I found this question on how moderators are chosen for public beta and "open site". How were the moderators chosen for the private beta?

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There are actually three different types of moderators:

  • Community Managers

    These are employees of Stack Exchange, Inc, such as myself. During the earliest days of a beta, it's easy to tell who the employees are: we're the only ones with diamonds. Community managers are moderators ex officio and remain moderators so long as we're employed by SE.

  • Moderators Pro Tem

    One of the things we like to see new sites do almost immediately is think about The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta. Of those, #6 is Who should the moderators be?

    Shortly after the public beta starts (1-2 weeks, generally), the Community team chooses 3 pro tem moderators. They're selected (versus elected) based on a number of factors, one of which is community input from a "Who should the moderators be?" meta post—assuming one exists.

    Moderators pro tem remain moderators until community moderators are elected.

  • Community Moderators

    After a site is launched (that is, has graduated and is no longer in beta) and sufficiently active, SE holds an election. Anyone with a reasonable amount of rep can self-nominate, and the community then votes on who they want to be their moderators.

  • Does 'employed by SE' mean that one gets financial compensation for his contributions to the community?
    – Bitripple
    May 1, 2013 at 1:02

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