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User of the month?

Last posted Sep 03, 2011 at 12:54AM EDT. Added Aug 28, 2011 at 12:49PM EDT
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Do you think that would be a good idea? Every month a user gets the prestigious title of “User of the Month” and maybe a prize of some sort. The user would be decided on by mods and admins and maybe they would get “user of the month” as their title for a full month or something. I don’t know, this just came to mind and I felt that I should make a thread about it before I forgot.

Is this a good idea? Would it have a positive effect on the forums? I’m down for buying users thinkgeek.com gift cards or something. So yeah, discuss, but don’t make nominations or anything like that. This isn’t a thread for that sort of thing.

Aug 28, 2011 at 12:49PM EDT
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Either
A. It works and has a positive effect on the community, because everyone is trying to be the best they can be.
B. We accidentally create a bunch of kiss-asses wanting to be special.

Aug 28, 2011 at 01:18PM EDT
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Captain Badass wrote:

Either
A. It works and has a positive effect on the community, because everyone is trying to be the best they can be.
B. We accidentally create a bunch of kiss-asses wanting to be special.

I was thinking about that too. Hopefully, since only mods and admins choose the user, we SHOULD have the sense not to give it to blatant kiss-asses.

All the html in the world can’t give give the word “should” as much emphasis as I want it to have.

Aug 28, 2011 at 01:25PM EDT
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Yeah sure, sounds like a good idea. I thought at first it would be bad, but the whole “Mods and Admins choose” part would make it work. And yeah, we’d be sensible enough to know who was merely sucking up.

The things that factor into who gets picked could be a combination of entertaining forum posts, impressive efforts in editing and creating meme pages and just general all around quality.

Aug 28, 2011 at 01:33PM EDT
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It would be nice. Having several contests like that would be good, to help improve things. And if someone is being a kissass, it’s kind of obvious.

Aug 28, 2011 at 02:02PM EDT
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I like the idea, but I’m worried that it might create tension in the community. Users clammoring over others getting to be user of the month and whatnot… Maybe user of the week would be better, because it’s wouldn’t be quite as sought-after, and it’s easier to decide based on one week of posts than one month.

Aug 28, 2011 at 02:06PM EDT

I think that’s a great idea, but I would be fine with just the “User of the Month” Title, I don’t think gift cards would be necessary.

Aug 28, 2011 at 02:36PM EDT
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Adam DeLand wrote:

This MIGHT work…

Oh Adam DeLand….

Aug 28, 2011 at 02:53PM EDT
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So long since the last community building contest so I like this idea to bring some new fresh air to the community.

Aug 28, 2011 at 03:04PM EDT
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Anyone who gets on there will be made fun of, everyone else will act like a asshole to avoid it, making everything bad, it will be a Black Hole Apocalypse, from Hell.

Aug 28, 2011 at 03:05PM EDT

well i dont know how this would go, and if i really cared or not, but guiles theme goes with everything.

Aug 28, 2011 at 03:08PM EDT
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I like this idea. Granted, it might have some issues, but steps can be taken to avoid them.

Aug 28, 2011 at 03:36PM EDT
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Natsuru Springfield wrote:

I like this idea. Granted, it might have some issues, but steps can be taken to avoid them.

What type of problems, and what steps will prevent it?

Don’t keep these secrets to yourself.

Aug 28, 2011 at 03:41PM EDT
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Well, I think this could work. Just so long as the prizes aren’t anything crazy.

Aug 28, 2011 at 03:44PM EDT
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Gain member of the month status, post boobs on profile.

Aug 28, 2011 at 03:54PM EDT

Captain Blubber wrote:

Do you think that would be a good idea? Every month a user gets the prestigious title of “User of the Month” and maybe a prize of some sort. The user would be decided on by mods and admins and maybe they would get “user of the month” as their title for a full month or something. I don’t know, this just came to mind and I felt that I should make a thread about it before I forgot.

Is this a good idea? Would it have a positive effect on the forums? I’m down for buying users thinkgeek.com gift cards or something. So yeah, discuss, but don’t make nominations or anything like that. This isn’t a thread for that sort of thing.

I like this idea. Perhaps the prize could be a unique user title?

Aug 28, 2011 at 06:12PM EDT

I suppose it’ll give people something more to aspire to once they’ve reached top tier, yet I still don’t think it’s a good idea. There will be flamewars, and they could be messy.

Aug 28, 2011 at 07:26PM EDT
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The only problem I see with this, is that Captain Blubber would get it every single month forever.

Otherwise, it sounds really fun and it should be a good motivator.

Aug 28, 2011 at 07:32PM EDT
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Fridge wrote:

I suppose it’ll give people something more to aspire to once they’ve reached top tier, yet I still don’t think it’s a good idea. There will be flamewars, and they could be messy.

I don’t understand that.

Why will there be flamewars? If someone has a flamewar they certainly won’t be user of the month.

Aug 28, 2011 at 07:54PM EDT
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i do not see why this title is needed to be decided on, it is blatantly obvious that all FEMALE users should be given the title at all times and that all the foolish male users should be banned and then killed.

Aug 28, 2011 at 08:04PM EDT
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I feel that there will only be flamewars if:

  1. The person who didn’t get the title was trying to get it and complains.
  2. There is a misunderstanding to why the person got the title.
  3. A bullying situation.

The second two problems are easily solved via talking and Banhammer, but the first one may be troublesome to deal with.

Also, if somebody does get user of the month there shouled be a permanent tag on their profile saying when they got it.

Aug 28, 2011 at 08:04PM EDT
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How about the prize is custom title?
Example;I can change my title to “Crownless King” or something.

Aug 28, 2011 at 08:33PM EDT
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Feminist Robot wrote:

i do not see why this title is needed to be decided on, it is blatantly obvious that all FEMALE users should be given the title at all times and that all the foolish male users should be banned and then killed.

Aug 28, 2011 at 09:49PM EDT
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Natsuru Springfield wrote:

I feel that there will only be flamewars if:

  1. The person who didn’t get the title was trying to get it and complains.
  2. There is a misunderstanding to why the person got the title.
  3. A bullying situation.

The second two problems are easily solved via talking and Banhammer, but the first one may be troublesome to deal with.

Also, if somebody does get user of the month there shouled be a permanent tag on their profile saying when they got it.

With the permanent tag you mean like the “Early Adopter (#x)” titles some have?

Cuz that might work out.

Aug 29, 2011 at 03:05PM EDT
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Maybe the user of the month could get krama and a award badge on their profile?

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Aug 29, 2011 at 03:09PM EDT
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Laser Pacer wrote:

How about the prize is custom title?
Example;I can change my title to “Crownless King” or something.

I like this idea! After the month is up your title is permanently changed to whatever you want!

Aug 29, 2011 at 03:31PM EDT
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Jack Candle: Orange.

brb, stocking up on Chapstick in preparation for all the asses I’m about to kiss

Aug 29, 2011 at 05:24PM EDT
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Jack Candle wrote:

Jack Candle: Orange.

brb, stocking up on Chapstick in preparation for all the asses I’m about to kiss

Your a mod, so you have a say in who is the member of the month right? All you really need is some toilet paper for all the lipstick.

Aug 29, 2011 at 07:46PM EDT

I will probably get that title at some point, because of the KYM portraits and all.

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Aug 29, 2011 at 10:25PM EDT
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Laser Pacer wrote:

I will probably get the title at some point,because robots.

You will probably not get the title at some point, because you touch yourself at night.

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Aug 30, 2011 at 12:25AM EDT
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I will probably get that title at some point, because of my comic.

Aug 30, 2011 at 12:18PM EDT
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>implying anyone who says they are going to get user of the month is going to get user of the month.

>implying captain blubber and I won’t share the title every single month.

Aug 30, 2011 at 12:49PM EDT
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I like this idea. Of course, there will always be some kind of kiss-ass but how would that be avoidable?

Aug 30, 2011 at 05:35PM EDT
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IMHO

User of the month = popularity contest = monthly prom queen = monthly prom king

Correct me if I’m wrong. My two cents.

Last edited Aug 30, 2011 at 05:52PM EDT
Aug 30, 2011 at 05:49PM EDT
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What if we made this a private vote type of thing? Where we send private messages of who we nominate to a certain user. Adding prizes would make this seem like a contest. Now that I think about it… Inb4 Troll king votes for himself using multiple accounts.

Aug 30, 2011 at 07:18PM EDT
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Hiroman wrote:

IMHO

User of the month = popularity contest = monthly prom queen = monthly prom king

Correct me if I’m wrong. My two cents.

If we do it right and base it off of contributions and not e-peen size you’re wrong.

Otherwise you’re probably right.

Aug 30, 2011 at 07:39PM EDT
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Yeah. the only big problem that I see is that some might vote for themselves using different accounts.

But yeah this idea can work.

Aug 30, 2011 at 09:36PM EDT
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Joe Hokage wrote:

Yeah. the only big problem that I see is that some might vote for themselves using different accounts.

But yeah this idea can work.

This can be sorta stopped by making votes restricted to accounts that are at least X months old and have an activity above Y.

We also have to consider what the prizes are based on. Since some are more active on the forums, where others are better at editing.

Last edited Aug 30, 2011 at 10:11PM EDT
Aug 30, 2011 at 10:10PM EDT
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There doesn’t seem to be a way we can do this cleanly. Besides, it’ll lead to favoritism form the mods, which infringes on the current status quo. And, like Hiroman said, we’re basically turning sitewide participation into a popularity contest.

Aug 30, 2011 at 10:13PM EDT
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I’d suggest a Users of the Month with three users chosen. They would all get a title but one would receive something additional.

Aug 30, 2011 at 10:30PM EDT
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There is a lot of uncertainty with the whole thing. I’m rather neutral on the issue, but whatever you guys work out, I know its for the best.

Aug 30, 2011 at 10:36PM EDT
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