VIII. Usergroups and Posting PrivilegesPurpose:
Many websites experience difficulties in separating high-quality content from a much larger quantity of mediocre or poor posts. TMD approaches this dilemma through its hierarchy of usergroups.Ungrouped User:
When a new poster first signs up for a TMD account, they have no default usergroup, and are treated as ungrouped users. Ungrouped users have substantially fewer privileges (e.g. they cannot send PMs), but are automatically grouped as New Users upon making their first post.Basic User:
This default usergroup on TMD includes anyone with a post count of 1 or more. Basic Users can view the forums, but cannot post on some boards. Additionally, Basic Users have limited posting abilities in the Tournament Forums.
A Basic User can become a Full Member by posting in the Promotion Request thread
in Community Introductions. Based on the requesting user's posting history, they may be asked to answer a few short questions about Vintage and internet forum use in general. The questions measure knowledge of Magic fundamentals, comprehension of abstract concepts, and understanding of the site rules. Basic Users with recent warnings are not eligible for promotion.Tournament Organizer:
A Tournament Organizer is anyone who sponsors regular Vintage tournaments and wants to announce them on TMD. Anyone seeking tournament organizer status may post a request in the Tournament Organizer Status thread
in the Community Introductions Forum.
Tournament Organizers have full posting abilities in the Tournament Forums to allow them to start threads announcing upcoming tournaments. However, Tournament Organizers who abuse their status will be demoted to Basic User. Full Member:
Full Members are Basic Users who the staff has decided to promote. Full Members have broader posting privileges. Full Members have greater credibility on TMD because they have demonstrated an aptitude for the game and an ability to make good contributions to the forums.Community Adept:
Longstanding site users from any usergroup who have an exemplary history on TMD are eligible for Community Adept status. Community Adepts can post in any forum on TMD, and have some voice in the general policy decisions made by the staff. Vintage Adept:
Longstanding site users from any usergroup are eligible for Vintage Adept status, although the overwhelming majority of Vintage Adepts are chosen from the Full Member usergroup. Vintage Adepts are selected based on the same criteria for Community Adepts, plus a record of exceptional Vintage achievement. Vintage Adepts have the same privileges as Community Adepts but typically play a larger role in the policy decisions made regarding the forums related to their formats.Restricted Posting:
When a user accumulates multiple warnings, the staff may assign them to the Restricted Posting usergroup as an alternative to banning. Users on Restricted Posting may only post in a small number of forums.
A user on Restricted Posting may be immediately banned if their conduct earns another verbal or full warning. Assignment to Restricted Posting continues indefinitely until the user has shown sufficient improvement, at which point they will start again as a Basic User or Full Member if applicable.Moderator/Administrator:
Moderators and Administrators are responsible for setting and enforcing TMD policy. They are authorized to edit other users' posts and dispense warnings as necessary, in addition to locking or deleting posts or threads which break rules. They will answer any questions you have about the Rules or about TMD in general; feel free PM any of us at any time.