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How are tag moderators decided on Dev ?

I was randomly going through the top 100 tags of and realised that most of them had tag moderators. Some of the tags didn't have moderators and were in simple black and white font. How are the tag moderators for a particular tag decided and how can a tag be made into colored tag?

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helenanders26 profile image
Helen Anderson

Hey there!

The DEV Tag Moderator program gives trusted users the ability to help organise content across, making DEV usersโ€™ feeds more relevant and the site easier to navigate.

Tag mods work together with each other and DEV staff to ensure that content on the site is tagged appropriately, while also politely educating DEV users on how to follow tag guidelines.

  • Remove/add tags that they moderate from/to certain posts
  • Update their tag's sidebar (i.e. add a description, submission guideline, etc).
  • Update their tag's 'pretty name' and colours.
  • In addition, tag moderators are also considered community moderators and have additional privileges listed in the Community Moderation Guide.

If you're interested in becoming a community or tag moderator, please email!

amananandrai profile image

Thanks for your quick response. I am a newbie on this platform and learning a lot from here. I would definitely try to moderate a few tags on Machine Learning after a few months when I have a better understanding of the subject.

michaeltharrington profile image
Michael Tharrington • Edited

Hey @amananandrai! This is a great question. ๐Ÿ˜€

And @helenanders26 is absolutely right with this explanation! Folks can write in to request to become tag or community moderators.

We also frequently search DEV for friendly, helpful folks that we think might make good mods. I think it's most important that any mods we take on have a history of abiding by the Code of Conduct... we really want to ensure that anyone who has this status is being kind and inclusive to folks on site at all times.

Also, if someone is requesting to be a tag mod, it really helps their chances if they've written on the subject that they are hoping to moderate for. They need to be prepared to explain why they'd make a good mod for whatever tag they'd like to moderate.

I hope this info helps!

amananandrai profile image

Thanks, @michaeltharrington and the additional info provided by you has helped to clear all the doubts about tag moderation.