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Types of Members

There are four types of members on the Art of Problem Solving forums.

  1. Regular member
  2. Moderator
  3. Administrator
  4. Bot

Regular Member

A regular member has the basic abilities on the forum.


Every forum has at least one moderator (with the exception of the Test Forum). The moderator of a certain forum has the ability to edit or delete any post in that forum. Additionally, the moderator can split posts from a topic, merge posts from one topic into another, move an entire thread to a different forum and lock/unlock any topic. Finally, the moderator can make topics become stickies or announcements (and vice versa).

Becoming a Moderator

The selection of moderators is done by the administrators. There is no set process. New moderators will be chosen only when there is a need for them such as when a new forum is built, other moderators step down, or a forum begins to require additional supervision.

The process of choosing moderators is not democratic. There is no election. The administrators choose moderators based on their trust and confidence in a member. Being a good, productive member is the best way for one to improve their likelihood of becoming a moderator.


The full-time members of the Art of Problem Solving staff are administrators. Administrators basically have unlimited power and complete jurisdiction. The administrators include David Patrick, Richard Rusczyk, Vanessa Rusczyk, Naoki Sato, and Valentin Vornicu. Mathew Crawford recently stepped down as an administrator, but continues to write books for AoPS.


The bots are screen names created by search engines that crawl around the website collecting data so that the Art of Problem Solving will show up in the search results of their engine.

Examples of bots are AskJeeves, GigaBlast, Yahoo! Slurp, GoogleBot, and MSNBot

Post Ranking

On the Art of Problem Solving website, under your username, you will find stars, as well as the name of one of the Millenium Problems. The number of stars you have, as well as the name of the Millenium Problem, depends on your post count. Here is the table that determines your "rank."

  • 0 - 19 New Member (Zero Stars)
  • 20 - 49 P versus NP (Half Star)
  • 50 - 99 Hodge Conjecture (One Star)
  • 100 - 249 Poincare Conjecture (Two Stars)
  • 250 - 499 Riemann's Hypothesis (Two and Half stars)
  • 500 - 999 Yang Mills Theory (Three Stars)
  • 1000 - 2499 Navier-Stroke's Equation (Four Stars)
  • 2500 - $\infty$ Birch & Swinnerton Dyer. (Five Stars)
  • Administrators have six stars.

These are the Clay Mathematics Institute's unsolved "Millenium Problems."

See the AoPS-Mathlinks Rules and Tips page.

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