Site Help & Support - Forum Ranks & Permissions
The H/PC Forums is a community of users from across the globe. Together we
make up the largest specific collection of H/PCers anywhere in the world.
Post counts are a good way to judge how interactive a member is with the community. They are also a fun way to compete with other users, as the higher the post count the more senior you are - provided you actually are seen to make useful contributions!
With the release of HPC:Factor version 2.0, post count display is mandatory for all users, meaning you no longer have the option to hide it from other users. This change was made because Post Counts are a useful way to monitor for both quality of posts, as well as provide the first step in disciplining any member who breaks the rules.
Post counts are displayed next to each and every post in the user information section. This information is also available in the Membership list and in user profiles which are both only available to registered users.
For more information on discipline on the HPC:Factor forums, see the Forum Discipline section
If a user has a high post count, they may not necessarily be a reliable source of information. To check this, it is always worth looking at the date when individual users registered on the forums. A user with a well established post count who has been registered on the forums for a long time will know the community well, and, with any luck, know a thing or two about Handheld PCs.
The Joining date is available in the user profile section, which can be accessed by clicking on the user's name in the user information section on any post, or by searching for their name in the user directory.
H/PC Community Ranking
Community rankings are directly related to post count. They are awarded to
members automatically once they reach a certain number of posts.
What is 'U @R3 7h3 h/pC 1337'?
Being a technical news and views site, we like to think that we are abreast
with the latest trends. The 1337 post count ranking is a salute to the script
kiddy, who speak in alphanumeric code in an attempt to be clever. Literally
translated, it means "You are the H/PC 1337" - or - "You
are the Handheld PC Elite".
User groups are the most important way that you should judge a user, and importantly your interaction with them.
We expect a high level of courteousness from all our users, however to facilitate the running of the forums and the site, HPC:Factor selectively awards permissions to a small number of dedicated users to help to make the entire site a better place.
The different user permissions reflect directly upon the expertise of those entrusted to help run the site. At the top of this group are the owners of HPC:Factor, who assume full control over all aspects of the site and its long-term operations. The HPC:Factor owners are identified as being the Forums Administrator group.
The reasons why any particular member has been offered responsibility on the
site are not up for debate. Neither is the awarding of permissions and responsibility
a certainty or a competition. The administrators decisions are serious, and
we do not regard the site as being a game field.