What are the different types of users in a collective?

There are 4 Collectives-specific user types:


Anybody can become a Member of a collective by joining it from the page for the collective. It allows the user to participate in the collective-specific leaderboard and earn the collective-specific trophies.

Members can submit articles for review by Recognized Members and Admins of the collective.

Recognized Member

Unique to Collectives is a specific user label to denote a "Recognized Member". Recognized Members could be subject matter experts from within an Organization, but could also be existing users of Stack Overflow with expertise who are recognized within the collective as subject matter experts.

A Recognized Member has the following privileges:

  • Immediately publish articles that they author
  • Provide feedback on article submissions by Members of the collective
  • Publish articles submitted by Members of the collective
  • Recommend answers within the collective
  • Access the "Actions for You" dashboard
  • Access a discussions space where Recognized Members and Admins can confer about matters related to the collective
  • Have the "Recognized by" label appear below their user card when making contributions that are related to the collective's technology or area of practice

See also: How can I become a Recognized Member?


Collectives have a finite amount of administrators. These Admins have full access to all the Collectives features, which include the ones which are described under Recognized Members.

In addition to those, they:

  • Can manage collective-level user permissions and labels, and invite new Recognized Members to the collective
  • Have access to the reporting and data within the collective
  • Can publish and edit bulletins within the collective
  • Have the ability to pin questions, articles, and bulletins to the top of the list on the collective's pages


For provider-specific collectives, Admins or Recognized Members can also be marked as Employees of the Organization sponsoring the collective. Employees have an "Employee" label on their user card when making contributions that are related to the collective's technology. The Employee designation does not confer any additional privileges within the collective.