What special privileges do diamond moderators have?
Diamond moderators are human exception handlers. The main function of diamond moderators is to follow up on flagged posts but they also have some special abilities necessary to handle rare exceptional conditions:
- They have access to all the abilities and privileges of 25k users regardless of their reputation.
- Their votes are binding. Any place that requires a consensus of multiple users — closing, reopening, deleting, undeleting, reviewing, marking as spam, etc — a single moderator's vote will reach the threshold and take effect immediately.
- They can lock and unlock posts. Locked posts cannot be voted on, commented, or changed in any way.
- They can see more data in the system, including vote statistics (but not ‘who voted for this post’) and user profile information.
- They can view all deleted posts on an individual user's profile.
- They can place users in timed suspension, and delete users if necessary.
- They can perform large-scale maintenance actions such as merging questions and tags, approving tag synonyms, migrating questions to any site without regard to its tags, and so forth.
- They can convert a post into Community Wiki status and remove the status from any post.
- They can convert an answer into a comment.
- They can edit or delete any comment at any time and can undelete any comment not deleted by the user who posted it.
- They can (at their discretion) clear and cancel a bounty, which recalculates the bounty owner's rep as if they never placed it.
- They are not subject to the flag, close vote, delete vote, review count, etc. limits.
How can I become a diamond moderator?
The initial set of moderators on new beta sites is hand-selected by the "powers that be".
But as these communities grow, this initial set is replaced by elected moderators. You can read about moderator elections here: How Elections Work.
On Meta Stack Exchange and Area 51, there are no community moderators, with the only moderators being Stack Exchange staff (see below). On Stack Apps and Ask Patents, community moderators are appointed by staff, with no elections.
Who are the diamond moderators? How many are there?
Each site has its own set of diamond moderators, which is listed on the Users page (
/users?tab=moderators) for the corresponding site. Per-site metas share the same moderators as their respective main sites.
You can also view a full list of diamond moderators on the Stack Exchange network and on which sites they are moderators.
In addition, members of the Stack Exchange, Inc. Team have the option to carry diamonds on any site. They are not listed on the moderators page.
Finally, the Community user on all sites is an automated script that takes credit for certain automated system actions. For more information, see Who is the Community user?