Users usually don't have any extra symbol after their names. Only moderators have the diamond symbol. But today I saw a golden dot after a name on a close banner of a question.

What is this and who will have that circle after his/her name?

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    Interesting, I never noticed that. Could it be a golden tag badge that allows immediate closing?
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Sep 28, 2015 at 8:44
  • @ByteCommander Same, i wish colors could be allowed here on meta too, wait the original site has colors already on meta
    – Star OS
    Nov 2, 2015 at 19:58
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    @StarOS In my view, everything is perfectly colorful. What's your problem?
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Nov 2, 2015 at 20:57
  • Colorful? Only for mods and for the public and mods, the original website's meta. It's black and white the layout, but the pictures are not black/white.
    – Star OS
    Nov 3, 2015 at 8:27
  • @StarOS Your thought may be unacceptable, so please post a new question with feature-request tag instead of commenting here. If you post a Q many will come forward with their views, If you comment here, only me and Byte will be notified :)
    – Ravan
    Nov 3, 2015 at 8:36

1 Answer 1


This is a golden tag badge! Its owners may cast immediate close votes, just like moderators, on questions with the specific tag. This only applies to duplicate-votes at the moment, though.

Currently, there are only two tags where golden tag badges exist, which are and . And of these badge types, only 4 badges were ever awarded on Ask Ubuntu in total yet (Oct 2015)!

Their owners are:

Reference for this:

Increase close vote weight for gold tag badge holders (Meta StackExchange)

Ask Ubuntu General Room - Chat transcript

  • Dammit. I'm 300 short of a gold tag.
    – muru
    Sep 28, 2015 at 13:50
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    They only have this ability on duplicate closures right now, although SE is looking at expanding it.
    – Seth
    Sep 28, 2015 at 13:50
  • @Seth Included that into my answer.
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Sep 28, 2015 at 14:02
  • I remember when Radu used this ability the first time. Last year gold badge size was a bit bigger so I immediately found the related help text. Sep 28, 2015 at 18:52
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    The post descibing this feature on the main meta might be a better reference than a chat transcript: Increase close vote weight for gold tag badge holders
    – terdon
    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:53
  • @terdon Now that I know it, sure! :)
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Sep 29, 2015 at 13:52
  • I am getting there... 981 :D
    – Rinzwind
    Oct 23, 2015 at 5:47
  • @ ByteCommander I edited the post since @Takkat got gold badge in virtualbox =)..
    – Ravan
    Oct 29, 2015 at 8:40
  • @Ravan Thanks. I improved it a bit! :)
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Oct 29, 2015 at 15:45

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