Who are the Community Team (sometimes referred to as the Community Managers or CMs), and what is their role?

What is their relationship to the "Community" user?

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    This question doesn't address how one becomes a community manager – Cole Johnson Aug 20 '13 at 6:40
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    Step 1: get hired by Stack Exchange as a community manager. – jcolebrand Aug 20 '13 at 16:11
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    Also I assume no relation to "Community Moderator" – ashleedawg Jun 28 '18 at 12:35
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    Correct. We typically just call them moderators... – jcolebrand Jun 28 '18 at 13:25
  • Why don't the Community Team appear in the Users \ Moderators page on, e.g. Stack Overflow? – Wai Ha Lee Feb 28 '19 at 15:38
  • because they aren't moderators – jcolebrand Feb 28 '19 at 22:30
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    so, "Community Moderator Elections" is a misleading mashed up term ~ the elections are by community for electing "Moderators" (Mods) from community, but "Community Manager" (CM) is a catagorically separate employed position. took me a while to see! oh and "Pro-Tem" is like Mod but only for beta sites that havn't elected any yet. – ocæon May 4 '19 at 21:48
  • Yes .... what was the primary impetus for that confusion? – jcolebrand May 10 '19 at 21:27

Brief note: all Community Team members are employees of Stack Exchange the company, but not all SE employees are Community Team members. When visiting the profile of a user having a diamond, if they are staff, there will be an orange badge indicator of that on their page.

No elected moderator is an employee of the company. (Some have gone from moderator -> employee and vice-versa, but badges on their pages indicate clearly if they work for the company)

Who is on the Community Team?

Tim Post

Network flair for Tim Post

Nicolas Chabanovsky

Network flair for Nicolas

Juan M

Network flair for Juan M


Network flair for JNat


Network flair for Catija

Cesar M

Network flair for Cesar M

What do they do?

They help you out. No, really. But yeah, that's about the most generic non-answer ever.

They review proposed sites passing through Area 51, revising, raising concerns, closing, destroying, and preparing for their launch as the situation warrants.

They moderate brand new sites as they launch, answer questions and attempt to communicate lessons learned on past sites. They appoint the Pro Tem mods, and hand the site off to them.

They're the navel of the SE administrators, always available for gazing.

They watch the various and sundry meta sites, answer questions, address or escalate requests and provide guidance in the use of the site's tools.

They occasionally answer emails.

They review moderator actions, offer advice, resolve disputes.

Now and then, they sleep. One eye open. Like birds.

Are they the same as the Community user?

No, they are not. That is a special user that even has its own tag, .

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