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What abilities do a moderator have more than, lets say a 10k or 20k rep'd user?

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    Sekret powahs! :) – Marco Ceppi Feb 5 '12 at 16:12
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    Shadow cloaks and Phaser guns! – Bruno Pereira Feb 5 '12 at 17:34
  • The diamond! Don't forget the diamond! – William Feb 6 '12 at 4:36
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From an FAQ post on Meta.SO:

  • 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.
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