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XF 1.3 What's the difference between a moderator and a user in a group with moderator perms?

I've wondered this for awhile now, is there any difference between these two scenarios?

1. User is made a super moderator via /admin.php?moderators/ and is assigned certain permissions when being created.
- or -
2. User is placed into a user group that already has moderator permissions.

To me, they both have the same permissions and can do the same thing. However, option 2 doesn't make them show up in the moderators list or in the moderator log. Is there any other difference(s)? Thanks.


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All moderators must be made a moderator via the ACP, this marks them as staff internally and will open up a few moderating systems that aren't available regardless of having permissions or not.