From the Admin: Q&A - The New Rank System
Q: How do I earn a rank?
Simple answer: By fulfilling the associated requirements!
Techinical answer: Read on!
Q: Do the ranks appear automatically?
No. The new rank system will work through usergroups. This means that for each rank there is a group. When you are eligible for a rank, you will be placed in the appropriate usergroup, at which point you will be able to sport its rank.
This system is not ideal, but it's the easiest way to make this system function with the board features available. This means however, that every upgrade in rank will have to be handled by me or a moderator personally.
Q: So there is a risk of corruption?
Yep. Because of the nature of the system, every case will be judged by me or a mod subjectively, of course with some guidelines. Our job is to keep the system fair and fun, not to make you suffer for no reason.
Q: How many ranks will there be?
The Standard ranks will be released a couple at a time, starting with the ones more easily judgeable, to make the introduction of the system easier on the administration. As of now, there are 12 planned standard ranks, and 8 special ones. There is no set time for when they will all be available.
Q: So will I get my rank assigned or should I ask for it?
You should begin with waiting. This system is run manually, and the ones running it are all human (at least we think so). In the ideal case you'll be thrown into the new rank's usergroup reasonably soon after you've earned it. This however depends on us noticing that you have earned it, which many times might not be the case.
Thus, when you think you have earned a new rank, start by waiting a couple of days and hope you will get it assigned to you. If nothing happens, it means that either you didn't merit the rank, or that it has gone unnoticed. In this case you should feel free to send a PM to me or any of the mods about it, including links to your posts to back up the claim. To this PM you should receive a reply, telling you either yes or no. If nothing happens you may send another PM after around a week.
Q: You said something about being able to have multiple ranks?
Oh yes! As I mentioned above, each rank corresponds to a usergroup. If you have earned several ranks, this means you will be in multiple usergroups. To change the rank you're showing, simple go to your personal setting and change your 'default usergroup' to the one you with to show. You can also choose to remain with your Default Rank if you so wish.
Q: Will my rank be removed if I stop being active?
No. Once earned, your rank remains with you. This goes even for ranks requiring frequent posting. The only way to lose your rank is if we find out you earned it dishonestly.
Q: What if I think a rank requirement is unfair?
Tell us about it. This board is a community, and feedback always helps us to improve the board. None of the ranks are written in stone, so it's entirely possible that the requirements will be revised in the future (for better or for worse!). This will not affect those who have already earned the ranks, however.
Also, if you think this new system is awesome, please tell us about that too!
Q: Will the new ranks work retroactively?
The rule of thumb will be that if it's something larger, then yes, and if it's something minor, like a TC, then no. I reserve the right to make judgement calls here.
Q: I totally earned a rank but you refused to give it to me!
If the administration does not consider you having earned a rank, then there is nothing you can do about it, except try to make improvements, or alternatively, try to convince us in a polite and calm manner why we ought to reconsider.
Q: Stupid admin, my question isn't even listed here!
Then ask it. If it's a good one I'll simply add it here.