This is one of those "shameless ripoff for consistency reasons" questions. Back in September 2008, someone asked "What should the users of Stack Overflow be called?". In mid-2009, we got "What should contributors to Server Fault be called?". There's no equivalent Super User question yet, so... here it is.

Oddly, the SO question is [discussion] and [fun] while the SF question is the big red [faq]. I'm not sure which direction to go with the tagging on this question... discussion on that in the comments is welcome.

I'm going to try something interesting here — a poll with strict requirements for answers. Here are the rules. Note — posts may be edited if they are out of compliance.

  • Your post must contain only your desired answer
  • You must not duplicate an answer
  • If you do accidentally duplicate an answer, it's your responsibility to delete it. Otherwise, it will be edited to say something along the lines of "I can't follow directions."
  • Observers should vote up the names they like
  • Discussion should occur in the comments
  • The answer with the highest number of votes will be accepted as the official answer

(Users who have not been under a rock since 2008 will note that these are the ancestors of the current de facto official poll rules.)

So... what should we, the users of Super User, be called?

  • Super User is also the only title containing a "user name", when the others are errors. The correct answer seems pretty obvious. Moreover that you can say "Stack Overflow users", but "Super User users" is clearly redundant.
    – Gnoupi
    Commented Jun 1, 2010 at 14:44
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    Users are errors. @gno
    – Gnome
    Commented Jun 1, 2010 at 14:47
  • @Gnoupi, I see where you're coming from, but I disagree. I associate the site titles more closely than the words they contain. In other words, "Super Users" makes me think of "Stack Overflows" and "Server Faults," which both fail as descriptors of SO and SF users.
    – Popular Demand
    Commented Jun 1, 2010 at 14:50
  • @pop - so far I have seen Super users referred only this way, also, this is why I say that. However, nothing wrong with a "light" question to see what it could be instead.
    – Gnoupi
    Commented Jun 1, 2010 at 14:54
  • I always like to refer to myself
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Jun 17, 2010 at 19:45
  • Old question....but some of the site's users can be descripted by the site's title...for example Super Users (duh) and Programmers.. Some of them need modification for example Biologists and Chemists. Just a thought....
    – evamvid
    Commented Apr 6, 2014 at 23:11

5 Answers 5


Super users.

  • Seems pretty obvious indeed.
    – Gnoupi
    Commented Jun 1, 2010 at 14:43
  • 1
    Okay, fine. This answer is winner by popular vote. You boring, boring people.
    – Popular Demand
    Commented Jul 8, 2010 at 18:35


Remember the sudo command grants administrative, or "super", privileges.




...then for consistency I have to repeat my answer:

Oh, good lord. Please, no.

The day someone starts labeling Super User user as "Supee" or a "SU-er" or a "Super Badgie" ... is the day I start anonomous-izing my account. Can you say "pop-culture-burnout, jumping-the-shark"?

  • 3
    You're a Meta Super Stacker Sysadmin Exchanger.
    – Gnome
    Commented Jun 1, 2010 at 14:59
  • 4
    @The Cat: As of today, that's what it says on the top of my CV.
    – Robert Cartaino
    Commented Jun 1, 2010 at 15:13
  • @Robert, well, sure; not like you're going to need to look for a new job anytime soon.
    – Popular Demand
    Commented Jul 8, 2010 at 18:34

Super Troopers.

  • 1
    Aaaaaand now it's stuck in my head.
    – Gnoupi
    Commented Jun 1, 2010 at 15:30

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