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June 09, 2012, 10:09:25 PM
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Mod edit: The information about ranks is outdated and no longer accurate, see this thread for up to date information

So you may be wondering whether you should trust someone based on those fancy coins under their name, or perhaps their post count. The short answer is: Do not use these rankings to determine trust!
This post is intended to show you as a future trader how easy it is to get a rank, so that you can be wiser when conducting a trade. As a side note, I always recommend using escrow when possible, especially when you have not previously traded with someone. Always read their posts in their profile to help determine whether they are contributing positively and to attempt to determine trust. Search the forums for more detail and read the other stickies relating to trading discussions and trust.

All the main ranks that can be handed out to normal users are: Brand New, Newbie, Jr. Member, Full Member, Sr. Member, and Hero Member.
Special notes for Newbie status: If a user has been whitelisted manually by forum administration, they will retain Newbie status regardless of their post count, until they have fulfilled a minimum of 4 hours logged in.

In addition to the main rankings, there are also sub-rankings that can be applied, and those are: SCAMMER, Donator, and VIP. Besides the colors, Donators and VIPs get other perks such as access to a secret subforum dedicated to them, and the ability change their usernames whenever they want from within their profiles. SCAMMERs have several restrictions, but are still allowed to post unless they are banned for another reason. SCAMMERs cannot change their profile (including signature, avatar, etc), cannot edit their posts later, and other things.

Finally, staff sub-rankings are as follows: Staff, Moderator, Global Moderator, Administrator, and Founder. Staff members have access to a special "Staff" board where forum moderation is discussed, as well as to the Donator board. Any staff member can whitelist a newbie, just ask!

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Description
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Brand New:Zero posts, gets 1 gold coin under his name.
Newbie:Has less than 4 hours of logged in time, and gets 1 gold coin under his name.
Jr. Member:Between 5 and 100 posts, and gets 2 gold coins under his name.
Full member:Between 100 and 250 posts, and gets 3 gold coins under his name.
Sr. Member:Between 250 and 500 posts, and gets 4 gold coins under his name.
Hero Member:More than 500 posts, gets 5 gold coins under his name.

Sub-Rank
Description
Tag
SCAMMER:Manually applied by administration, regardless of post count and gets 5 red Xs under his name.
Donator:Manually applied by administration after 10 BTC donation, and gets 5 gold coins under his name
of which the last is half green. 5 coins are shown regardless of post count when user is a Donator.
VIP:Manually applied by administration after 50 BTC donation, and gets 5 gold coins under his name
of which the last is half purple. 5 coins are shown regardless of post count when user is a VIP.

Staff Rank
Description
Tag
Staff:Shown when moderators (see next point) post outside of the sections that they moderate.
Always shows 5 gold coins.
Moderator:Shown when moderators of specific sections post within those sections.
Gets 5 gold coins, of which the last is shown as half faded-out green.
Global Moderator:Applied to Staff that have moderation privileges in all boards.
Gets 5 gold coins, of which the last is half teal colored.
Administrator:Has all available permissions and can appoint moderators and perform other administrative tasks.
Gets 5 gold coins, of which the last is shown half red regardless of post count.
Founder:Reserved for Satoshi, gets 5 platinum coins under his name.

To become a Donator or a VIP, send a PM to theymos to get a unique donation address.

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June 09, 2012, 10:17:17 PM
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From this info, you should see that the post-based rankings are fairly easy to get and should not be relied on when considering someone's trustworthiness.

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June 10, 2012, 01:15:53 PM
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i was wondering why some people had different number/color of coin under the nick.. thanks for the info.

p.s. write in the first post what theymos said Wink
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June 11, 2012, 10:23:27 AM
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nicely set out rjk
good work Smiley

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June 11, 2012, 02:03:07 PM
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Nice job  Cheesy

Handy feature for Newbies.



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June 11, 2012, 02:17:31 PM
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Haven't yet seen anything as comprehensive as this to explain the different user ranks. Nice work.
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June 14, 2012, 02:15:40 AM
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Right now I have more gold coins than BTC!
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June 17, 2012, 06:13:13 PM
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OP edited to add the following information:

In addition to the colors, Donators and VIPs get other perks:
They have access to a secret subforum dedicated to them, and they can change their usernames whenever they want from within their profiles.

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June 21, 2012, 02:25:16 AM
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Very nice job, rjk!

Do you also work on the bitcoin.it wiki?

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June 22, 2012, 02:09:36 AM
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Very nice job, rjk!

Do you also work on the bitcoin.it wiki?
No. The last time I posted to the wiki, I got into a few edit wars with Luke-Jr and decided it wasn't worth wasting my time.

I only occasionally visit this section when I am bored, otherwise it remains blocked in my preferences.

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June 23, 2012, 01:44:48 AM
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p.s. write in the first post what theymos said Wink
Thanks for the suggestion; I've added a few notes relating to that to the first post.

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So you may be wondering whether you should trust someone based on those fancy coins under their name, or perhaps their post count. The short answer is: Do not use these rankings to determine trust!
This post is intended to show you as a future trader how easy it is to get a rank, so that you can be wiser when conducting a trade. As a side note, I always recommend using escrow when possible, especially when you have not previously traded with someone. Always read their posts in their profile to help determine whether they are contributing positively and to attempt to determine trust. Search the forums for more detail and read the other stickies relating to trading discussions and trust.

Basically, escrow means that you agree with your trading partner who to deposit coins with for safe keeping. Once you have decided on an existing known user that has provided such services in the past, negotiate with him for rates (some do it for free), and then the buyer deposits the coins with the escrow provider. Once he has confirmed the deposit, he will notify the seller to ship the item. Once the item arrives and is to your satisfaction, notify the escrow provider and he will release the coins (minus a fee, if any) to the seller.

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June 23, 2012, 02:59:39 PM
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Who is this Satoshi?
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June 23, 2012, 03:44:34 PM
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Well I am him... Give me a cookie Tongue
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June 23, 2012, 04:12:55 PM
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Well I am him... Give me a cookie Tongue

Not one, three  Smiley


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June 23, 2012, 05:09:12 PM
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Those look great Smiley
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June 23, 2012, 05:52:36 PM
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Good job on putting this together rjk.
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June 24, 2012, 09:20:01 AM
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I want some cookies...
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June 24, 2012, 12:31:01 PM
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Nice and clear explanation - one question (to the mods) - is there some technical reason why the colored *half* cannot apply to less than 5 coins (especially in regards to donators)?

(I think it might be just a bit more helpful if members who have only posted a few times but did donate BTC don't sport 5 coins)

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June 24, 2012, 12:35:05 PM
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Nice and clear explanation - one question (to the mods) - is there some technical reason why the colored *half* cannot apply to less than 5 coins (especially in regards to donators)?

(I think it might be just a bit more helpful if members who have only posted a few times but did donate BTC don't sport 5 coins)


You'll have to ask theymos on that.

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June 24, 2012, 02:43:50 PM
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Is there a link/stats page to see how many people have donated and at what level?

50BTC.  Little expensive.  :/    Hopefully it will become more expensive (not via raising the number of BTC)   Smiley

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