I think the shields just mean the user is a mod.
Ik that, thats why i brought this up
To add to your topic which I think it was closed (which I’m kinda sad about because I wanted to add something but that’s ok), I know on another discourse forum, the different groups have badges beside their profile picture to show they’re a staff member or a consistent contributor
I don’t think have badges is very necessary but it would be really cool. And, along with that, some users randomly have nametags to its harder to tell who’s what trust level immediately. Still not very necessary though, but a cool idea.