Originally posted by Tyrannosauruschex
I never really see the masters around there - do they appear invisible unless they challenge you?
They have titles by their name but virtually all of them play on other servers since they get free subscriptions and better quality. Moreover, ICC and Playchess.com have better controls against immoral scumbags who have little skill of their own and simply steal other player's deserved results (aka cheats). This is why a lot of the strong adult players who could afford it moved to the other servers. While cheating is probably still rare at FICS (and is eventually detected), the other servers give more peace of mind. Don't get me wrong though, FICS is the best free live chess site and offers a lot. It's just that it's not quite at the level of ICC and Playchess.com.
Anyway, congratulations on your achievement!