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1. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

I know thatfew people might ask the following question, but because I was not able to find my right answer or link, I ask you here.
How could I become a travel guru?
What is the right link for the registration form (if there is any).

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3714 posts) 9y

this link should explain how the ratings work:

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

Registration form, to become a travel guru?

U cant register to become a travel guru, but u could register to become a travel helper for Iran or maybe the US if u have been living there for a while.


4. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

@ bex76
Not interested in getting points or rating.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 28, 2007, at 8:09 PM by kombizz ]

5. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

@ Mel
could you please write me the right link for registration of travel guru.

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 9y

"Travel helpers" can be signed up for through your control panel, specifically on this page. It basically means that people will out of the blue send you private messages with specific questions on the countries you claim to be knowledgeable about, and that you have the option to be notified for each forum thread which is created with a question about that specific country.

"Travel guru", which is the title underneath some people's names, is an automatically calculated title based on all activity on the site (as was explained in the thread bex linked to), and is aimed to only be assigned to people who create the absolutely most valuable content on the site. (Obviously no mere algorithm can truly capture that, but as these things go, it's a pretty decent attempt.) Basically, what the algorithm looks for are forum posts/photographs/blog posts/wiki edits of the highest quality. (That means no unhelpful one-line answers which don't tell anything which wasn't said before in the thread, but rather extensive answers filled with hard-to-find information that will really be useful to travellers.) You can help determine which posts are considered particularly helpful by using the "Rate It!" link included with each forum post.

The title itself is obviously pretty meaningless. If the only reason to be helpful is to gain a title... well, that'd be pretty sad. Instead, be as helpful as you know how to be because you like helping people, and know that the thanks and recognition by those people themselves is all that matters. (If you feel you're already doing that, well, then I think you can safely think of yourself as a "travel guru", no matter what the algorithm thinks of it.) :)
Edit note: this entry was merged from another duplicate thread

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 29, 2007, at 6:42 AM by Sander ]

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting kombizz

@ Mel
could you please write me the right link for registration of travel guru.

It's going right over my head whether or not you're being droll - so forgive me if I'm ignorant on this one!

But the link bex send says it all. There is no super-secret registration form. Patience and posts and input and a calculation known only to the Daams powers that be (;)) - that's the formula.

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

Kombizz, here is the link.
Go into the part that says signing up as a travel helper.


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

Have a look up the list of people who have replied to this thread (the ones that have travel guru as a title) and then you'll see how you get that title. Spend half your days on this forum or at least quite a bit of time replying to peoples posts in an effective and helpful manner and you may get that title. Notice how many thousand posts mel and tway have contributed to (as well as a few others that haven't replied to your post), that is how to become a travel guru. If in one month you reply to about 200 posts in a productive and helpful manner you shall get this title and at least hold it for a bit as long as you kept up this rate or close to it.

Check this link out then click on the username of the people who are in the travel guru section and see the amount of posts they have made. Look at the top contributers on the bottom right hand side of the screen of that link and notice that for the most part either the travel gurus or respected members are in the top contributers on the bottom right of the screen and this is contantly the case.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 30, 2007, at 3:47 AM by aharrold45 ]

10. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 9y

Although what Allen says is basically correct, it does give the impression that post count is all that matters for the "travel guru", which is most certainly not the case. Correlation does not equal causality. There have been people with the "travel guru" title with barely 400 posts on their name, and others who at thousands of posts didn't come near. The quality of the posts (and all other activity on the site) is what's looked at for calculating titles.

[ Edit: other thread was deleted, so link removed. ]