Administrators: People responsible for maintaining the forums and making administrative decisions. Moderators: People responsible for maintaining the forums. Site Staff: People responsible for maintaining the front page. Wiki Sysops: People responsible for maintaining the wiki. Pending Membership: Members who just registered but haven't yet taken further measures to gain full posting privileges. They have the ability to edit the wiki, and they have limited posting ability. Trial Members: Newly registered members undergoing the 20-post Trial Phase. If approved by an admin, they'll be promoted to Members. Otherwise, they'll be moved to Pending Approval after 20 posts. Members: Full-fledged members that have been promoted from the trial phase. More subforums are now available at this stage. Pending Approvals: People who have used up their posts in the trial phase. This group has no posting privilege. Legible people will be promoted to Members; rejected people will remain in this group indefinitely. Oldbies: Members who have shown to be around in the Sonic Research scene for a "long" time. "Long", meaning since early 2003 or even earlier. Admission into this group is arbitrarily up to the Administrators, on a case-by-case basis. Tech Members: Members who have shown to possess extensive knowledge of the technical side of Sonic games. Tech Members have their own Lounge forum, and has the ability to detect clone accounts of Trial Members, Pending Approvals, and Misfits. Admission into this group is arbitrarily up to the Administrators, on a case-by-case basis. Tech Members are NOT moderators. Misfits: People who have been indefinitely banned from this message board, usually as a result of failing to follow the rules, intentionally or not. See the sub-forums accessibility chart for info on who can see what sub-forums.