Happy Friday night, East Coast P’neers! Welcome to the Friday night OT, P’neers everywhere! Last night’s OT had me literally rolling on the floor, I don’t know why I didn’t think of points and ranks earlier, of course our delightful band of over-achievers love points. Tonight’s OT is still an opportunity to grub up points like Ms. PacMen, but after the cut I’m going to show you some of the other things you can do when you come directly to P-Mag, instead of reading us in your feeders or on the Facebooks. Would Google Sergei or The Zuck ever make you a Glittery Superstar?
Points, Ranks & Badges
You earn points for the following activities, which are all explained in their own sections.
- Logging in
- Leaving a comment on the main blog posts
- Leaving a status update
- Commenting on someone else’s status update
- Creating a group
- Adding a group avatar
- Joining a group
- Creating a forum topic
- Commenting in the forums
- Completing a friend request
- Sending a private message
- Random acts of point kindness from the admins
- Writing a blog post
- Having someone comment on a post you’ve written
I have the magic power to create special point explosion times, where each activity is worth x(normal point value), such as last night’s 5x points party, which I’m continuing into the weekend, because I can’t let POM have all the fun. [You're diabolical. -PoM]
You can also donate points to your fellow members! One important detail: During super point multiplier times, your donation will also be multiplied. So if you donate 100â™¥ during a 5x points spree, it will deduct and give 500â™¥. Plan accordingly. To donate points you can go to the giftee’s profile page, or use the widget in the sidebar. You’ll need to know the username, see the section on public messages below to learn how to find it.
Points lead to our completely ridiculous ranks:
- N00B1 (0)
- Nugget (20)
- Tribble (50)
- Regular (100)
- Pomegranate (200)
- Cerberus (500)
- Glittery Superstar (1000)
- Unicorn (2500)
- Persephoneer General (5000)
- CJ Cregg (7500)
- Queen of the Underworld (10,000)
- River Song (15,000)
- Donna Noble (22,500)
- Idris (the TARDIS, not Elba) (30,000)
- Zombie Vonnegut (50,000)
- The Wrath of Julia Sugarbaker (75,000)
- Cheesemonger (100,000)
- Timelord (150,000)
- Roller-skating, Rainbow-farting, High Holy Empress of Xanadu (250,000)
Additionally, you can unlock badges for doing most of the things you can earn points for. I’m in the process of making new badges that have some sort of consistency, but the awards categories will stay the same, at least until I figure out how to add more. (Which I will, b/c I love getting my fingers into other people’s code.) To check out what badges you can earn and what you’ve already unlocked, use your BuddyBar (it’s hovering at the top of the page) to go to My Account -> Points -> Awards. I’m also trying to figure out how to get your badges on the front page of your profile, where everyone can see them for oooohing and ahhhhhing. For now, they’re tucked deep in your profile.
The Activity Stream/Status Messages
The activity stream has its own tab on all the blog pages. The stream shows everything that’s happening everywhere, including new blog posts, new comments, new friendships and public group/forum activities. You can sort what it shows with a handy drop-down.
At the top of the activity stream, there’s a field where you can enter a status message.
Groups and forums are inextricably linked. You can’t participate in a forum topic unless you belong to the group that started the topic, and new topics must be affiliated with a particular group. Fortunately, joining a group is easy, and most of our groups are open to everyone. To join some groups, go to the groups tab and hit “join” on any of the groups that interest you. Group admins (the people who create the groups) can also invite people from their friends list to join. Starting a new group is also pretty easy, but you do have to have a certain number of points to do so. (It’s not that many, but we were having a big spam problem when the threshold was lower.) Groups all have avatars, if you start or admin a group, you can upload a picture for the group. The avatar will show up next to the related forum topics, and in all the related bits in the activity stream.
Once you’ve joined a group, you can participate in all of its forum topics, and start new topics. From there, it works like any other web forum you’ve belonged to.
You can send a friendship request to any of your fellow members. If they accept, you get points. You can cancel a friendship after it’s been accepted, but you can’t cancel a request once you’ve sent it. You can invite people in your friends list to join your groups, and you can set up the activity stream to only follow your friends’ activities.
To send someone a public message, use “@[username]” in a status message. The username is not always the same as the display name you see by your comments. On everyone’s profile page (click their name to see) it lists what their @mention name is. For example, my display name is “Selena MacIntosh” but my @mention is @Selena.
To send a private message, go to the user’s profile page, and click the “send private message” button. Clicking the “send public message” is a shortcut to the steps I mentioned above.
Have fun, play with all the features and reel in the points! We’ll be posting again on Monday, but a lot of the staff will be around this weekend in the OT.
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