Gaia Admins and Mods will never ask for your password, NEVER EVER because they don't need it DON'T use the same password and username for different sites, it makes it easier for hackers to crack your accounts on the different sites. Read this Sticky:
How to Spot Staff Impersonation Read this Announcement: Password/Account Security
There are 2 main colors for people that are here to help; Orange for Administrators and Green for Moderators. Orange
- For Administrators. These are the ones who manage the forums and lead the moderation and member services teams. Green
- For all Gaia's Moderators. In addition, there will be a text title under their usernames that better explains what their role is and how they can help you. If you need help, people in green are the ones who can help you.
You may also see these other colors on usernames:
Dark Brown - For names will be given to those who do art, coding, and other fun stuff for you. These are the people that talk about features and development.
Black - For all other members on Gaia. So if a black username tells you they are a moderator or admin, they aren't
Members on your friends list will still be in Dark Blue, and NPCs will continue to remain Red.
Green Moderators will still be your first line of support for all of your community needs. And Orange Administrators will continue being the official voice of Gaia as well as leaders of the community team. Remember:
Do not have Green
, Dark Brown
Will ask you for your password so they can hack you! ~
Will tell you that you will get gold for clicking on mysterious links (they are lying). ~
Are people with phony names like "MOD BANNING BOT" or something. The only automated accounts that will PM you are the "admin" account and "[NPC]" accounts with red usernames. And they will NEVER ask for your password! ~
Will add things like "[MOD]" "[ADMIN]" "[HI]"and "[NCP]" (notice that it is nCp instead of nPc) in front of their names to try to trick you! Some people use [NCP] as a roleplaying thing; those people aren't necessarily jerks. But if they ask for your password, REPORT 'EM! ~
Will use the appropriate colours for the Mods and Admins in the text of the PM. But if the username is not coloured like the picture below it is a fake. ~~~
First of all I am posting this for the benefit of all members, whether you are new to Gaia or not anyone can be fooled.
so read through it and keep it in mind when and if you get a PM from scammers. ~~~
Secondly, they are scammers not hackers. Most people call them hackers. The difference is that a true hacker build programs such as Firefox and GIMP.
Ones who say they are" hackers" use code and software they create to crack a site or your password. They are actually "Crackers".
A scammer is a person who uses a lie to convince you to give up your password, such as: "I am a Mod, give me your password"
However the term hacker today is generalized to mean anyone who has gained unauthorized access to your account. ***
Always make a strong password. A strong password is a string of letters in upper and lower case and numbers. Never make a password from an easily guessed word or one from the dictionary.***
~ Thanks to Helga of Hufflepuff