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1. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Hello there. Im very new to Travellerspoint. A friend of mine persuaded me to sign up and after much hesitation Im actually really enjoying it.
Just one question please.
Whats the difference between a budding member (me), a full member, respected member and travelling guru?
I though at first it may be the amount of posts someone puts up, but Im wrong with that. I see travel gurus with less than 100 posts and full members with many more.
Thats it.
Thanks.

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

Only the overlords know the exact code, but basically it comes down to forum posts (and rating of those by other members), featured blog entries, featured photos and contribution to the travelguide.

Therefore, someone who is a really good photographer and/or contributes a lot in the travelguide can become a travelguru without posting a single post in the forum

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 7y

The member titles people have (first time poster, budding member, full member, respected member, travel guru) are based on all possible activity which one can engage in on this site: editing the wiki, uploading photos, writing blog entries, posting in the forum, etc, etc. (Nowadays, the forum is really only a very small part of this site.) Where a feedback mechanism exists to allow humans to rate the quality of these contributions, that counts for a lot (so featured photos and blog entries have a lot of weight, as do highly rated forum posts) - though only up to a certain point in order to avoid abuse of those feedback mechanisms. The Respected Member and Travel Guru title are additionally based on the ratio of people's contributions compared to the overall number of contributions. So someone who gains those titles and then becomes inactive for a long time would lose the title again and revert to just being a full member.
Having these titles allows the site to automatically assign more trust to people who have been actively (and usefully) contributing to the site for a long time, giving them such abilities as flagging the posts of spammers, or accessing admin features on the wiki. There's also some 'rewards' for having contributed to the site enough to gain a higher title, expressed in the ability to start more blogs, or have more gigabytes of storage for original size photos (allowing you to use travellerspoint as a backup mechanism for your photos). Finally, having these titles show up here in the forum is a quick guide for new members to ascertain the 'trustworthiness' of people replying to their question; flawed to be sure, but better than nothing, and for questions of "I'm going to location X, recommend me a tour company there?" at least it helps them distinguish between, say, someone promoting his own tour company and a long-time member who has actually used a specific tour company and isn't posting solely to promote that one company.

I wouldn't give these member titles too much weight in your own mind. When interacting with other regular members, they'll pay far more attention to what you say and how you say it then to some silly title, and since you don't seem to be blogging here or uploading photos, you're really unlikely to run into any limitations because of them. As long as you continue posting high quality advice (as you've been doing), you'll likely progress through the sequence of the other member titles soon enough. :)

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Aug-2009, at 10:03 by Sander ]

4. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

I thank Sander and Utrecht (Ive been to a place in Holland called Utrecht, what a lovely town it is too) for their comprehensive replies. I really dont mind what category I fall into as Im really enjoying this. I travel a lot (off to Northern Ireland tomorrow and Mexico next week, yippee) and dont think I will become a guru or someone like that as I dont have the time to post as much as I would like to. I must say however that when Im at work I think quite a bit about what people put up on Travellerspoint regarding their quotes. They are just so incredibly useful. Like the possibly dodgy flight websites through to how to deal with stomach upsets while away. Ive experienced both many times.
As you may have seen in my posts I travel for my job and have learned so much from others how to economise and in some cases stay alive. What an invaluable service Travellerspoint is. I wouldnt know how to blog or put up pictures (I have thousands from all over the globe), my computing skills are minimal. So Im happy to stay a budding member. Im no spring chicken and the word 'budding' is something I havent been called for years, if I ever was. Its quite a cute title.
Ps I can spell, honest I can. Just a slip of the finger while typing (re:Auestion)

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

BTW, note that being a Budding Member with 58 posts is rare. It seems like a glitch in the system. I've seen full members with far less posts than you.

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=57805
http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=60440

Somebody help me jog my memory, but wasn't one of the regulars (who should have been a Travel Guru by all rights) stuck at "Budding Member" for several months while having over 500 posts?

6. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Aah. Well like I said I really like the word 'budding' especially at my age. It almost feels like Ive just hatched and got endless decades to go before I mature (fat chance!). No rush to change my status just yet.

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 7y

Quoting t_maia

BTW, note that being a Budding Member with 58 posts is rare. It seems like a glitch in the system. I've seen full members with far less posts than you.

It's not a glitch. From experience, if someone doesn't participate in any other part of the site (which itself is really rare - all the full members you're thinking of will have blogs or photos or done wiki editing) and only posts on the forum, the boundary to the full member title lies somewhere around 80-100 posts (hard to say exactly, since off topic posts don't count, and rated posts also play a large role, while not enough people rate posts for this to be in any way predictable).

Somebody help me jog my memory, but wasn't one of the regulars (who should have been a Travel Guru by all rights) stuck at "Budding Member" for several months while having over 500 posts?

MikeyBoab got all the way up to 2000 posts (? I think it was that many) before Peter discovered a glitch, yeah. Of course, a lot of those posts were in off topic, but he still went straight from budding member to respected member when the titles were recalculated. :)

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Aug-2009, at 15:35 by Sander ]

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

Quoting Sander

Quoting t_maia

BTW, note that being a Budding Member with 58 posts is rare. It seems like a glitch in the system. I've seen full members with far less posts than you.

It's not a glitch. From experience, if someone doesn't participate in any other part of the site (which itself is really rare - all the full members you're thinking of will have blogs or photos or done wiki editing) and only posts on the forum,

I think that's a little overestimated here. Haven't checked 1005 full members, but looking at some respected ones, there are quite a few who only have forum posts.
So the term 'really rare' again is not quite used ok here. Especially the 'giving' part on TP (that is the travelguide..;)) isn't used that much. I think it's not that popular ore more people enjoy sharing their trips/photos/blogs instead of writing wiki style. That's ok though with me, no judgement here.

Just to straighten things out here that lots of members activity actually is quite lower than one might expect/think.

But like Sander said before: have a look at quality of posts, photos, blogs and travelguide, not at the title. I mean, it could have been just 2 title, or none, or like 27. Or maybe have titles which only include names of American presidents. I'd like that

9. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

Or maybe have titles which only include names of American presidents. I'd like that

Great idea! What about the following conversion:

gurus ==> Washington
respected ==> Lincoln
full ==> Kennedy
budding ==> Obama
mods ==> Ford (cleaning up after Nixon. Well, sort of)

maybe spammers should also get their own president? ;)

10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

haha,
And the major idiots around here would be Bush Sr. or (the really retarded ones) Bush jr.