Avatars, Member Groups, Taglines, Post Ranks, Etc.
This post aims to clarify the difference between the several member groups, taglines, titles, and other items that can be found above and below your avatar when you post on Elliquiy's boards.
Introduction: User Profiles
When you post on Elliquiy, included around your avatar and username are some standard statistics and basic profile information such as post count, online status, and contact methods. But then you see something like 'Bacchae' or 'Fae'; and why do some members have special titles like "Vekseid's Sock Puppet" and "Faerie Queen", while some others (but not all) have longer taglines underneath their avatars?
Hopefully, this diagram and the following explanations and descriptions will help to alleviate some of that confusion:
Everything will be explained in order; items that have more information (member groups) will be expanded upon in the next post.A. Username / Name
This is the account name that you have chosen to use on Elliquiy. If you would like to change your Display Name
, you can make the request to any Oracle staff member
. Please note that members have a maximum of one change available to them (two if they have donated); if you wish to change your display name again, the request may be declined, unless you are reverting your name.B. Custom Title
When posting in the forums, this shows up directly underneath your display name. As its name implies, this title can be anything you want (within site rules), though there is a character limit. You can edit your custom title in your forum profile settings
, in the second-to-last section above your signature. If you do not have a custom title, this line is omitted.C. Member Group
Your member group determines what levels of access you have in Elliquiy's forums. They are divided along gender lines, with special ranks for donors, moderators, and various special access groups for wiki administration, blog posting, etc. A list of member groups can be found here
; there are also links to each individual member group at the bottom of the Users Online section.
D. Post Rank
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Between your member group and your badge is a title that is based on your post count. Most boards reward special access or have special privileges for those with more posts; on Elliquiy, this post rank is simply a fun title. The ranks go as follows (see table at right). Trivia: The numbers in between the factors of 10 are all rounded square roots of factors of 10. Every time you reach a new rank, you need to reach around 3.1622 times that number of posts to reach the next rank. The last post rank of 100,000 posts remains a mystery...E. Badge (Member Group)
Almost all member groups on Elliquiy come with a unique badge to make identification of each group easier at a glance in the forums. Colors for badges are split along membership levels (limited access, member, moderator, administrator) and gender. Some groups with different access levels also have different-colored badges. As with above, membership groups and respective badges can be found here
.F. Online Status
Your online status shows as either [ Online ]
or [ Offline ]
, as determined by your activity and account settings.
You are shown as [ Online ]
if you set your account settings
such that other members can see your online status. If you do not log out of Elliquiy, you are shown as online until one hour after your last recorded activity on Elliquiy's forums.
You are shown as [ Offline ]
if you set your account settings
such that other members cannot see your online status (hidden). You are also shown as offline if you log out of Elliquiy, or are inactive for more than one hour.
If you are online, your username shows up in the Users Online section at the bottom of the main forum page, as well as in the Who's Online
page. If you are status is set to hidden, your username will not show up in either the Users Online section or Who's Online page; however, the board does keep track of how many members are hidden. For example: 37 Guests, 72 Users (2 Buddies, 4 Spiders, 7 Hidden).G. Gender
When applying for membership on Elliquiy, all applicants are requested to name the sex that they identify with. This determines member group.
Gender is listed underneath online status with the following symbols:
for females, and
for males. There currently is not an option for other, though there are member groups that cater to those who fall into this category.
Setting your gender can be done in your forum profile settings
, in the section with your birthdate and location. While setting your gender is not mandatory, you are strongly encouraged to do so, as we encourage honesty and openness in Elliquiy. H. Post Count
This is the number of posts that you have made on Elliquiy since your registration. Note that posts made in the Forum Games / Socializing
board and Adult Socializing
boards do not count towards your total post count. Your post count also determines what post rank you have (see above, D).I. Referrals
This is the number of referrals you have made to Elliquiy. A referral counts only when a member clicks on the Referrals Link provided in your profile
, and registers to become a member of Elliquiy. A referral also counts when someone specifies your name upon signup.
A list of which members have been referred to Elliquiy via your link can be found in you profile, in a drop-down list.J. Avatar
Your avatar on Elliquiy can be changed in your forum profile settings
. You can either choose from Elliquiy's repository of avatars (Personalized Picture
), specify your own avatar by URL, or upload your avatar to Elliquiy's server from your computer.
Accepted file types include .bmp, .gif, .jpg, and .png. Maximum dimensions are 150 pixels wide, by 200 pixels tall. As per Elliquiy's rules, your avatar should be generally appropriate for a teenage audience (i.e., no lower genitalia, or it should be covered) and should not depict graphic sexual acts. Questions about the appropriateness of an avatar should be directed to Elliquiy staff
.K. Personal Text
This is the tagline that shows up beneath avatars on Elliquiy's forums. You can change it in your forum profile settings
, at the very bottom of the avatar section. You are limited to 50 characters in this field.
L. Instant Messengers
AOL Instant Messenger
Yahoo! Instant Messenger
Personal Message (PM)
This first row of images includes links to your various messenger screennames, if any. Including them in your profile is entirely optional; if you wish to do so, you can edit them in your forum profile settings
. See the table at right to see the list of icons and what they represent.
Note that these icons are only viewable by approved members.M. Other Information
This second row of images includes icon links to view your profile, to view your website (optional), to contact you via email (if you have made that option available for other members in your forum profile settings
), and to message you privately via Elliquiy's forums.
Again, these icons are only viewable by approved members.
** Note that while you have the option of not allowing other members to email you, you are required to give a valid email address when registering for membership on Elliquiy. If your email address breaks, or Elliquiy emails bounce en route, access is stripped until your e-mail account is fixed (deverification