Plan to introduce global moderators

Some actions which are sometimes necessary for moderation (such as suspending users and deleting certain content, see the documentation for a list) are not available to category moderators. Therefore, they are currently performed by members of @forums-governance upon request of category moderators.

As part of our goal to hand over moderator duties to volunteers selected by the community, we would like to introduce global moderators (called simply a “moderator” in Discourse). This is a user tier between category moderator and admin.


Their primary responsibility would be to implement sanctions that require higher account privileges, which they would do upon request by category moderators.

Global moderators should not interfere with the work of category moderators, so they would generally not act on their own initiative. However, we envision that they could act as a backup if a local team is falling behind on handling flags.

Selection criteria

We imagine that the established selection criteria would apply as for category moderators, except:

  • to be eligible, a user should already moderator in at least one category
  • they can volunteer for the role at any time and would be confirmed individually by achieving 80% approval in a poll

Request for feedback

Please provide your feedback to the idea on this thread. We’ll wait with further steps at least until our next internal meeting in 12 days to give you time to share your thoughts.

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