This Discourse based forum has trust levels for users which range from 0 to 4. The higher the trust level of a user, the more functions she can use!
I’ve set the forum up so that new users already start at level 1 and invited users start at level 2!
Here are the requirements and privileges for the different levels (these are the forum defaults which I haven’t changed yet):
Level 1: (currently not relevant, because new users already start out at level 1)
- Must have written 5 posts
- Must have read 30 posts
- Must have spent 10 minutes in the forum
Users at level 1 can:
- Send private messages
- Upload images and attachments
- Flag posts
- Be free from some posting related restrictions that level 0 users have
- Must have written 20 posts
- Must have read 100 posts
- Must have spent 60 minutes in the forum
- Must have visited the forum on 15 different days
- Must have recieved at least 1 like
- Must habe given at least 1 like
- Must have made 3 replies
Users at level 2 can:
- Edit wiki posts
- Invite other users to a topic
- Add other users to private messages, thus creating private group messages!
Level 3: This level is special in the sense that you can be demoted from it through inactivity or for other reasons. The basic requirements for level 3 are:
- Must have viewed 200 threads
- Must have read 500 posts
And here are all the criteria that must be met within the last 100 days to reach and maintain level 3:
- Must have visited the forum on 50 days (out of the last 100)
- Must have made 10 replies
- Must have read 25 threads
- Must have read 25 posts
- Must have received 20 likes
- Must have given 30 likes
- Must not have more than 5 own posts flagged by others
A promotion to level 3 lasts at leasts for 14 days. After that, it is possible for the user to be automatically demoted again.
Users at level 3 can:
- Recategorize and rename any topic
- Access the private “Lounge” category!
- Have all their links followed (this is relevant for “search engine optimization (SEO)” of the linked pages)
Level 4: This level can only be reached by being appointed manually. It’s a kind of “soft” moderator status.