Trust levels and user rights in Wikimedia Space

Discourse, the software that powers this space, comes configured with a user trust system aimed at protecting the health of the community. By contributing to discussions and receiving appreciation for their contributions, users organically move up in trust levels and gain more rights.

While the tasks associated with each trust level cannot be configured, the requirements to move between trust levels are customizable.

The default settings for moving between trust levels are as follows:

Move from 0 (New) to 1 (Basic) by:

  • Starting at least 1 topic
  • Reading at least 1 posts
  • Spending a total of at least 5 minutes reading posts

Move from 1 (Basic) to 2 (Member) by:

  • Visiting Discuss in Wikimedia Space at least 15 days total
  • Casting and receiving at least 1 like
  • Replying to at least 3 different topics
  • Starting at least 20 topics
  • Reading at least 100 posts
  • Spending a total of at least 60 minutes reading posts

Move from 2 (Member) to 3 (Regular) by, within the last 100 days:

  • Visiting the Discuss at least 50% of days
  • Replying to at least 10 different topics
  • Viewing 25% of topics created during the time frame
  • Reading 25% of posts created during time frame
  • Receiving 20 likes and giving 30 likes
  • Receiving no more than 5 spam or offensive flags
  • Not have been suspended or silenced

Move from 3 (Regular) to 4 (Leader) by:

  • Manual promotion. Users who have attained level 3 and would like to be promoted to level 4 should send a private message to the Space moderators stating their interest and providing examples of their leadership within Space. Guidelines for promotion to level 4 will be developed using real cases.

Similarly, other modifications to the default will be made based on issues identified through real use cases.

For more information on trust levels, including the rights associated with each, see the trust levels guide on the Discourse blog.


why so complicated?
it sounds so #merocratic :-/
i like much more this definition:

Wikimedia Space will have the following roles:

  • Contributor. This is the default role for new users. This role will be able to write and manage posts, but not publish them. This role will be fulfilled by anyone who wants to contribute a story to Wikimedia Space.
  • Editor. People in this role will have the power to edit and publish anyone’s news posts. This role is open to any Wikimedia contributor and will include foundation staff.
  • Administrator. People in this role will have the power to manage the software settings and add features, among other things. This role will be fulfilled by a Wikimedia Foundation employee.