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What's up with the tags that look different?

What is the red colored status-bydesign label?

To clarify my question (which Jon has quickly answered),
The red color indicated that the tag was different and
I had just started noticing the borders (that Thomas mentions).
I was curious about the color and the meaning of the actual tag.
thanks.. .


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It means "this isn't a bug, it's how it's meant to work."

For instance, suppose you wrote a post on Meta saying, "I can't delete my own question. Bug!" and it turned out that your question had a bunch of answers with upvotes, then this behaviour is "by design" - it's preventing content which other users have found useful from being deleted.

  • I think he's asking why it's red. Jul 16, 2009 at 10:25
  • don't think he's referring to the tag itself, just the new 'red' tags. like "status-declined" and so on. My guess is that these are moderator tags to classify questions that are being closed.
    – Andrioid
    Jul 16, 2009 at 10:25
  • That is nice. Is this behavior expected on SO/SU/SF too?
    – nik
    Jul 16, 2009 at 10:28

Oh. I think I figured out my own question, thanks to yours.

The bordered tags are mandatory user tags. The red tags are moderator only tags.

  • And as I was typing this, Jeff posted in my question confirming that this is true. Jul 16, 2009 at 10:25

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