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Do you think we should do away with user titles?

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by Chris Blount, Aug 9, 2002.

Should we get rid of user titles?

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  2. NO

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  3. DON'T CARE

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  1. Aug 9, 2002 #1 of 47
    Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Well, it looks like the user title issue is back on the table. It seems that some people like them and some people don't. For those who don't know, I'm talking about the rankings under everyones name according to their post count (member, mentor, allstar, etc.).

    Should we get rid of the user titles?
     
  2. Aug 9, 2002 #2 of 47
    Geronimo

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    Yes. I think honorary titles like TNGTony's are fine if not overdone but the rest seems to be counterproductive.
     
  3. Aug 9, 2002 #3 of 47
    jrjcd

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    i abstain, since regardless how i would vote, it would become fodder for more ridicule...

    but if you do titles, then do it across the board...and if you decide not to, then include everyone in the ban....

    or as a third option-forget about counts, forget about getting to 1500, and let individuals just choose their own title...
     
  4. Aug 9, 2002 #4 of 47
    Nick

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    The...
    "... let individuals just choose their own title..."

    Uh, that idea is fraught with potential problems and abuses. That's what the signatures are for.

    How about some new poster titles:

    - Compulsive Poster
    - Paranoid Poster
    - Where am I?
    - Martha Stewart Fan Club
    - Inside Trader Team
    - Closet Thong Wearer
    - Please Be Gentle (for newbies)
    - Frequent PMer
    - In My Humble Opinion
    - Barry Bond's "Not a Clue" Platoon
    - Off-Topic Expert
    - Posting Probationer
    - Final Warning, Good bye!
    - Cya (with apologies to TNGTony)
     
  5. Aug 9, 2002 #5 of 47
    Jacob S

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    If someone wants an additional title let them do it within the avatar or something, that in itself is like a title.

    I agree that it should be all or none, either all has or all dont have a title, wouldnt be fair and right to have some that could and some that couldn't.

    Is this really that big of a deal and is there that much of a problem due to the user title?
     
  6. Aug 9, 2002 #6 of 47
    James_F

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    I agree with Geronimo, some people have earned their titles and should be able to keep them. Other than that, just have whether they are a supporter or not. That would work for me.
     
  7. Aug 9, 2002 #7 of 47
    James_F

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    I resemble that remark... :eek:
     
  8. Aug 9, 2002 #8 of 47
    timf

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    At the TiVo forums (where I'm a moderator), we let users customize their titles after 30 posts. I think this system works very well, and I don't think the user titles detract at all from the site. Like avatars, it gives a way to creatively identify users, in a way different than signatures.
     
  9. Aug 9, 2002 #9 of 47
    TimL

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    I think User Titles can be a fun thing if they are not overdone. I was just happy to get beyond 10 posts to become a "member" I generally never post unless I have an honest question or something to add to the conversation. I might get to 1000 posts in say..2005?..

    Tim Lones
    Canton, Ohio
     
  10. BearsFan

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    Some of us don't have the option of changing titles...

    I already checked...and I don't have access to the option.

    --BearsFan
     
  11. Jacob S

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    That is because you have not reached 1000 posts yet. Here is what I think, that anybody should be able to change their title name, like a subtitle, but still have a regular title that would be common to everyone.

    I also think that the number of posts DOES indicate those that are more in this hobby than others. Just look at who post and their involvement in this site or with the satellite business.
     
  12. jrjcd

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    that's 1500 posts jacob...lol
     
  13. cnsf

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    To be honest, I think they're fun and they attract new users to post more often.
     
  14. Geronimo

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    Yeah but that's the problem!
     
  15. JBKing

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    I think the post count and titles are useless. Like someone said, there already is the sig line if someone wants to claim a 'title'. There are some awe-inspiring members who deserve that, by golly! But post count proves nothing as far as knowledge, no offense to anyone. There's some VERY knowledgeable people who just don't have the time to post. Then there's those with (too much) quite a bit of time on their hands, and many in between.

    Then there are the Barney Fife's among us, but that's a different story! :p

    IMO, there is no need to see how many posts an individual member has. If you stick around a few days, you'll soon learn who is contributing worthwhile info to the mix, whether it be dbs related or in the potpourri forum. But it defeats the entire purpose of being here, when people are posting 'potpourri' in a dbs forum, just to see their count go up. Remember--signal to noise ratio.
     
  16. James_F

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    While I think the titles are worthless, it seems that most forums have them. Maybe there should just be less. 3 of them... one for "Lurker", one for "Member" and one for "Supporter"...
     
  17. STXJim

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    Damnit Otis,
    I was asleep..........;)

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    Personally I think they are stoopid.
    Those titles mean nothing as to rank or number of posts or anything. It's just a 'made up' list. My last title was Legend. Now I'm a Godfather. To me Legend sounds like I might have accomplished something. Godfather sounds like I might have to provide and take care of Mark someday.:eek2:
    If this forum keeps the titles I would like to be demoted to the title of Legend and remain that for the rest of my DBSTalk tenure.:)
     
  18. Geronimo

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    Gee a man willing to be demoted to legend. How humble.

    lol
     
  19. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

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    The way the voting is going it looks like they may stay. If they do, PM me after the poll if you are serious about leaving your status at "Legend".
     
  20. jrjcd

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    i dare say with 800+ members and only 30 votes cast, that kinda indicates whick of the three choices is ACTUALLY ahead...lol
     
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