I was searching something on Meta and came across this answer on undeleting accounts.

Can anyone explain what the 'Jeff-level access' is the answer talks about?

Is it something related to Jeff Atwood?

  • These days you can probably safely replace "Jeff" with "Shog" and have same effect. ;) – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Apr 16 '15 at 14:53
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    @Shadow Not at all; Shog does not have core developer access. Case in point... "Because that's how I fix things now. I really love being a normal user." – user259867 Apr 16 '15 at 15:03
  • @pizza well, shog can simply ask a dev for such access or "give me a View/Tool" for something. Same Same. :) – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Apr 16 '15 at 17:26
  • @ShadowWizard: "Can ask someone to do this and probably have them agree" != "Can just go and do it". – Nathan Tuggy Apr 16 '15 at 19:52

Yes, Jeff Atwood is one of the founders of Stack Exchange as mentioned in Stack Exchange Management Team page:

Jeff Atwood - Co-Founder (Emeritus)

Jeff Atwood is a software developer, author, blogger, and entrepreneur. He is one of the co-creators of stackoverflow.com and one of the co-founders of Stack Exchange...

It means in order to solve the problem you need access to the SE database, which is limited to a few of the developers. So only SE employees can do that action. Since Jeff is be best known SE employee and founder, Bill called it 'Jeff-level access'.

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    How many employees had access in 2009? Possible it was literally Jeff level at the time. – Air Apr 16 '15 at 15:15
  • That was crossing my mind too. I guess Joel has access too. And Jon Skeet (how did he get all that rep otherwise?) – Patrick Hofman Apr 16 '15 at 15:16
  • @Air Joel is less a programmer and more a business man but yeah, looks like he could skim through the database if he wanted to. Jarrod has a lower ID than even Joel, so likely was a dev from very early stage as well. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Apr 16 '15 at 17:30
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    @ShadowWizard Yep, see this old comment thread on MSE. But "writing code" <> "database superuser" so we don't really know (not that it's important) – Air Apr 16 '15 at 17:40

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