Do they get paid? Or is it a volunteer position? Thank you very much for your help. Also please move this to meta since I can't do that.

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So is Bill D suspended from using his coffee mug for a week, as well?? –  The Chaz 2.0 Dec 12 '12 at 22:27
    
@TheChaz What does that mean? Bill takes a break? –  Michael Greinecker Dec 13 '12 at 0:04
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I have to admit, every time I look at the title it seems that it said "Do mods of stackexchange sites get iPads". –  Asaf Karagila Dec 13 '12 at 0:04
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I figure it has to do with the scrubbing of comments from the Sticks&Stones meta question. No big deal. I'm an unabashed Bill D fan - that he pisses off so many higher-ups endears him even more to myself! –  The Chaz 2.0 Dec 13 '12 at 0:06
    
@TheChaz So where was this announced? –  Michael Greinecker Dec 13 '12 at 0:07
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@TheChaz: The mods are coming to terms about a few things right now. There should be a meta post in the next few days from a mod with the details. –  mixedmath Dec 13 '12 at 1:16
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@TheChaz: I see nonnegligible rep for both Bill D and Q, but they both appear to have misplaced their diamonds (at least temporarily). –  cardinal Dec 13 '12 at 2:15
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@TheChaz, Bill D is a moderator --- who are these "higher-ups" you say he pisses off? –  Gerry Myerson Dec 13 '12 at 2:57
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@Gone: Thank you for your contribution to the betterment of mathematical knowledge in the global online community over the past decades. I hate to see you go. Sincerely, –  The Chaz 2.0 Dec 13 '12 at 3:17
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It's all fun and games until some website loses a moderator. –  Gerry Myerson Dec 13 '12 at 5:10
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@GerryMyerson: Not the first and sadly probably not the last. –  Isaac Dec 13 '12 at 16:31
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How come when both Arturo and Zev left the site (within one week) it took people a couple of weeks to notice (and even then there was only one thread pointing out about Arturo, and none about Zev), but when Bill quits everywhere people have to talk about it? –  Asaf Karagila Dec 13 '12 at 17:44
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@Asaf: We've also apparently lost Theo aka t.b. fairly recently, though I have no idea what the underlying reason is. It is a shame, really. –  cardinal Dec 13 '12 at 19:05
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@Asaf, are you serious? Compare the events surrounding the departures of Arturo and Zev (of which there were none that I'm aware of) with the events surrounding the departure of Bill and see if you can't figure out why so many people (yourself prominent among them!) have to talk about the latter while so few talk about the former. –  Gerry Myerson Dec 14 '12 at 1:01
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@joriki: It appears he has changed it within the last few hours. Previously it simply said "gone." :-) –  cardinal Dec 15 '12 at 12:25
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Community moderators are all volunteers and do not get paid, though we do occasionally send them some swag.

Stack-Exchange-the-Company has a whole bunch of employees (and we're still growing!), so those of us on the community team, developers, and so on, do take a salary.

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I just noticed that the link to the shop.SE site is not working anymore. Does that mean that one cannot buy swag, or is the swag just located at a riddle site for which you need to solve two questions from SE sites and encode their answers into a URL... –  Asaf Karagila Dec 12 '12 at 23:19
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@AsafKaragila Unfortunately we had to close the store. Swag's still available for events, conferences, leading users, etc, but we don't sell it anymore. –  Anna Lear Dec 12 '12 at 23:21
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Oh. I see. Not that I have any money to buy any swag. I just wanted to see what the deal with the black shirt Eric mentioned... :-) –  Asaf Karagila Dec 12 '12 at 23:22
    
@AsafKaragila The shirt Eric is talking about is a generic "Stack Exchange" shirt. :) I believe the Math.SE ones are only in white. –  Anna Lear Dec 12 '12 at 23:25
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Oh. Well, I might remember to wear it when I get my masters degree. The folks from the department administration gave me the stinkeye when I wore a black shirt for my B.Sc. ceremony. But then again, they only gave me the least amount of money they could... :-P –  Asaf Karagila Dec 12 '12 at 23:27
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@Asaf: I wear mine regularly, but it is generally under layers and layers of other stuff nowadays. (-4 degrees centigrade this morning.) (-looks under sweater- hey! I'm wearing the TeX one today.) –  Willie Wong Dec 13 '12 at 10:55
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@Willie: The only white item of clothing I wear is socks... :-) –  Asaf Karagila Dec 13 '12 at 11:37
    
Where is my swag :) –  mikeazo Dec 19 '12 at 18:23
    
+1 for swag! –  Parth Kohli Dec 25 '12 at 4:31
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I got a neat 12 oz math.stackexchange.com mug when I became a mod, but after that, nothing. I don't know if the devs or SE staff get any compensation (other than god-like powers on all sites).

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Maybe you can lend that mug to Robert next time you see him... –  cardinal Dec 12 '12 at 20:20
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I got that without being a moderator. Do I get a second mug if I become a moderator? If so, can I [stack]exchange it for a beer stein or some pens? I really liked the pen in the care package. –  Asaf Karagila Dec 12 '12 at 20:24
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Inever got the mug :-( –  Mariano Suárez-Alvarez Dec 12 '12 at 20:45
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@Mariano: Didn't you get the care package they sent the Top 40 list? –  Asaf Karagila Dec 12 '12 at 20:56
    
My 12oz mug is about a quarter-inch too tall to fit under the office coffee machine =( I just keep it around for decoration. And for tea. –  Willie Wong Dec 13 '12 at 10:58
    
@MarianoSuárez-Alvarez That's strange. Even I did get the mug (and more importantly, the bubble wrap). –  Phira Dec 13 '12 at 12:38
    
@Phira: I forgot; the bubble wrap was also appreciated :-) –  robjohn Dec 13 '12 at 12:47
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Nobody has paid me anything yet.

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Are you a moderator? –  Asaf Karagila Dec 12 '12 at 19:56
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Looks to me like you've got nearly 70,000 in the bank. –  Austin Mohr Dec 12 '12 at 19:56
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With that and a couple of dollars I can buy a cup of coffee. –  Robert Israel Dec 12 '12 at 20:06
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@RobertIsrael: What type of coffee do you like? Hazelnut? Black? Try some white tea. –  james lk Dec 12 '12 at 20:25
    
white tea is amazing -- it has to be said –  vermiculus Dec 13 '12 at 21:39
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