Thanks all. I dont necessarily want to completely scrub the badge / staff system. I just want to remove the occurrence of the icons in common spaces (e.g. conversations). So thanks @hellekin CSS should do the trick.
I don’t so much mind about it appearing in user lists.
Its not a secret who the admin/ staff are. Just that the community has existed offline for a while. I joined recently as a newcomer and suggested Discourse, and successfully pitched that we shift the discussion into the digital space. I dont want to be singled out as having any sort of higher authority in the discussion which I feel the staff/ moderator shield does.
The community is closed, invitation only, and requires our approval so its all cool.
For context, its a group of professionals in the environmental and sustainable finance space who are participating in a personal capacity outside of their work - I’m just starting out in my career and some of the members are CEOs and VCs.
Edit: thanks @ondrejj for your thoughts also. Useful!