How about instead of going by the amount of posts, go by the amount of time a member has been here. It would be better and make it unique. By going by posts people will just post and post to get higher and higher. This is how it should be.
1month= Jr. Member
6month= Senior Member
12month= proffesor or senior tech
This would actually keep people coming back and keep them here. Instead you start using number of posts people will post to get higher status. This keeps it fair and works better. Instead of having someone who joined 6 months ago and have 2000posts and being higher than a member that joined 12 months ago, its more fair to go by time. I mean think about it, experience vs amount of posts is better. Experience takes time so time is better.
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1. NP: Number of posts
Simply put, how many posts have you made?
2. AT: Active time since 1st registration
This would be taken as the number of days since registration that you have posted on.
3. AGE: Age in days.
Then use these to calculate an ranking-index, for example like this:
RANK_INDEX = (AT/AGE) * NP
Then you can add some hard-limits such as:
Younger than 10 days: Always Junior member.
Less than 50 posts: Always Junior member.
Older than 1 year: Always at least Member.
The question I ask is, why?
Its so much work - who really cares?
Its not much effort to add more rank-names to make it mroe funny - but changing the way you rank is a lot of effort - no one who is active cares very much and no matter how you do it, its always branded as "unfair" by someone.
50-200 Willie the Mailboy
500-750 Lead Engineer
1000-1500 Vice President
2000+ Bill Gates himself
that would be good, and as long as you have flood-control, no new people will be double posting just to get to be Willie the Mailboy.
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I think placing any emphysis on number of posts is the wrong idea... Rewarding people based on the number of posts is stupid. Just look how many posts jeffy79 has, now only about 1/3 of his posts are relevant, and only 1/2 of those 1/3 (or 1/6) are informative, helpful, or of someother positive nature. He makes racial comments, and flames moderators and members alike, but according to any system based number of posts, he would be considered some sort of hardware god! This is honestly not a post designed to take a shot at jeffy, I think he provides a certain humor to this site, but simply to point the failings of any system based on number of posts.
Don't change it, Jesse Thompson has the right idea!! Numerous sites went this way, "multi" member staus schemes, end result, flames, spamm, trolling and "garbage" posts went thru the roof!!! Keep it like it is, better yet, make everyone a member. Just a plain old member!!! Who cares about "status", hmmm actually Flamers, Trollers and Spammers do, but most of us don't.
So keep what we got please.
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