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Let moderators grant abilities.
As a moderator on EE, I'd like to be able to grant abilities to specific users.
Personally, I think the system is way too restrictive with the edit ability. If someone abuses it, there will be consequences. A history is kept, and edits can be easily rolled back.
Suppose an ordinary user decides to clean things up and suggest a few edits. After just a few of these, I can see there isn't going to be a problem. In addition, I've seen other actions by this user, perhaps also on other platforms, and I'm reasonably confident they aren't going to vandalize the place.
In a case as above, I'd rather grant the edit ability than to keep approving suggested edits. That's easier on me, and would be a better experience for the user too.
I looked around and found no way to do this. I'm therefore asking for a feature to let moderators grant selected abilities to individual users.
You can. On the user's profile, click "Moderator tools" and then choose "privileges" from there.
I don't see anything like that. Here's what it looks like when I click on Moderator Tools:
Maybe it's only available to administrators, not moderators?
You've clicked "moderator tools" from the main page or from the sidebar on another page. You need to click on the "moderator tools" button on a user's profile, as Monica said.
Ah, now I see it. I was so used to clicking on Moderator Tools on the right that I never noticed there was a separate button for that in each user profile. I did look at the user profile and noticed the button on the right was not there, so thought that moderator tools weren't available from a user profile.
Anyway, that worked. The ability has been granted to the user who made a lot of good edits lately.