I am confused about the Trust level descriptions in general. The descriptions do not seem correspond with how they are actually used. The descriptions make it sound like you should receive Basic after reading a few rules and if you look at the timing for those Owners who get basic, they do get their basic badge within an hour or less of joining the forums. https://community.glowforge.com/badges/1/basic
Member seems to require continuing to check in over a number of weeks according to the description, but since only about 7% of people who have Basic also have Member that criteria does not seem to be true. Which is fine, just wish there was a bit more transparency. https://community.glowforge.com/badges/2/member
And Regular, which sounds like it should be the main level for people who are more than newbies, only lists “being a regular part of the community over a number of months” is only 187 people out of what looks like more than 10,000 forum members and the abilities that go with this level seem more like Moderator abilities, not someone I would describe as a Regular member.
Anyway, that is just my two cents, and there may be a good reason for how this works that I just don’t know about. But as a community member who has been here since December with reasonable activity level and still hasn’t reached Basic, while people with owner status on the list have Basic within an hour, the whole system seems out of wack.
And I know the staff is slammed and this is a low priority problem, which is why it took me so long to even say anything. But hopefully the can get some of this sorted out.
And I was just stopped from adding this reply because as a “New User” I’m only allowed to have 2 links in my comment, but I linked to the descriptions of Basic, Member and Regular trust levels. I am removing the link to the Regular trust level and will add it back in a separate reply. But this frustration level really does lead to me not using the forums as much as I might otherwise. sigh