I'm not saying publish the ranking formula, just a list of the ranks and a hint or two on what powers progression. Although it is pretty obvious, take part in the community to progress! You can always add in some hidden ranks above your full structure for the power users. 🙂 We decided to post our full list because we found it made the conversation easier when dealing with someone who was confused but it all. This was worse in the past when we had rank names that could have been seen to carry expectations around knowledgeability of the user. "what makes that person better than me" that sort of thing. To which we respond, "it's a bit of fun - have a look here >>>" I'm hoping some of the capability from Jive comes over soon. I like the specialisations section on the Apple community for example.
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You could simply point members to a post where you show your full rank hierarchy and explain roughly what sort of metrics drive progression. I think getting a structure in which you can intuitively figure out exactly who is where in the hierarchy usually means you have numbers or military ranks or something like that. not always best suited. We've thought about progress indicators too. This means you can have fewer ranks overall (therefore making it easier to come up with names that intuitively tell end users what order the ranks are in). So like, Newb * Newb ** Newb *** Newb **** Newb ***** Getting there * Getting there ** Getting there *** And so on. Our names are based on TV/film production roles, from Runner up to Exec producer. With pretty much linear progression and a passive tier/active tier.
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