Whether you’ve been on DiS since day 1 about 1000 years ago, or have just joined: Here is some information about which areas of the forums are restricted, and what is required to access them.
Content that requires at the very least (and sometimes more) than having registered an account and being logged into it in order to access, includes: The “Serious Matters” forum – The Lounge – Selfie Threads. Read on for more info about how to access these.
So, first of all: We have a few automated Trust Levels (TL) for users on these boards. When you sign up, you’re TL0. You will then shortly afterwards become TL1, and then after a little while you’ll be bumped up to TL2. There was a TL3 that was also automatic, so some “older” users will be in that group – but we shut it off for automatic promotion as it was causing some hassle so it’s not really in use, apart from one thing which I will get back to.
Trust Level 1
Get to trust level 1 by…
- Entering at least 5 topics
- Reading at least 30 posts
- Spend a total of 10 minutes reading posts
Once you are on TL1, you will be able to:
- Access Serious Matters and the weekly selfie threads (given that these are posted in the Selfies sub-forum…)
- Send DMs
- Flag posts to moderators
- Upload images
- Mute other users.
Trust level 2
Get to trust level 2 by…
- Visiting at least 15 days, not sequentially
- Casting at least 1 like
- Receiving at least 1 like
- Replying to at least 3 different topics
- Entering at least 20 topics
- Reading at least 100 posts
- Spend a total of 60 minutes reading posts
Once you are on TL2, you will be able to:
- Access The Lounge
- Ignore other users
Trust Level 3
Again, this one is not really in use. The ONLY way you can now be bumped up to TL3 is for a moderator to manually do so, and we rarely bother tbh.
HOWEVER: Users in TL3 can recategorise and rename all topics! In other words, if you’ve made a typo or forgot to post the selfie thread in the Selfies sub-category, anyone on TL3 should be able to help, in addition to us moderators of course. They are not able to edit anything else, and if they rename or recategorise for no good reason we will at the very least remove them from TL3, depending on the situation.
So, summarising the restricted areas:
- Selfies and Serious Matters: TL1 and up
- The Lounge: TL2 and up
Everything else is public and open to everyone.
Hope that clears some things up! Let me or @moderators know if you have any questions.
PS: If you want to know who is in any of the trust levels, you can either go on a user’s profile and see what groups they are members of, or look up the group “Trust level _” itself and see who is listed as members.