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To become a Moderator, here are some recommended steps:
I am going to drill in on #8 more now.
Factors to make a case to become a Moderator:
If the business case isn't there for the forum to receive more moderation and/or if your experience isn't quite that high, we might still be able to recommend you as an Answerer in the forum.
When you become a Forum Moderator, you should read and follow the
Moderating Microsoft Forums instructions and guidelines. Ed or your Forum Owner might also send you specific guidelines to follow.
Once you are a Moderator and experienced in the Forums, you might want to look at
becoming an MCC (and continue down the path toward becoming an MVP).
The forum owners (most forums have different owners) might decide to make you an Answerer instead of a Moderator. It's very similar, but you focus on marking answers (honestly, that's the biggest need). Make sure you read the guidelines on Marking Answers
Forum Moderation Guide: Managing Posts and Threads: Marking Answers.
For more information about the differences between Moderators and Answerers, please see
The Different Roles in MSDN and TechNet Forums.