Developer(D): Earned by Uploading a Game [Upload a Game].
How do you Obtain the Developer Symbol(?): The Developer symbol(D) is earned by uploading a game to Kongregate.
What is a Developer(?): A Developer(D) is someone who has uploaded a game to Kongregate.
Moderator(M): Earned by Becoming a Mod [How do I Become a Moderator?].
How do you Obtain the Moderator Symbol(?): The Moderator symbol(M) is earned by Becoming a Moderator(M) on Kongregate.
What is a Moderator(?): A Moderator(M) is someone who not only enjoys Kongregate, but moderates/looks over chat.
Note that Moderators(M) are not paid employees of Kongregate, but instead work voluntarily.
Room Owner( R ): Own a Chatroom (Must Also be a Moderator) [How do I Become a Moderator?].
How do you Obtain the Room Owner Symbol(?): The Room Owner symbol(R) is obtainable for Current Moderators, who have become owners of Admin-made rooms.
What is a Room Owner(?): A Room Owner(R) is someone who has possession of a Room, usually given to them by an Administrator(K). Room Owners also act a Moderators.
Note that Room Owners(R) are not paid employees of Kongregate, but instead work voluntarily.
Forum Moderator(F): Must be a Mod for this Position [How do I Become a Moderator?].
How do you Obtain the Forum Moderator Symbol(?): The Forum Moderator symbol(F) is only obtainable for Current Moderator.
What is a Forum Moderator(?): Forum Moderators(F) not only enjoy the Forums, but also moderator them.
Note that Forum Moderators(F) are not paid employees of Kongregate, but instead work voluntarily.
Curator( C ): (Must be a Moderator for this position) [How do I Become a Moderator?].
How do you Obtain the Curator Symbol(?): The Curator symbol(C) is only obtainable for Current Moderators.
What is a Curator(?): Curators(C) not only enjoy the Kongregate Collabs, but moderates them.
Note: Photographs or works dominated by words are not allowed in the collabs. Additionally, all submissions must be your original work and not pornographic, hateful, or obscene. Repeat offenses may be punished with a ban.
Note that Curators(C) are not paid employees of Kongregate, but instead work voluntarily.
Administrator(K): Earned by Working at the Kongregate Headquarters; employees.
How do you Obtain the Administrator Symbol(?): The Administrator symbol(K) is only obtainable for people who work for Kongregate.
What is an Administrator(?): An Administrator(K) works for Kongregate. Admins also moderate chat and brings updates to Kongregate.
Friend:() This icon is a little different from others, basically if you add someone as a Friend, let's say you add me, Snipahar, then when you see me in chat, next to my name will appear a little friend icon(). The friend icon also appears for people who have added you and see you in chat.
Level Next to _every_ user on Kongregate, is a red little box with a number inside of it. This is your Kongregate Level. When you collect badges around Kongregate, or rates games and other submissions you will gain points. Each time you reach a milestone you gain a level. Your level is open for all to see on Kongregate. Your Kongregate Level does not actually serve any purpose on Kongregate except for bragging rights at this moment. In this instance, the user is level 42, that means that this user has gone up 41 levels in their time on Kongregate.
Survivor(S): The Survivor Icon was a limited time deal, that came with Infected Fury Month, which was hosted from October 2009 to November 2009, whereas people would infect one another as Zombies or rescue one another and convert them into Survivors. If you were rescued you became a Survivor and earned the Survivor Icon for that one month timeframe.
Zombie(Z): The Zombie Icon was a limited time deal, that came with Infected Fury Month, which was hosted from October 2009 to November 2009, whereas people would infect one another as Zombies or rescue one another and convert them into Survivors. If you were infected you became a Zombie and earned the Zombie Icon for that one month timeframe.
New The "New" Icon will appear anytime that you have a new message, that you haven't read before, when you visit your Message Center. The next time that you see that message the icon will disappear.
Five Point Achievements are earned by completing badges that fall under the category of the _Easy Badges_ five points being the lowest amount of points you can earn from a badge. You can find a list of all of the Easy Badges here.
Fifteen Point Achievements are earned by completing badges that fall under the category of the _Medium Badges_ Fifteen points being the second-to-lowest amount of points you can earn from a badge. You can find a list of all of the Medium Badges here.
Thirty Point Achievements are earned by completing badges that fall under the category of the _Hard Badges_ Thirty points being the second-to-highest amount of points you can earn from a badge. You can find a list of all of the Hard Badges here.
Sixty Point Achievements are earned by completing badges that fall under the category of the _Impossible Badges_ Sixty points being the most amount of points you can earn from a badge. You can find a list of all of the Impossible Badges here.
Recent Activity This icon will appear next to threads, that someone has recently posted in, or has had a spike in views (I am not sure about the views being a factor). The "Recently Active" Icon will notify you if a thread is alive and if there are any new post.
No Recent Activity This icon will appear next to threads, that no one has recently posted in. The "No Recently Active" Icon will notify you if a thread is not currently active.
Locked This icon will appear next to threads, that have been locked for some reason. If threads are locked that means that they've been closed by a Forum Moderate and that no one can post in these threads anymore.
Recent Activity + Locked: This Icon notifies you that not only has this thread, has had recent activity, but also was locked. The rules for this icon works much like the Locked Icon, whereas no one is allowed to post in that existing thread since it has been locked.
Recently Added Friend When you add someone on Kongregate, they immediately become your Friend, (as noticed by the "Friend Icon" ) but when they add you back, you receive a Star Icon, in your Friends List, this notifies you that, that user has _also added_ you as a Friend.
Connected to Chat: To the top right of any game screen will be a little icon. This icon will determine if you are connected to chat and the Kongregate API (used to award you badges or achievements, highscores, ect) or not. If you see a Connected to Chat Icon when looking in that area, that means, one, that you are connected to chat and two, the Kongregate API in also connected. The Kongregate API will only work, if this icon is in place.
Disconnected to Chat: To the top right of any game screen will be a little icon. This icon will determine if you are connected to chat and the Kongregate API or not. If you see a Disconnected to Chat Icon when looking in that area, that means, one that you are disconnected to chat and two, the Kongregate API in also disconnected. The Kongregate API will only work, if the Connected to Chat icon () is in place. If you see the "Disconnected to Chat" Icon, you will _not_ awarded badges or achievements, highscores, and other functions.
Yellow Chat Plug: If you see the green or red chat plug become replaced by the Yellow Chat Plug, that means that you were unable to connect to the Kongregate servers, but are now running through a process called: "BOSH". While BOSH is active, you will be able to earn Achievements, badges and submit highscores, just as if you were running on the Kongregate servers, although there may be a delay. Here is what Phoenix00017 said:
Cliff’s Notes version, as I understand it: It lets you connect through the generally open port 80 as opposed to our now infamous ports 5222/5229 that so many people at school, work, or just paranoid at home, have blocked with routers, firewalls, etc. So, if you’re having trouble connecting to our chat server, especially if you’re in a large, shared network, there’s a decent chance BOSH will let you get through.
Flag this Comment(?): If whenever you see a comment that is inappropriate, spam or even advertising, that doesn't belong on Kongregate, you can flag that comment. To do this you must first rate down the comment and then hit the "Flag this Comment" button, doing this will allow the administrators or moderators to be notified that a comment has been flagged. Once they know it has been flagged they'll check it out and if it is inappropriate, then it will be removed.
You Have Rated this Comment as Good: If you have rated a comment as good (as defined above) then the "You Have Rated this Comment as Good" symbol will appear. This will notify you if you've already rated that specific comment as good. Note: You can always change your rating later.
Rate this Comment as Good: When you view comment for games, you can usually figure out which ones are worth people's time to read and which ones are pointless (defined by people leaving their score and then not saying anything about the game) or are spam. If you think a comment is good, you can hit the "Rate this Comment as Good" button. Doing so will allow a better chance for others to see this comment or for it to appear on the "Top Rated Comments" list. Note: Just because you don't agree with someones comment (such as suggestions) doesn't mean you get a free pass to rate it down, if anything rate it up for not being spam or something pointless!
You Have Rated this Comment as Bad: If you have rated a comment as bad (as defined above) then the "You Have Rated this Comment as Bad" symbol will appear. This will notify you if you've already rated that specific comment as bad. Note: You can always change your rating later.
Rate this Comment as Bad: When you view comment for games, you can usually figure out which ones are worth people's time to read and which ones are pointless (defined by people leaving their score and then not saying anything about the game, ect) or are spam. If you think a comment is bad, you can hit the "Rate this Comment as Bad" button. Doing so will allow a less chance for others to see this comment or for it to appear on the "Top Rated Comments" list. If a comment is rated bad or poorly and reaches negative three it will become hidden. Note: Just because you don't agree with someones comment (such as suggestions) doesn't mean you get a free pass to rate it down, if anything rate it up for not being spam or something pointless!
Question: On Kongregate you'll occasionally run across the Question Icon. This icon is usually posted next to something newer members might have questions with, upon clicking on it you'll visit a page dedicated to that question, along with an answer. These buttons always lead to Kongregate's Official Help Section
Quick Pick Refresh Button: is located in the top right of the Quick Pick Box on Kongregate. This button, will bring up a new Quick Pick game. These games are classified as any game that maintains a rating of 3.5 or better (I believe(?))
Add as Friend (Chat Profile): This icon will only appear if you are viewing someone's Chat Profile (Chat Profiles are only accessible by clicking on someone's username in chat). By clicking on this icon, that user will automatically be added to your Friends List.
Remove Friend (Chat Profile): This icon will only appear if you are viewing someone's Chat Profile (Chat Profiles are only accessible by clicking on someone's username in chat). By clicking on this icon, that user will automatically be removed from your Friends List.
Mute User (Chat Profile) This icon will only appear if you are viewing someone's Chat Profile (Chat Profiles are only accessible by clicking on someone's username in chat). By clicking on this icon, that user will automatically be muted. Note: When you mute a user, all of there messages (chat, profile, ect) will be hidden from your view.
Un-Mute User (Chat Profile) This icon will only appear if you are viewing someone's Chat Profile (Chat Profiles are only accessible by clicking on someone's username in chat) and have previously muted that user (explained above). By clicking on this icon, that user will automatically be unmuted and all of their messages (chat, profile,ect) will be viewable to you. Note: When you mute a user, all of there messages (chat, profile, ect) will be hidden from your view.
Revenue & Chat Load This icon will appear when your Revenue Report or if Chat is loading and will notify you what is loading above it. Once this icon disappears your page will be done loading.
Edit Post Load This icon will appear when you hit the "Edit Post" button that appears under your avatar in all of your post. By hitting the "Edit Post" button, this icon will appear, it's a loading icon. Once it disappears, you'll be able to edit your post.
BETA The BETA tag lasted from November 5, 2006(?) to August 11, 2010 and was replaced by the "PART OF THE GameStop NETWORK" tag.
Kongregate Forum RSS This icon will appear in every thread and forum on Kongregate. Clicking this button, will bring up a RSS Feed for that specific page..
Sticky This "sticky" forum icon, will only appear in the Forum Post section of a Multiplayer game. This icon will notify you that that thread has been "stickied" by Kongregate.
View all Forum Threads This icon will appear underneath Multiplayer Games in the "Forum Post" section. Clicking this icon will allow you to view all of the forums that relate to that specific game.
PS: If I'm missing anything, just tell me! If you have any suggestions also, notify me!
FAQ and Help Section
Question: How do Developers make Money on Kongregate?
Answer: Developers make money off a system called ad revenue. Ad revenue is generated by people viewing advertisements or clicking on the advertisements that appear on your game's page. The most a developer can earn off their ad revenue is .25 cents per play, so that's one-forth of a cent per play your game receives. Please not that developers are not payed employees, but are, instead people who choose to upload their games. For example, right now you could be uploading your game and making money; therefore you do not need to be an employee like other sites. Please also note that you must be the original developer of the game, uploading stolen work will result in a warning and that game being removed, if you do this a second time, it may be punishable with a ban to your account. [Upload a Game]
Question: How do I Become a Moderator?
Answer: To become a Moderator you must show that you are friendly, mature and show you that you can handle situations in a calm manner. The truth is every single one of us can be Moderators, with or without the little, "M" all of us can silence people and report them to Moderators to help along with a number of other things. Probably the most logical way to boost your chance of become a moderator are showing that you can handle it, doing what I had mentioned, reporting users or muting them can show that you are mature and want to help out. None of these suggestions are a guarantee you'll become a moderate, but simply ways to get recognized. Here's what the Official Kongregate Help Section says on the subject:
Realistically, most moderators are appointed after a confidential nomination by current moderators. Friendliness, maturity, and professionalism can go a long way in getting yourself nominated. Demonstrating a zealousness in promoting yourself to a moderator position will likely disqualify yourself entirely, as it makes us question both your motives and your maturity level.[Learn More on how to Become a Moderator]
Question: Who Works at Kongregate?
Answer: A ton of people work at Kongregate, but you can find an official documentation here, People who Make Kongregate. You can also find a list of all of the employees who have an account here,Staff Friend.
FAQs Coming Soon - December 11, 2010
Question: How do I Change my Avatar?
Answer: Changing your avatar is fairly simple. First, make sure that you have the image that you want as your avatar handy. This means that you must have a jpeg, gif, or png format of the image, of at least 40 x 40 pixels in size. Note that any image larger than 40 pixels by 40 pixels will be shrunk to fit the specified avatar dimensions. Sites like Google and other image hosting websites will allow you to download any image by opening the image in a new tab and then right-clicking on the image and finally hitting "save as." It is recommended that you save the image as a .png for the best quality. Once you have the image prepared visit your profile and under your username there will be two links, "(edit profile)" "(edit account settings)." To upload an avatar you will want to visit the "(edit profile)" page for your account. (The link should look like this:
http://www.kongregate.com/accounts/YOUR USERNAME HERE/edit_profile). Once you reach that page scroll down to where it says "Avatar Image," here you can select the .png, .jpg, or .gif image that you'd like to have for your avatar. Once you've selected your avatar, scroll down to the bottom of the page and hit "save." Please Note
Pick your username and avatar wisely. Offensive usernames and obscene, pornographic, or seizure-inducing avatars will not be tolerated. If your account has been banned because a moderator felt that it was inappropriate, you can email us for the possibility of having your account restored as a different name. Account names that are created purely to antagonize another user ("DavidSuckslololol") will be banned permanently without warning.
Question: What were the Corpse Carnage and Forge Medals for and How can I get them?
Answer: Both of these medals were only obtainable for a limited time on Kongregate. Usually these medals are earned through completing events in one or more games. On rare occasion these medals will be earned through other sources than games. For example the "Forge Medal" was obtainable by collecting several weapons by donation from users across the site. These are often referred to "Ticket" or "Loot" Challenges. Once you've collected your medal it will be displayed in your "Awards" section on your profile.
Question: What are Achievements/Badges on Kongregate and how do they Work?
Answer: Achievements on Kongregate are earned by completing specified tasks in specified games. Both Greg and Rawismojo badge games on Kongregate. These badges, if achieved, reward you with points. Easy badges are worth 5 points, medium badges are worth 15, hard and impossible are worth 30 and 60 points apiece. Badges are awarded by the stat tracking of the Kongregate API that developers implement into their games
Question: What are Badge Quests?
Answer: Badge quests appear on the Achievement Page on Kongregate in the left-hand sidebar. Badge Quests consist of 10 badges that relate in one way or another. Sometimes they are based upon year and other times they are based upon a simple concept such as games that use physics. Almost every Badge Quest has been permanent, but the Mirran and Phyrexian quests were temporary and tied in with the Mirran and Phyrexian war that took place between December 14 to December 28. Upon collecting all 10 of the achievements in a Badge Quest you will be rewarded with a medal that will be on display at your profile under your "Awards." Along with these medals you are often awarded with points.
Question: What are Kreds and How are they Used?
Answer: Kreds are Kongregate's currency. You can purchase them only through real-life currency. You can learn more and purchase Kreds here. Kreds will allow you to tip developers. Tipping a developer will contribute to the money that they make off of their game. If you tip a game it will be on your profile as "Games that (your username here) Supports. Kreds can also be used to purchase items in specific games. A complete list of games with purchasible items (with Kreds) can be found on Kongregate's Kred page.
Question: Where can I purchase Kreds?
Answer: You may purchase Kreds on Kongregate's Kred page.You must click the "Fund my Account" button in the lower right-hand corner. A new window will come up and you may choose your payment method. Note that you may earn Kreds for free by completing third-part offer. These offers can be found by clicking the "Earn Free Kreds" on the bottom of the new window.
Question: How can I configure settings for the Chatrooms?
Answer: If you switch to the Chat Room tab while playing the game you may configure some chat settings/options. If you click upon the Chat Actions box in the top right of the chat box you will see a drop-down box containing the following items: Change Chat Rooms, See Friends Online, View Room Details, Favorite this Room or Remove from Favorites, Set Status: Away or/and Set Status: Active. Hitting the "Change Chatrooms button will allow for you to view a complete list of the chatrooms. You will not be able to enter a chatroom from this menu if the room is full, but you will be able to enter a full room with Room IDs which can be found here "See Friends Online" will allow for you to view if any of your friends (people that you've added as a friend) are currently in a chatroom. If you wish you may click upon the chatroom that they are in and you'll be able to speak to them. Viewing the Room Details will allow you to see the Room Owner's profile in the Chat tab and fro you to see the description of the room as chosen by the Room Owner. If you favorite a room then you'll always appear in that chatroom when you load up a game. If you do not wish to appear in that chatroom when you load up a game then, after you've added it as a favorite you'll notice that in the "Add to Favorites" spot is now "Remove from Favorites." Here you can, like the title suggests, remove that chatroom from your favorites. Finally, setting your status as away will mark your username in a light grey color. Using this will signify that you are away from keyboard, or AFK. You may also go AFK if you do not use the chatroom for a period of time. Setting your status as active will re-bold your username and will signify that you are ready to chat again and that you are not AFK.
Question: How do I leave a Comment on a Game?
Answer: Below the "Most Recent" comments are two buttons, . Pressing "Add a Comment" will make a text box appear. Here you may write your comment and upon completion you may hit the "Post Comment" button. There is a character limit of 1000 characters. Exceed this limit and your comment will not be posted - try shortening your comment if this happens.
Question: How are the Ratings in the Comments section determined?
Answer: When you post a comment other users may vote up or vote down your comment. Vote up a comment if you agree with it and vote down a comment if you don't agree with it. If a comment has a negative three rating (with the +1s factored in as well) the comment will be hidden. Users may still see the comment if they hit the "(show)" button next to the "Under rating threshold" text. If a comment is rated highly it will appear under the "Best" comments.
Question: One of my Comments has Been Affected by a Glitch and is now Rated -99999999, What Happened?
Answer: This glitch appears due to Kongregate's comment spam filter. The filter is in its early stages so if you posted a leginiment comment then worry not as it's most likely just a glitch in the system. Once the spam filter is fixed all of the comments will be restored if they are leginiment. Here's a quote from Ducklette regarding the subject:
Originally posted by Ducklette:
So the reason some comments are hidden with tons and tons of downvotes is because we’re implementing the same auto-hiding filter in comments that we’re implementing in the forums in order to take care of spambots. As with the way the filter works in the forums, some comments are going to be auto-hidden that shouldn’t be. We go through daily and unhide things that shouldn’t be hidden, so if you’re patient then your comments will be restored to their former glory. :) Since it’s the same filter as we use in the forums, it will gradually learn what should and shouldn’t be hidden based upon what we tell it. So, while I realize this is a pain, it’s a temporary inconvenience for a pretty long-term awesome solution to ad spam. :P Sorry about that, guys!
Question: I didn't Receive a Badge that I Should Have Earned, What Gives?
Answer: If you did not receive an achievement that you should have click the "Report Missing Achievement" in the achievements tab. Doing so will bring you to a page like so. For this example the game is Chronotron. In the drop-down menu titled "Message Subject," "Report Missing Achievement or Card" will already be selected. This is indeed what should be selected if you wish to report a missing achievement or badge. Below, you may change the name of the game that you want to report for this problem. Even though the URL has already filled in that blank you may alter it and the report will still work as the achievements options below will change to fit the game that you want to report for this error. Below the game name you may select the badge that you want to report. If you report is valid the admin will reward your account with this badge. You may report multiple achievements if you wish, but you must do that in separate reports. Below the achievement section you can leave a description of what happened. A common case is that you were disconnected from the internet and the Disconnected from Chat symbol will appear. If this happened to your you may fill in the description as so. Finally you must submit a screenshot proving that you actually met the requirements for the badge. Once you've submitted a screenshot you may hit the "Submit" button. An admin will report back to you as soon as possible (this may take a couple of days from my experience).
Question: How do I contact Kongregate?
Answer: You can contact Kongregate through their "Contact Us" page. Here you can address issues on the site after selecting a topic. You may also contact Kongregate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question: What are Current Challenges?
Answer: Current Challenges are limited time events in which you can earn Kongai cards along with "loot" challenges that concerns such things as tickets and point challenges. These events often only last one week andcan be found in the achievements tab of the specified game. You can find Current Challenges on this page. If you miss a card challenge you may play Kongai, which has a percent of earning new card. In addition, if you're new to Kongai you may choose three cards from the complete collection of cards.
Question: How can I Earn Points?
Question: How can I Edit my Posts?
Question: How can I Flag a Post?
Question: How may I Format my Post?
Question: What is the Highscores Table, How do I read it and How do developers incorporate it into their games?
Question: How do I Mute a User?
Question: I Noticed a Bug in a Game, How can I Report it to the Developer?
Question: What is Kongai and How can I Collect the Cards?
Question: What is a Kongregate Sponsored Game and I how do I get Sponsored by Kongregate?
Question: How do I Lock One of my Own Threads?
Question: Who are Moderators and Who are Admins?
Question: I Need a Moderator in the Chatroom Right now, How Do I perform a Modcall?
Question: How Do I Use ModFriend?
Question: I Want to Refer People to Kongregate, is there Referral Links I can Give Them?
Question: How do I Report a User?
Question: How do I "Thank a Moderator?"
Question: What are Ticket Challenges?
Question: How do I Transfer my Saved Files from one Computer to Another?
Question: How do I Upload a Game?
Question: How do I whisper a User through their Profile or Chat?