Is there any difference between a 10K user with access to the mod tools and a Community Moderator besides the title and that diamond next to the username?
Quite a bit, actually. I've seen both sides so can tell you. A selection of differences.
- When a Mod votes to close a question, it gets closed immediately. 10K users have to vote the same as 3K users. This is perhaps our most visible power and even has a name: The Mod Hammer.
- The ability to unilaterally delete questions, even open ones.
- The ability to delete answers. Everyone else has to spam-flag them.
- Able to merge and suspend users.
- Unilaterally merge tags, everyone else has to vote to create synonyms.
- Deal with the moderator-flag queue. Any time you mod-flag something the mods have to review them.
What's more, there are a few more analytical tools available on the mod-console that the 10K console doesn't have. It's mostly used for finding misbehavior trends like circles of sock-puppets upvoting things. We generally don't have that kind of problem on SF, though I hear on SO it's very useful.
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