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Not to be confused with Member Ranks.
Member Groups
Staff  Administrators  AdministratorsTechnicianSupervisors
 Moderators  Global ModeratorsModerators
 Magazine Staff  Head of Magazine StaffMagazine Staff
 Other Staff  Former IRC Staff
Podcast CrewTV Tempers
Non-Staff  Members  MembersNewcomersValidating
 Infractions  SuspendedBanned!
 Other  GuestsBlacklisted TradersAdvanced

These are the various groups you may find on the Forums. Some groups (Admins, Moderators and Magazine Staff) are "stacked" upon eachother, meaning that the higher group has all of the abilities the lower group has.




The Administrators are the owners of GBAtemp (and the other GBAtemp network sites), its servers, and everything else related to it. They make the biggest decisions and do technical work (server administration, domain management, design, coding...).


Technicians are equally high ranked as Administrators. Their main duty is to fix bugs, and to add new functionality. Like other Administrators, they have global moderating abilities, but Moderating is not their main priority. Currently, there are no Technicians on the board.


As the name implies, the members of the Supervisors group will supervise the other staff members (not Administrators). They have access to the Admin Control Panel and also have Global Moderating power. They generally do whatever global moderators are unable to do (Name changes, Board Configurations), but may do some moderating from time to time as well. If members have a problem with another staff member, they should contact a Supervisor.


Global Moderators

Global Moderators are able to use Moderating abilities on all forums they can access. They also have some other additional rights over Moderators, like the ability to do IP checks, and to edit the settings of other members. Global Moderators are more experienced than normal Moderators, and help them out if needed. They act when they are active, rather than when no Moderators are available.


The Moderators, also known as Forum Moderators or Local Moderators, keep the forum clean from Spam, flaming, .... In order to do this, they have been given additional rights on the forums. Their abilities include Editing or Removing other people's posts, and Locking or Removing topics. They can also Move, Merge or split topics and promote the "best" topics to Stickies. Besides that, they also have access to the Report Center, where all reports made by members go.

Magazine Staff

Head of Mag. Staff

The Head of the Magazine Staff is the highest ranked Magazine Staff member. He/She decides what news is posted and it what format. When new magazine staffers need to be recruited, the head will get the final say. While the Head of Mag. Staff has all the abilities a Global Moderator has (including Report Center access), it is not up to him/her to moderate the sections outside of the magazine section.

Magazine Staff

The Magazine Staff are a special group of people who are allowed to post news directly to the front page. They share a private forum with the rest of the staff, but do not have access to the main Staff Forum. They can moderate all forums from the GBAtemp Magazine section, but do not handle reports from this section (as they do not have access to the Report Center).

Other Staff

Former Staff

Main Article: Former Staff members.

The Former Staffers are members who used to be active Staff Members. For different reasons, they became inactive and were thus moved into this group. They still have access to the main Staff Forum, and can have moderating (or even administrating) powers, but are free of any responsibility. IRC Staff

Main Article: IRC Staff members.

The members of the #GBAtemp IRC Staff are people who have Operator rights in the channel on the GBAtemp IRC network, but do not have any other Staff rights on the Forum.

Podcast Crew

The Podcast Crew is responsible for creating the GBAtemp podcast (called Tempcast).

TV Tempers

These members are responsible for uploading quality content to the GBAtemp TV Service. Other Staffers have access to this feature as well, but they are not required to use it.




The people in the group called Members are those who have posted at least 100 messages on the forums.
This group has some special rights over the Newcomers: they can access and use the Trading Forum and Shoutbox, get a bigger PM box, and can sign up to more competitions.


The Newcomers are people who have posted less than 100 messages on the forums. They will remain in this group until 100 posts are reached, regardless of how long they have been on the forum. (Note: An Administrator can change the group manually on occasions)
They are not allowed to use the Trading Forum, unlike the Members.


The Validating member group is made of people who have registered, but haven't validated their account.
When you register on GBAtemp, an e-mail is automatically sent to your e-mail address to make sure that the e-mail address you've entered is valid and belongs to you. If you do not receive the e-mail, then you cannot validate your account and you then stay in the Validating member group (Note: An Administrator can manually validate members if needed). Like the Guests, this group has very few rights.



When you are Suspended, you are no longer allowed to post on the forums, and do not have access to some forums.
Members breaking the rules after several warnings are suspended. Suspensions are usually temporary, as bans are used instead of permanent suspensions.


You may be banned for several reasons:

  • If you keep breaking the rules after a temporary suspension.
  • If you spam the board
  • If you consider or commit ill-intended actions against GBAtemp or its members
  • By mistake! If you are unfortunately in the same IP range as a spam bot. In that case, contact one of the Administrators.
  • For mysterious reasons that the Staff wishes to keep confidential!

Keep this in mind: Having access to a forum is not a right, it is a privilege.



Guests isn't a member group, it is actually the fact not to have any member group at all.
Simple visitors who are not logged in are considered as Guests. Since GBAtemp is a community, and values its members above all, the Guests are not authorized to post messages, and can't view some forums.

Blacklisted Traders

People in this group are members (>100 posts) that have misbehaved in the Trading Forum, and are now locked out of these forums. Members usually don't land in this group, they get banned instead.


When a member needs Temporary "Staff Privileges" (ability to post front page news, use html, ...), they can be put in this group. They do not have access to the staff forums. Once they are done with what they needed to do, they are put back in their normal group.