Frequently Asked Questions!

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Frequently Asked Questions

These are WackyWriters most frequently asked questions! Do you have some questions about the forum that haven’t been answered within this thread? Send it in to us in Ask the Team!

Regarding User Profile

How do I change my profile picture?

Want to change your profile picture? Well, here is how you can do it! See that icon in the top right corner of your screen? That would be your current profile picture.

To change it, click onto the icon. It will bring up a range of settings and tabs.

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Click onto the last tab.
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When you click on the tab, it will bring up five options.
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Click onto Preferences.

This will bring you to this page:

Next to the profile picture icon, there is an edit icon.

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Click onto the edit icon. It should open a tab that looks like this:

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From here, you can either upload a profile picture, use a Gravatar, or keep the profile picture that is autogenerated by our system. Once you have chosen, click onto Save Changes and your profile picture should update.

Can I change my username?

Users cannot change their usernames after making an account. However, you may request for your username to be changed by a Moderator should it be necessary.

How can I change my theme?

If you are on the website, and are viewing from a laptop/computer - there should be an option displayed to you on the top bar of the forums.

Simply click upon whichever option that you prefer, and the website should automatically refresh into the theme chosen. If the website does not refresh on it’s own, please refresh your page manually.

If you are using another device, you can access your preferences and interface to change your theme manually.

Regarding Forums

What are Trust Levels?

The user trust system is a fundamental cornerstone of the Wacky Writers forum. Trust levels are a way of granting experienced users more rights over time, so that they can help everyone maintain and moderate the community they generously contribute so much of their time to. There are four trust levels within this forum. All explained below.

Trust Level 0 — New

Trust Level 0 — New

By default, all new users start out at trust level 0, meaning trust has yet to be earned. These are mainly for people who have just created an account, and are still learning the community norms and the way this community works. New users’ abilities are restricted for safety – both yours and ours.

Users at trust level 0 cannot:

  • Send personal messages to other users
  • Flag posts
  • Post more than 1 image
  • Post any attachments
  • Post more than 2 hyperlinks in a post
  • Have actual links in the ‘about me’ field of their profile (will be silently and temporarily converted to plain text)
  • Mention more than 2 users in a post
  • Post more than 3 topics
  • Post more than 10 replies
  • Edit their own posts after more than 24 hours
Trust Level 1 — Basic

Trust Level 1 — Basic

At Wacky Writers, we believe reading is the most fundamental and healthy action in any community. If a new user is willing to spend a little time reading, they will quickly be promoted to the first trust level.

You can get to trust level 1 by:

  • Entering at least 5 topics
  • Reading at least 30 posts
  • Spend a total of 10 minutes reading posts

Users at trust level 1 can:

  • Use all core Discourse functions; all new user restrictions are removed
  • Send PMs
  • Upload images and attachments if enabled
  • Edit wiki posts
  • Flag posts
  • Mute other users
Trust Level 2 — Member

Trust Level 2 — Member

Members are users who continuously come back to the forums over a series of weeks; they have not only read, but actively participated long and consistently enough to be trusted with full citizenship.

You can get to trust level 2 by:

  • Visiting at least 15 days, not sequentially
  • Casting at least 1 like
  • Receiving at least 1 like
  • Replying to at least 3 different topics
  • Entering at least 20 topics
  • Reading at least 100 posts
  • Spend a total of 60 minutes reading posts

Users at trust level 2 can:

  • Use the “Invite others to this topic” button for one-click onboarding of new users to participate in topics
  • Invite outside users to PMs making a group PM
  • Daily like limit increased by 1.5×
  • Ignore other users
  • Edit their own posts for up to 30 days after posting
Trust Level 3 — Regular

Trust Level 3 — Regular

Regulars are the most active readers and reliable contributors over a period of months, even years. Because they’re always around, they can be further trusted to help tidy up and organize the community.

To get to trust level 3, in the last 100 days:

  • Must have visited at least 50% of days
  • Must have replied to at least 10 different non-PM topics
  • Of topics created in the last 100 days, must have viewed 25% (capped at 500)
  • Of posts created in the last 100 days, must have read 25% (capped at 20k)
  • Must have received 20 likes, and given 30 likes.*
  • Must not have received more than 5 spam or offensive flags (with unique posts and unique users for each, confirmed by a moderator)
  • Must not have been suspended or silenced in the last 6 months
    • These likes must be across a minimum number of different users (1/5 the number), across a minimum number of different days (1/4 the number). Likes cannot be from PMs.

All of the above criteria must be true to achieve trust level 3. Furthermore, unlike other trust levels, you can lose trust level 3 status. If you dip below these requirements in the last 100 days, you will be demoted back to Member. However, in order to avoid constant promotion/demotion situations, there is a 2-week grace period immediately after gaining Trust Level 3 during which you will not be demoted.

Users at trust level 3 can:

  • Recategorize and rename topics
  • Access a secure category only visible to users at trust level 3 and higher
  • Have all their links followed
  • Trust Level 3 spam flags cast on Trust Level 0 user posts immediately hide the post
  • Trust Level 3 flags cast on Trust Level 0 user posts in sufficient diversity will auto-silence the user and hide all their posts
  • Make their own posts wiki (that is, editable by any TL1+ users)
  • Daily like limit increased by 2×

Where can I find out my current Trust Level?

Your current trust level is visible on your user page, and a summary of all trust levels within your community is presented on your dashboard.

What is a Flag?

Wacky Writers allows all users to help keep the forums clean, appropriate, and on-topic via the Flag system. When a topic or post is seen that does not belong, users and moderators can flag it for review.

If you see a post that does not coincide with the WackyWriters guidelines, you can choose to flag it for moderators. The flag dialog has 5 options: message user (does not cause a flag, simply opens up the PM dialog), off-topic , inappropriate , spam , and something else . Off-topic, inappropriate, and spam simply cast a flag, and that is all that is needed for you to do. Something else allows for a custom message and then casts the flag. Once a flag is in the queue, moderators and administrators will receive and review the flag upon further action.

How do I flag a post?

This is what a normal post would look like:

Click upon the Ellipsis icon to show all options.

From here, you can see an icon in which resembles a flag.

Once clicking upon the icon, there will be a pop-up which looks like this:

Click upon the option in which describes best what is wrong with the content you are flagging and click onto Flag Post.

This will automatically send the flag to the moderators of the forum who will review and assess the concern at hand. From here, you will see a red bubble next to the flag within the post you have flagged as well as a confirmation of your flag on the bottom right. This means that you have completed the task of flagging.

From here, the concern lies with the Moderators to take further action.

Regarding Staff and Moderators

Can Moderators view my private messages?

Moderators cannot access or view private messages. However, the Site Administrator can. As stated in The Rules of Private Messaging (Code of Conduct, Section 4),

The site administrator (" Site Admin ”) can, at their discretion, view private messages between users. This is for safety and security (ie. user harassment via private message or solicitation of a minor), and for when a user needs assistance from an administrator.

What if I disagree with a moderator’s decision?

You can consult and talk to the Administrator, or Head Moderators if there are any concerns regarding decisions made by Moderators, as well as any actions - and this will be reviewed thoroughly.

As written in the Code of Conduct (Section 5/5.A), Moderators are users too and are expected to abide by our community Code of Conduct, and then some. Users have the ability to flag a moderator if they feel they are being targeted or harassed, or if the moderator has posted content that does not abide by the Code of Conduct.