I've been playing with the Stack Exchange API and developed a UserScript that adds icon next to users that are employees.

It appears as though the Users method of API is still reporting that Jeff Atwood is an employee, yet his bio indicates that he no longer works for the company.

However, I no longer work at Stack Exchange, Inc.

Calling the Users method returns the following result. (filtered unnecessary fields)

  "items": [
      "account_id": 1,
      "is_employee": true,
      "reputation": 260720,
      "user_type": "moderator",
      "user_id": 1,
      "display_name": "Jeff Atwood"

Should this be updated to reflect his currently employment status?

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    It's like a President of a country will always be called "President", even after retiring. It's just honor for the critical role the person had. Here on SE this honor also translates to actual power (diamond everywhere) but the team trusts Jeff to not abuse that power, and I totally agree. :) – Shadow9 Apr 1 '16 at 18:15
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    Is this really a dupe? We're talking about a specific API field here... Nobody's refuting his diamond! :/ – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Apr 1 '16 at 21:29

I suspect this will end up with .

Since Jeff was one of the founders of the site (notice his account_id) they never revoked his diamond. I can't be sure, but it's not likely it will be revoked in the near future.

This has been discussed before.

While he's no longer an employee, he still has the privileges of one. Unlinking this to fix this specific bug would likely not be worth the trouble.

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