Forum ranks poll

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Which of these should be the forum ranks?

Machine types
15
38%
Elite rankings
9
23%
Game characters
15
38%
 
Total votes: 39

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Re: Forum ranks poll

Post by Evil Genius » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:25 pm

R-Tape wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:56 pm
RMartins wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:35 pm

3) sequence/order is not obvious and could even be considered controversial
This sums up my feelings on it, so I went with machine types.
How many ranks can you have? If 26 then they could be in alphabetical order from Agent X through Bugaboo to Ziggy....... if you want a complete list I can try to come up with one later.
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Re: Forum ranks poll

Post by R-Tape » Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:10 pm

Evil Genius wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:25 pm
How many ranks can you have? If 26 then they could be in alphabetical order from Agent X through Bugaboo to Ziggy....... if you want a complete list I can try to come up with one later.
It looks like you can keep adding them and the manual doesn't mention a limit. I like the sound of it but I wish it arose in the suggestions thread as voting has already started. People voting 3 aren't necessarily voting for that. Let's see how this goes, if 1 or 2 gets it then game characters would be out anyway.

This is really 'arrrrd.
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Re: Forum ranks poll

Post by Uto » Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:36 pm

I voted 1 as I think is the only one that is easily understood by everybody. Not everybody played/liked Elite and there doesn't seem to be a reason for game characters order that may be accepted by everyone.

Not sure what the Amstrad clones are doing in first list though, isn't this forum about Spectrum? :lol: (just kidding).
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Re: Forum ranks poll

Post by Hikaru » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:25 pm

RMartins wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:35 pm
The most valuable part of a rank is to implicitly or explicitly define a sorting/order/sequence.
<...>
Not necessarily. To begin with, it's a derivative of the post count, which is visible on its own. So you might want to keep it at that, or you might regard it more as something else and less related. Like a for-fun 'achievement unlocked' sorta thing for the users, with little to no order and the ultimate title requiring an insane number of posts says you're an Advanced Lawnmover or something. :) Either way is legit, and nothing gets lost.

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Re: Forum ranks poll

Post by hitm4n » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:29 pm

I voted game characters, i like being Berk. Globbits...
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Re: Forum ranks poll

Post by Spud » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:02 am

Hikaru wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:25 pm
RMartins wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:35 pm
The most valuable part of a rank is to implicitly or explicitly define a sorting/order/sequence.
<...>
Not necessarily. To begin with, it's a derivative of the post count, which is visible on its own. So you might want to keep it at that, or you might regard it more as something else and less related. Like a for-fun 'achievement unlocked' sorta thing for the users, with little to no order and the ultimate title requiring an insane number of posts says you're an Advanced Lawnmover or something. :) Either way is legit, and nothing gets lost.

(Wb!)
Squij would be the ultimate rank I think. You could do famous authors. Everyone would start as Harry S. Price and work their way up.
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Re: Forum ranks poll

Post by R-Tape » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:08 am

Just bumping this, 18% turnout so far.

Let's see if it's looking decisive at the end of the week.
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Re: Forum ranks poll

Post by R-Tape » Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:39 pm

Don't think we have a decisive winner yet, and we haven't reached the giddy heights of 30% turnout.

Let's give it another week.

EDIT - let's say poll closed on Friday 1st December 12.00 UTC.
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Re: Forum ranks poll

Post by Morkin » Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:23 pm

Just voted for the game characters (though I hadn't heard of Microbot either).

Once this poll is done how about another one to define what the ranks will actually be..? :lol:
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Re: Forum ranks poll

Post by Ast A. Moore » Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:00 pm

Morkin wrote:
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:23 pm
Just voted for the game characters (though I hadn't heard of Microbot either).
That’s the problem. Many people haven’t played quite a few games, plus some of the games are not unique to the Spectrum. Even if we isolate Spectrum-specific game characters, their use as a form of ranking is arbitrary at best and whimsical at worst. Machine names are (a) unique to the platform, (b) readily recognized by the majority of the members, and (c) have a more direct correlation with ranks (the latter being a function of the number of posts).

Having said that, I still maintain that the post count and join date should be sufficient to hint at a person’s standing within the community.
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