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As you frequent the cat forums you may notice that some of our members have special badges next to their username such as this one:
What do these badges mean? Who are these people and why do they have badges? What should you expect from them, and what shouldn’t you expect from them? Here’s the full guide!
Moderators (Mod Squad), Mentors and Advisors are all team members. They are all volunteers, site members just like yourself, who have been with us for long enough and agreed to contribute to the community by dedicating their time to performing certain tasks on the site. Veterans are former team members who have stepped down after having been on the team for a while. Site owner is self explanatory.
What can mentors do for you?
If you’re a new member in need of an answer regarding the site, the forums, how to post, where to find something or anything else you can contact any mentor. The easiest way to do this would be to reply to the mentor who sent you your welcome message, but any other mentor will be happy to help.
What can advisors do for you?
Like other forum members, advisors can offer answers based on their own experience. They can also help you find answers by linking to articles on the site or previous threads on the same topic. They routinely scan the forums assigned to them trying to make sure no thread goes unanswered, so there is no need to alert them to threads.
If you see a thread with a cat question hasn’t been answered within a day or two, please report that using the flag icon
What can moderators do for you?
Any complaint about a post, thread or a member should be taken up with a moderator. The fastest and easiest way to do that is by flagging a post: clicking the little flag at the bottom of each post
You can also send a private message to one of the moderators to ask about the rules or express your thoughts about anything that goes on here, but if it’s urgent, always flag instead.
We occasionally turn to members and invite them to join the team. We look for members who are over 18, have been very active on the site for at least six months and have no infractions. Existing team members recommend members who meet these criteria and are also friendly, committed to good cat care and cat welfare, have good communication skills and whom they feel may be a good match for one of our team roles. We then approach these members and offer them to join.
This process takes place only when we need new team members, usually mentors or advisors. You may be a wonderful active member whom we all love and respect and may not hear from us simply because there is no need during that particular time for new mentors, advisors or moderators.