I'm trying to get the difference between "Access to moderator tools" and being a moderator,

Does moderator have more privileges than that?

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  • I believe we do yes... also we get this special diamond... honestly though I'm glad we're getting more 10k users as I've not really been active for some time. – xenoterracide Apr 3 '13 at 3:10

The terminology is fairly ambiguous. Back in the day "moderating" frequently referred to using the 10k tools, and "♦ moderator" was for elected mods. Now "moderators" typically refers to ♦ mods. You'll occasionally see "pseudo-mods" used to refer to 10k users as well, but that's pretty much died out too.

As for privileges, see What's the difference between a moderator and someone who has access to moderator tools? on the main meta. In theory 10k users can do everything that doesn't require access to sensitive data. ♦ mods don't need to vote to perform user actions, and have a few extra things they can do that users can't do at all. They also have access to a bunch of random site data, which is the reason for the moderator agreement, but the hope is regular users can do almost anything

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