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There are various types, like "Error, status" and they show up after creating content, or when triggered by a rule.

I'm wondering if it is possible to create a new type, such as "Dev" and have it's visibility limited to certain roles, like administrator.

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The status type can be customised so you're covered with that one.

Assuming you're setting messages using drupal_set_message, you could check if the message should be set based on the status of the user. To make it a bit cleaner, you might want to write a module so you can set a specific permission to show this message to certain roles.

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  • Spot on! I don't suppose I'd be fortunate enough for there to be a contributed module which allows one to add such things without hacking core? Jan 27, 2012 at 7:12
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There's a module for D6 that gives you a hook and a class for matching/editing messages displayed to the user - http://drupal.org/project/messages_alter

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