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Mentors moderate various subforums that have high volumes of activity and require a higher degree of supervision than other subforums.
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Moderators moderate unique subforums as a result of being chosen by Omniscient for their personal achievements or activity in a specific subforum.
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The Writers of Hack Forums are a group of members who are allowed to edit the HF Wiki, HF News, and Help Documents.
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Although Viral Dragon joined September 30, 2008, he lurked in the background of the forum for about a year prior, closer to when Hack Forums first opened. He felt compelled to officially register after he saw a topic in which a user was getting what he felt was bad advice. Since then, he has kept a constant presence on the forum, with his main goal always about educating other users in various fields of hacking and computer-related topics.
Viral Dragon has been a member several groups, as well as leader of some. His past leadership positions have included the groups Reverence, Eminence, Wifi Gang (for a short period of time after Eminence changed its name), Root, Coders and Reviewers. His leadership has been notably strict, not letting members go inactive or sit in a group without giving some form of contribution. He went inactive and was removed as leader before Root was disbanded and the leaders were banned. He was also working to revamp the Reviewers group as it was closed by Omniscient. He passed leadership of the Wiki division of the Writ3rs group to Ethereal in December 2014. On September 9, 2013, Viral Dragon was made a Mentor, and in August 2014, he was made a member of the Hack Forums Staff.
Viral Dragon's personal life does cross into the forum on occasion. In December of 2012, he fell ill to the point of needing hospitalization. This interfered with several of his leadership positions, including the Writ3rs, whose Wiki team saw a temporary change in leadership while he was away. Although he went inactive in posting, he says he "kept tabs" on what was happening around the forum. In December of 2013, a mass of tissue was found on his brain, following seizures that would happen at random, every four months or so. His health following the discovery of what was eventually a benign brain tumor has taken a toll on his leadership activity on Hack Forums, although he kept his activity as staff constant.
In the fall of 2013, rumors were spread over Tiny Chat and other venues that Viral Dragon was an undercover FBI agent, a title that is not looked upon with favor among the general Hack Forums community. This led to numerous members asking Viral Dragon for confirmation. His answer has always been the same: he doesn't work for them in any way, shape or form. Omniscient has also stated that the rumors are of no importance to him.
Viral Dragon's wife iceybunneh is also a member of Hack Forums and they have been seen posting together in the Innuendo section.
- Former leader of Reverence
- Former leader of Eminence
- Former leader of WiFi Gang
- Former leader of Root
- Former leader of Coders
- Former leader of Reviewers
- Former leader of Complexity
- Former Leader of the Writers and the Wiki Team
- Former Staff Member
- Current Mentor
Contributions, Trivia, and Personal Interests
- Computers, including hardware and software
- Was at one point in more simultaneous groups than any other user of Hack Forums
- Has been leader of numerous groups
- His online time has been noted as the longest recorded online times of an active member of Hack Forums, beaten only by Omniscient's online time of "Forever and ever." (Though some speculate Omniscient changed his online time due to Viral Dragon's absurd amount of online time.)
- Hospitalization has interfered with his presence on Hack Forums