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You will see many different portfolio icons within the community, varying in color and style. Clicking on a portfolio icon next to a member's handle will open his or her portfolio to your viewing. You may also click the member's handle to access his or her portfolio.
Portfolio Icon Colors
There are presently seven different colors of portfolio icons, each representing a different member level within the Writing.Com community. The portfolio icons are as follows:
Registered Members are denoted by gray portfolios. All Registered Members have the ability to fully participate in Writing.Com. They may post in forums, vote in polls, add to interactive stories, keep their favorite authors and items, and so on. Registered Members are able create portfolio items and once they do, they become Registered Authors. The portfolio icon is shown as empty gray and turns black as soon as the member has placed an item in it!
Registered Authors are denoted by black portfolios. A Registered Member becomes a Registered Author instantly when he or she creates his or her first item. Authors have full access to the community tools and features and can do everything their free or paid membership level provides!
Preferred Authors are Registered Authors who have been hand selected and promoted by Writing.Com Staff for such reasons as positive community involvement and interaction with other members, quality and quantity of their reviews and ratings, quality and variety of items in their portfolio, technical understanding of the site and their willingness to help other members and so on. For complete information on promotions to Preferred Author, please read Promotion to Preferred Author.
Moderators are Preferred Authors who have been hand selected and promoted by Writing.Com Staff because they have shown to be extra helpful to other members. Moderators are considered volunteer leaders within the community and are usually able to answer most site related questions for members who need help or pointed in the right direction. For complete information on promotions to Moderator, please read Promotion to Moderator.
Senior Moderators are Moderators who have been hand selected and promoted by Writing.Com Staff because they have a genuine concern for our aspiring authors and are a great inspiration to other members of Writing.Com. They are focused on writing and helping others write well, our first and foremost goal here at Writing.Com. Senior Moderators have a higher level of responsibility within the site than Moderators. Besides Staff, the position of Senior Moderator is the highest position achievable at Writing.Com. This position is not based on the length of time of membership (18 month minimum), but more on the overall activity, improvements and achievements since his or her very first login.
Staff members are responsible for duties including promotions within the community, improving the website, managing day to day activities and maintaining Writing.Com policies and procedures. Staff is the highest level possible on Writing.Com.
Writing.Com respects and honors the memories of our members who have passed away, allowing their portfolios to live on as everlasting tributes to them and their writing.
Portfolio Icon Images
You may have seen many of the portfolio icons containing miniature images. These icon images are called "Costumicons" and are automatically included with any Premium or Premium Plus paid membership. When you click on the image, you will find a larger version of it displayed in the member's portfolio.