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Update: As can be seen on this post and elsewhere on the site, the styling for the mod/ staff labels has been modified, and hopefully will not pop out and be as overwhelming as the original colors:

New new label designs visible next to an avatar, with colors more subdued than the original

Big thanks to Aaron Shekey and Ben Kelly for finding a great solution here.

Original announcement below.


In response to the request to Add an immediately visible indication that a user is a staff member or an employee of SE, we recently announced a new feature on per-site metas and Meta Stack Exchange (which is live as of now):

  1. Mod diamonds are replaced by the new Mod label (which includes a diamond). These labels will all start out in blue (as shown in the screenshots here), but could change color in the future to match color themes on sites if/when these are modified.
  2. Staff labels now follow the user's display name anywhere on the site where the name is shown. This includes question listings, user profile, author/modified boxes on questions and answers, comments, timeline/user history, post notices, (and many more places). The label will be Stack Overflow Orange on all sites.

Here is how it will look in the Users listing:

Screenshot of new mod/staff labels in the Users listing

And here is a sample from some comments:

Screenshot of comments with mod/staff labels

The new mod labels will not yet be included on Main sites (or anywhere on Chat or the main StackExchange.com site) where for the time being, the good old unaddorned mod diamond will live on. And there are no plans to show staff labels on Main sites aside from the profile page.

I am reposting this announcement here to serve as a collection point for feedback on this in general, as well as reports of positioning issues.

As the labels are being laid out with a new component (that is more complicated than the Unicode ♦), and as we are right now in the process of making all of our pages fully responsive, it has been difficult to get the positioning of the labels (in terms of margin between the display name, vertical positioning, padding, etc) to look "just right" in every instance across the site.

Please post any related issues as answers below. Some things may be addressable now, and some may have to wait for the related page to have its full responsive conversion completed.

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    Apparently there are 2 accounts called Yaakov Ellis, but they are not the same account or they would've been formatted the same. I know how that works, but why did you pick the same name twice for different accounts for a test picture?
    – Mast
    Jul 28 at 18:59
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    @Mast It was a test to see if anyone was actually looking at the details of the screnshot. You win!
    – Yaakov Ellis StaffMod
    Jul 28 at 19:00
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    Thank you. I'll get myself a cookie now.
    – Mast
    Jul 28 at 19:01
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    Is it just me or does putting Staff and Mod feels a bit redundant? I mean, personally seeing a Mod badge correlates more with elected mods. I think Staff already gives the required information. Is it really necessary to clutter with Mod as well?
    – Tomerikoo
    Jul 28 at 20:37
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    There's a very important distinction, @Tomerikoo - Staff that are also moderators have additional abilities that other staff do not have. For example, they have all of the privileges of any site and access to all of the mod tools. Regular staff accounts do not. For the most part, they are limited in the same way that any user is (though there are some exceptions). Both distinctions are important for viewers, even if they aren't necessarily aware of what they are.
    – Catija StaffMod
    Jul 28 at 21:34
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    @YaakovEllis Where's the "Alumni Staff" label? ;)
    – Joe Friend
    Jul 28 at 22:20
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    Couldn't we just have blue and orange diamonds, or another jewel? (Mock-up coming later, possibly in the Tavern)
    – Ollie
    Jul 29 at 0:00
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    @V2Blast the new mod badge might be making its way to the main sites sometime in the future (no idea if/when). And you surmised correctly - the staff badge will not be shown everywhere on main sites like it is on meta.
    – Yaakov Ellis StaffMod
    Jul 29 at 8:23
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    @YaakovEllis No! We do not want the new mod badge to be making its way to main sites anytime in the future. No one ever asked for it in the first place. You said this was all "In response to the request..." but that was a request to add a STAFF badge not a MOD badge too. The community did not ask for this. Furthermore, while this post has some upvotes (and downvotes too), keep in mind that all of Meta.SE has a "bias" because the vast majority of the participation is from network mods. What network mods want here, is not necessarily the same as what the 15 million users want. Jul 29 at 19:20
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    @user1271772 the staff badge is from this request. The mod badge is part of planned theming changes in the system (though there are no definite plans at the moment to include them on main sites). They make sense to put into place together. And I do not agree that the best majority of participation here is from network mods.
    – Yaakov Ellis StaffMod
    Jul 29 at 20:09
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    @user1271772 I did some number crunching; using SEDE and a trick to pull a list of all moderators on SE, I get a tally of 171,508 users that have accessed Meta.SE in the last 6 months, 469 of which are site moderators (Query). I... don't think that supports your claim about participation very well.
    – zcoop98
    Jul 29 at 22:40
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    The muted colors are better… are they rolled out everywhere? If I see old bright style ones, is it a caching issue?
    – ColleenV
    Aug 12 at 20:22
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    @ColleenV yes, rolled out everywhere and if you still see it, do a hard refresh.
    – Yaakov Ellis StaffMod
    Aug 12 at 20:24
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    Big thanks to Aaron Shekey and Ben Kelly on the quick turnaround and great solution for the label colors that was just included in their latest Stacks release!
    – Yaakov Ellis StaffMod
    Aug 12 at 20:34
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    @YaakovEllis Thank you to everyone responsible (I guess Aaron Shekey and Ben Kelly based on your question update and comment above) for the changes to the mod/staff labels appearance. For me at least, It's definitely a significant improvement compared to the original version. Aug 13 at 6:14

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Remove the mod card on MSE and leave them as diamonds.

There are similar requests elsewhere, but I'm limiting this to just MSE. My reasoning is that MSE is different from other Metas. On any other Meta, the Metas work for/with the mods. It's useful to see mod interactions highlighted in that regard.

On MSE... not so much. Mods here aren't the reason to post. I mean, the MSE mods say useful things and all, but the Staff interaction is what people are after here. I'm not as concerned with what, say, Glorfindel posts, because as far as SE policy is concerned, we're all in the same boat.

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    Even on MSE, Mods are the ones who are normally responding to flags, and dealing with situations that arise. Although Staff Mods do have the power to do things here, and sometimes do, it is not accurate to say that Mods and non-Mod users on MSE are all in the same boat.
    – Yaakov Ellis StaffMod
    Jul 29 at 8:50
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    @YaakovEllis I probably didn't explain it as well as I should have. MSE mods can and do moderate (and they do an excellent job at it). But few people (if any) come to MSE to talk about how MSE mods (specifically) moderate. People generally come here for staff replies. Highlighting MSE moderators on MSE, in that context, doesn't really help the folks trying to use MSE. It's not a big deal, just a minor quality-of-life change.
    – Machavity
    Jul 29 at 13:14
  • For the same reason why you, a non-mod on MSE, wants it left as diamonds on MSE, the non-mods on SO will also want it removed from SO and the rest of SE. Consider it please! Jul 29 at 19:33
  • @user1271772 Huh? I am a moderator on SO and I rather like the change for MSO. I'm just saying it doesn't work for how people use MSE is all
    – Machavity
    Jul 29 at 19:38
  • @Machavity That is precisely my point. You're a moderator on SO and you like it on MSO. You're not a moderator on MSE and you don't like it on MSE. Non-mods on SO will probably have the same opinion about these loud labels all over the place, just like you don't like them on MSE. If you were not a mod on SO, you would probably not want other people's comments to be getting 20x more attention than yours. Jul 29 at 19:48
  • @user1271772 You seem to be missing my point. In many cases, people come to MSO to ask questions of both moderators and staff. I consider the Meta cards in those cases to be part of the job. How many folks come to MSE to ask questions of MSE mods?
    – Machavity
    Jul 29 at 19:54
  • @Machavity You seem to be missing mine. You're right that people don't ask questions to MSE mods much here, but that's not my point, and you will probably never see it. I wonder what proportion of the 15 million non-mods on the network, are in favor of these loud boxes all over the place, like you (a mod on SO) are. Jul 29 at 20:25
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Text on the comments are covered by these (mobile view):

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    This is on a mobile device, right?
    – Yaakov Ellis StaffMod
    Jul 29 at 8:57
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    Yes. Android. Mozilla Firefox. Jul 29 at 8:58
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    @SeverusSnape if you switch to "full site" it works fine? (i.e. responsive view) Jul 29 at 9:19
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    @ShadowWizardWearingMaskV2 yes, it works fine when I switch to desktop view in my phone. Jul 29 at 9:24
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Because Nicholas had a rather long username, and two badges the "modified" part if the activity gets cropped, on the responsive page on mobile. There must be users with even longer names, yes I'm looking at you Shadow ;), so when they get badges the result might even be more cropping. Perhaps it is best to go to a second line in this case?

Using chrome on a huawei P20 pro (so for phones a rather large screen).

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on the missing staff tag
on the badge to tag sizes, as the tag sizes themselves will be updated in the future to be more consistent here


In the duplicate closure post notice things look weird when a moderator uses mjollnir, as badges are a lot taller than the moderator icon.

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Also Animuson's staff indicator is MIA.

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Same as this other answer, but also applicable to deletion notices:

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Staff badges don't show on post deletion notices, just like close notices and some timeline entries, as pointed out in other answers.

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A specific user who's a staff member doesn't show the Staff marker in places where it's shown for other staff members

The "Staff" marks don't show on a specific user who's a staff member. It only seems to affect that particular staff member, as the marks for other staff members show up just fine.

It doesn't show on the user card on posts:

User card on posts

...neither does it show on the homepage:

Homepage

However, their profile properly shows them as being a staff member:

Staff mark shows just fine on the profile page

Is this a caching issue affecting newly-hired staff members, or those posting on Meta for the first time?

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In the review queue, on small viewports at least, the labels collide with the username:

review bug with small viewport

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  • This has been fixed as part of the recent review queue changes and is live. The layout of this area has been changed up quite a bit (under the hood anyways), which also fixes the reported issue.
    – Ben Kelly StaffMod
    Aug 31 at 20:06
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In the "Communities" section of the user profile, long site names cause the mod badge to not show. For example, Yaakov is missing the badge for Meta Stack Exchange:

Screenshot showing the Communities section of Yaakov's profile

Philippe is missing the badge on Wordpress Development:

Screenshot showing the Communities section of Philippe's profile

Aaron Shekey is missing the badge on Meta Stack Exchange and Home Improvement:

Screenshot showing the Communities section of Aaron's profile

Catija is missing the badge on Meta Stack Exchange and English Language Learners:

Screenshot showing the Communities section of Catija's profile

Etc.

This makes it seem that the individuals listed only have moderator status on some sites but not others.

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The new labels are inconsistent with one's Network Profile:

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Can the labels please be added to network profiles as well?

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    The labels/badges are only shown on meta sites. To quote the linked answer: "The new mod badges will not yet be included on Main sites (or anywhere on Chat or the main StackExchange.com site) where for the time being, the good old unaddorned mod diamond will live on".
    – 41686d6564
    Jul 28 at 19:35
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    The badges will hopefully make their way network-wide, to all sites (no staff badges on main sites however) some time in the future. No idea when this will happen on SE.com, so for now this is declined.
    – Yaakov Ellis StaffMod
    Jul 29 at 8:46
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In the review page, the recently reviewed user's details are available against each review type.

Hover on the user card, the "Staff" and "Mod" labels are not aligned with the user's name.

Screenshot for reference:

screenshot

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