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Old 01-16-2013, 08:10 PM   #1
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Help Choose new titles

As you know, members have a title displayed under their username that changes periodically as post counts rise. We can do better and would like your help with ideas and input on some spiffier titles.

Our current scheme is: newbie member 5 posts
veteran member 25
senior member 100
guru 500

While we currently only have 3 titles, I believe that 5 or even 8 would be more appropriate.
0 posts
5 posts
20 posts
100 posts
250 posts
500 posts
1000 posts
5000 posts

We could use ranks, (captain, admiral, etc) a short saying (scrapes paint, loves bright work, etc ) or anything else you can dream up.

We might consider allowing those with high post counts to select their own, but would still need a default usertitle in case they didn't pick a custom one.

So - what can you come up with? Usertitles must be short (15 characters tops), acceptable to both genders, on topic for the board, etc.

Any ideas?
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:27 PM   #2
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We might consider allowing those with high post counts to select their own, ...
Yes, please!
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:34 PM   #3
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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As I have mentioned before, I think the whole title thing is silly. I would much prefer to see the same practice followed here that is used on the Grand Banks forums which simply has the person's name over their avatar photo and then underneath the photo when the person joined, their number of posts to date, and information supplied by the user like boat name, type, length, and home port--- so the same information that is displayed under the photo in TF avatars currently.

The only titles I think are appropriate and useful to attach under a member's name are Moderator or Adminstrator if they are one.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:02 PM   #5
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Maybe Marin has a point. I've never seen any benefit on other sites for rankings. Everyone here knows who the real seniors and contributors are.

I suppose a title of some sort may ward-off some abuse from the occasional idiot that knows everything, but me...a Guru. My Admiral really gets a laugh out of that. "Engine Wiper" would be much closer. Tell me how to change my title.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:02 PM   #6
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I have watched new members come into the forum and post one or two word replies almost every day to almost every thread. The content is usually minimal. Things like "I like", or "ha ha", or "good post" etc. They seem to want you to know they are sitting on their computer 24 hours a day and want to build up their number of posts as a status symbol. So, I believe that a title, based on number of posts to date, that implies some kind of status to a member has little meaning. The readers know who makes good contributions over time, and that speaks for itself.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:15 PM   #7
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I partially agree with Marin, to me the only ones that should have a title are the administrator and moderators. For the rest of us it should just be city, country, vessel name and model and the Join Date.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:30 PM   #8
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Marin has it right on! Titles are only in your minds eye!
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:48 PM   #9
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Marin is dead right.
No titles but members should be encouraged to give more information on their boat , experience etc.
The other thing it is quality of posts not quantity.
No point on babbeling on with no quality , less is more.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:56 PM   #10
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I have watched new members come into the forum and post one or two word replies almost every day to almost every thread. The content is usually minimal. They seem to want you to know they are sitting on their computer 24 hours a day and want to build up their number of posts as a status symbol.
Yeah. I noticed Marin does that a lot.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:06 PM   #11
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Marin ....... with a one or two word reply????

Now that's funny. But he does at times.

VERY often one's response to a post will differ depending on where they live.
Right under one's user name I'd like to see the general area where one lives.
As in a state, country or Province. Actually I'd like to see first names. User names are hard to use. Hard to spell, remember spacing, caps ect. If folks are paranoid about privacy use a false name .. who cares.

But the titles are totally unnecessary.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:32 PM   #12
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I will amend my earlier post with this: I think the moderators and adminstrators should have these titles under their names.

I also think that John and Doug should have "Founder" under their names as acknowledgement of their efforts on our behalf.

All the rest of us should just be who we are.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:41 PM   #13
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I agree,Titles are not essential and could be abandoned.
Two qualifications:
I think I received some (admittedly misplaced) respect on reaching "Guru" level from others already at that level (with one notable discourteous exception). I perceived something collegiate about "guru".
New members might be helped by title gradings, at least until they assess for themselves who to rely on.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:06 AM   #14
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I agree,Titles are not essential and could be abandoned.
Yes but... there's not much fun in that

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New members might be helped by title gradings, at least until they assess for themselves who to rely on.
This is true and the other issue is that if some higher post count members are to have the option of custom titles (which can be really good fun), the software demands that we have default titles in place. So help out the site team - we're not all that creative and might choose one of these

On The Hard
Cabin Boy
In the Barrel
Swabbie
Laundry Officer
Admiral's Bag Carrier
Raft-Up Royalty


swabie
son of a gun
midshipman
captain
admiral
secretary of the navy


Wonders about marin
Has Heard of marin
Watches marin From Afar
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Has a marin tattoo
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:40 AM   #15
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....we're not all that creative....
The understatement of the year.

Sorry, but I think the ones you've proposed are sillier than what we have now.

I fail to see the purpose of titles at all. Compared to the other forums I either participate in or look at, including boating forums, they make this one seem childish and trivial.

Just my opinon but there it is.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:58 AM   #16
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I think if you have, I dunno, say, over 8,709 posts, the title should be something like "excessively florid and markedly loquacious", or maybe "predilection to manifest and engage in prolix elucidation".

Everyone else could be "member".

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Old 01-17-2013, 01:05 AM   #17
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Or, in the spirit of the thing, how about.....
0 posts - Lurker
5 posts - Able Seaman
20 posts - Most Able Seaman
100 posts - Old Salt
250 posts - Crusty Old Salt
500 posts - Nah....I agree...let us choose our own I think.....
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:11 AM   #18
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If we must have titles, I believe Peter is on the right course.

Sounds like some of us should adopt the title of "curmudgeon" or "irascible old man."
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:23 AM   #19
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Post counts do not always bear a correlation with a member's experience or credibility on matters related to the Forum. I second Marin's recommendation.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:26 AM   #20
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Sounds like some take titles too seriously. (How many vice presidents do a bank make?)
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