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How does SE moderation work during the private beta? Is it just general network moderators, are users assigned, or is there a vote?

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There are no moderators in the community other than the SE staffers, at the moment.

Here's how and when Stack Exchange chooses the pro-tempore moderators for a new site, quoting from this blog post:

About a week into the public beta, we will seek out members who are deeply engaged in the community’s development; members who:

Have a reasonably high reputation score to indicate active, consistent participation.

Show an interest in their meta’s community-building activities.

Lead by example, showing patience and respect for their fellow community members in everything they write.

Exhibit those intangible traits discussed in A Theory of Moderation.

For the time being, we are relying on SE staffers to take care of issues we can't take care of ourselves (responding to flags, for example).

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