06:08AM | 12/16/99
I had a thought that I decided might be worth throwing around for everyone to comment on (i.e., like the 64 million dollar question awhile back). I know that there are different levels assigned to posters (i.e., Junior Member, Member, ???), so here's my thought/idea. Several of us that post on a regular basis (BobF, JayJ, Henry in MI, etc.) quite often refer to ourself's as "Regulars", so why not have a level named "Regular(s)" or something to that effect. Anyway, I just thought I'd throw it out and see what kind of responses we'd get. So post away everybody!


03:31AM | 12/20/99
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
What determines a junior member from a member? How would you determine a "regular" in the future?

Its a good idea. Not sure if its my ego saying that or not:-)


09:48PM | 12/20/99
Member Since: 10/10/98
34 lifetime posts
The difference between a Junior Member and a Member is the number of postings. Everyone starts out a Junior. I am not sure what the count is, but it’s not very big. It did not take me very long to get promoted.

Is there a reason you feel you would want this?

All egos aside, the fact that I am a regular has presented me with 2 problems:

For one, I receive on average about 20 e-mails a week from folks who have cut out the bulletin board altogether, and contact me directly. Some of them seem to think I am part of the Bob Vila Team! Make no mistake, I really enjoy answering them, but it takes away the little free time I have to read and answer BB questions, and many of the questions I receive directly are either already on the BB, or are multiples of the same situation. I try to refer them back to the site, but the number of e-mails does not seem to dwindle. This week, however, there has been only four so far.

The other problem is with questions that I actually post on the site. You see, I am not a professional builder. That is, I do not derive my income from any of the building trades. I design computer systems. I originally came to this site to post a question, but soon found I had more answers to other people’s questions, so thus began a new pastime for me. However, I still have questions of my own, but rare is reply. It seems that people are intimidated by me because I am a regular. This is unfounded. I surely do not know everything. So I have started posting my questions under an alias.

I do not think being labeled a "regular" will help me in either of these situations.

And lastly, the point may be mute since the vast majority of the regulars only post on the old bulletin board, where these types of titles do not exist. They probably don’t even know you posted this, and I do not see them moving over here any time soon, even if/when the Bob Vila team takes away the old site.



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