As I found another one of my questions closed by a moderator, it lead me to wonder how powerful moderators are. I know they can close questions as "duplicates" and "off topic", but can they throw someone off the site? Thanks!

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This answer on Meta Stackoverflow (the master policy site and guidelines for the network) should answer your question as to the things moderators can do.

To answer your question directly, yes, moderators can suspend someone for breaking the rules, being repeatedly rude, etc. But suspensions are monitored by the Stack Exchange, Inc staff, so it's very difficult for a moderator to do it wrongly and not have it come to someone’s attention.

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    I'd just like to clarify, that 5 votes from users with 3K+ reputation can also close or repoen a question. I think 10K+ can cast delete votes, and see deleted questions, as well as flags.
    – nanofarad
    Dec 26, 2012 at 23:24
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    Yes. It's not entirely on the moderators. The community as a whole plays a large part as well.
    – jrg
    Dec 27, 2012 at 0:57

Moderators have at least 8d24 vorpalness. :-)

(They can do almost anything, I think, including disabling a user account.)

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