New players start out at the rank of Player.
Players have permissions to build, lock doors and chests, set a home, teleport (/tpa), have horses, view recipes (/recipe item_name), and more. Anybody could stay a player forever, and have access to almost everything in the game.
Players can’t, however, use flint + steel or lava buckets. Players can ask an officer or an op to light their netherportals for them. Players can only set one home.
Residents are the next step up, and I consider these players the stable citizens of Hide Your Fire. Residents can use flint + steel, lava buckets, and can set three homes. Residents can also use the block inspector, /co i, to view block changes.
Officers are trusted players. Officers have usually served as an Op (a staff position I try to rotate every month). Officers can perform block rollbacks, and nickname themselves and other players.
Veterans are players who have helped the server in key ways, and have been on the server for several years, though not quite as long as Legends.
Legends are players who have been on the server since the beginning, back in 2010. These players are rare; treat them with respect. They have put in the time here, and understand the history of this server and how Hide Your Fire works at a deeper level than most.
Ops are the staff on the server tasked with keeping law and order. Think of them as crossing guards. They perform rollbacks, greet new players, and have other permissions that help them investigate suspected griefers. When an Op is on, they are the authority for the server, deciding bans and other decisions as necessary.
Ops typically serve for a month or so. This position can be nominated by other players, or picked by the owner. There are always two Ops; they pick their own schedules on when to play. If you need help, seek out an Op!
Mayors are players who have started towns of some fame or reknown. The owner decides when players can be promoted to Mayor – Mayors can have a warp that goes right to their town, at the owner’s discretion.
Lords are players who have successfully run several cities, or founded a nation of considerable size. Like Mayors, Lords are chosen by the owner to be promoted. Lords may have multiple teleport locations in their nation-state.
Knights are warriors to the core. Knights have killed a large number of mobs, or have a reputation for being highly skilled in PVP.
Engineers are players with a solid reputation for high quality builds. Engineers represent the best builders Hide Your Fire has to offer.