So what is the difference between the moderator role, and the moderator privileges given to members with 10k+ rep points?

I ask because it may impact how I vote in the elections. I think Anders has been a fantastic Mod, but since he has over 10k rep points I think he has the same privileges and certainly he holds the same klout with me.

Aside from the small diamond next to the name, what is the difference? There are a couple of us that will be approaching the 10k level so this I figured I would ask.

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There is a very large difference between a 10k user and a diamond moderator in the available moderator abilities. The FAQ is a bit misleading in that regard.

From a post on Meta.SO

Diamond moderators are human exception handlers. The main function of diamond moderators is to follow up on flagged posts but they also have some special abilities necessary to handle rare exceptional conditions:

  • They have access to all the abilities of 10k users regardless of their reputation.
  • Their votes are binding. Any place we have voting — close, open, delete, undelete, offensive, migration, etc — that vote will reach the threshold and take effect immediately if a single diamond moderator casts a vote.
  • They can lock posts. Locked posts cannot be voted on, commented, or changed in any way.
  • They can protect questions. Protected questions only allow answers by users with more than 10 reputation.
  • They can see more data in the system, including vote statistics (but not ‘who voted for this post’) and user profile information.
  • They can view all deleted posts on an individual user's profile.
  • They can place users in timed suspension, and delete users if necessary.
  • They can perform large-scale maintenance actions such as merging questions and tags, tag synonym approvals, unbounded question migration, and so forth.
  • They can convert a post into Community Wiki status, or convert an answer into a comment.
  • extremely helpful, thanks! – Mike Oryszak Oct 20 '11 at 19:21
  • we can also use the mod tools to detect suspicious vote patterns, dig in IP logs etc to detect if people are using sockpuppet voting etc. – Anders Rask Oct 20 '11 at 22:32
  • what is sockpuppet voting? – Mike Oryszak Oct 21 '11 at 0:44
  • Its when you create fake accounts you use to upvote your own answers, or even ask questions you then can answer (yes, people actually do that) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sockpuppet_(Internet) – Anders Rask Oct 21 '11 at 6:55
  • @AndersRask "Astroturfing" is another amusingly named form of abuse you can see with such tools, I believe. – Stu Pegg Oct 21 '11 at 13:43
  • @AndersRask that is just sad.... – Mike Oryszak Oct 21 '11 at 16:58

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