In /help/staff, this is mentioned:

How can I identify a staff member?

Staff fall into one of two categories, with different indicators:

  • General staff - these staff members represent the bulk of our employees. They are regular users for the most part. If you see one of them on our meta sites, they will have a staff label on their posts and comments and a staff marker on their meta profile pages.
  • Diamond staff - a small subset of our staff - generally the developers, engineers, and community team members - need special access to moderation tools and content. They are more visible and bear a diamond next to their username, just like our elected site moderators. They have both "Moderator" and "Staff" tags on their profiles.

What's the difference between label, marker and tag? If all mean the same thing, can we use a consistent term instead of multiple terms in the help center article?

P.S. In Ask Ubuntu's /help/staff, I noticed that the "elected site moderators" hyperlink links to MSE/help/site-moderators. Shouldn't the hyperlink link to AU/help/site-moderators?

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    This is a feature request to change wording in help center about user labels of Stack Exchange team aka staff. Please don't remove those tags, they are all relevant. Aug 30 at 12:29
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    Regarding your "P.S.": You are indeed correct. For some reason, that link uses an absolute URL pointing to the /help/site-moderators page on MSE specifically, rather than being a relative link pointing to the corresponding page on the same site. (So no matter what site you view the /help/staff page from, that link will point to an MSE Help Center page.)
    – V2Blast StaffMod
    Aug 31 at 3:36

2 Answers 2


Yes, they all mean the same.

Yes, it should be changed to be consistent.

However, which is the best word to use? This I don't know.

Personally, I'd go with a fourth word that was used in the original announcement: indicator.

Staff indicator means something that indicates this user is a staff member.

So would like to see all mentions of label/marker/tag in that context changed to indicator.

  • Well, indicator and labels are different I suppose. Indicators are there in profile page and labels are there next to username in comments and posts? meta.stackexchange.com/q/367899 Aug 30 at 12:34
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    @RandomPerson no, they are all the same thing, just using different words every time, which is indeed confusing. It's more than just help center, it's how staff themselves refer to it. Aug 30 at 12:38
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    @RandomPerson the words don't meant that. An indicator is just something that indicates. A label is very similar semantically as it is used to distinguish something. They might have separate domain-specific meaning attached to them but I'm not aware of that being the case. The post you link to mentions "there are no plans to show staff labels on Main sites aside from the profile page" putting the word "label" within the context of "profile". And doesn't mention "indicator" at all. I'm more inclined to believe there is no domain-specific language here yet, just plain English.
    – VLAZ
    Aug 30 at 13:06
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    Yeah, I don't think there's any fixed/"official" term for this... "Label" is probably what we (and the community) use most consistently overall. But "indicator" and "marker" aren't any less correct; they're just being used in their regular English meanings here (i.e. as something that marks/indicates the fact that those users are staff).
    – V2Blast StaffMod
    Aug 31 at 3:34
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    @V2Blast thanks. I'd also go with "label", just better have it consistent, at least in official places like help center. But since you didn't even throw this into the review queue, guess it's not going to happen? Aug 31 at 6:57
  • @ShadowTheKidWizard what do you mean by "review queue" in the context? You mean status-review? Aug 31 at 8:38
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    @RandomPerson oops yes, on second reading it's confusing indeed. Stack Exchange developers have internal list of things to fix/add, and any question here tagged as status-review automatically enters this list. :) Aug 31 at 8:39
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    @ShadowTheKidWizard: I figured I'd wait for more feedback to come in first, and then the mods (or I) could add the tag if they felt appropriate. Me not personally adding the tag to a post immediately after it's made doesn't mean it won't get done at some point...
    – V2Blast StaffMod
    Aug 31 at 17:12

According to the original announcement, these things are called labels.

There are a few other words used in the entire Q&A there, but for example this comment by Yaakov Ellis makes it clear that it is a label.

The mobile profile now shows the staff label for Stack Overflow employees. Thanks for the request.

Emphasis mine

And so does this comment by Catija:

This doesn't really relate to the label. There's no change in any policy regarding diamonds.

Emphasis mine

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