The Hack Forums Ub3r upgrade is one of the second and final upgrades that members are able to achieve on their account, with the exceptions of the Mentor, Staff, and Administrators positions. The upgrade is an automated process which can be started by any member that meets the stated requirements.
This upgrade was added to the site on December 21, 2009, however, in June, 2018, it was replaced by r00t. In March of the following year, Ub3r returned to the site after 3p1c and r00t were deleted. All members of the latter usergroup were added to Ub3r, and the upgrade changed to a yearly subscription, earning it the nickname "temp Ub3r."
The benefits of upgrading to the Ub3r status are as follows:
- All L33t abilities and privileges.
- Ability to give negative popularity ratings.
- Popularity power increased to 3 points.
- Can give 25 popularity ratings per day.
- PM box increased to 10,000 messages.
- Can send 5 PM recipients per message.
- Search Favorites feature.
- Can edit/delete your own posts up to 180 days.
- Post flood limit set to 5 seconds.
- Access to the Online list.
- Access to the Bans.
- Access to all member forums.
- Can view Negative Popularity Log.
- Can search Username History.
- Allowed to have 3 character username.
- Ability to save and reserve your last username change for 10 days.
- Can view past 72 hours Warning Log.
- Removal of advertisements.
- Discount on paid Post Bytes Bump feature.
- Special member group icon (replaces the L33t group image).
- Max Post Length setting is 30,000 characters.
- Ability to edit your post 15 times in 60 day period.
- Additional thread creation ability in some Marketplace sections.
- Access to Popularity Given.
- Can edit your post after a moderator edit.
- Special Sapphire of Ub3r award.
- Can deny PM receipts.
- Can view invisible users in who's online list.
- Custom stars.
- Can invoke a Self Ban.
- One @HackForums.net Email Alias.
- Ability to view other members warnings not just points.
- Can open and close your own threads.
- Additional private support for site problems.
- Can sell signature in the Sig Market.
- Can start their own Bytes Lottery.
- Bytes earning bonus of 200% for post replies and new threads.
- 1000 Bytes granted.
In order to have some sort of standard for Ub3r, Omniscient set the following requirements for a user to purchase Ub3r:
- Must have at least 100 posts.
- Must have at least 50 popularity rating.
- Must be a member for at least 60 days.
In the past, users would have to apply for Ub3r and go through an account review by Omniscient. If they were denied, they had to wait three months before they could re-apply. Some users were permanently denied the ability to upgrade, although they were still able to purchase r00t when that was introduced. Those users now have Ub3r as all r00t members were given Ub3r when the usergroup was removed.
Ub3r can currently be achieved by members who meet the requirements for a year, after which it must be purchased again.
Conditions of Upgrading
- Successfully passed all the requirements
- An Ub3r upgrade can only be gifted to another user by another Ub3r.
- You must use real information.
- You are not allowed to refund/chargeback the payment, or your account will be closed and your personal information used in purchasing the upgrade disclosed.
Removal of Ub3r
When some members have done something which the administration team does not feel represents the Ub3r group in a positive manner, they may remove the user from the Ub3r group, returning them to the L33t group. When this happens they are stripped of the latter abilities (including userbar & name color) and only have the abilities of a L33t member. Some members have been allowed to upgrade to Ub3r again, and some have not.
If a member is demoted to L33t and they have over the 1500 Private Messages allocated with the L33t upgrade, they are unable to accept any more PM's until their box is cleared.