list of our amazing moderators
Thanks for the compliment :)
Are moderator positions granted for life?
As long as they're active and/or willing to moderate the site and/or don't do naughty things, yes, we can consider that they'll be moderators for life.
There are a couple of ways to view "activity":
- Posting questions and answers (doing this is not part of the responsibilities of a mod)
- Commenting, reviewing, editing posts, etc. (we have a user that only flags no longer needed comments)
- Performing mod-only activity: handling flags, suspending users (not that we do that often), etc.
Thus, a mod could be super silent and look inactive but spend their days deleting no-longer-needed "thanks" comments.
Is there any sort of criteria to retain your moderatorship?
That's up to the mod and to StackExchange CM staff. A mod can decide to step down. The decision could also come from the CMs, or from the mod and CMs.
As an example, Tetrad was a mod before, but he no longer has his