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Staff (Mod/Smod/Admin/Sadmin) Abilities FAQ (What they can and can't do)

Discussion in 'Questions & Complaints' started by gabha, Jun 11, 2007.

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  1. gabha GB's Norman

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    Would it be too much of the staff to list what their respective levels (From Sadmin to advisor) can exactly do (I mean the forum powers they have)?

    I know it may sound strange, but I want to know so that in the future who to ask for what (For example, if I'd known that only Sadmins could increase the rep limit I wouldn't have made the recent thread asking for it, because I realize that they rarely come here.)
     
  2. Splintered Advisor

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    Advisors are staff members with ability to post in the mod lounge and give advice and feedback to the active staff on various matters. These can be section-specific or pertain to general forum policy. Most advisors are former moderators who have given up their powers entirely but still want to chime in on various matters when necessary.

    Moderators have specific powers only under their own section. They can move (and trash), delete merge, close and open, moderate (make it so that a thread would have to be approved before viewing, that way only moderators can see them), sticky threads and posts in their section. They can also edit thread titles, change/remove/add poll options, and with a bit of work, add a poll. They can make announcements and prune a subsection. They also can do some IP matches.

    Retired Mods are former section mods who still retain the secondary abilities like IP matches and unlimited searching to help the active staff out in terms of finding dupes. However, they lack the above powers that regular sections mods have access to. They are no longer responsible for taking care of sections and shouldn't be who members request help from.

    Super Moderators have all the the power of moderators, just over all subforums. They also have the power to change avatars (this includes whatever dimension they want beyond the normal 150x150) [and signatures], Ip checks, forumwide bans and unbans, rep sealing, threadbans, and hard deletion (soft deleting is what mods do, in which you can see the "this thread/post" is deleted. Hard deleting removes it entirely and you can never get it back).

    Retired Smods are super moderators who no longer moderate the forums in a day-to-day capacity. They still retain all of the powers that an active super mod has but are normally reserved for emergencies or when no other active staff member is available to handle a task. They should not be the first individuals that members go to for help hence why they no longer appear on the X.

    Admins have everything the Smoderators have.

    They have the power to create usergroups and move members into their respective usergroups (some moderators are granted power over usergroup changing like the BH usergroup and seniorship). They have the power to remove polls in threads. They can change the number of rep and posts you have, along changing anything else in your profile, check all outgoing rep, create and manipulate subforums, delete accounts, change usernames, change username colors via usergroups (or manipulate however they want ie. flashing, sparkles, ect), section ban and unban, upload icons and emotes, change subsection descriptions, change what the rep ranks say, change what post ranks, and moderator members

    Retired Admins retain all of the abilities they had while being active admins. The main difference is they may not be involved in the daily decision-making process of the staff or assisting the super mods and section mods with their section directions and actions.

    Sadmins are the ones with VBoptions. This means uploading skins, uploading buttons (hence why no multiquote button), updating and adding some h4xes, changing the permissions for rank, give members admin powers, and everything else under the sun.
     
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  3. gabha GB's Norman

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    Much, much appreciated Splintered, but I still have have a few questions:

    Can any of the staff still see who's viewing the current thread? and who has the ability to add/remove that feature?

    Can any of the staff see who rated a thread (1 to five stars I mean)?

    Can admins remove other admins?

    Please keep this open, as I may have other questions in the future.
     
  4. Taxman Rail Tracer Lord of the Lock

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    no..we can't...and the Sadmins would be in control of adding/removing it.

    not that I know of

    yes
     
  5. Spy_Smasher Advisor

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    Good thread, good answer(s). :thumbs
     
  6. Masaki Mugiwara Kaizoku

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    Out of curiosity, can Tazmo be banned?
     
  7. Jackal Iscariot Ero-sennin Advisor

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    Advisors: Godlike beautiful creatures, fallen angels nonetheless... or just dudes who are busy.
     
  8. Pein illest

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    if he was the walls of nf would crumble
     
  9. Splintered Advisor

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    Sadmins cannot be banned.
     
  10. LivingHitokiri イース -フェルガナの誓い-!

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    Sadmins can add remove skins???
     
  11. Taxman Rail Tracer Lord of the Lock

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    yes........
     
  12. LivingHitokiri イース -フェルガナの誓い-!

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    So the Sadmind are quite the same as admins the only difference is that they own the forum right?
     
  13. Taxman Rail Tracer Lord of the Lock

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    read splintered's post on this very page to see the main differences between the two.

    The two sadmins of the site are Tazmo and Mbxx. Tazmo owns the site. Mbxx runs the servers.
     
  14. gabha GB's Norman

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    Question, any of the staff can still do the recently removed Advanced member search function?
     
  15. Taxman Rail Tracer Lord of the Lock

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    sadly, I don't think so...I do believe that is one of the vboptions that we don't have access to.
     
  16. Wobbly Active Member Advisor

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    If this was stickied and had the title renamed to make it less ambiguous, it would be a great thread for future reference.

    People ask these kinds of questions all of the time on IRC, MSN, and random convo threads.
     
  17. Spectrum Retired Admin

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    ^ Good idea. Done.
     
  18. Pein illest

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    question do advisor's have any mod powers
     
  19. Gooba Join us

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    Not usually, some might have a few things to help out even in their retirement.
     
  20. Spectrum Retired Admin

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    Advisors can see who repped them (but not anyone else), and they can see and post in the staff forum and Konoha Court. Other than that and the pretty red username, that's about it. (Except in cases like Gooba mentioned, but those are pretty rare.)
     
  21. Masaki Mugiwara Kaizoku

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    Did Tazmo "promote" Mbxx to sadmin, or was it set up like that when the site was created?

    Can one of them demote the other?
     
  22. gabha GB's Norman

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    Is there any difference between green colored and black colored mods?
     
  23. Crowe inactive - most of the time

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    Yes. Green colored are green and black colored are black.
     
  24. Freiza Banned

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    ^lolz smart answer
     
  25. Sasori <font color="#8B0000">● GB Genius ●</font>

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    Only IRL.

    lol racism.
     
  26. Ssj3_Goku Hey dood!

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    Yes if someone tapped into his account and banned himself. On VB forums you can protect yourself from getting banned by other Sadmins and what not, this little feature is quite nice and is a good security standard.(tazmo only has this feature, then again MX might as well)


    Although if you got a person who is good and cracking into stuff, then thats a different story.
     
  27. Spike papa' young rolla

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    Where does Occa fall in these ranks? Under admin?
     
  28. KamiKazi Inactive Member

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    occa is an admin.
     
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  29. gabha GB's Norman

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    Two Questions:
    1) Can you see when, and how many times a person was b&?

    2) Can you see what an edited post was before it was edited? what about deleted posts?
     
  30. Spectrum Retired Admin

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    No to the first two, "yes, unless..." to the third. Once a person is unbanned, all records of that ban are gone except for the notes we keep ourselves. (While they are banned, though, we can see when the ban was given and for what reason.) And once a post is edited, whatever was edited out is gone forever.

    As for deletion, if a post is soft-deleted, mods can still click on it to read it and/or restore it if they so choose. But if something is hard-deleted, it's gone for good. So it depends. Members can only soft-delete, though, so anything not deleted by a mod is still potentially readable and restorable.
     
  31. Metric Jay Chou tard

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    A trivial question but i'm curious.

    Some Mods have Italicised names, but some just have normal font in their names. Does this mean anything or is it just personal preference?
     
  32. Spanish Hoffkage Lol. Kisame

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    who controls the publicity??

    Tazmo's bank??
     
  33. Taxman Rail Tracer Lord of the Lock

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    I think Suz and Harlita are the only staff members with unitalicized names and that's due to it not being listed for their special user groups *the one that gives Suz her black name and Harlita her orange name*

    It can be thought of as a preference thing or that an admin forgot to make the group italicized.
     
  34. Metric Jay Chou tard

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    Oh right OK thanks.
     
  35. Masaki Mugiwara Kaizoku

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    So, what we're saying is the posts that were deleted in the naughty picture thread can still be seen by a select few...?
     
  36. Orochimaru <div class="smallfont"><font face='Palatino Linoty

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    That's correct. There's a way to avoid that though.
     
  37. Wobbly Active Member Advisor

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    The trick to avoid that is to edit your post to take out anything you don't want to be seen, fill it up with gibberish, THEN delete it.

    Although, I've been told that there's some forums where admins are able to see anything you've ever put in your posts, including all of the different edits.

    It might be based on the code used to create the forum, or something.
     
  38. Freiza Banned

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    that is correct, but you must SAVE the gibberish first so it actually registers your edit, then you delete it.
     
  39. Wobbly Active Member Advisor

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    I thought that would be obvious, but I guess mentioning it wouldn't hurt.
     
  40. tgre wait what?

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    Section mods can't access Mod CP right? Because thats the way it works in my forums >_>...

    only Smods and Admins should be able to access Mod CP
     
  41. Taxman Rail Tracer Lord of the Lock

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    mods can access the modcp but they can't do much...only IP checks and some can request to edit avys and sigs.
     
  42. tgre wait what?

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    fair enough...we keep ours on a tighter leash :3....(ie: we dont give pw for modcp xD) they dont deserve it...all they do is delete/move/mod etc.. =D

    thanks for clearing that up.
     
  43. Captain Gir Spiral Warrior

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    i must say....this is a really really helpful thread and has given me information to possibly help me in the future if i need something....thx!!

    Cap.
     
  44. Yakushi Kabuto Socks Activate! Shape of a Retired Smod

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    Hm, not sure where to ask this, so I suppose I'll pose the question here, what exactly do the different colors for a mod's username mean? I saw someone else ask, but all I saw was a joke answer. So is it just a matter of pretty colors? :p
     
  45. Crowe inactive - most of the time

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    They're just trying to compensate for something...the lack of power compared to me. You remember the big ass blinking username I had? I was in training by then and now I've grown x10 times at least, stronger then any other smod. You could probably call me an Z-admin now as powerlevelwise I'm way beyond even the S-admins...

    Why I'm not an admin? Cause I don't need to be. I just tell them to do shit for me and they'll do it. /me flexes.
     
  46. Lazlow I believe you

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    If an user chooses the "invisible mode" can mods/smods/admins see if whether he's online or not and what thread he is currently viewing?
     
  47. less Cheer up, Advisor

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    Green is section mod, blue/pink is smod, black is admin/sadmin and maroon (like mine) is advisor.

    But that's just the standards, many mods and smods and such screw around with their usernames just because they can (and it's fun). Shroomsday has a red username even though he's a smod, for instance. Anything not listed above is all vanity and no meaning.
    Yup. The little green light thingy is red for us when you're online but want to be invisible.
     
  48. Frequent Sunshine Into the sun♥

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    Can mods change their own user names? Or do they have to ask admins to do it for them? And why aren't Blue or Occa under "admin" when you view the forum leaders?
     
  49. Taxman Rail Tracer Lord of the Lock

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    1) mods and smods have to ask admins to change their names

    2) they are technically "retired"...they still have powers to help out, but their activity is limited and it would be best if people wanted to contact an admin, to contact the more active admins.
     
  50. Haze is Dreamin' Banned

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    can staff give out unlimted rep if they wanted to or do they have the 24 hour limit too
     
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