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21. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Months ago I ask Isadora why several members who had many more posts than I did were not travel gurus. Her answer was basically that quality trumps quanity. That plus posting over 1,200 photos helped boost me up to guru status.

Seriously, it really does not matter to me, but I do think it may give my posts a bit more cachet when new TP members ask for help. Until I clicked on Hien's link, I did not know how few travel gurus there were. Now I really do special!!

22. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Wow, very interesting statistics. I didn't know there were that few travel gurus either.

23. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Yes, there is a limit on the number of seats for Respected Members and Travel Gurus at any one time. You may be a Respected Member or a Travel Guru now, but if you become idle or the others work their way up, you could be kicked off your seat (literally) and be demoted.

The ranks doesn't really mean in a true sense of the travelling experience of the member. How do we measure that, anyway? The ranks we apply here is just a kind of recognition to the contribution one has given to the site; i.e. in the forums, featured photo galleries, blog, referrals, and soon the wiki.

As for the forum posts, yes, Off-Topic forum posts don't count, as our friend here mikeyBoab can attest to this. It used to be a very straight forward post-count-determines-rank with no limit on the seats of each rank. Then OT became very active with all sorts of talk and continue-this-continue-that games which many members joined in. A 1000-post member could possibly have 80% of the total count in OT. So this doesn't do any justice to other members who helped out actively in regional travel forums but did not participate in OT, which could help one jack up the post count so easily. So we decided to do away with OT posts. Another one is rating of posts. Members could rate the quality of the post by clicking on the "Rate It!" button. This will give weight to that post. A high rating will give more points.

Coming back to the limited seats for Respected Members and Travel Gurus. I think as the members of the site continue to grow further, it is only logical that the seats be increased as well. Otherwise, newer members will find it hard to get a hold on the often-looked-high-upon-but-in-actual-fact-not-really-that-much seat which have all been taken up mostly by members who have been here for years.

24. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting amorphis

Right you are, Kruzinkiwi, There would be no TP without Budding Members as its backbone. Why the fuss about this anachronistic hierarchy thing, anyway? Btw, I have my doubts about some of the so-called travel gurus. Expressed these earlier in the Europe forum today. Hope I didn't offend Gelli too much with that one.

Amorphis
We are just members like any others.
Is it fair, to subject us, to extra critism, just because we logged into TP one day, and it said Travel Guru, everytime we posted.
I have myself received a few comments, about what right I have to be a travel guru. Do I deserve that?

Mel

PS
I have not logged a single photo, or blog.
I also became a travel guru, long before I started posting as much as I do now. THANKS FOR VOTING!!!!!!!!;)

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 2, 2007, at 12:16 AM by Mel. ]

25. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting Herr Bert

Quoting Utrecht

Myself, I am interested to experience as many different cultures/landscapes/countries/cities etc. etc. as possible, travelling in all different ways and meeting all sorts of people, for others getting to know a few countries in extreme dept is their goal.

Quantity vs Quality? (or not a lot of money vs a lot of money)

Can be both of course, you can know many countries in dept (both quantity and quality) or know a few basically (neither quantity or quality). Why do you ask? Or is a rhetorical question/judgement?

26. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting amorphis

Right you are, Kruzinkiwi, There would be no TP without Budding Members as its backbone. Why the fuss about this anachronistic hierarchy thing, anyway? Btw, I have my doubts about some of the so-called travel gurus. Expressed these earlier in the Europe forum today. Hope I didn't offend Gelli too much with that one.

Actually, the only people who make a fuss about it are NOT the travelgurus themselves, but others like you who are talking about it. I saw your post in Europe forum and like Gellis post (well, at least in your opinion) your post does not add to the discussion either and you could have sent him a PM about it. Actually, if you just told him about the fact that it did not add much, and not saying anything about having doubt about travelgurus, it would have made more sense....I don't see the connection, as any other member could have made it. So just quit talking about that travelguru thing, it is irrelevant like I told before and everyone should decide for themselves if they are some kinda travelguru, experienced traveller or whatever. Travel for yourself, not for others!

27. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting amorphis

I have my doubts about some of the so-called travel gurus. Expressed these earlier in the Europe forum today. Hope I didn't offend Gelli too much with that one.

I must admit, I didn't see any point to your post other than to embarass another TP member, completely unnecessary.

It actually made the site look a bit stupid, a visitor asks a question, two members post suggestions and then one member criticises the other's response - you're entitled to your opinion and of course to question the use of another member's posts but there are better ways of doing it.

28. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

And Amorphis, Gelli is the type of traveller we need more of here, in my opinion.
He is one of those unique individuals who I find inspirational. Anybody who travels and even some who dont can give travel information. Not everybody can inspire others to take their own approach to travelling, rather than following a receipe. This is why I and probably others value his presence here enough to rate his posts highly, thus causing him to retain his travel guru status.

There are also other members of this site, whom I highly respect. Unfortunately, they do not post enough, to become travel gurus. I wonder why. Does it have anything to do with the negativity circulating around TP? Please, stop bitching about the members we value. U have not been a member long enough to even know these people

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 2, 2007, at 2:17 AM by Mel. ]

29. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

I'm not sure of the "quantity vs quality" thing.

Too frequently I find that a lot of the "advice" coming from certain travel gurus is mere general and vague comments that could be written by anyone.There are often no specifics provided, no in-depth advice, no hints or tips on where to stay/eat/weather/festivals/how to get around, etc, etc; basically no insights whatsoever that one would expect to be provided from a guru.

These posts add no value to, nor increase the knoweldge of, the reader or the person asking the original question. All they seem to do is increase the number of posts that tally towards "travel guru" status. Couple this with the ability to manipulate the ratings of your own posts, either through real or fictitious members and, presto, instant "travel guru"

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 2, 2007, at 4:32 AM by james ]

30. Posted by kruzinkiwi (Budding Member 152 posts) 9y

V;)ery well said James.Well done.