The Neocodex Staff is proud to present the long awaited, reincarnated, new and improved Private Membership!
For those of you who are unaware of the achievable user ranks here at Neocodex, consider reviewing the Neocodex F.A.Q. which contains information on Advanced, Advanced+ and Retired, as well as new info regarding Private. The text for Private follows in the spoiler:
Neocodex has a long tradition of rewarding contributing members. For much of our early history, this included provisions for a rank between Member and Retired Member called Private Member for which members would apply of their own volition. For various reasons the rank was discontinued some time ago, but when a group of staff and codex veterans got together to brainstorm ideas for a new user rank *poof* like magic, the Private name was resurrected.
While the new user rank differs in many respects from the first incarnation of Private, it is alike in that it is awarded to only the most active, helpful and friendly folks.
Private is the rank for overachievers. For people putting in the time to greet new members or answer a newbie’s question about Abrosia on a more than one off basis. For people who enter the Signature of the Week contest week after week even though they don’t win. For the people who contribute to programming projects, and even for the people who are always at the ready with a new humorous or helpful thread.
New and old members alike should note that Advanced is a pay-feature rank; Advanced+ is a rank awarded in recognition that you deserve advanced membership without having to pay; Private is recognition that you’ve put in significant time and work with the community on a consistent basis; Retired is for when you’ve been around too long for your own good
Advanced+ and Retired promotions are made on a nomination basis. Since the previous iteration of Private ended, some users may have noted that the ranks tend to stagnate around Advanced+, with few users being nominated for higher rank. No more.
Private Membership is all about initiative. Everyone understands the concept of giving back, but sometimes it can seem like a thankless task. With Private, members can work towards recognition of their contributions and feel a sense of accomplishment when the rank is achieved. Because promotions to Private are made based on applications by the members themselves, there’s no waiting for the wheelchair brigade over in Retired to recognize how awesome you are (love you guys ).
The application process is relatively simple. At regular intervals (usually the first week of every month) applications will be opened via our new forum modification found here. Applications will remain open for a week or so, after which they’ll close, followed by a voting period. Around two weeks from the start of the process, results should be announced in this forum.
All members who meet the following criteria are invited to apply:
- 12 months of forum membership
- 1000 posts on the forum
- Consistent activity, friendliness, and/or helpfulness
- Contributions of some sort including but not limited to programming, graphics or contests participation
As you can see, achieving this rank is no mean feat. It’s not meant to be easy! To go along with the shiny new userbar (like mine but different) and forum permissions, new Private Members are also rewarded with a series of Perks, which for various reasons (chiefly because this post is already long-winded) will not be discussed in this thread. But more so than any tangible reward, Private members are at the heart of the community. They are the community leaders and discussion stokers. And that recognition and trust is Private Membership’s true reward.
So without any further ado we invite all qualified members to apply via the modification. We look forward to reading your applications!