Who is on the Community Management Team?
There are currently thirteen people on this Team. In order of hire date they are:
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 liaise with Stack Overflow’s product development teams, serving as a voice of the user and managing the community-facing communications.
They moderate brand new sites as they launch, answer questions and attempt to communicate lessons learned on past sites. They run the process to obtain the initial set of Pro Tem mods, and hand the site off to them.
They're the key outward facing representatives of the Stack Exchange upper administration.
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 hold moderator privileges 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.
No, they are not. That is a special user that even has its own tag: community-user.
What are these different teams they are part of?
There are four sub-teams within the Community Management team:
- Community Engagement and Enablement – They focus on improving moderator tools and support, scheduling and managing elections, they create and execute experiments as well as plan and spec new tools, checking into oddities on the site, and generally being do-gooders.
- Community Support – They answer the mail. They're the front line. They investigate tickets from moderators and others who write, and they watch for emergent patterns and handle them.
- Trust and Safety – They're Batman. You'll never know they're there, until you spot that they're done. They handle anything related to keeping our users safe and our content high quality.
- Community Strategy - They’re focused on the next six to twelve months, and how the team can get ahead of the huge demands on our time. They’re thinking about the next major product launch, and they eat data for breakfast.
There is also a VP. He manages one of the subteams (Strategy), but he describes himself as mostly running around the network making a nuisance of himself.