For better or worse, one of the features of Discourse is that users grow their privilege levels over time by participating in the community - creating topics, liking topics, replying to topics, and having their topics liked and interacted with by other users. This “gamification” design is meant to reward engagement and participation, and the triggers to gaining a higher level are frequency of interactions, checking in on and interacting with posts, and basically keeping up with things at regular intervals. There are also “badges” that one can earn, but at this time it is not clear if earning badges counts toward increasing an individual users “trust level”.
The trust levels are as follows:
- level 0: new user (very limited access, usually before moderator authorization)
- level 1: basic user (what most users come in as once the moderators approve the account request)
- level 2: member (adds more capabilities, notably: use of @here mentions, ability to ignore users and see new/returning user posts)
- level 3: regular (adds a lot more capabilities like creating tags, have all post links followed, ability to hide and flag spam posts from trust level 0 users, etc.)
- level 4: leader (highest level of non-moderator access, with privileges on all user-level features of the community)
The more you participate and engage regularly, the faster your trust level will rise and the faster you’ll be able to utilize more of the features that Totentanz has to offer.
That being said, the admin and mod team is discussing perhaps changing the starting user trust levels perhaps based on how a user found out about Totentanz, so keep an eye out for that and we’ll be sure to let you know about any changes on that front as soon as they’re decided!
In the meantime, if there’s something that you would like added (like tags and such), please let the mod team know and we’ll take care of it for you! You can use the chat functionality to DM users directly, so feel free to send a DM to @SynAck if there’s something you’d like to do but are unable to get done on your own.