If subforums could "level up" (Forum Levels)

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If subforums could "level up" (Forum Levels)

Postby Big Mac » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:25 pm

Nine years ago, I got (over)excited about working out the Forum Ranks (and posting stats for each rank). Now that I've become an administrator, I kind of can't really do that any more, but I've been wondering about what sort of forum ranks the various subforums at The Piazza might have for a while.

There is no system for this, so I thought I'd invent one, for my own amusement. I'm going to post it so that anyone nerdy enough to want to follow what I'm doing can have a look.

I'm using three things as the starting point for my system:
  • Ashtagon's minimum topic requirement for a forum is 10 topics (making 10 topics into the "Level 1" requrement),
  • British money works with a 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 progression and
  • Replies are as important as topics (if not more so) so I'm going with a baseline of "ten replies per topic".

So, working from these rules I have set myself, I'm going to assign forum levels in this progression (rather than try to emulate XP from any edition of D&D):


I will edit the above table, and add more levels, if I need to, but you should be able to work out the progression from that. :)

The nerdy "Forum Levels" will be posted in the next post (after I work them out).

EDIT: Here is a list of posts with stats:
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Re: If subforums could "level up" (Forum Levels)

Postby Havard » Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:15 pm

I like that you are including both threads and total posts.

I remember being very frustrated at another website back in the days for insisting that only the number of threads should be used in determining status of forums. That meant that forums with lots of long and interesting discussions was actually being punished for that. Glad we are not taking that route! :)

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Re: If subforums could "level up" (Forum Levels)

Postby Big Mac » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:08 pm

Havard wrote:I like that you are including both threads and total posts.

I remember being very frustrated at another website back in the days for insisting that only the number of threads should be used in determining status of forums. That meant that forums with lots of long and interesting discussions was actually being punished for that. Glad we are not taking that route! :)


Well it's only a fun thing anyway.

But if I was going to go on just one thing, I'd go on post count, rather than topic count.
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Re: If subforums could "level up" (Forum Levels)

Postby Yaztromo » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:32 am

No consideration for the number of views as well??? :)
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Re: If subforums could "level up" (Forum Levels)

Postby Big Mac » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:12 pm

Forum Levels for 16 June 2017 (Forum Order)



Here is the table that explains the forum levels.

Big Mac wrote:


I might come back and edit this post and add another version of the top table, with the forums sorted by level (highest to lowest).

EDIT: I just added this:

Forum Levels for 16 June 2017 (Level Order - And Post Count Within Each Level)

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Re: If subforums could "level up" (Forum Levels)

Postby Big Mac » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:15 pm

Yaztromo wrote:No consideration for the number of views as well??? :)


I think that is only visible on individual topics. :o

But feel free to make your own topic and sit down with an adding machine to work out what the views would be. :twisted:
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Re: If subforums could "level up" (Forum Levels)

Postby Big Mac » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:05 pm

Big Mac wrote:I might come back and edit this post and add another version of the top table, with the forums sorted by level (highest to lowest).


I just did. See the previous post.
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Re: If subforums could "level up" (Forum Levels)

Postby Morfie » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:03 am

Big Mac wrote:
Big Mac wrote:I might come back and edit this post and add another version of the top table, with the forums sorted by level (highest to lowest).


I just did. See the previous post.


Thanks Big Mac.. for answering Big Mac's question. :D
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