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I think they can see PM's
Moderators cannot see your private messages. We can remove public content on the site such as replies, chats, or questions you have made. Administrators can see your private messages. They can delete absolutely anything. Admins only read private messages when people start reporting abuse on the messages they are receiving privately. I have heard that admins can reset passwords or something. I remember someone forgot their password and the admins did something to get him back in. But, they cannot see your password because it is encrypted.
Oh! And also, moderators can see private messages that are reported and nothing else you have in the OpenStudy inbox.
Can moderators change profile pictures? Can an admin change an account name once it is made?
Moderators can't change pictures but admins can. Admins will not change account names once they have been made.
Can moderators add things to the site?
We can add as much as you can add.
Admins are the ones who add to the site or modify the site.
Can a moderator ban someone forever?
Forever is a very long time from now. We cannot issue permanent bans; however, we can issue suspensions of impractically long duration - like 1,000,000,000,000 hours, which corresponds to more years than you'd want to wait to come back on the site.
can a mod know, 'n' medals given to a response are given by which 'n' users??
Everyone knows how many medals a person receives for a response they make. It shows next to that medal looking thing on the right of your response. Just like anyone else we can go to a person's profile and go to "Medals Received" found on the left of the profile. We can see who gave who a medal but this is limited to us depending on how many people gave medals for a response to a question. You only get to see like two names if more than one person gave a medal to a particular response. However, an admin can probably track down all users who gave medals to a certain response.
Who are some Admins on the OS site.
mattfeury (oddly) farmdawgnation shadowfiend cshalvey chris preetha dpflan Heisenberg walne Owlfred (only included this one because some people would go crazy if I didn't)
ummm , no idea ! But I guess they would be having this authority.
@myininaya did a great job of describing the differences between admins and moderators, and I don't have too much to add. However, in terms of your concern about direct messages @compassionate, it's an understandable issue. My advice would be to remember that all communication on OpenStudy is subject to moderator actions when it is reported as abuse by another user. That being said, we also don't review messages or users *without* a report having been made. As to affecting users on OpenStudy, absolutely, admins can change pretty much anything about a user except their username. This includes their picture, About Me section, and we can delete questions and answers. Again, these steps are only ever taken when a user's picture, description, or question/answer is reported abusive, and the password is only changed when the user themselves requests it. Hope this answers your questions, cheers
I understand. The reason I asked if Admins can change names is because I know that the coding can be altered so a username can get a name change in some cases. Is there a rank above admin? I assume this site has Webmasters(The actual owners of the site.)
The admins work together to make decisions for the site. That one admin person chris that I mentioned is the CEO of OS and one of the founders. There is one person that escaped my text box up there but I absolutely wrote his name but he is so super that his name just disappears after writing it sometimes ;) , ashwinram. So ashwinram, preetha, and chris are the founders of OpenStudy. See http://openstudy.com/about-us .
Arent those names carved on some ancient stella in meso america too? ... right next to an owl glyph i believe :)
At the same site, near the stells, is something similar to the rhind papyrus; a collection of math questions with answers ...
@Compassionate The admins are as high up as it goes in terms of site ranks. Nobody with an ounce of self-respect in our industry uses the term "webmaster" anymore. ;) Of course, we do have different duties. In regard to the website itself, there are two relevant to this conversation: Operations (server management, dealing with downtime, deploying releases, etc) ultimately falls to the development team (mattfeury and I, led by the illustrious shadowfiend). Community Management and Policy ultimately falls to cshalvey. Those are kind of the two areas that you're thinking of when you think of "webmaster", so that's how the labor is divided up.
Amistre demonstrates why we should be allowed to give more than one medal in a thread. But Myin did so much more work...
Okay, I see. There is no 'one' Webmaster, there is a team of 'WebEditers' that work in collaboration with each other.
Yep. Yep. Exactly.