This is the official site for online discussion of the Dallas Makerspace. You’ll find topics on projects, events, classes, governance of the organization and more. Please be sure to follow our Code of Conduct:
- All members are required to “Be excellent to each other”.
- Don’t catch on fire or set others on fire or set anything else on fire which has not been designated or designed to be on fire.
- All members are expected to maintain a safe and clean environment at all times.
- All members are expected to follow all posted notices.
- It is the responsibility of each member to enforce the Code of Conduct. Failing that, a Grievance or Complaint may be filed.
For the full list of Dallas Makerspace Rules, please see our wiki:
We also have a set of Bylaws, which dictate the overall structure of our organization:
Before posting, please…
- Check out the TOP page the to see the most discussed topics in the last year / month / week.
- Visit the CATEGORIES page page to get a broad overview of what’s going on here.
- Please search before opening a new topic, as someone might have already created the topic.
- Read through the guidelines for this forum
- Read about Trust Levels, and how they affect your access to various functions on this site.
Thanks for being an important part of this community!
User trust levels are a way of…
Sandboxing new users in our community so that they cannot accidentally (or intentionally!) hurt themselves, the forum, or other users while they are learning what to do.
Granting experienced users more rights so that they can help maintain and moderate the community they generously contribute so much of their time to.
There are 5 levels, and promotion happens automatically based on your participation.
New (Level 0)
Discourse does not quite trust new users yet, as they are visitors who just created an account, still learning the community norms and the way your forum works. Whether accidentally, or intentionally, new users can cause problems in your community.
We also want to hide any so-called “advanced” functionality from new users to make the UI less confusing for them and gently land them on the deeper UI as they get more experienced.
Thus, new users’ abilities are restricted for safety – both theirs and yours.
Users at trust level 0 cannot…
- Send private messages to other users
- “Reply as new topic” via Link button (UI removed)
- Flag posts
- Post more than 1 image
- Post any attachments
- Post more than 2 hyperlinks in a post
- Have actual links in the ‘about me’ field of their profile (will be silently and temporarily converted to plain text)
- Mention more than 2 users in a post
Basic (Level 1)
If a user sticks around long enough to read a bit, Discourse now trusts them as a basic user.
They can get to trust level 1 by…
- viewing at least 5 topics
- reading at least 30 posts
- spend a total of 10 minutes reading posts
Users at trust level 1 can…
- use all core Discourse functions
- Start new topics via e-mail (sent to email@example.com)
- Upload images and attachments
- Edit wiki posts
- Flag posts
- have all new user restrictions removed
Poster (Level 2)
Posters keep coming back to the site, and have participated long enough to earn complete citizenship.
They 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
Users at trust level 2 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
Organizer (Level 3)
Organizers are the most active readers and reliable contributors over long periods of time.
They 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 20 likes, and given 30 likes.
- must not have received more than 5 spam or offensive flags (with unique posts and unique users for each, confirmed by a moderator)
- must not have been suspended
- These likes must be across a minimum number of different users (1/5 the number), across a minimum number of different days (1/4 the number). Likes cannot be from PMs.
All of these must be true.
Unlike other trust levels, you can lose trust level 3 status. If you dip below these requirements, whether from flagging or the passage of time, you will be demoted to Member. However, in order to avoid constant promotion/demotion situations, there is a 2-week grace period immediately after gaining Trust Level 3 during which you will not be demoted.
Users at trust level 3 can…
- recategorize and rename topics
- spam flags cast on TL0 user posts immediately reach the action threshold
Leader (Level 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.
They can get to trust level 4 by manual promotion only at the moment.
Users at trust level 4 can…
- edit all posts
- pin/unpin topic
- close topic
- archive topic
- make topic unlisted
- Split and merge topics
Certain parts of the forum (AKA “Talk”) are accessible only to DMS Members. This group membership is in addition to any other privileges you may have. If you are a DMS member but can cannot access these sections:
- You must be logged into Talk
- The email address used for your member account must be the same as what’s used for Talk
- Granting access requires a manual intervention, so if you still can’t login, please open a ticket under Issues & Requests.