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31. Posted by i c e (Respected Member 326 posts) 9y

Okay I like totally should be a moderator of Traveling Guru. Isador only travel 15 days a year I travel all year long!
No kidding!! full time!!
I just don't have time to live on this forum!
But I do all I can. Try to anwser helpfully. I voluntered on Country Help for 8 countries and 2 regions. I'm gonna do a wiki site soon!!

Please make me some better title!!! *on hands and knees begging*

Please PLEASE!!!!

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 25, 2007, at 8:24 PM by watchdog33 ]

32. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 9y

You know, all joking aside, that's why I inherently dislike member titles. People will now see this thread and not read your previous reply in a humorous light (even I am not 100% certain if it was intended as such, not having seen you post on this forum enough to be able to intuit that, but I'm just going to assume it was), and they're going to hang far more import on these member titles than they warrant.

They're just silly little strings underneath people's names! You don't get "respect" or "status" or basically anything (other than an increase of photo bandwidth from "a lot" to "really a lot") out of having a rarer title.
You get respect by being helpful on the forum, by posting insightful replies and by basically being useful to the community at large. The member title is an inherently flawed automated mechanism to try and reflect some of that. If you're a regular member of the forum, you can ignore them. Your own determination of how helpful someone is, arrived at through long and multiple exposures to the forum posts of the other forum members, is far and far more accurate. (Idem for seeing wiki changes and seeing photo uploads.)

Member titles do more good than harm, in that they provide an easy way for first time visitors to tell with a reasonable level of confidence that someone who answers their questions has been doing this more often, and has been found generally helpful. But even there, in the end what really matters is their own judgement of how helpful advice was. In the end, that's what we're all about: helping individual persons. Not helping masses of faceless people through scattershot advice, but one-on-one helping an individual with a very specific question. And knowing that you've done a good job there, isn't that all the reward anyone could ever want? I know I'd gladly give up this title of mine in exchange for just one more private message from someone saying "thanks, you really helped me with that reply there".

33. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Quoting watchdog33

Can I do anything to change this faster? Walk up stairs? Run a Marathon backwards?

I found that when I was just a budding member, spending at least 2 hours every single day but regularly more on this site replying to topics usually writing an essay in the RTW forum section helped. It saw me go from being budding member up through all the ranks to travel guru and then finally to moderator within about a month. I must say though that in that month I did reply to about 200 posts and half of those would have been about 30 lines or more of writing.

I was feeling the same way you explain and wanted to get off being a budding member and then a full member as it made me feel useless (at least when it came to this forum). Spend half your existance replying constructively to posts every day and you'll soon get off that status.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 26, 2007, at 2:54 AM by aharrold45 ]

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

Yeah Watchdog, Sander is right.
The titles can sometimes be a real hinderence to what people want to do here.
People are way too competitive about them.
For example , when people complain about how much I say, what I say, how I say it etc etc, and tell me that as a travel guru I should be saying different things and in a different way, it is very very boring. I just want to ask the questions I want to ask and answer the ones I want to answer in the way I want to and feel like. If I have to listen to people whinning about the way a "so called Travel Guru" talks, it is like being at work, except I dont get payed to put up with it.
These titles should either be treated as a bit of fun, or else not exist at all, in my opinion. ;)
If u were a travel guru, there would likely be one or more people complaining right now about the threads u post. They might even demand that ones like this, that dont contain travel information be moved to the off topic where u would not get TP credit for it and have something else to say about your other threads.

About the photos bandwith. Can I donate mine, to some budding member who has lots of photos? I never take photos, so this priviledge is wasted on me.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 26, 2007, at 4:03 AM by Mel. ]

35. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting watchdog33

Okay I like totally should be a moderator of Traveling Guru. Isador only travel 15 days a year I travel all year long!

I have just checked all of the replies to see if someone else had mentioned the Moderator status - they have not. Unlike the rest of the ranking titles, the Moderator title is assigned to select members by the Administrators and not the next level up from Travel Guru. Not every Moderator was a Travel Guru at the time they were approached about becoming a janitor.

As for my 15 days versuses your 365 days worth of travel - I'm actually free to do the same amount as yourself because I am self-employed. In less than a year, we have actually spent a month's worth of time traveling. That is neither here nor there, but such a comparison in travel days does not equate to someone being more knowledgeable than someone else. Also realize that I have been around 35 years longer and my traveling hasn't always been constrained by the work-a-day world. We each have our own areas of expertise.

I agree with Sander and Allan, share your information and ignore the title. If you want someone to commiserate with, Mikeyboab is your man. He was a Budding Member for quite a long time and racked up 3000 posts in the process. (Okay, there was a slight computer glitch...)

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

Funny about that 15 versus 365 days. If you have that much time, you are either very rich or unemployed or maybe both. If you are only the last one, this means you are running out of money. So tell me watchdog, I am so curious how you manage it? Many travellers I've met save money for years, go out travelling for a year and then don't travel for years, so on average you probably don't travel that much more.

37. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Funny about that 15 versus 365 days. If you have that much time, you are either very rich or unemployed or maybe both. If you are only the last one, this means you are running out of money. So tell me watchdog, I am so curious how you manage it? Many travellers I've met save money for years, go out travelling for a year and then don't travel for years, so on average you probably don't travel that much more.

Michael, you have a good point there when related to the average person. But, if you take a look at Josh's profile, you will see that his family and he are missionaries which does explain the ability to travel extensively year-round. :)

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

God no!

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

Anyway, there were other members who were asking about how to get a higher status. Then shortly afterwards they hardly post anything. What were they asking for, if they are not interested enough in TP to stay longer than a few weeks or months?

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 26, 2007, at 7:07 AM by Mel. ]

40. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Many members do not simply use TP just to post on forums though - the Blogging area, Photography area and Travel Guide area are all too a big draw to other TP members.