You may have noticed that, by default, all PhotoBlog members start out as trust level zero.
What is the purpose of these trust levels, and why do they exist? How do you get to higher trust levels, and what do they do?
User trust levels are a way of…
Sandboxing new users in our community so that they cannot accidentally (or intentionally!) hurt themselves, the forum, or other users while they are learning what to do.
Granting experienced users more rights so that they can help maintain and moderate the community they generously contribute so much of their time to.
Visitor → Novice → Regular → Leader → Elder
These five levels seemed like a great starting point for our user trust system, though we changed a few names to make the levels more clearer. Thus, PhotoBlog community offers five user trust levels, and your current level is visible on your user page:
0 (New) → 1 (Basic) → 2 (Member) → 3 (Regular) → 4 (Leader)
There are also flags that make an account a moderator or admin, but these privileged accounts will work up the user trust levels in the same way that regular users do, they just start with most or all abilities.