Well in light of the recent fiasco which occured in Chat, it would seem atleast a moderator (I won't name names!) was suspended for, what I would assume, lack of "moderating".

If a moderator was suspended and he/she returns after their allotted suspension, are they still a moderator?

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    I don't think so. All four of the SFF.SE moderators are unsuspended and still have all their rep.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Nov 14, 2015 at 23:14
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    None of the three suspended users are moderators. One of them used to be a moderator, but none of them are anymore.
    – Ixrec
    Commented Nov 14, 2015 at 23:15
  • What Ixrec said.
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Commented Nov 14, 2015 at 23:18
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    I see, (you can tell I'm not an active member...).
    – user35594
    Commented Nov 14, 2015 at 23:22
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    From a technical standpoint, you can't suspend a diamond moderator. On Q&A sites, they can immediately unsuspend themselves. In chat, I'm 99% sure a suspension just doesn't do anything.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 21:00
  • @AdamLear - Interesting, thanks for pointing that out.
    – user35594
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 21:26

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As this is not the current situation, I will answer this hypothetical situation - Moderator powers are unrelated to being suspended.

If said hypothetical moderator were to have taken actions worthy of being suspended, then I would imagine that their ability to moderate would be reviewed by the community management team and the remaining moderators at the least.

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    Thanks for answering, I was merely curious.
    – user35594
    Commented Nov 14, 2015 at 23:23
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    It's kinda tempting to suspend myself, for science.
    – user1027
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 4:47
  • @Keen Moderators suspending themselves has happened before ...
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 13:54
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    @Keen Just don't flag yourself, for science. Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 8:30
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    To clarify on this - moderators are actually incapable of being suspended. If there's a problem with a moderator that's independent of their powers as a moderator, then we simply reach out to them and try and talk through the situation. If it's directly related to moderator powers, then we'd temporarily revoke those powers and then do the talking stuffs so that, ideally, we can reinstate their powers without further issue.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 13:58
  • @CodesInChaos, yea we already know how that science experiment ends...
    – Ryan
    Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 20:52
  • @Keen pleeeez I want to see how it looks like :D
    – nicael
    Commented Nov 18, 2015 at 21:01

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