One of the new upgrades to the site is the addition of honors for members.
This is the first honor introduced for our members. In order to be Certified, you must:
Have a properly completed profile and read and agree to all site policies. We will be updating this post to tell you how you can get this honor once it is in place.
There will be more information on this honor coming up soon! Also check back for new honors as they are introduced.
Certified Member Privileges
Being a certified member gives you certain privileges:
These privileges are limited to Certified Members only. All other functions are available to all members. If you have not been certified please read the Definition of Spam Posting then go to the Apply for Certification thread and make sure you follow the instructions provided there. Your application will be reviewed.
NOTE: Being certified is not "permanant" Certification can be withdrawn for the following offenses
Spamming the site
Failure to follow site guidelines
Or being a part of a "voting ring"
If it looks like members are forming into a voting ring the admins will review the voting habits of the suspected members, if it is determined that a voting ring does exist all members of that group will lose their certification. A voting ring is any group of members that consisently votes only on topics submitted by the members of the suspected ring and not the topics of other members.
If for some reason there is an issue that needs to be addressed you will receive a system e-mail explaining what you need to do to qualify for the honor. If you have met the minimum requirements the honor will be awarded immediately upon review.
December 12, 2008
Top Ten Member Honor
There is a new honor that is coming up the week of December 21st to 27 you will see a new honor called Top Ten Member. This Honor is going to be limited to folks who are really the cream of the APSEnse Crop! This honor will be awarded on a month to month basis. You must qualify each month to maintain it. To give you the basics of what it takes to qualify for consideration
1. You must be among the top 10% of members
2. You must be certified
3. Your level must be at least expert
4. If you meet those qualifications you will be considered for the award.
At this point it comes down to the quality of your contributions to the site. Your Profile must be completely filled out including haves and wants. Single sentence responses and random key strokes will disqualify you.
The quality of your posts will be taken into consideration. Posts must be original content, copy pasted articles from other sites (Even if they are your own) will not be considered. Marketplace posts and group subject posts will not count, only article posts. Please do not take this to mean you should post group posts under articles continue to use your groups.
Last thing to be taken into consideration is your activity.
There are minimum requirements in place that will be used to determine who gets the honor. The honor will be given to each member that meets the requirements. As long as you meet the first three requirements and are active on the site and involved in being a quality member, you should qualify.