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Title: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: CraigStern on February 03, 2010, 08:44:20 PM
Post well, and one day you too can become a Savior of these forums!

TitleStar Power   Posts to Earn
Newbie-0
Ghost-1
Bandit*5
Mechanic*10
Stone Golem*25
Mechanic Captain   **50
Red Cape**100
Blue Cape**200
Black Cape***500
White Cape***1000
Tactician****2000
General****3000
Hero****4000
Savior*****5000
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Steelfist on February 07, 2010, 11:48:37 AM
Hmmm... I might be able to overtake you!
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: CraigStern on February 07, 2010, 01:11:06 PM
Not quite. Note the custom title. ;)
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Steelfist on February 07, 2010, 02:09:42 PM
I've still got more posts, though! :P

Why didn't you keep Malignus as a name? Everyone knew who you were anyway.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: KZ on February 07, 2010, 04:09:23 PM
It's not the number of posts that matters, it's the quality, steelfist. ;)
And malignus does have a knack for posting very high quality posts!
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Zhampir on February 07, 2010, 11:09:40 PM
Besides, even if you managed to acquire the amount of stars you would not have the special golden ones, you will likely just have five of these tiny shiny stars.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Steelfist on February 09, 2010, 09:53:02 AM
Do you know, KZ, I thought for a second that you were implying that my posts were low quality.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: KZ on February 09, 2010, 11:00:09 AM
Not at all, not at all, steelfist:  I was pointing out to the folks at large that it's better to write a few, high quality posts, than many low quality ones. As I'm sure you're aware, there were a couple of users on the old forums who went for quantity over quality on occaison.

Anyhow, my hope is that through natural desire to post interesting stuff and constructive participation, with time, we'll get a few of us into the high rankings, keeping this a high standard, entertaining and vibrant place. ;)
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: hellboy222 on February 09, 2010, 05:59:18 PM
Yeah no one wants a posting prat, Like I have been in the past unfortunately. I hope to not fall back into that habit though.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Kaseke on February 13, 2010, 04:39:26 AM
And just in the old forums I was closing to the rank of saviour. >.< Have to start it all over. I'll be the first one in the new forums to get it!
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: KZ on February 13, 2010, 07:32:09 AM
Well, kivatti, good luck with that, just make sure you that your post quality doesn't suffer 'cause of the desire to get the highest ranking ;)
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Kaseke on February 14, 2010, 02:43:57 AM
Ah. I try to keep the quality good. As in the last forums, I got my rank very high by posting into the forum games section. This time I try to join the conversations oin the other sections too tho. I always kinda came too late and would have to read 7 pages of long text to join in, so I didn't bother to join them anymore.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Frosty on February 15, 2010, 02:40:57 PM
Why does everyone care about ranking in the forums?
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: CraigStern on February 15, 2010, 03:17:18 PM
Same reason that people care about leveling up in games, I'd imagine. ;)
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Frosty on February 15, 2010, 07:11:10 PM
But leveling up in games is to get better. This is just saying you posted a lot of stuff.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: CraigStern on February 16, 2010, 09:45:09 AM
Well, what's better: a Newbie or a Hero? :P
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Frosty on February 18, 2010, 07:50:21 PM
True that.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Zhampir on February 18, 2010, 09:06:32 PM
an old fad that never really caught on "n't n't fact"
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Ertxiem on February 27, 2010, 08:49:15 PM
Post well, and one day you too can become a Savior of these forums!

TitleStar Power   Posts to Earn
Newbie-0
Bandit*5
Mechanic*10
Mechanic Captain   **50
Red Cape**100
Blue Cape**200
Black Cape***500
White Cape***1000
Tactician****2000
General****3000
Hero****4000
Savior*****5000
May I suggest adding a new rank at 1 post and at 20 posts? I have no solid reason, other than up to 2000 everything was looking like an exponential growth: posts=10rank/3 rounded to a single digit (followed by zeros).
So, I'm suggesting 0, 1,2,5, 10,20,50, 100,200,500, 1000,2000. From 2000 on it would take quite a long time to get 1000 posts, so I think that intervals of 1000 might be reasonable to have (I made a bit more than 1600 posts in one year on the old forums, which would mean about 3 years to reach Savior). At 1 post one could become a beggar and at 10 posts one could become a raider and mechanic would be reached at 20 posts.

Is there an easy way to distinguish posts made in forum games and posts elsewhere? And if it's possible, is it a good idea to posts in the forum games count less (perhaps 1/2) than posts elsewhere?
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Zhampir on February 27, 2010, 09:04:30 PM
I personally like the current system. 8 more till blue cape.^^
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: CraigStern on February 27, 2010, 09:12:59 PM
I actually just added a new rank at 1 post yesterday: Ghost. It wouldn't be much trouble to add in a new one at 25.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: KZ on February 28, 2010, 08:32:02 AM
Heh, good. I think that's quite original, having a rank for 1 post, but useful as well, since something like 95% of the 14000 users never posted more than 1 post.
By the way, is it possible to completely remove post count from forum games section? 'Cause those posts do not in any way constructively contribute to the forums discussions in general, other than providing a bit of entertainment (which is good), but if the ranking system is to be of any value (reputation/repsect/weight, etc), then if posts outside the forum games count, it will be an indicator of how much a person has been active on the general discussions (as there have been users with posts into the hundreds who have barely contributed anything elsewhere). This would make the attainment of each rank be more worthwhile and something to be even more pleased about.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: CraigStern on February 28, 2010, 01:34:07 PM
That's not a bad idea. I'll do that.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: hellboy222 on March 05, 2010, 09:01:18 AM
darn so close to blue cape but I would like to fell like I have earned it because alot of my posts are from forum games.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: KZ on March 05, 2010, 01:49:28 PM
Hence the whole point of only non-game posts couting ;) People will feel they've actually earned it by doing something useful- anyone can write a word in a game, but not everyone can give an intelligent and useful imput into forum discussion. The solution is simple: to get cracking with writing useful and interesting posts in other section of the forums as well.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: hellboy222 on March 05, 2010, 01:53:16 PM
what about like say an role playing game do you think those posts should count because usually it's something creative or what not, or have it count for only part of a post like .5 of a post or something?
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Zhampir on March 05, 2010, 01:55:04 PM
If the role playing involves the Telepath world, then I think the posts should count. Simply because they can help develop story lines for the game if Mr. Stern ever gets a mental block.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: KZ on March 05, 2010, 04:21:28 PM
This goes down in the creative writing section of the forums, not the forum games, usually, so that's fine. There is also the technical side of things- it's much simpler to discount any posts made in one section of the forums, rather than selectively allow posts to be counted in certain threads.

By the looks of it, the posts that were made in the games section before the changes still count towards the total post number, so quite a few posters have a large in-forum games post cushion anyway, which will more than compensate the lack of post counting from role-playing forum games with lots of content.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Dayn on March 20, 2010, 04:53:21 AM
What's star power
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Zhampir on March 20, 2010, 08:55:03 AM
the amount of stars is simply a visual tool to show the users posting prowess. For instance, even though me and KZ are both blue capes he has more stars (they're cooler too) to show he's a mod.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: MikeW781 on April 07, 2010, 04:20:11 PM
Mechanic Captain!
Red Cape!
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: torugo on April 24, 2010, 08:31:07 AM
im about to get promoted to blue cape. i dont think anyone will make saviour at this rate but im going to at least go for white cape
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: MikeW781 on May 31, 2010, 06:08:59 AM
I don't know where the right place to ask this is, but i just realized Ertxiem has become a global moderator, the same rank KZ used to have. Is he replacing KZ?
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Ertxiem on June 01, 2010, 10:14:01 AM
Nope. Anyone else may want to take a look at Craig's answer (http://sinisterdesign.net/forum/index.php?topic=31.msg8027#msg8027) (I suppose mikew781 already read it ;) ).
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: MikeW781 on June 01, 2010, 12:23:43 PM
Congrats Ert!
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Duskling on June 03, 2010, 03:41:39 PM
Finally a Cape, and this is my one-hundred-first post.


Cape again!

Cape!
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Bromtaghon on June 05, 2010, 08:28:20 AM
*sniffle* On the old forums I was a blue cape...
And now I'm what, a Mechanic?
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Zhampir on June 07, 2010, 07:43:32 AM
nope you're a  :-\
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Bromtaghon on June 07, 2010, 03:57:52 PM
If the forum games counted, we'd all be saviours.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: torugo on June 08, 2010, 01:42:28 PM
i dont know about savior but im sure we would all at least be close to black cape.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Zhampir on June 16, 2010, 03:31:37 AM
lol, back when I was new and KZ was posting right after me I got quite a few in my count.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: The Holy namelesskitty on June 24, 2010, 07:26:35 PM
I fell like such a newbie, maybe because I kinda am.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Bromtaghon on June 24, 2010, 07:27:40 PM
You'll get there.  Unless you play the forum games excessively.  *cough*me*cough*
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: The Holy namelesskitty on June 24, 2010, 08:21:27 PM
Thanks for being nice. That's really refreshing. These are totally the best forums ever. ;D

Me too
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Steelfist on June 27, 2010, 01:15:40 AM
It doesn't take long to be considered an 'Old-Timer'. Or, at least, it doesn't take long to not be considered a newbie.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: KZ on June 27, 2010, 02:48:10 PM
Thanks for being nice. That's really refreshing. These are totally the best forums ever. ;D

Aye, and we do try, usually, to be different from other forums and keep up the standard. I would rather hope most people would want to participate for an interesting discussion around here, to have some fun, and not to get into a flaming war.

Meanwhile, steelfist has it spot on. From my point of view, true "old timers" recently have been Ertxiem, ender, LethalLaurie, Craig and I, of which 2 are no longer currently active- 3 came with the first wave since the beginning of old forums, the other 2 same in a second wave. The rest of the folks usually hangs out for about 3 months-6 months then dissapears into the wind. Then you have the "periodical activity" category, and there are quite a few of those. But in any case, it doesn't matter if you're a newbie or not- you have an opinion and we'll listen to it if you would like to voice it.

In any case, rank-wise, it take people usually a year to get within the 1000 post count, and then some. Hopefully, some of you will be saviours and be well regarded at the same time.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Bromtaghon on June 27, 2010, 03:08:56 PM
How many saviours were there on the old forums? I know ender was one and KZ and CraigStern/Mal probably were...
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: KZ on June 27, 2010, 03:17:46 PM
That would be ender and I. Postcount-wise, malignus didn't quite reach that upper limit (but quality sure did beat quantity there ;) ).
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Steelfist on June 30, 2010, 08:52:21 AM
I would probably be fairly close to rivalling your post count, KZ, if the forum games still counted. Still, I understand why they don't.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Bromtaghon on June 30, 2010, 09:04:14 AM
Very little, if anything, is contributed to the forums in the Forum Game section; thus, the posts don't count.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Cypher on June 30, 2010, 09:12:24 AM
I wonder how long it will take me to reach saviour, if I ever do...
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Bromtaghon on June 30, 2010, 09:14:11 AM
You're only around 4974 posts away!
I'm back at Blue Cape.  must... get... saviour...
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Steelfist on July 01, 2010, 09:03:57 AM
I do post in other places than the forum games, of course, just not very often. General Discussion counts toward posts, though, doesn't it?
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Zackirus on July 01, 2010, 09:08:41 AM
Thanks for being nice. That's really refreshing. These are totally the best forums ever. ;D

Aye, and we do try, usually, to be different from other forums and keep up the standard. I would rather hope most people would want to participate for an interesting discussion around here, to have some fun, and not to get into a flaming war.

Meanwhile, steelfist has it spot on. From my point of view, true "old timers" recently have been Ertxiem, ender, LethalLaurie, Craig and I, of which 2 are no longer currently active- 3 came with the first wave since the beginning of old forums, the other 2 same in a second wave. The rest of the folks usually hangs out for about 3 months-6 months then dissapears into the wind. Then you have the "periodical activity" category, and there are quite a few of those. But in any case, it doesn't matter if you're a newbie or not- you have an opinion and we'll listen to it if you would like to voice it.

In any case, rank-wise, it take people usually a year to get within the 1000 post count, and then some. Hopefully, some of you will be saviours and be well regarded at the same time.

Hey I've been around almost six mothns and I haven't disaperred into the wind altough as you said I might belong in the periodical activity. From my point of view at least I think that I could be up-and-running for the next "old timer". I mean plently of people know and like me so the chances are good...
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Steelfist on July 01, 2010, 09:15:32 AM
I was a fairly active poster on the old forums, and KZ hasn't listed me as an old timer. So, while you aren't considered a newbie, it will no doubt be a while until you are considered an old timer. For that matter, it will probably take a while for me to be considered an old timer.

Meanwhile, I am attempting to stay away from the Forum Games section. I am a very active poster, and my 'post count to length of time on forums' ratio is embarrassing.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Bromtaghon on July 01, 2010, 11:08:00 PM
Good.  Resist the temptation, Steelfist.
I vaguely remember you, Steelfist, but I left moderately soon after you joined.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Steelfist on July 02, 2010, 08:15:27 AM
I vaguely remember you, too, Brom.

In other news, I have been resisting the Forum Games, and have only posted infrequently.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: KZ on July 02, 2010, 03:47:33 PM
And I remember all of you, folks, for I have read practically every post ever made on the old and new forums (save the occaisonal games section post).

It's all relative, really- for me "old-timers" are those who joined back in the day two, three years ago.
In any case, it's good to see people trying to increase their activity in the rest of the forums, that's why the post count doesn't go up in the game section- this way post count and, through it, rank obtained is increased in value. I am thinking of suggesting removing "general discussion" from post count as well, as there are quite a few forum-game like, pointless threads on it of late.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Steelfist on July 02, 2010, 04:13:37 PM
Well, I think Craig said he didn't intend to, but which one of the topics it was on I can't remember.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: MikeW781 on July 02, 2010, 06:46:56 PM
I am thinking of suggesting removing "general discussion" from post count as well, as there are quite a few forum-game like, pointless threads on it of late.
There should be a section of it where the posts don't count, but as Craig has said himself, some of them are useful threads....
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Steelfist on July 03, 2010, 01:39:40 AM
And, of course, this would mean I'd have to find somewhere else to post, because I now really want to get my post count up.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: KZ on July 03, 2010, 09:13:26 AM
I am thinking of suggesting removing "general discussion" from post count as well, as there are quite a few forum-game like, pointless threads on it of late.
There should be a section of it where the posts don't count, but as Craig has said himself, some of them are useful threads....
Well, that's why I really liked having the "off-topic" section in the old forums, which here one could disable the post count on and make everyone happy, methinks. And then there could be other sections for general discussion that can be considered worth having to contribute to the users post count. In any case, that would, at least, make the post count and ranking more respectworthy and more pleasing to attain.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: MikeW781 on July 03, 2010, 11:27:17 AM
This seems a good compromise. But it'll give you/Craig/Ert a lot more work moving threads
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Steelfist on July 03, 2010, 11:51:16 AM
If it helps make a better forum, go ahead.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: KZ on September 02, 2010, 05:24:08 AM
I am thinking of suggesting removing "general discussion" from post count as well, as there are quite a few forum-game like, pointless threads on it of late.
There should be a section of it where the posts don't count, but as Craig has said himself, some of them are useful threads....
Well, that's why I really liked having the "off-topic" section in the old forums, which here one could disable the post count on and make everyone happy, methinks. And then there could be other sections for general discussion that can be considered worth having to contribute to the users post count. In any case, that would, at least, make the post count and ranking more respectworthy and more pleasing to attain.

This has been implemented as of earlier today: all posts in the general section no longer increase the user's post count.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: HeadShot on January 06, 2011, 04:30:57 PM
I'm trying to become a saviour. Anyways, this helps me out when I want to know when I will rank up.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: bugfartboy on January 06, 2011, 05:18:10 PM
Piece of advise: Don't spam.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: The Holy namelesskitty on April 09, 2011, 01:23:04 PM
Uhhh, not at all soon there's not a single savior yet, it won't be a while until anyone becomes a savior.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: SmartyPants on March 13, 2012, 05:19:51 PM
Out of curiosity, what character would be considered a "Savior"?
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Ertxiem on March 13, 2012, 05:28:10 PM
The Hero/Main/Duvalier?
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: SmartyPants on March 14, 2012, 05:03:34 PM
The Hero/Main/Duvalier?
Which Hero is "The Hero"?  I guess the TRPG2 Hero would be the Savior of the Shadowlands for killing the Queen, and Duvalier would be a Savior for freeing Gifted people and returning Ravinale to democracy.
Title: Re: Forum Ranks: The Official Guide
Post by: Ertxiem on March 14, 2012, 05:15:02 PM
To me, both the TRPG2 Main and Duvalier (aka TSoG Hero) are saviours in their own time and place.