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post #1 of 97 (permalink) Old 03-18-2009, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Big Community Change!

This is something I have considered for some time, but just recently got around to implementing it. We are offering members who have a post count of >= 500 posts to receive a reward for their kind contributions to the community.

What are the benefits of having >= 500 posts?
  1. 100% Advertisement free browsing of RouterForums.com (when logged in).
    • ZERO Google advertisements which will translate into much faster page loading and quicker browsing of the community.
    • The sponsored footer links, and 125x125 advertisements found on the home will remain (meaning Active Members will still see those).
    • (UPCOMING CHANGE:) You will have the option to turn google advertisements ON or OFF.
  2. Larger PM box, you can store up to 250 private messages
  3. Can use BBCode image tags in your signature.

This idea is very fresh and new and more benefits will come as we develop it more.

Why should this be added?

Well, as we all know a community is shaped by the content within it. Majority of users on RouterForums.com like to browse, learn in the silence (which is entirely fine). We feel that members who are ambitious and active within the community, fueling it forward with information and promoting discussion should be rewarded. Remember, anyone can receive the benefits, just be more active in the community, help members, share your thoughts and meet new people, you'll reach 500 posts before you know it . Help RouterForums.com be the #1 source for Woodworking and Router related discussions and information.

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  1. The required post count is changed from 750 -> 500.
  2. The bold user name is removed from 'Active Members' (this should eliminate that classification some users were making about an elitist group)
  3. Instead of 'Active Member' it was reset to 'Registered User' (this should eliminate that classification some users were making about an elitist group)
  4. Animated signatures, avatars and profile images are removed. (It was decided they're to annoying).

Upcoming Changes:
  1. Some users like the advertisements so users with >= 500 posts will have the option to turn advertisements ON or OFF. It will be a forum option.
That's a brief overview of the fairly large change. If anyone has any questions you can post them in this thread, or if you prefer to keep your question private, you can contact me via PM and I'll gladly assist you.

I love to hear feedback about the ideas and changes that are made to the community, please post your feedback and thoughts on this new change!

Thanks guys!!

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Let's see... if I start now and make one post a day.... I can join the group in under 7 years! <vbg>

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Let's see... if I start now and make one post a day.... I can join the group in under 7 years! <vbg>
Yep, pretty much. But 1 post a day isn't really "active" is it

Again if you read about mid-way through my post I an open to suggestions for altering the amount of posts require. If you have a better amount in mind and reason behind it, I'm all ears

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I'm glad that payment options for these benefits is not provided, it is just refreshing to see that the true purpose of these forums is being promoted here.
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hi Mark,

just some initial thoughts on this.

it seems that there a a few here who have not retired and work 50- 60 hours per week would have a harder time getting to posts requirement.

and lots of members do post to ask and answer questions. they dont just post to see their name up.

it also seems that people with less posts are the main ones that need help from the forum.

it also may cause newcomers to feel like they are unwelcome in this new area and may tend to look for a more friendly atmosphere.

just a few thoughts going around in my head.

it doesnt matter to me what you do, just a few things that evidently not thought of in this decision.

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hi Mark,

just some initial thoughts on this.

it seems that there a a few here who have not retired and work 50- 60 hours per week would have a harder time getting to posts requirement.

and lots of members do post to ask and answer questions. they dont just post to see their name up.

it also seems that people with less posts are the main ones that need help from the forum.

it also may cause newcomers to feel like they are unwelcome in this new area and may tend to look for a more friendly atmosphere.

just a few thoughts going around in my head.

it doesnt matter to me what you do, just a few things that evidently not thought of in this decision.
Well, I don't think mulitple hours a day is required in order to achieve the goal. Again, this isn't something that is intended for someone to "attack", but more-so gracefully receive as they participate in the community.

It is however intended is to give members some incentive to spend that extra 20 minutes, browse around, meet new people and enjoy the community.

If a user can manage to find 10 topics of interest a day, share his point of view and option, or warmly welcome new members, or enjoy the community in the many other ways offered. It would be less than a year (from starting at 0) for him to achieve this.

One thing that may be lost is this wasn't intended to be something that could be done in 1 month, it's a long term thing just like the community. RouterForums.com is a place for the free exchange of woodworking knowledge by a collection of advanced, intermediate and beginner woodworkers. Everyone has opinions and knowledge to share, some just may need some incentive to take the first step and start sharing what they know

I don't think new comers will be discouraged at all, why should they be? This system is very much like what is already in-place in our daily lives. For example (all money aside); When you goto work you work at your job your time and efforts are rewarded with a promotion (again, all money aside). This has a similar aspect to it, there will never be a situation where the new guy is instantly promoted to manager, it just isn't going to happen. While I do understand this is completely different than a job. But it has the same idea behind it, you contribute to the community through your knowledge and opinions and then you're rewarded.

With all complications aside, this is also something you can ignore and proceed within the community at your own pace, and 2, 3, or even 10 years down the road you manage to build up that 2500 posts. Well, congratulations! There is no deadline, it is not a race, it's only intended to be an incentive to get some members to be more involved

Also, as I said, if you guys feel the number requirement is too high, please let me know, I have no issues at all discussing it (you may also PM me).

Thanks!

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i do feel its too high but you make your own decision. you asked for feedback , i thought you meant you wanted to know what people think sometimes, not talking about me but newcomers.

when peopl work lots of times they come in and work on their projects and have only a small amount of time to get online. i stay on for more than 20 minutes a day and i wont be at 2500 in a year.

one problem with people is when they disagree with anyone they will post it immediately. but there are probably lots of people who agree with what i said, but they dont have the kahunas to post that.

but it sounds like your mind is made up and thats it.

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i do feel its too high but you make your own decision. you asked for feedback , i thought you meant you wanted to know what people think sometimes, not talking about me but newcomers.

when peopl work lots of times they come in and work on their projects and have only a small amount of time to get online. i stay on for more than 20 minutes a day and i wont be at 2500 in a year.

one problem with people is when they disagree with anyone they will post it immediately. but there are probably lots of people who agree with what i said, but they dont have the kahunas to post that.

but it sounds like your mind is made up and thats it.
You're right my mind is made up about the implementation of this "promotion" system, but the requirements for the promotion is not yet "set in stone". Which is why I asked you guys for feedback on that magic number that everyone feels is fair

I noticed you feel it is too high, what number do you feel is better?

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Segregating, if only voluntarily, average post count members from mega count members precludes many of us average types from learning something from some of the the others who may have more opportunities to post.
Thanks for keeping the forum fresh Mark but, this isn't a winner...IMO.

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Mark, im just an old guy that is a relative novice in woodworking. i wouldnt try to give a number when im not qualified to do so. lets wait to see if we get some more interest. i was noticing we had 16 members online and none of them seemed interested in posting their thoughts.i agree with you that is a shame!

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