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a person who plays a gatekeeper role in group interactions. The moderator controls who has the floor and what messages and artifacts are shared with the group. The moderator may control who can enter into the group conversation (e.g. who can enter a chat room) or kick someone out who’s not cooperating. The moderator may be a facilitator of the meeting (helping to lead and coordinate in other ways) or may not. The moderator sometimes is restricted from participating in a meeting in ways other group members are allowed (e.g. the moderator may not be allowed to participate in votes).