Oh, and just FYI guys, there’s a few of you that are “members” that are on the verge of becoming “regulars” or are “basic” trying to get to “member” and you may have been in that state for some time now, even if you’ve been around for several years.
The system is automated and will advance your status based on your activity and you are granted more privileges as your status advances. The system looks at your activity in the past 100 days and measures criteria such as likes given, days visited, likes received, topics viewed, topics replied to, posts read, and more. For example, the ‘days visited’ criteria requires a minimum of 50% to advance from trust level 2 (member) to trust level 3 (regular), but that’s just one criteria.
The primary things that holds people back are ‘days visited’, ‘likes given’, and ‘topics viewed’ in that order. Occasionally, I notice someone that has met all criteria except one, they have only visited the forum 48 days out of the past 100 or they are just 3 likes shy of the minimum. When I see something like that, I usually send a PM just to let them know.
I hope that helps for those of you that are curious as to why someone new may have a higher status than you who have been around for years.