Expert, Editor and Moderator are roles that grant extra powers. They are given to the top contributors in the PokeBase community. Editors and mods are collectively referred to as "staff members".
Here is a comprehensive list of powers provided by each title. (To be clear: PokeBase auth cannot edit the main pokemondb.net website.)
- Experts can retag and edit any post on any section, even if they do not have the required points.
- Editors can see hidden posts. They can hide, reshow, close, approve and reject any post, and kick users off chat. They can also access the moderating tools inside the staff-only admin, as well as view special user pages.
- Moderators can ban users, view and block IP addresses, and view IP activity logs. They can also promote experts, edit silently, select answers on any question, see who submitted votes and flags, and remove other people's avatars.
Users are promoted based on input from the community, staff members and the site admin Pokemaster, who has the final say over who becomes an editor or moderator. Usually, new staff are recommended by existing staff using a public Meta thread, which happens roughly once a year. Active, trusted and long-term members of the community who make high-quality posts will be promoted^. Staff members need to be responsible and have some skills dealing with people. Points alone are not really a consideration for editors and mods.
As of April 2022, the active group of staff members comprises of Fizz, KRLW890, Mewderator, PX, ~WilloWisp~, J™, OriginPulse, Swas ♣, ~Spleens~, and sumwun. You might also come across some others, who drop into the site occasionally – the full staff list is available here. Feel free to say hi! Let us know if you need anything – we are more than happy to help. In particular, if there is an issue with another person in this community, please tell us using this thread.
Editors and moderators use the instant messaging service Discord to help manage PokeBase. Feel free to contact us on that platform, too. If you have been promoted to expert, you are welcome to join our server and work with us on a dedicated channel – let us know if you’re interested.
^ It is also possible to gain expert status by reaching 6,000 points on the main section. Achieving this will automatically give you editing powers in the main section; and per tradition, we simply give expert to people who reach that goal. However, we are also very interested in promoting people on their merits even if they are not close to 6,000 points – long-time and good quality contributors benefit from this.