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The members of the Community Management Team (sometimes referred to as the Community Team or CMs) are employees of Stack Exchange the company, but not all SE employees are Community Management Team members. When visiting the profile of staff members there is an orange badge indicator of that on their page, but since not all staff members are CMs, how do I recognize the CMs?

Also, what is their role on these sites? Are they moderators?

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
  • Does this answer your question? The Community Teams @ Stack Exchange and how we work together – Robert Columbia Jun 12 at 16:25
  • Voting to leave this open; I expect this to be a community-curated FAQ, while the other one probably won't receive any updates if new people are hired (or leaving the company). – Glorfindel Jun 12 at 17:01
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Who is on the Community Management Team?

There are currently five people on this Team. In order of hire date they are:

Nicolas Chabanovsky

Network flair for Nicolas

JNat

Network flair for JNat

Juan M (Team Manager)

Network flair for Juan M

Catija

Network flair for Catija

Cesar M

Network flair for Cesar M

What do they do?

The Community Management Team is part of the broader "Community Team", the staff members focused on the needs of the Stack Exchange communities and the strategy and planning for community initiatives. You can read more about the entire team in this post.

Explaining the breadth of what the CMs do is complicated and difficult to enumerate, but here are some of the things they've done and continue to do over the years:

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 moderators?

While CMs have the moderator diamond on every network site and much of their work touches on moderation, they are not part of the site moderator teams. No elected or appointed moderator is an employee of the company, while all CMs are. Some have gone from moderator -> employee and vice versa, but the orange "Staff" badges on their pages indicate clearly if they work for the company. If you're curious about who has made that switch, it's documented here.

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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