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1. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I have been always been curious. What determines a full, respected, guru etc, member...? I see members with the same amounts of posting but different statuses. Is there a science behind it?


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5232 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

It's more of an "art", really. (That is, there's an algorithm behind it, but not even Peter really groks it anymore.)
Basically, the status isn't just for the forum, but for all activity on the website. Travel Guide edits, blog posts (especially featured blog posts), featured photographs, ratings by other members of how helpful your posts were, starting a thread which ends up being featured, etc, etc. It all goes into the big hat, lots of vigorous shaking follows, and out pops a member "status".
The big thing to remember about this is that in the end, it's just a string of text. (There's some minor benefits such as increased photo upload bandwidth, but most people will never exhaust their regular bandwidth anyway.) It's intended to give a quick overview to new members (and to the software of the site itself) of if people have been contributing usefully to the site for a long time and can be generally "trusted", or if they are just starting out; but it's definitely not meant to be a replacement of just their own judgment of how helpful people are being.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I think some kind of permanent blog should be created to answer this question because it gets asked so often.
And before anyone suggests it, no I wont write the blog. :)
I think I became a travel guru because I answered the question about the statuses so often.


[ Edit: Edited on Dec 24, 2007, at 1:32 AM by Mel. ]