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ocheewah
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Posted - 11/06/2007 :  12:14:16  Show Profile Send ocheewah a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just curious how long one has to be a member of SFN before the "New Member" label disappears from your name. Although I don't often post, I've been a member for several years. What do I need to do to complete my apprenticeship?

Those who danced were thought quite insane by those who could not hear the music.

Gorgo
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Posted - 11/06/2007 :  12:16:04   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Gorgo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by ocheewah

Just curious how long one has to be a member of SFN before the "New Member" label disappears from your name. Although I don't often post, I've been a member for several years. What do I need to do to complete my apprenticeship?


Have you met the man in the goat costume yet?

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ocheewah
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Posted - 11/06/2007 :  12:18:34   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send ocheewah a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Had dinner with him the other night.

Those who danced were thought quite insane by those who could not hear the music.
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pleco
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Posted - 11/06/2007 :  12:34:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit pleco's Homepage Send pleco a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by ocheewah

Just curious how long one has to be a member of SFN before the "New Member" label disappears from your name. Although I don't often post, I've been a member for several years. What do I need to do to complete my apprenticeship?


It is based on number of posts. So you need to post more often!

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Dave W.
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Posted - 11/06/2007 :  13:04:10   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by ocheewah

What do I need to do to complete my apprenticeship?
Get to 50 posts.

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Gorgo
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Posted - 11/06/2007 :  13:06:45   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Gorgo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by ocheewah

Had dinner with him the other night.


Four more posts. Of course, they must be of great substance and import.

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Cuneiformist
The Imperfectionist

USA
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Posted - 11/06/2007 :  13:07:05   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Cuneiformist a Private Message  Reply with Quote
See also this thread...
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On fire for Christ
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Posted - 11/06/2007 :  13:13:30   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send On fire for Christ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quantity and not quality counts on these forums

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Dave W.
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Posted - 11/06/2007 :  13:42:33   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by On fire for Christ

quantity and not quality counts on these forums
True of the default setup for Snitz and most other forum software.

You know, one might make the suggestion that we eliminate the silly post-count rankings.

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Cuneiformist
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USA
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Posted - 11/06/2007 :  17:04:31   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Cuneiformist a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by On fire for Christ

quantity and not quality counts on these forums
How one would even measure "quality" anyhow? Without having a dedicated set of individuals using a set of grading criteria and looking at each post. Perhaps more theistically-focused sites have a system in place?
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Ricky
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Posted - 11/06/2007 :  18:10:52   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Cuneiformist

Originally posted by On fire for Christ

quantity and not quality counts on these forums
How one would even measure "quality" anyhow? Without having a dedicated set of individuals using a set of grading criteria and looking at each post. Perhaps more theistically-focused sites have a system in place?


The most common system is that anyone can approve or disapprove of another's post. Some even allow for rating a post with numbers 1-10.

quantity and not quality counts on these forums


Counts for what, exactly?

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Cuneiformist
The Imperfectionist

USA
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Posted - 11/06/2007 :  18:47:40   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Cuneiformist a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Ricky

Originally posted by Cuneiformist

Originally posted by On fire for Christ

quantity and not quality counts on these forums
How one would even measure "quality" anyhow? Without having a dedicated set of individuals using a set of grading criteria and looking at each post. Perhaps more theistically-focused sites have a system in place?


The most common system is that anyone can approve or disapprove of another's post. Some even allow for rating a post with numbers 1-10.
I've seen such systems, but they seemed to have little merit. Of course, being judged a "novice" based on some arbitrary number of posts also seems kind of silly.
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JohnOAS
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Australia
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Posted - 11/06/2007 :  19:46:50   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit JohnOAS's Homepage Send JohnOAS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by On fire for Christ

quantity and not quality counts on these forums

Not true. The only thing that a post count describes accurately is the number of posts a person has made.

A post count may be a useful indicator of how long a member has been around, which may indicate something as well. If you post to someone who's had 6 posts in 2 years, you [probably shouldn't jump up and down if they don't reply straight away. Conversely, you'd probably be a little foolish to post underestimate the experience someone has with "typical" skeptical topics, of that someone has been around and stayed interested long enough to get thousands of posts under their belt.

A post count is just a freaking metric. Use it or ignore it as you will.

The rating thing, as others have hinted at, doesn't really add much value, in my opinion.

If you wander around the internet, you'll often see someone with a sig along these lines:

You are not your post count. You are not your rep. You are not your title. You are not your blog. You are not your avatar. You are not your knowledge of the rules or your last article. You are not your painting or modeling skills. You are not your location, rating, profile comments, friends or armies. You are not your signature.

I agree, but don't feel there are enough status junkies at SFN to warrant making it my own.

Edit: I am a little annoyed that I forgot to do something "special" for my 666th post a little while ago. Had I really been thinking, I would've stopped there and registered a new handle, forever convincing those with the appropriate psychoses that JohnOAS was (or was taken by) the antichrist. Maybe in the next life, oh well.

John's just this guy, you know.
Edited by - JohnOAS on 11/06/2007 19:50:13
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