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This started as a comment on this meta question, but I don't understand what Jeff told me, so I'm posting this as a question. Sorry if I'm just not seeing it :)

The question asked why some profile field labels are red. Bobby answered they are "private fields", which only mods see. Jeff then answered they removed this indicated, as they were used inconsistently and it was ultimately more confusing than useful.

I'm asking why some profile field contents is grey. I asked in a comment on Bobby's answer, Jeff told me he already answered - but I really can't find it. I see what red labels did, I see they are removed, but nothing about grey text. And grey text was not removed: I still see it.

So, what is the meaning of the grey content on certain profile fields?

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I think site and mail are red because they are links, and links are red. But indeed, you can see my member for field info, even though it's grey, so grey could not mean private info. – Konerak Mar 21 '11 at 9:23
If this is really a feature request please specify what exactly is your request, otherwise retag the question as "Support" or "Discussion". For the record, I wonder about those colors as well.. :) – Shadow Wizard Mar 21 '11 at 9:23
It's actually a documentation-request, but I can't create that tag yet. – Konerak Mar 21 '11 at 9:33
@Arjan Thanks. Yes. – Konerak Apr 7 '12 at 12:28
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Well, by observation I'd say:

  • Black: info you entered
  • Grey: calculated or generated values
  • Red: urls
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Urls you mean links? The "Seen" information is neither URL nor link so it kind of breaking this - apart of that your observation looks correct. :) – Shadow Wizard Mar 21 '11 at 9:48
I didn't enter my age, I entered my date of birth. Age was calculated so it should be grey ;) – Konerak Mar 21 '11 at 9:56
OK, I'll leave it there. team@ can now defend their baby. My explanation was coherent, reality should now conform :) – Benjol Mar 21 '11 at 10:01
The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate. - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy – Yi Jiang Mar 21 '11 at 10:49
...also "visited" is black nowadays, should be grey (again) I think! – Arjan Apr 8 '12 at 14:06

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