Following @knolleary concerns https://github.com/node-red/node-red/pull/1868#issuecomment-416744426 I thought it might be best to bring the discussion back here (if thats OK?)
My reason for wanting a change is so we can easily tell the difference between a debug node that is sending its output to the debug sidebar for analysis and other reasons and one that is just being used as a quick visual indicator of what's happening on the flow in real-time.
In (mine at least) normal developement practice I litter debug nodes all over the place but then disable most/all of the ones sending to the debug side bar and just leave the status ones enabled
To do this, I change the name on the status only ones to "status" (or s if being lazy) but then things go a bit awry if i subsequently make it send it to debug and I end up with a node saying status but its not
My original request at the start of this thread was to default the displayed name to status if only status was selected and the name was blank.
@Colin had perfectly valid objection so I'm wondering if it might be a compromise to prefix the label with "status:" (or "s:" or "so:" etc)
I'm aware that adding "status:" status would increase the node length (compared to s: or adding the suffix) so it would effect the visual look of existing flows