As far as I know, we have three elected moderators: gandalf3, iKlsR, and David. This begs the question, who are Gabe, Oded, Robert Cartaino, and however many others that I've missed? How are they moderators?

It did occur to me that since some of them seem to be big personalities on Meta and Stack Overflow, maybe they are moderators on every site? But then shouldn't they have the enter image description here badge?


There are 490 moderator across all the SE sites. (so you are bound to see a diamond or two.)

Yet only the three BSE mods (gandalf3, iKlsR, and me) and SE employees will have diamonds attached to our name on this site.

The three users you linked to are employees of SE (and have mod+ abilities on every site.)

Oded is a dev at SE.
Robert Cartaino is a community manager (CM). CMs have more power then mods, they over see all the sites and come by when help is needed.
While I personally don't know Gabe, his profile says that he too is a Community Manager.

About the badge, no they should not have it. From the description of the badge.

Served as a pro-tempore moderator for a year or through site graduation.

Which means you were appointed by SE and served as a mod on a beta site.
None of those guys asked about fulfill criteria one. (None of them show up in our mods list.) While they have mod abilities, they were not appointed as BSE mods. (Now if SE had appointed one of there own employees as a pro temp mod on BSE, then they would have the badge here.)

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    $\begingroup$ Also, kudos to mod -1 $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Jul 21 '16 at 14:20
  • $\begingroup$ @iKlsR Francesca doesn't count as she is a bot. (no offense Francesca) $\endgroup$
    – David
    Jul 21 '16 at 14:22
  • $\begingroup$ When was this Francesca coined? $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Jul 21 '16 at 14:23
  • $\begingroup$ links in my question here (to answer your question August 2009) $\endgroup$
    – David
    Jul 21 '16 at 14:23
  • $\begingroup$ How come they are called mods when they could easily implement another title such as "Employee" or something similar? $\endgroup$
    – Luka ash
    Aug 9 '16 at 18:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Lukaash Good question! There are lots of discussions about this on the main meta, including many feature requests to have them differentiated. I think this answer sums up quite well why SE wont have a different category for employees. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Aug 9 '16 at 20:13

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