1. Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.
    PLEASE HELP

Member groups

This page is a chapter in 'Book Faq'

Here is a quick summary of functions available for each group:

Permissions & Functions Newbie Silver Titanium Palladium Gold/Iridium Platinum Donating Status
Access Sources Forum X* X
Member of the Inner Circle X
Can post in most Chemistry Forums ** ** ** ** ** ** X
Can post in Herbal Ecstasy Forum X X X X X X
Access Improving Drugs-Forum Subforum X X X X X X
Edit own posts X X X X X X
Upload attachments***** X X X X X X
Add poll to post X X X X X
Post links X X X X X X
Give reputation**** X X X X X X
Post visitor messages on other members' profiles X X X X X X
Add signature to posts X X X X X X
Post Blog X X X X
Post Blog comment X X X X X X
Create new social group X X X X
Post to social group X X X X X X
Chat*** X X
Contribute to Drugs-Wiki X X X X X X
Direct message storage 10 20 20 30 30 30 500


*....... Gold members only (Iridium members do NOT have have Sources Forum access).
**..... All registered members can access the Chemistry Basics and Extraction Fora. To gain access to the rest of the Drug Chemistry fora, members must submit an access application as described here.
***... Titanium members and up will be able to participate in announced chat meetings.
****...You must have at least 40 posts to give reputation.
***** Newbies can upload attachments up to 120KB.

Any of the following privileges and restrictions may be changed in time, without prior notification.



Mercury membership

Mercury membership indicates serious problems with previous posts and is the last chance before eventually getting banned. Members who receive many negative reputation ratings will be automatically downgraded to mercury; this will occur at -50 reputation points. If mercury members do not improve, they will get banned. Mercury members have the following restrictions:
  • They can only post in Various drug related topics forums like the Euphoric Body, bug tracker and Site Use and in the main forums of the other languages forums.
  • They can post in their own threads anywhere.
  • They cannot view or post in the chemistry/growing forums nor social forums.
  • They also have other restrictions on their account, like uploading files to the studies archive or to posts.
  • Posting to other parts of the site (not forum) is restricted.
  • Mercury members have 10 direct messages storage.

So what to do when you have landed in mercury membership?
You must achieve a reputation count of +10 to get promoted to silver member. Mercury members will get automatically upgraded again if their post quality increases and reputation is received.

Here are the steps to follow to get out of mercury level:
  1. First carefully review the reputation you have received. You can view this on your profile. (Received Ratings tab) Read it several times and check your posts. Make sure that you understand them and that you will not repeat the same mistakes when you add new posts.
  2. Read the rules a few times to make absolutely sure you understand them. Feel free to ask for advice or help if you do not understand the rules or why substantial negative ratings had accumulated. If you have received warnings then make sure you understand what went wrong.
  3. Read the FAQ articles so that you understand how the site works, what you are allowed to post where.
  4. To prevent any more negative reputation coming in, the relevant posts should be reviewed and edited. You can also request the post to be deleted, by reporting posts with an explanation why the post should be edited/deleted.
  5. Make sure that all you new posts are well written, respectful, helpful, add something of value, and void of any rule breaches or harmful advice. Review your post before you hit the 'post reply' button.
  6. Well researched posts generally attract a lot of reputation.
  7. Review the forum tasks section to see if you can earn reputation points.
  8. Find unanswered questions and write elaborate well researched replies. Use Google to research the subject.

Newbie membership

Everyone starts as Newbie after registration. Newbies have several restrictions which they can get rid of by getting upgraded to Silver membership or by donating to Drugs Forum. Newbies can not edit their posts, give out reputation, post in the Drug related chemistry and extraction forum, and view Improving Drugs Forum (and any other restricted forums). Newbies have 10 direct messages storage, and can only send 1 DM every hour. Newbies can not post blogs.

Most of these restrictions can be removed by donating or becoming a silver member. Donating newbies have the same features as palladium members and more.

Silver membership

Silver is the standard level of membership on Drugs Forum. Newbies get upgraded to Silver automatically when they exceed 10 reputation points. This is usually achieved through one or two informative posts. Silver members have 20 direct messages storage.

Silver members can edit their posts, give out reputation, and attach files to posts, and view and post in all main drug forums and Improving Drugs Forum. Silver members can not access any of the restricted forums besides Improving Drugs Forum. Silver members also have the ability to make moderated edits to the Drugs-Wiki.

Silver members can not post blogs. They also need at least 50 posts to post links.

Titanium membership

Titanium is the first promotion up from Silver. This upgrade happens during set promotion cycles (which typically happen at least twice a year). Titanium members are able to use the chat room during chat meetings, which will be announced. Titanium members can post polls. Titanium members are also eligible to join the Forum Crew Groups to help with the maintenance and development of fora they have an interest in. Titanium members have 20 direct messages storage.

To qualify for an update to Titanium membership, members must meet following requirements:
  • Membership duration of at least 60 days
  • Has posted in the last 60 days.
  • At least 60 posts
  • At least 100 reputation points & high Trophy points.
  • Good post to reputation ratio; your reputation count should be higher than your post count.
  • Gathered many trophies. Please see here.
  • Recent reputation ratings are not negative.
  • No recent warnings nor active warning points.
  • Less than 5 reports where filed against you recently.
  • Account & profile is in order.
  • Uploaded an Avatar.
  • Posted your first product/company listing in the reviews section.
  • Donating is beneficial but not required for promotions.
  • Doing forum tasks helps.
Many Titanium members would easily reach Palladium membership if they would rate posts.

Palladium membership

Palladium members have 30 direct messages storage.
Palladium members can post blogs.
Palladium members can create new groups.

To qualify for an update to Palladium membership, members must meet following requirements:
  • Membership duration of at least 60 days.
  • Posted in the last 60 days.
  • High reputation & Trophy points.
  • Gathered many trophies. Please see here.
  • Making use of the reputation system (giving out at least 50 ratings with both positive and negative points. Members should recently have given ratings)
  • Recent reputation ratings are not negative.
  • Many quality posts.
  • Reputation to post ratio is at least 1.
  • Filed recent reports.
  • Added 50 tags.
  • No recent warnings nor active warning points.
  • Less than 5 reports where filed against you recently.
  • Account & profile is in order.
  • Uploaded an Avatar.
  • Posted your first product/company listing in the reviews section.
  • Donating is beneficial but not required for promotions.
  • Forum Crew work is beneficial but not required for promotions.

Gold membership

Gold members have all permissions that palladium members have and some more: Gold members have access to the Gold members and Sources forums, and the gold member file archive. Gold members have 30 direct messages storage.

To qualify for an update to Gold membership, members must meet following requirements:
  • Membership duration of at least 60 days.
  • Posted in the last 60 days.
  • High reputation & Trophy points.
  • Gathered many trophies. Please see here.
  • Making use of the reputation system (giving out at least 50 ratings with both positive and negative points. Members should recently have given ratings)
  • Recent reputation ratings are not negative.
  • 150 quality posts.
  • Reputation to post ratio is at least 1.
  • Filed recent reports.
  • Added Products / Companies to the Reviews Section.
  • Added 50 tags.
  • No recent warnings nor active warning points.
  • Less than 5 reports where filed against you recently.
  • Account & Profile is in order.
  • Uploaded an Avatar
  • Donating is beneficial but not required for promotions.
  • Forum Crew work is beneficial but not required for promotions.
Gold Membership promotions involve a manual review by staff. While donating does not affect being granted gold membership or not, staff gives a higher priority to donating members, so they will be reviewed faster and, if they meet the requirements, be upgraded to Gold Membership.

Before you reach Gold membership, you will reach Palladium membership. The qualifications are almost the same. The only difference is 150 quality posts for gold membership. Once Titanium members meet the criteria for Palladium membership they will be upgraded during the next promotion cycle (which typically happen at least twice a year). We review the posts of palladium members to see if they meet Gold standards.

Iridium membership

Iridium members are members who met the requirements for Gold membership but do not wish to contribute to the Sources forum. Iridium members have all privileges of Gold members except access to the Sources forum. Iridium members have access to the Gold members forum and have 30 direct messages storage.

Gold members who do not contribute to the Sources forum will be moved to Iridium membership. Iridium members can apply for gold membership by contacting an administrator.

Platinum membership

Platinum membership is the highest level of non-staff membership. Platinum members have access to 'The Inner Circle'. The opinions of Platinum members are highly valued by the staff. Platinum members have moderator functions in the chat. Platinum members have access to the Platinum member forum and have 300 direct messages storage. They also have several other functions like moderating their own blog and moving their own threads.

Platinum membership is invitation only. However, there are certain requirements, that puts a member on the review list:
  • Membership duration of at least 2 years
  • Has over 750 posts
  • Is actively posting in the last 2 months
  • Has more reputation points than posts.
  • Making use of the reputation system (giving out positive and negative points)
  • Tags threads
  • No recent warnings or infractions
  • Reports posts
  • Contributes to the Sources forum (unless the member is recovery oriented)
  • The member sets an example for others by carefully observing forum rules and protocol / conventions, and also helps other members follow this example by reminding them when they are slipping up or helping teach newer members the ropes
  • The member demonstrates they can maintain the calm, composed and respectable demeanor that one would expect "someone in highest level of non-staff membership" whose opinion is "highly valued by the staff" to have.

If these criteria are met, then the member will be on the applicants list. The member is then reviewed for Platinum membership by the staff.

Donating members

For an overview of all functionality see here: Donator Functions.

The staff


For a complete overview of our current staff, see: View Staff members.

Co-Moderators

Co-moderators moderate one or more forums. Often together with a moderator. Although Co-Moderators do not have all the functions of moderators, it is a very important and responsible position with the functionality to handle situations that need to be taken care of.

A Co-Moderator has the following tasks:
  • To keep the section(s) free from breaches of the rules.
  • To keep the board organized and free of misinformation and contentless posts.
  • To answer unanswered topics and add information where needed.
  • To stimulate and steer discussion.
  • To expand and optimize the section(s) in every way.

Moderators

More commonly referred to as 'mods', moderators are usually responsible for one or more sections of the site. This mostly includes forums and/or subforums of Drugs Forum, the corresponding categories of the file archive, image gallery and Drugs-Wiki.

They moderate their area(s) by watching out for rules breaches, steering and stimulating discussions, and settling conflicts.
Moderators also have to keep their area organized by merging threads on the same topic, closing threads, moving threads and posts, etc. Moderators have viewing access to all parts of Drugs Forum, but their forum, wiki, file archive and image gallery maintenance functions are restricted to the areas which they are responsible for.

To be considered for moderator, following things count: attitude (responsibility, helpfulness, respect, etc), knowledge (expertise is very welcome but not required) and frequency of forum visits. Experience as a moderator does help but is not a requirement. Moderators are welcomed on invitation only.

Applying to become a moderator will often result in a negative answer. Most moderators are invited by the administration. If you feel you have the necessary skills and knowledge and want to assist with a forum or section, then you can contact the administration and or the moderator of the section. Chances are that the moderator of the section will have duties on his/her list that you can help out with. Watching out for rule breaches and notifying staff through the report button helps a lot.

Super Moderators

Super moderators are moderators with a broad knowledge and sufficient amounts of time to spend on Drugs Forum. Their privileges are basically the same as those of moderators, but not restricted to certain sub-forums of Drugs Forum.

Administrators

Administrators have unlimited access to all features and areas of Drugs Forum, including some administrative functions for which moderators are not responsible for.

This page has been seen 43,383 times.