Good news, everyone!

Everyone's favorite Programmers mod, Anna Lear, has joined the Stack Exchange Team as a Community Manager, where she'll be working her magic across the network.

Anna's been an active user here since the beginning, and a dedicated moderator since our first elections way back in January of 2011.

Unfortunately for us, this news means she'll be stepping down as a moderator here on Programmers (but hopefully she'll still be stopping by frequently anyway!).

We all wish Anna the best of luck on her new role, and thank her for her service here!

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    +1: Thanks, Mark. It really can't be overstated. Anna was the best moderator and she will be sorely missed.
    – Jim G.
    Commented Jan 20, 2012 at 2:54

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Thanks for the kind words, Mark.

I'll definitely still be dropping by to answer questions and the like. :)

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    Congratulations, Anna! Commented Jan 20, 2012 at 13:54
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    Nooooo Anna don't leave us!
    – Rachel
    Commented Jan 20, 2012 at 17:35
  • Congratulations! Good luck in your new role.
    – maple_shaft Mod
    Commented Jan 20, 2012 at 20:57
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    @Anna Lear: Just wanted to say thank you for all that you've done so far, and that I've always found your feedback to go above and beyond; which at least to me, has made a huge, huge difference in my opinion of SE. Cheers!
    – blunders
    Commented Jan 21, 2012 at 22:10
  • @blunders Thanks!
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jan 21, 2012 at 22:13
  • @maple_shaft Thanks!
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jan 21, 2012 at 22:13
  • Awesome, congratulations! When do they make the big blog.stackoverflow.com announcement about this? :P Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 3:22
  • Very well deserved. Much luck in your new role.
    – Walter
    Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 13:48
  • Congratulations! All the best to you Anna!
    – user29032
    Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 12:57


Congratulations Anna!

Anna was the best programmers.se moderator by a long shot.

She always tempered her powers as a moderator, and bothered to try to understand why people posted what they did.

Anna - You're leaving big shoes to fill. I'm probably speaking for many others, but I sincerely hope that somebody with comparable wisdom and prudence fills your shoes.

In closing, thanks for the effort!


As it's almost a year since our first election there probably won't be any special arrangements made to replace Anna. What will probably happen is that an extra moderator space will be up for election when the election does come round.

So start thinking whether you want to be part of the moderation team.

This is an informed guess on my part and could well be superseded by official announcements.

NOTE: Under normal circumstances being a moderator is a lifetime appointment, you carry on until you don't want to do the job any more or get hired by Stack Exchange. There have been occasions where moderators have been asked to step down.

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    +1: Thanks for the info, Chris. I am going to go out of my way to back a candidate who intends to moderate like Anna did.
    – Jim G.
    Commented Jan 21, 2012 at 4:30

Moderators Diary

  • Questions they Correct,
  • Answers they Inspect,
  • Improvements they Direct,
  • Based on the Subject,
  • Ultimately making the website Perfect.

I have been an active member for the past two months and I really like the quality of posts that is maintained here and thats' because of good moderators.

From my experience in these two months, many questions have her touch of quality as corrections or answers and I really appreciate her for her dedication.

Anna - Congratulations and Best of luck for your new role at Stack Exchange Team!


In the Stack Exchange Podcast #06 (at the end) they talk about the role of a new SE "community evangelism team". (Not sure if this is the same as what a "community manager" does)

  • That's a good question. Why did you post it as an answer instead of a question? You should ask it on Meta Stack Overflow...
    – yannis
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 12:54
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    @knb No, that's a different team. They are primarily focused on external site promotions. Community managers support communities and moderators internally within the network, monitor private betas, etc.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 16:50

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