What are the different types of users in a Collective?

There are 4 Collective-specific user types:


Anybody can become a member of a Collective by joining it on the Collective’s page. It allows the user to participate in the Collective-specific leaderboard and earn the Collective-specific trophies.

Recognized Member

Unique to Collectives is a specific user badge to denote a “Recognized Member”. A Recognized Member is a user with whom an Organization chooses to affiliate their brand. Recognized Members could be, for instance, subject matter experts from within an Organization, but could also be existing users of Stack Overflow with expertise.

A Recognized Member has the following privileges:

  • Post Articles that they author
  • Provide feedback on Article submissions by Collective members
  • Publish Articles submitted by Collective members
  • Recommend answers within the Collective
  • Access the “Actions for You” dashboard
  • Have the “Recognized by” badge on their user card when making contributions that are related to the Collective’s technology


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
  • Have the ability to pin Questions, Articles, and Bulletins to the top of the list on the Collective's pages


Admins or Recognized Members can also be marked as employees of the Organization sponsoring the Collective. Employees have an "Employee" badge 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.