Explaining user trust levels and permissions

I’ve created this handy overview of user permissions. Basically all users after registration start on trust level 0 (New User) and their trust level is increased with their participation (by visiting, reading and posting). One exemption is Leader (tl4) which is promoted by admin manually.

Want an illustration?

Visitor → Novice → Regular → Leader → Elder

Seems like great starting point for our user trust system, though we changed a few names. So in our case it is as follows:

0 (New) → 1 (Basic) → 2 (Member) → 3 (Regular) → 4 (Leader)

Your current level is visible on your user page. When reaching new level, you will be notified about new user badge.


So let’s look at each user level in detail…

New users (trust level 0)

New users/Users at trust level 0 cannot

  • Send private messages to other users
  • Flag posts
  • Post more than 1 image
  • Post any attachments
  • Post more than 2 hyperlinks in a post

If a user sticks around long enough to read a bit, system now trusts them as a basic user.

They can get to trust level 1 by…

  • entering at least 5 topics
  • reading at least 30 posts
  • spend a total of 10 minutes reading posts

Basic Users (trust level 1)

Basic users can:

  • Use all core Overgrow forum functions
  • Upload images and attachments
  • Edit wiki posts
  • Flag posts (for moderator supervision or approval)

Members (2)

Members keep coming back to the site, and have participated long enough to earn complete citizenship.

Members can:

  • Use the “Invite others to this topic” button for one-click onboarding of new users to participate in topics
  • Invite outside users to PMs making a group PM
  • Daily like limit increased by 1.5×

You can get to trust level 2 by…

  • visiting at least 15 days, not sequentially
  • casting at least 1 like
  • receiving at least 1 like
  • replying to at least 3 different topics
  • entering at least 20 topics
  • reading at least 100 posts
  • spend a total of 60 minutes reading posts

Regular (3)

Regulars are the most active readers and reliable contributors over long periods of time.

Regulars can:

  • Recategorize and rename topics
  • Spam flags cast on TL0 user posts immediately hide the post
  • Flags cast on TL0 user posts in sufficient diversity will auto-block the user and hide all their posts
  • Make their own posts wiki (that is, editable by any TL1+ users) and include topic in GrowFAQ
  • Daily like limit increased by 2×
  • Access special forum category - Private Lounge

You can get to trust level 3 by…

This is time and activity based, unlike the previous levels. In the last 100 days…

  • must have visited at least 50% of days
  • must have replied to at least 10 different topics
  • of topics created in the last 100 days, must have viewed 25%
  • of posts created in the last 100 days, must have read 25%
  • must have received 30 likes, and given 30 likes.

Leader (4)

Leaders are regulars who have been around forever and seen everything. They set a positive example for the community through their actions and their posts. If you need advice, these are the folks you turn to first.

Leaders have the ability to

  • Edit all posts
  • Pin/unpin topic
  • Close topic
  • Archive topic
  • Make topic unlisted
  • Split and merge topics
  • Daily like limit increased by 3×

Manual promotion only at the moment!


Too bad you couldn’t implement the old OG Karma system. lol That would be great and I think a very big reason why that site was so successful at the time. Even today, I don’t see things on other sites that stand up to that. ICMAG has the closet things probably but even huge sites like Reddit or others don’t have the look and feel of that OG Karma system. I liked how when you received karma, there was a message attached to it from the sender. Very cool


I miss the old Karma system too. Nice to see the return of the original marijuana community


The flags, i used to like the flags…! LOL


Very helpful. Should have come here first. Now it’s time to unlearn. Haha


So just curious, is this a thing?

Do we have a private lounge area?


Yes there are strippers and an open bar so be quiet about it


Can I request at least one male striper in the lounge?


There is not a private lounge area. The Shark Tank is only visible to registered members.

I figure a member or Two still has a few stripper moves left lol


Here is your club.


You are going to have to hang around the site a while, make some quality posts get some likes. And when your cred goes up eventually you can request strippers in specific


But in the meanwhile please feel free to enjoy the unsolicited bare feet photos hidden in the forum posts


I knew you were kidding. It is that USA sarcasm someone stated on here :smile_cat:


Ha ha got you! Noobs are such fun