You'll find three user roles in a collective:
Anyone with a Stack Overflow account can join a collective. Members can:
- See a curated view of questions and answers that have been contributed by the Community using tags associated with collective
- Contribute Articles—how-to guides and technical knowledge articles—that are relevant to the collective
- Participate in the collective's leaderboard and earn the Collective-specific trophies
A Recognized Member is a user with whom an Organization chooses to affiliate their brand. Recognized Members can be employees or Stack Overflow users who have been selected by the Organization to share their expertise.
A Recognized Member has the following privileges:
- A “recognized by” or "employee" badge on their user card when answering questions that are associated with a collective
- Ability to recommend answers within the collective that the user is Recognized Member of
- Publish their own Articles and review and publish Articles contributed by Members
- Access to the “Actions for You” dashboard where they can see where they can contribute either by reviewing Articles, answering questions or recommending answers
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
- Have the ability to pin Questions and Articles to the top of the list on the Collective's pages