If we look at https://meta.stackexchange.com/users?tab=moderators, this is shown:

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According to this post, they were appointed for the first time on November 21, 2018. But, ChrisF's appointment date is mentioned as March 12, 2013. Is this a bug?

Does this issue have anything to do with this: Stack Overflow is getting a Meta of its own?

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In the early years, when this place was still called Meta Stack Overflow, moderatorship here came as a bonus:

All moderators of SO, SF and SU are also Meta mods.


ChrisF was elected as a Stack Overflow moderator in March 2013, so he was moderator of this site (or its predecessor) for a while, until the MSO/MSE split in 2014, and then again since 2018.

Whether that page should show the earliest or the latest appointment date, that's perhaps another discussion, but it's consistent with how it's displayed for retired moderators who return later.

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    Worth to mention when the split happened, so we know which years Meta ran without any mods. :) Oct 5, 2022 at 12:34
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    Well, more of it was moderated by staff. In theory mods 'can' do moderation here but its limited for all sorts of reasons Oct 5, 2022 at 12:35
  • "but it's consistent with how it's displayed for retired moderators who return later." Can you please give few examples? Oct 5, 2022 at 12:38
  • @JourneymanGeek What do you exactly mean by "limited" in the context? Oct 5, 2022 at 12:39
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    Here's the staff comment regarding showing the oldest record: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/371581/…. I did bring up the confusion regarding this specific mod in a reply. Oct 5, 2022 at 12:40
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    @RandomPerson they can, but depending on the current company politics, they 'can't' or 'don't' Oct 5, 2022 at 12:42
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    See also this chat conversation in which the user who requested the change in private moderator space came forward. Oct 5, 2022 at 12:45

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