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1. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5467 posts) 2 Feb '09 06:22

Hey everyone,

Just made a major revision to the way member titles are calculated. As some people rightly pointed out to me, it was getting rather hard to become a Travel Guru, with only 10 gurus on the whole site! This was due to my *brilliant* (ehem) algorithm not taking into account the possibility for one or two members to be soooooo far in front with points that they would slant the ranking (all calculations were based on the top user and percentages thereof).

So I've fixed that and am now working with a far more manageable and scaleable system that calculates the groupings around median numbers. Something like this:

  • Find all Full Members (some basic queries pick these out, like "top xx contributors in guide", etc..)
  • Find the median of that..
  • Then select the top half and find the median of that.
  • Then select the top half of that and voila - these are our Respected Members
  • Repeat previous two steps and we have our Gurus.

So top ~8th of Full Members are Respected Members and top ~16th of Full Members are Gurus.

There's more complexity to it than that of course. Hey, why be simple when you can be extremely complicated after all?!

End result though is that we now have a whole bunch of new / re-instated Gurus and Respected Members. See them all on the Member Stats page.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 2 Feb '09 06:30

Could it be...? mikeyboab's a... Travel Guru???

3. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5467 posts) 2 Feb '09 06:36

Quoting tway

Could it be...? mikeyboab's a... Travel Guru???

It's a brave new world.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5555 posts) 2 Feb '09 06:59

Still only 2 admins... that's strange;)

Anyway...I just got to know 3 new members which are travelguru but I never heard of them

There's more complexity to it than that of course. Hey, why be simple when you can be extremely complicated after all?!

Don't want to know everything but is the last time that someone contributed at least something (doesn't matter what) also a criteria? It should be

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Feb-2009, at 06:59 by Utrecht ]

5. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5467 posts) 2 Feb '09 07:07

Quoting Utrecht

Don't want to know everything but is the last time that someone contributed at least something (doesn't matter what) also a criteria? It should be

No, it's not as a matter of fact. Hence some fairly old school members in there :) Good point though, maybe it should.

6. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 2 Feb '09 07:32

Quoting Peter

Quoting tway

Could it be...? mikeyboab's a... Travel Guru???

It's a brave new world.

WOW!!! Finally, mikeyboab's a Travel Guru!!! This calls for a big celebration!

7. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 2 Feb '09 07:37

List of Travel Gurus as at 1535, 2 February 2009:
-reece- agc_cwm areinstein arif_kool bentivogli bex76 Calcruzer Clarabell coldwarspy Cupcake daveh dbloom Degolasse Gelli GregW Herr Bert james jengelman Lavafalls lil j magykal1 Mel. mikeyBoab Rraven samsara2 snatterand steff Taffski TLWH Travel100 tway Twinkle t_maia Utrecht vegasmike6 Wardsan wouterrr

Mostly "old faces" (former Travel Gurus). Good to see you guys back at the top! :)

8. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru, 5073 posts) 2 Feb '09 11:29

Can it be!?! Am I dreaming???

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5555 posts) 2 Feb '09 11:58

Quoting Peter

Quoting Utrecht

Don't want to know everything but is the last time that someone contributed at least something (doesn't matter what) also a criteria? It should be

No, it's not as a matter of fact. Hence some fairly old school members in there :) Good point though, maybe it should.

Guess it should, but that basically is the only thing. I think it is much better this way with the changes you made, as for example I recall there were at least like 20 travelgurus not so long ago if I am correct.
And the people who are travelguru now made some good contributions regarding the forum, blogs (I saw one with 317 blogs!) and also photos.
Oh well, it doesn't matter that much I guess;)

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Feb-2009, at 11:59 by Utrecht ]

10. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru, 3535 posts) 2 Feb '09 12:52

Awh it brings a tear to my eye, Michael has grown up infront of us all from a little budding member to now the day he has finally become a man and a Travel Guru. And some said this day would never arrive!

I think we should petition all world wide leaders to make this a public holiday in celebration of Mikey's coming of age!!

Congratualtions Mikey!!