Now that the Community user is going to be explicitly labelled as a bot, how about adding the same label to other bot accounts, too?

There is an old request for essentially the same thing, but at the time, the labels were not a feature of the site, so it proposed using different colors: Official bots to have different colour username to enable users to differentiate between them and other bots/users

One of the replies there alleges that there are just a few bot accounts, but that is not (any longer?) true: Why does Chat have so many negative user IDs?

However, I would like to take this one step further, and request a process for adding this label to designated bot accounts more generally. There's a number of user-run bots in the system; it would make sense for these to be able to have the same label, too. A well-known one is Smoke Detector but there are many more in chat, and some of them have activity on the sites as well (leaving comments, for example).

  • Not really relevant right now, as chat has no labels. If and when it will have, this request will become relevant. Unless you mean show bot label in the main/meta site profiles of user-run chat bots? Sep 1, 2021 at 6:21
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    But chat users have parent users with profiles you can look at, and it's one of the few places where you can find something out about a user whose identity you are investigating. I'd regard this as relevant even now.
    – tripleee
    Sep 1, 2021 at 6:22
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    IMO there should be some visual difference between Official bots and community bots, Sep 1, 2021 at 13:01
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    According to Catija’s comment they aren’t going to do this. Sep 26, 2021 at 23:22

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At this time, there's nothing on the roadmap that would include this work. I'll add it to a features request list but I don't want to get your hopes up - this would be pretty far down my list of important stuff to work on first, though I think there's merit in the idea. :-)


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