This started as a comment on this meta question, but I don't understand what Jeff told me, so I'm posting this as a question. Sorry if I'm just not seeing it :)

The question asked why some profile field labels are red. Bobby answered they are "private fields", which only mods see. Jeff then answered they removed this indicated, as they were used inconsistently and it was ultimately more confusing than useful.

I'm asking why some profile field contents is grey. I asked in a comment on Bobby's answer, Jeff told me he already answered - but I really can't find it. I see what red labels did, I see they are removed, but nothing about grey text. And grey text was not removed: I still see it.

So, what is the meaning of the grey content on certain profile fields?

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  • I think site and mail are red because they are links, and links are red. But indeed, you can see my member for field info, even though it's grey, so grey could not mean private info.
    – Konerak
    Mar 21, 2011 at 9:23
  • If this is really a feature request please specify what exactly is your request, otherwise retag the question as "Support" or "Discussion". For the record, I wonder about those colors as well.. :) Mar 21, 2011 at 9:23
  • It's actually a documentation-request, but I can't create that tag yet.
    – Konerak
    Mar 21, 2011 at 9:33

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Well, by observation I'd say:

  • Black: info you entered
  • Grey: calculated or generated values
  • Red: urls
  • Urls you mean links? The "Seen" information is neither URL nor link so it kind of breaking this - apart of that your observation looks correct. :) Mar 21, 2011 at 9:48
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    I didn't enter my age, I entered my date of birth. Age was calculated so it should be grey ;)
    – Konerak
    Mar 21, 2011 at 9:56
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    OK, I'll leave it there. team@ can now defend their baby. My explanation was coherent, reality should now conform :)
    – Benjol
    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:01
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    The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate. - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    – Yi Jiang
    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:49
  • ...also "visited" is black nowadays, should be grey (again) I think!
    – Arjan
    Apr 8, 2012 at 14:06

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