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« on: April 10, 2009, 05:51:25 AM »

Hey everyone. Smiley

I realised the forum's current setting for post-counts is pretty default, and not necessarily relevant to our particular community.

Ultimately, I know it doesn't really matter at all, but I thought it might be something nice that people might have some interest in.

At the moment, member accounts hold ranks or labels based on the number of posts they have contributed to the forum.

I was hoping to see if anyone has any ideas as to what ranks or symbols people would like to see on the forums.

Here is the current setup:

Current title     Accompanying image     Current number of members     Post threshold     
Newbie2580
Jr. Member1150
Full Member4100
Sr. Member0250
Hero Member1500


Please share your suggestions of what labels and/or symbols you would prefer. Note: your ideas do not have to be limited to five groups; the forum engine is capable of more than this. Smiley

So . . . what do you think we should have instead of the current default setup?

Unit names from games? Military ranks? Musical terms? Other descriptive terms? Musical notes instead of stars?

Bring forth your ideas, and let's see if we can come up with something more idiosyncratic and appropriate for this community. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2009, 07:25:45 AM »

How about:

Just Joined the Club / The Nameless One
A Familiar Face
Regular Visitor
You Know My Name
Mad Forumer
Maniac Hayesist

For Moderator = The Sheriff / Peacekeeper
For Administrators = Big Boss / The Don

As for the image, I'd go for something like a musical note or something. Not sure where to look such stuff up though.
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2009, 10:35:36 AM »

Moderator/Admin = Maestro

I rather like Sylvos' lower designations, though, too.

I'll try to think up some ideas for rank pips when my brain functions more.
Something along the lines of a staff might be cool, though.  We would just need some manner of easily delineating differences - maybe barlines or something?

Melda, I notice that your 5 stars are green because you're an Admin, correct?  So perhaps we could separate those out, as well.  Maybe repeat bars or something, or a grand staff instead of a lone staff.

I've done some playing with stuff like this before; it'll just take me a little while to turn my brain on for the day and get thinking.  The hard part is extracting a conceptual theme from the board - sometimes easier said than done.

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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2009, 01:43:20 PM »

Some other suggestions:

Tempo terms (stars could be notes or whatever symbols)

* = Largo
** = Adagio
*** = Andante
**** = Allegro
***** = Presto

Or the "climbing the career latter" approach:

* = Studio Gopher
** = Studio Assistant
*** = Team Composer
**** = Lead Composer
***** = Rock Star

Or Career Musician terms:

* = Sit-In Gig
** = Freelancer
*** = Regular Session Player
**** = Concert Master (or 1st Chair, or Session Leader)
***** = Maestro (or Conductor)

Just some more ideas to toss out there!

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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2009, 02:47:34 PM »

Or the "climbing the career latter" approach:

* = Studio Gopher
** = Studio Assistant
*** = Team Composer
**** = Lead Composer
***** = Rock Star

I like this one! I made some minor changes to it. How does it look?

* = Studio Assistant
** = Ghostwriter
*** = Orchestrator
**** = Team Composer
***** = Conductor
****** = Lead Composer
******* = Award-Winner

... assuming that we can have up to level 7, rank-wise.
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2009, 06:59:37 AM »

As far as I can tell, we have no limit for the number of labels. Smiley

Another thing to consider, is what post thresholds/limits we want for each of the levels.

Please feel free to keep brainstorming. Once we have a large pool of ideas, we can go swiming for the best ones. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2009, 08:48:50 AM »

Another thing to consider, is what post thresholds/limits we want for each of the levels.

I think for now we better stick with the default ones (50, 100, 250, etc) since the average total posts aren't that much. Besides, although I know members of this board aren't that kind of people, we still don't want to give some members an incentive to "spam" just to get that nice 'n shiny label! These could then be re-adjusted later on as the the average total posts goes up.

One interesting thing I saw on some boards is special labels/ranks which are given irrespective to one's total number of posts. These seem to be assigned when a member has a special activity or constructive contributions to a certain topic on the board. You may want to consider this.
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2009, 07:31:07 PM »

I was actually wondering if we should adjust the thresholds down. Smiley

And that's a good point, with those custom labels.

We did have 'Mosiac Contest Winners' and 'Composer' labels for members who had won the competition and worked on mods hosted by the site, respectively, but I cannot find how to do this.

I will keep looking into this. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2009, 12:50:46 AM »

Hmm . . . I figured it out, and have gone through adding the following tags: Mosaic Competition Winner (self-explanatory), Approved Mod Maker (for projects that I deemed likely to be completed) and Mod Composer (for members who had worked on mods posted on the forum).

Tell you what, though . . . my account has a lot of information under it. :/

Might be a little too much. Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2009, 10:02:10 AM »

Tell you what, though . . . my account has a lot of information under it. :/

Might be a little too much. Tongue

I think you should limit yourself (and probably everyone else with this problem) to only one label that best represents your role here. Perhaps you should add those additional information such as being a Mod-Composer or etc to your signature or something. That's only my opinion though.

Mosaic Competition... I'm wondering if that project is still ongoing.
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2009, 04:38:25 AM »

I think limiting each person to one would work in most situations, as well.  For Admins, though, like you, Melda, I think the limit should be two: One for an award title, if applicable, and the Admin.  But the 'Administrator' title and the <Hero Member> title seem slightly redundant to me, personally.

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« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2009, 06:32:51 AM »

Yeah, I'm not sure how to fix that . . . I could look into whether the post count can be removed for administrators . . .

I'll check it out; see what I can find. Smiley

. . .

Okay, I can't see how to force members into only one group. I was hoping the postcount one would have 'exceptions', but it doesn't.

Guess we'll have to put up with triple-decker labels. :/
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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2009, 11:57:59 AM »

Can you make another group similar to Hero Member for the Admins?  I only have limited experience with forum software, and then mostly with Invisionfree, but I vaguely remember seeing something useful there.  I think I remember a way to create 'artificial' post levels that weren't reached by number of posts, but rather by Admin action.  I'll look back at one of my IF test forums, and see if I can say something a little concrete that might speed up your search through this software.

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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2009, 12:00:54 PM »

(Double post)
I looked and I don't see it even in IF.  There is a way to manually change post counts to achieve a similar effect, but it's far from ideal.  I think we're better off dealing with the triple deckers.

Sidenote: Is anyone else non-admin missing the "Edit" button in The Round Table?  I know Melda has access to it, because I can see the edit tag, but the button's not showing up right now for me.

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« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2009, 01:18:12 PM »

Sidenote: Is anyone else non-admin missing the "Edit" button in The Round Table?

It doesn't show up for me either.
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