That's what happens if a user who is gold-badge-holder dupehammers a question and then finds somewhere a spare diamond:

Looks great, I must say. But what's the need?

I think that the badge icon should be removed then.

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    +1 but is this really a bug? Sounds more like a feature request to me... ;p Commented Apr 1, 2015 at 20:22
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    @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ McBigBug.
    – nicael
    Commented Apr 1, 2015 at 20:23
  • @nicael I would say that this lies in between a bug and a feature-request. It could get both tags IMHO.
    – yo'
    Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 10:12
  • @yo seems that you're right :)
    – nicael
    Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 10:14
  • Since this is now official, this one here should be tagged status-declined. Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 18:55
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    @Sha I don't get the linked question, as the thing it was asking for was already the case....
    – nicael
    Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 19:01
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    So looks like they removed the gold icon at some point, forgot to mark this request as completed (or just missed it) and were convinced by the opposite request to put it back. Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 19:49
  • @nicael It will now always add the gold badge indicator whenever a moderator closes as a duplicate, even if they are currently a moderator.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 23:52

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The two icons serve different roles.

  • The badge icon is an indication that the user applied a binding vote.
  • The diamond is an indication that the user currently has diamond privileges. It is not an indication of a binding vote being used. This symbol has no direct connection to the closure event, and therefore does not make the badge icon redundant.

Suppressing the badge icon would be misleading, because it'd suggest that animuson used diamond-mod power before he in fact had it.

Elsewhere, I proposed that Binding closevotes should be recorded for moderators as they are for gold badge owners; that is, the closure banner should have an indication of binding vote (of whatever kind) that is distinct from the current moderator status of the user.


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