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boswellbaxter
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Postby boswellbaxter » Tue August 26th, 2008, 11:13 pm

Everyone just got promoted to "Members"! After 100 posts, people become "Senior Members." (Some of you will be there in no time.)

It might be fun to invent some new titles later, though, unless people are really sentimentally attached to the old ones.
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Susan
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Postby Susan » Tue August 26th, 2008, 11:19 pm

In the royalty forum I help moderate, we have two kinds of rankings. We have the usual ranking using the number of posts and we also have nominations. There may be posters who don't post a lot, but who are leaders in the forum, behave in an exemplary way, and have excellent posts. Those posters can be nominated for advancement. Previously, the administrators and the three moderators then voted. Recently, the administrator has added those posters of the highest rank to the voters. The administrator, any of the moderators, or any of the posters of the highest rank can nominate.
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boswellbaxter
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Postby boswellbaxter » Tue August 26th, 2008, 11:24 pm

That's a neat idea!
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Susan
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Postby Susan » Wed August 27th, 2008, 12:33 am

"boswellbaxter" wrote:That's a neat idea!


FYI, here’s what we do with ranks.

Based upon number of posts

New at Court: 0 – 99 posts
Lady in Waiting / Squire: 100 – 499 posts
Knight / Dame: 500 – 999 posts
Baron / Baroness: 1000 posts

Nominated and Voted
Grand Duke/Grand Duchess: 5-star posters awarded for the quality of their postings and their knowledge about royalty, can nominate and vote to advance other posters
Duke/Duchess: 5-star posters awarded for the quality of their postings and their knowledge about royalty
Earl/Countess: 3-star posters awarded for the quality of their postings and their knowledge about royalty

Appointed ranks
Empress: site administrator
Crown Prince/Princess: moderators

Other
In the Tower: On probation because of offenses
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Postby Ash » Wed August 27th, 2008, 2:34 am

I prefer the number of posts. The whole voting thing reminds me of the High School popularity contests, and as another reunion is coming up that I will not go to, I'd prefer to move on, if we could :)

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed August 27th, 2008, 3:27 am

"Ash" wrote:I prefer the number of posts. The whole voting thing reminds me of the High School popularity contests, and as another reunion is coming up that I will not go to, I'd prefer to move on, if we could :)

agreed. anybody remember the days when they picked teams by lining kids up and the worst players went last?
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Susan
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Postby Susan » Wed August 27th, 2008, 3:29 am

"Ash" wrote:I prefer the number of posts. The whole voting thing reminds me of the High School popularity contests, and as another reunion is coming up that I will not go to, I'd prefer to move on, if we could :)


Using the number of posts can also be problematic because people could post many posts just to move ahead in rank. We do use the number of posts as I listed above, but the nomination/voting allows for the recognition of exemplary posters.

The nomination and the voting is done by a very small group of people and there is absolutely no popularity at all. We consider the quality of posts. Some of the people we have promoted don't post a lot, but what they have to say is important to the forum. Rewarding posters in this manner demonstrates to the readers on the forum what is considered to be good, valuable, polite, and respectful discussion.
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Susan
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Postby Susan » Wed August 27th, 2008, 3:34 am

"MLE" wrote:agreed. anybody remember the days when they picked teams by lining kids up and the worst players went last?


But if I nominated someone and they were not voted to be promoted, they would never know, so it is not the same at all as standing in gym and watching as you are the last picked. It works well in the forum I help moderate. People know they can move up in rank based upon two methods.
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diamondlil
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Postby diamondlil » Wed August 27th, 2008, 1:05 pm

I have moved these posts about member ranks from the thread where they were. We will leave the thread open for further discussion for a few days, and then we will set up a member poll, so that we can all vote as to what kind of member ranking structure you would like. At this point I would think that there would be four options in the poll

1. Member rankings based purely on no. of posts
2. No member rankings
3. Member rankings based on no. of posts, and then peer nominations as suggested by Susan earlier in the thread
4. Don't really care!


Carry on!

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Rowan
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Interest in HF: I love history, but it's boring in school. Historical fiction brings it alive for me.
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Postby Rowan » Wed August 27th, 2008, 1:53 pm

I liked the old ranking names we had if anyone can remember them.

One thought I did have, though, is to make those who are published authors stand out by giving them a special title as some people might not connect their membernames with their full names.


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