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1. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

I was wondering if anyone could explain to me what algorhitm or criteria TP uses in assigning members their status.

It occurred to me that there are 'respected members' that have the same, or even a lesser number of posts than certain 'budding members'. Also, I like to think that my own posts, although moderate in number, are generally of good quality, informative, etc., whereas some members with high numbers of posts talk a lot of nonsense, too. I don't participate in endless one-line contributions to the various forums; does that imply that it will take me several years to reach the next level of membership? Or are there even other factors (hopefully not commercial ones) at work as well?

thanks,
Niels (Amsterdam)

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

Hi Niels,

This thread will clear things up for you. :)

Cheers,
Hien

[ Edit: Edited at May 16, 2006 5:29 AM by Hien ]

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Hi Niels,

I often read and/or post in the same threads as you on South America. I do think you give great advice and hope that you continue to contribute to the board.

In an effort to move your ranking along, I went back and rated some of your posts highly. Hopefully it'll get you a better ranking soon!

And good luck in getting your bag of mate leafs.

Greg

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

thanks guys :-)

btw, wouldn't it be only fair to exclude the threads in the community forums from the rating system? After all, they don't really belong to TP's 'core business'

right... thanks Peter!

[ Edit: Edited at May 16, 2006 6:13 AM by bentivogli ]

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 10y

Hi Niels,

The thread Hien linked to should help explain it. To encourage people who post regular good advice, we don't give any value to entries posted in the Off Topic forum. That explains how people with large post counts can still be budding members.

It is in fact also possible to be a Respected Member or Travel Guru without even posting in the forum at all. This is the case with a few (at least one) of our members who maintain a blog and upload a lot of excellent photography. When either photos or blog entries are featured, they can contribute significantly.

Thank you for being part of the community - no doubt it won't be too long before you get the Full Member rating ;) We sincerely appreciate people who take time to provide quality answers as it is what keeps this place interesting.

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Quoting bentivogli

Or are there even other factors (hopefully not commercial ones) at work as well?

BTW, I thought I'd point out that there are absolutely no commercial factors at work here :) Even bribing with large amounts of chocolate cannot help as even if I change someone's title, it will be automatically changed back that night by the script that assigns the rankings... the only ones that we can control are the 'moderator' status, but that speaks for itself I guess.

7. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

Quoting Sam I Am

Quoting bentivogli

Or are there even other factors (hopefully not commercial ones) at work as well?

BTW, I thought I'd point out that there are absolutely no commercial factors at work here :) Even bribing with large amounts of chocolate cannot help as even if I change someone's title, it will be automatically changed back that night by the script that assigns the rankings... the only ones that we can control are the 'moderator' status, but that speaks for itself I guess.

Since having pictures featured in the TP gallery is a factor in the calculation, there might be a possibility. Leave the chocolate, alcohol or stuffed rabbits in the watertank of the toilet in the third cubicle from the right in Dublin's Heuston Station. And then await further instructions.