchange
Has been reinstated as a community moderator and also the question is really about everyone except him

Gabe - no
Was never a community moderator
No longer a CM, but still employed by Stack Exchange

Pops (used name "Popular Demand" until just after signing on as a CM) - no
Was never a community moderator
No longer employed by Stack Exchange

Ana - no
Was never a community moderator
No longer employed by Stack Exchange

jmac - no
Was a community moderator (Workplace)
No longer employed by Stack Exchange
Did not return to community moderator status

hairboat (also used name "Abby T. Miller" and "abby hairboat" while a CM) - no
Was never a community moderator
No longer a CM, but still employed by Stack Exchange

Nicolas Chabanovsky - no
Was never technically a community moderator, but, as the founder of hashcode.ru (the site that became Stack Overflow in Russian), held a somewhat comparable role there
Current CM

Taryn (used name "bluefeet" while a CM) - no
Was a community moderator (Stack Overflow)
No longer a CM, but still employed by Stack Exchange

Juan M - no
Was never a community moderator
Current CM

JNat - no
Was a community moderator (Anime & Manga)
Current CM

Catija - no
Was a community moderator (Arts & Crafts, Interpersonal Skills)
Current CM

Cesar M - no
Was never a community moderator
Current CM

And finally, an honorable mention:

animuson - no
Was a community moderator (Stack Overflow)
Was also never a CM, but acts in a CM-like way as a member of the support team

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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? – Rand al'Thor Jan 21 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 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 at 22:10
  • Shog was a community moderator on SO. His appointment predated the current election system, though. – Mithical Jan 23 at 21:57
  • @Mithical I thought that might have been the case but I couldn't find any documentation. (And still can't. Not yet a mod in archived user profile Dec 2010, hired Mar 2011. No helpful meta posts in the three months between.) Not saying you're wrong. Wouldn't be the only mistake I made putting that list together. – SOLO Jan 23 at 22:49
  • Huh, maybe I'm misremembering. I just did some more digging and I might've been thinking of someone else. – Mithical Jan 23 at 23:05
  • Someone remember if Oded was a CM ? as he used to interact a lot on MSE – yagmoth555 Jan 24 at 5:19
  • @yagmoth - No, he was not; he was a developer. – Mithical Jan 24 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. – Mari-Lou A Feb 10 at 11:33
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    @Mari-LouA - "CM" stands for Community Manager. He was a Community Manager but was never a diamond moderator on the network. – Mithical Feb 10 at 11:35
  • ahh @Mithical I read it as "manager" instead of "moderator", it would be clearer if the "community" from "community moderator" were dropped. But maybe I should invest in better glasses :) – Mari-Lou A Feb 10 at 12:05

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