First, there are the normal user ranks:
- Novice < 100 posts
- Marksman > 100 < 500 posts
- Expert Marksman > 500 < 750 posts
- Sharp Shooter > 750 < 1000 posts
- Sniper > 1000 posts
- Founder - This rank means that this is the person who founded UtahConcealedCarry.com. There is only one Founder and that is Thomas.
- Site Admin - This rank means that this person has site administrator privileges, which includes the ability to moderate the forums as well as maintain the installation of the forum software. There is one person with the special rank of Site Admin and that is me (Jeff Johnson). The Founder, of course, also has site administrator privileges.
- Posse Member - This rank means that this person is a moderator for the forums. Click here to see a list of the members of the Posse (note that the Posse group also contains the Site Admin and the Founder).
Why are the moderators called the Posse? Well, it's very straightforward. Here is the definition of the term Posse:
Main Entry: posÂ·se
Etymology: Medieval Latin posse comitatus, literally, power or authority of the county
1 : a large group often with a common interest
2 : a body of persons summoned by a sheriff to assist in preserving the public peace usually in an emergency
3 : a group of people temporarily organized to make a search (as for a lost child)
4 : entourage
Definition #2 fits the best and conveys the meaning that I intended when I formed the Posse here at UCC. This was at a time when it was an emergency on the forum, since we were being killed by spambots posting heinous spam posts, such as viagra, cialis, porn, banking schemes and other junk. I despaired, thinking that UCC was going to die. Then Thomas gave me the rank of Site Admin and I was able to form the Posse in early March of 2007 to help me preserve the public (forum) peace, including finding and deleting the spam before it could offend too many people. They rose to the task admirably.
A few months after that (late in June 2007), we were able to modify the forum software to change our registration process. This change totally blocked all of the spambots. Since then, the job of the Posse has been to keep the peace, enforcing the forum rules to keep this a clean, civil place that is family-friendly.
I want to take a moment here to sincerely thank the Posse for the selfless work that they do to keep UCC a great place. This is all volunteer work. Nobody, not the Posse, not me, not even Thomas, gets paid for this. It is a work of love for a cause that we all fervently believe in.
I hope that this post clears up any confusion that may have existed regarding the meaning of "Posse".
EDIT: (17 July 2009, 19:33) Changed Apprentice to Novice after the tack the thread took. I should have read further into that old thread. -- Jeff