QQ: how do you get "active member" or "expert" designation?

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by -live wire-, Apr 23, 2018.

Is it automatic and based on posts and your profile OR do mods control what you are called?

  1. Moderators control it.

    66.7%
  2. It is done by bots.

    33.3%
  1. -live wire-

    Thread Starter Active Member

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    So how do you get the designation of active member, expert, or anything like that? Is it automatic or does a moderator give it to you? I'm just curious. Thanks,
    -live wire-
     
  2. wayneh

    Expert

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    It’s automatic based on post count.
     
  3. -live wire-

    Thread Starter Active Member

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    Oh. In my opinion, saying more doesn't make you more knowledgeable or experienced.
     
  4. Brevor

    Active Member

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    You are absolutly correct, it's a flawed system. I have seen people with high ratings because of their post count, but if you were to look at all of their posts every one of them was asking for help. Not a single one was giving any help.
     
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  5. WBahn

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    Nearly all forums use a similar system of awarding titles based on post count, often with some kind of flashy icon to go along with it. There are also "Trophy Points" and "Likes". The goal (of the developers of the forum software) is to encourage active participation based on something that requires no time and effort on the part of the forum staff. This is why you see many awards in rapid succession for people with very few posts and much slower awards for people with high post counts -- the developers know that it is important to "hook" people early on by any means they can think of but that once someone is hooked, that for most the awards mean very little.

    All of them are completely arbitrary and of very little meaning beyond, possibly, a general relationship between someone's longtime, active participation that has garnered a lot of Likes and the quality of their contributions. It can never be a guarantee of quality in any specific instance.
     
  6. -live wire-

    Thread Starter Active Member

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    They should allow mods to at least demote or promote someone based on their post content.
     
  7. MaxHeadRoom

    Expert

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    Not as though they are going to use it in their CV ;)
    Or maybe.....
    Max.
     
  8. WBahn

    Moderator

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    The forum almost certainly has that ability (most do), but think about what you are asking for and the can of worms it would open.

    First, the mod staff would have the added burden of monitoring the content of a upwards of half a million members and deciding, on an individual basis, whether a member's content merits that they be promoted or demoted.

    Second, anyone whose rank was demoted would complain about it, either publicly or via PM to the staff.

    Third, many members who weren't promoted would complain about it, either publicly or via PM to the staff.

    Fourth, it would be a never ending source of sniping between members tangling over whether their status was deserved or not.

    No thanks!

    My recommendation?

    If you don't find it useful, ignore it.
     
  9. dl324

    AAC Fanatic!

    Mar 30, 2015
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    What difference does it make? I preferred being called a "Distinguished Member", now I'm a Fanatic; I've gotten over it...
     
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  10. BR-549

    AAC Fanatic!

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    It just worries me to death. Something has to be done about this. It's a subversion of diversity.

    Or was that a diversity of subversion? I get them mixed up.
     
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  11. cmartinez

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 17, 2007
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    Except if the designation reads "Moderator" of course... ;):D
     
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  12. KJ6EAD

    Senior Member

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    I find the fanatic label slightly offputting as well. How many more posts do you need to level up in this game? ;)
     
  13. WBahn

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    Who knows, that might the most arbitrary of them all! :D
     
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  14. WBahn

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    I'm not aware of a page that gives the thresholds. Back before the switch to XenForo, it was a simple matter to just do a binary search through the member pages to find them.
     
  15. KJ6EAD

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    On that matter, is there a place on the forum where we can find statistics such as membership totals, rates, number of members in each user title, possibly even a description of the titling algorithm as currently configured? I do get curious about these things occasionally.
     
  16. WBahn

    Moderator

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    Other than the "Trophy Points" definitions, I'm not aware of anything of significance. On a couple of the main pages some basic numbers such as total members, threads, and posts are provided in the side bar.
     
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  17. bertus

    Administrator

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    Hello,

    The user title is given automaticaly by the xenforo software.
    The user title depends on the trophys awarded to the member:

    User Title Ladder Admin CP - All About Circuits.png

    The trophy points depend on several items, like how long he is a member, how many posts are made.

    Trophies Admin CP - All About Circuits.png

    Bertus
     
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  18. RichardO

    Late Member

    May 4, 2013
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    I'm a Well-Known Member. Not sure if that is good or bad... :eek:
     
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  19. -live wire-

    Thread Starter Active Member

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    Are you sure....
     
  20. bertus

    Administrator

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    Hello,

    An administrator can make a member a moderator.
    The owner can make a member an administrator.

    Bertus
     
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