Minor bug, I know. I'm not sure if this is new or not; I haven't noticed it before, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been like this all along...

Those two labels have the moderator-visible CSS class applied, while the other labels do not. This is reproducible on multiple sites (I checked Meta, SO, SF, and Gaming -- so probably network-wide) where they all display with the same colour.

Edit, as a response to Rebecca's answer, which she deleted: Since I never noticed this until now, perhaps that feature is too subtle -- maybe a tooltip saying "this field is only visible to you and moderators" would make it more discoverable.

  • I deleted my answer because it was a duplicate of Bobby's. I've asked about your follow-up question. Feb 13, 2011 at 20:35

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We've removed this indicator on the fields, as they were used inconsistently and it was ultimately more confusing than useful.


I think this is intentional. Those are 'private' fields, which only the moderators will see.

  • This is correct. Feb 12, 2011 at 22:36
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    @Rebecca - In that case shouldn't the "visited", "openid" and "alt openid" labels be red too?
    – ChrisF Mod
    Feb 12, 2011 at 22:36
  • @chrisf actually the grey already signifies that, it's just become a little less clear as we added hotness to the date of account creation Feb 13, 2011 at 20:32
  • @Jeff - ah you mean the grey of the content - I was confused as I couldn't see any grey labels ;)
    – ChrisF Mod
    Feb 13, 2011 at 21:17
  • @Jeff - but my Real Name isn't grey either.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Feb 13, 2011 at 21:38
  • @Jeff: Then why is the "member for" text gray also? I can see that information on other users' profiles.
    – Konerak
    Mar 19, 2011 at 15:53
  • @kon see my answer directly above where you commented please. Mar 19, 2011 at 16:01
  • @Jeff: Where you said "The grey already signifies that"? But what is that? Am I not seeing a deleted comment?
    – Konerak
    Mar 19, 2011 at 19:02
  • @kon search for the words "removed this indicator" on this page Mar 20, 2011 at 1:50
  • @Jeff: I really didn't see it, and asked around in the chat - noone knew. So I made a shiny new question :)
    – Konerak
    Mar 22, 2011 at 7:29

If this is to indicate that the field are "private" and only visible to you and moderators shouldn't the "visited", "openid" and "alt openid" labels be red too?


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