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I have seen "Stack Overflow Valued Associate" on many user profiles. What does it mean?

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@gdoron Examples: Jeff, Nick, Jason – SS-3 Mar 27 '12 at 14:48
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@SachinShekhar you could also click the link you know. Nick, Jason :) – Shadow Wizard Mar 27 '12 at 14:48
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I don't understand why all of the downvotes. This seems like a reasonable question for people who aren't in on the joke/don't follow every single event re: Stack Exchange. I say this would be a good FAQ. – Al E. Mar 27 '12 at 15:09
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@alE - simply clicking on the link would have explained it. – Lix Mar 27 '12 at 15:14
    
@AlEverett well, it's mentioned briefly in the Who are the diamond moderators, and what is their role? faq, maybe better expand it a bit instead of starting new one? – Shadow Wizard Oct 28 '13 at 22:24
    
No, those are 'valet' associates. It's a typo. – Rosinante Oct 28 '13 at 22:31
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They are the employees of Stack Exchange inc.

Valued associates get announced on the blog and appear on the team list (thanks @Sha Wiz Dow Ard).

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valued* employees :P – Lix Mar 27 '12 at 14:44
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@Lix - Naw... only their association is valued ;) – Oded Mar 27 '12 at 14:46
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Here is the list as well. – Shadow Wizard Mar 27 '12 at 14:47
    
And now you're one of "them"! :D – Shadow Wizard Oct 28 '13 at 22:20

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