Friends is a special user group on the forums. It was created to give members are former staff, or in some cases have made a notable contribution to the site a special title, rather than just becoming a normal member once again. 'Friends' have a special green member tag. There are currently 17 members in the 'Friends' user group.
Staff usually become 'Friends' when they have stopped actively visiting the site, or just don't visit it as often. The staff member will be asked whether they want to choose to stay as a staff, but more often than not if they have not visited the forum in a while they will be demoted without or notice, or if they have not sent a response. Not all staff members are listed in the friends group.
'Friends' are given a discounted price for VIP membership. Former staff who become a 'friend' will obviously have to buy VIP membership themselves if they want to access the forum still, but again, it is provided at a discount.
The "friends" system has caused confusion among members, especially newer members, who often mistakenly think that members filed under "Friends" are users who they have friended or who have friended them. "Friends of the Staff" or "Former Staff" would be more appropriate names for this subgroup.
In order to separate 'friends' from both regular members and staff members, the 'friends' group uses a green flair like staff flairs, but it is not formatted in bold like staff flairs, showing that they are a special member but not a staff member.
| Ag3nt_Dark • Airedale Lady • Bozy • CH • do_the_sponge • dvdfge2 • iPlankton • JOE. • MasterSpongeBobo • Mr. Fittz • no username. • patrick2403 • Patron3000 • Red Hat • SBLaura • TyrannosaurusAbney
Meaning of the "Friends" designation