You may have noticed that all forum users have a Trust Level, with badges and associated titles.
So, 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?
First, trust levels help us keep the forum safe and clean, by making sure that new users can’t cause too much harm to the community, (accidentally or intentionally) by limiting what they can do.
Second, trust levels help us find dedicated, enthusiastic members of the community, and grant them extra tools and privileges so that they can help maintain and moderate the community they generously contribute so much of their time to.
Thus, we have five user trust levels, with your current level is visible on your user page:
0 (New) → 1 (Basic) → 2 (Member) → 3 (Regular) → 4 (Leader)
Additionally, we have @moderators, which are separate from the trust levels. You can also see the @CoG_Staff by the icons on their avatars.
(Note: Trust Levels do not update automatically. Generally they take up to 48 hours to update. If you’re having difficulty, please wait at least 48 hours before asking.)
(Note: This information is largely duplicated from the Discourse’s own list, but with differences for where we’ve changed rules, requirements, and privileges. Additionally, privileges granted by the trust system may be revoked, and trust levels may be lowered by moderators.)