Ask the Hive Staff! On top of the FAQ for general board-related information, we will keep this thread to answer any questions you have about e.g. site policies, site rules, and site management. The idea is for this to be a living document. Questions that we feel may provide help for the public will be grouped together, en masse, and listed in this post. Answered Questions Answered questions will be in the following format. As the list grows, we may divide them into groups of what they pertain to specifically. What's your plan to increase board activitiy? (Follow Up) Can users control how much reputation they award a post? Are threads outside Something Else strictly spam free? If a user get banned, will his IP address be blocked for registering a new account? If two or more device belong to different people but within the same LAN, will the IP checker be able to distinguish them? Can moderators be assigned over minor areas of the forum? Are reviewers the backups of moderators? Are there any hidden/confidential forums? What are referals? How do you give empty/negative reputation? What do you do if your account is disabled? What are relevancy factors? Can a user get in trouble here for causing problems off-site? If I wanted to be a staff member, how would I go about doing that? How do you deal with moderators who abuse their powers? Thread Rules Please make sure the question hasn't already been answered in this thread or by the FAQ. Open the hidden tag in this post and read through the questions, or use Ctrl + F to search for words related to your question. If it's there, it will most likely give a match. For the FAQ, use the search box. Don't ask about individual cases. That is not to say you can't ask about stuff that affects you personally. "Why was I given an infraction for double posting?" and "When will my reosurce be approved?" are not okay, but can easily be switched out for "Can you explain the double posting policy?" and "Can you explain the resource approval process?" respectively. Questions about individual cases can be answered in Staff/Admin Contact. Answers by the staff are the only official answers. Users may obviously chip in with answers. And most of the time, they will be correct. Just know that any answer not from a staff source is liable to be false. Disagreements with our answers should go in a separate thread or in Staff/Admin Contact. We're not keeping this thread to debate the site. We have the entire Site Discussion forum for just that. Play nice and keep to the guidelines and you're in the clear. Posts may be deleted if they don't comply with what's been laid out above. This is to keep the thread helpful and not to harm you personally. If you're in the bush, we will let you know one way or the other. What will we do exactly? Hey, maybe that's a question you should ask in the thread! Questions away.