Karma Points and Ranks

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Karma Points are a measure of a user's contribution to the WoW-Pro community. They are awarded for any action which helps enrich the community, including writing guides, leaving helpful comments, and working on the WoW-Pro Addon. You can also lose Karma Points if you do things that harm the community, such as leaving harmful comments or extremely inaccurate or harmful guides.

Ranks are awarded to users at certain Karma levels to allow them privileges on the website. Unlocked privileges include skipping the comment moderation queue, ability to revert bad revisions to wiki pages, and the ability to post news on the front page of the site. You can view the current highest ranking members by selecting the Rankings link at the top of each page.

I'll explain the different ranks and the methods for earning Karma below.

Ranks, Priveleges, and Points Needed

1. Member (0 points):

  • receive karma points
  • create/edit content
  • create/edit forum topics
  • edit wiki pages
  • view revisions
  • send/view private messages
  • access user profiles

2. Trusted Member (5 points):

  • skip captcha challenges (you know, those annoying codes you have to enter to validate every post you make)
  • post comments without approval (no more moderation queue for you!)
  • cancel own vote on polls
  • publish own guides without approvale
  • write user blogs

3. Honored Member (20 points):

  • revert revisions
  • rename the url of your articles
  • create polls

4. Revered Member (50 points):

  • create new encyclopedia books
  • administer smileys

5. Exalted Member (100 points):

  • post news on the frontpage!
  • outline guides into the encyclopedias (change their category)
  • inspect votes on polls

6. Moderator (You will be considered for moderator after 200 points):

  • administer comments and their approval queue
  • administer forums
  • edit guides (of anyone)
  • edit news posts

Gaining and Losing Karma Points


You can gain Karma points in three ways: comments, guides, and addon work. Comments and guides that actually detract from the site will result in a loss of Karma. Note that blatant trolling, flaming, or spam can still result in an immediate ban at the administrator's discretion

Comments:

  • Useful comment = +1 Karma
  • Very useful comment = +2 Karma
  • Bad comment = -1 Karma
  • Very bad comment = -2 Karma

Guides:

  • Okay Guide (two stars) = +2 Karma
  • Good Guide (three stars) = +4 Karma
  • Very good Guide (four stars) = +6 Karma
  • Awesome Guide (five stars) = +8 Karma
  • Bad guide (one star) = -1 Karma

Blogs:

  • Useful blog = +2 Karma
  • Very useful blog = +4 Karma
  • Bad blog = -1 Karma
  • Very bad blog = -2 Karma

Addon:

  • Test one guide = +2 Karma
  • Update/revise code for one guide = +4 Karma
  • Code one guide from the website = +6 Karma
  • Code one guide from scratch = varies, based on the quality of the guide(see "Guides" above)
  • Detailed bug report = +1 or 2 Karma (varies, like comments above)
  • Bug fix = +4 Karma
  • Minor feature addition = +6 Karma
  • Major feature addition = +8 Karma

I didn't include any penalties for addon work considering addon submissions will all be approved by me or Jame before they are released to the site. Also note that by one guide I mean the full guide, not just the part for a single zone. An example would be the full Jame's 21-31 guide, not just the 28 step section involving Stonetalon Mountains.

Please post a comment if anything here needs to be clarified or if you have any other questions.

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Jiyambi's picture

New Trusted Member!

Congratulations to Hezkezl on becoming our newest Trusted Member!

Hezkezl's picture

Yayyyy

Yayyyy Laughing out loud

Bitsem's picture

Congratulations!

Congratulations! Smiling

Things I never thought I'd say...

"Your brother is not a dog! Get that leash off of him!"

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New Revered Member

Congratulations to our new Revered Member, Bitsem!

Bitsem's picture

Thanks!

Thanks! Eye

Things I never thought I'd say...

"Your brother is not a dog! Get that leash off of him!"

Jiyambi's picture

New Revered Member

Congratulations to our new Revered Member, Gylin!

Bitsem's picture

Grats!

Yaaaaaayyyyyyy Gylin! Laughing out loud

Things I never thought I'd say...

"Your brother is not a dog! Get that leash off of him!"

Gylin's picture

nomnom these karma points

nomnom these karma points are tasty Sticking out tongue

Jiyambi's picture

New Trusted Member

Congratulations to our newest Trusted Member, Liavan!

Bitsem's picture

Wow!

Congratulations everyone!

Wonderful work all!!!!!

Cool

Things I never thought I'd say...

"Your brother is not a dog! Get that leash off of him!"

Jiyambi's picture

New Honored Member

Congratulations to our new Honored Member, Malorajan!

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New Honored Member

Congratulations to our new Honored Member, tarix!

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New Revered Member

Congratulations to our new Revered Member, kayeich!

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New Exalted Member!!!

Lets all give a big congrats to our newest Exalted Member, Silvann!

You won't see guides by Silvann around the site, though he makes a habit of leaving helpful comments. Instead, Silvann's area of expertise is with addon coding, and he's done an awesome job of solving problems and developing awesome new features for the WoW-Pro addon.

His work includes:

  • Solving nasty taint, memory, and lag/freezing issues with the addon
  • The complete-by-coordinate feature
  • The audible check-off feature
  • Making the guide resize animation nice and smooth
  • ...and many other addon features!

Thank you for all of your hard work!

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Welcome and congratulations,

Welcome and congratulations, Silvann!!

Jiyambi's picture

Blog Points Added

I added a section for blogs and how points are calculated for them. Blogs are usually smaller than guides, so consequently I'm awarding fewer points. If someone's blog entry ends up as extensive as a full guide, I'll probably advise them to change it into a guide instead of a blog post, then award them guide points accordingly.

If you have questions or concerns about this change, please let me know!

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Permissions update

Based on a discussion in the forums, I've made some edits to the permissions settings. Change 1 and 2 were done to limit spam, as we've been getting a lot of it lately.

1) Blogs are trusted member and above. I think this is okay - they can be an earned privilege.

2) Guides can be created and worked on by any authenticated user, but can only be freely published by Trusted Members and above. New members can leave a comment or send a PM to an admin to get their guide published.

3) Abandoned guides may now be edited by anyone. Previously the settings were no different from Finished. Only admins, moderators, and the author can change them back to Finished - so if the author comes back, he or she can change the guide back and regain control of it.

4) Exalted member permissions are now (hopefully) set correctly).

Please let me know if any of this is NOT working as outlined here, those settings menus are scary places and I could have made a mistake.

Thanks for the hard work everyone, keep it up!

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Another New Exalted Member!!!!

Lets all give a big congrats to our newest Exalted Member, Skumball!

Skumball is well known for his fun and useful comments, his knowledge of warriors, and his general WoW Blog, Skumball's Junkbox. He has a few awesome upcoming Cataclysm guides planned which should be released shortly, including one covering the new secondary profession, Archeology.

His work includes:

Thank you for all of your hard work!

Souricette's picture

Congratulations!

Always nice to see that community still active!
Welcome to you!

Jiyambi's picture

SOURICETTE YOU EXIST!!!! :D

SOURICETTE YOU EXIST!!!! Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

Always glad to see one of the old guard Smiling How are things with you?

Skumball's picture

Thank you Jiya And plenty

Thank you Jiya Smiling And plenty more on the way in terms of content Sticking out tongue
I do what I can, if people find it useful in any way, then that's great and I shall continue it Smiling

-Skum

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New Honored Member

Congratulations to our new Honored Member, Bitsem!

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New Exalted Member!!!

Lets all give a big congrats to our newest Exalted Member, wkjezz!

wkjezz just released three excellent instance guides, covering the ICC five man heroic instances. He also released a 4.0 updated Holy Paladin guide, as well as guides on the conversion of emblems and honor to the new point system.

His guides include:

Thank you for all of your hard work!

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Don't tell Jiyambi you don't care about Karma Points

Or she will take your rank away and make you remember how bad you were at BBCode over 2 years ago!

Sticking out tongue

(This post may contain jokes and content for an immature audience)

-WKJezz
Moderator

Jiyambi's picture

It's not me, the Karma and

It's not me, the Karma and ranks system has gone a little crazy >_<

Skumball's picture

Karma Whore! Congratz buddy

Karma Whore! Sticking out tongue Congratz buddy Smiling

- Skum

wkjezz's picture

Thanks; This sudden splurge

Thanks; This sudden splurge of activity is due to me being at my mom's for a few days and having little distractions. Also I left my authenticator at home >< and my laptop is a dinosaur >< haha

-WKJezz
Moderator

Skumball's picture

Haha well it's all good

Haha well it's all good stuff so win Smiling
Should catch up soon though with guide numbers once I get all mine finished and released, next up... Archaeology!
Class guides are a pain in the rear-end to get done though, sooo much content to include! Sad

-Skum

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Yeah, I am still struggling

Yeah, I am still struggling with the statistics weights of the new patch for my Paladin Guide. I feel like I am a seasoned pro at holy paladins, but right now everything is weird and we have no idea how the play style is going to change come 85 end game.

-WKJezz
Moderator

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New Honored Member

Congratulations to our new Honored Member, kayeich!

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Top members! Keep up the good work!

Currently, three users are all very close to becoming exalted members:

  • Skumball with 95 points
  • Silvann with 85 points
  • wkjezz with 82 points

These folks are working so hard to bring awesome content to the site and to the addon, I just want to make sure they know they are appreciated. Thanks for all your hard work!

If you're wondering what Silvann has done to be so awesome, other than leave helpful comments around here - He's been invaluable in his contributions to the WoW-Pro addon, including several fixes which I would never have been able to find on my own. I just wanted to make sure he was getting the recognition he deserved, since his contributions aren't as easy to trace as a guide.

Silvann's picture

Aww, thanks, my pleasure to

Aww, thanks, my pleasure to help. Smiling I'd never imagine I would be helpful around here, being such a terrible and super casual WoW player. Sticking out tongue

Silvann's picture

Thanks for the points, but I

Thanks for the points, but I received the following e-mail a couple of days ago:

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Silvann,

We are sorry!

You have lost the number of points required to stay in your current rank.

You no longer have access to the areas and privileges of the following rank:

Role: Revered Member
Points Required: 50.
-------------

Since I didn't seem to break the addon's code too much lately, I think there was some mistake. Sticking out tongue

Skumball's picture

I've had that e-mail too, I

I've had that e-mail too, I think it may be an automated one from the system.
No idea what's going on with it all but I have a feeling it's some bug from the auto admin system.
I'm sure whoever knows and has control though will be able to shed more light on this.

-Skum

Skumball's picture

Figured it out - it was a

Figured it out - it was a miscalculation in some of the points being applied. Nothing to worry about and all is good Smiling

-Skum

Jiyambi's picture

Yes, I noticed this happened

Yes, I noticed this happened to both of you (Skumball and Silvann).

Sadly the Karma system is being really buggy lately, and the top users page hasn't correctly updated itself in ages. It doesn't look like you guys actually lost points, but your user status changed itself automatically. I corrected it manually.

Hopefully some of this can get looked into soon, sadly I don't really know anything about the guts of the karma system at the moment. I'll bug Jame about it some more but it may be that I'll just have to learn how to deal with it myself. Unfortunately I have no idea where to start, but that never stopped me before (example: addon development Laughing out loud )

Skumball's picture

It's all groovy and all

It's all groovy and all looks right I guess so don't worry about it Smiling

-Skum

Jiyambi's picture

Just finished a big update,

Just finished a big update, everyone should be up to date on Karma now!

We have some users approaching Exalted status, keep up the good work guys! I am really hoping to recruit some of you as moderators soon Laughing out loud

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New Trusted Member

Congratulations to kayeich on becoming our newest Trusted Member!

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New Revered Member

Congratulations to wkjezz on becoming our newest Revered Member!

Jiyambi's picture

New Revered Members

Congratulations to Skumball and Silvann on becoming our newest Revered Members!

Skumball's picture

Nomnomnom Thanks Jiya I'm

Nomnomnom Sticking out tongue Thanks Jiya Smiling

I'm going to get to work on what we discussed in the PMs over the next day or 2 so expect a little spamming of your inbox from me (I'll try to keep it to an almost-minimum) Sticking out tongue

Thanks again!
-Skum

Jiyambi's picture

w00t! Sorry I've been a bit

w00t! Sorry I've been a bit quiet around here, I'm getting into the meat of this term at school and it's been busy!

Skumball's picture

Hey. RL > all, it's how it

Hey. RL > all, it's how it should be. More important than anything tbh. I'll keep the spam to an absolute minimum then and let you concentrate on your Uni stuff Smiling

-Skum

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New Trusted Member

Congratulations to our newest Trusted Member, Phlegathon!

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New Honored Member

Congratulations to our new Honored Member, AyaJulia!

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New Trusted Members

Congratulations to our two new Trusted Members, tarix and mavet!

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New Honored Members

Congratulations to our two new Honored Members, Silvann and wkjezz!

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*Hands Jiyambi $5 and a

*Hands Jiyambi $5 and a Cookie* Thanks! Laughing out loud

-WKJezz
Moderator

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New Trusted Member

Congratulations to Micropez on becoming our newest Trusted Member!