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Perusing Authors and Portfolios
There are many wonderful authors here on Writing.Com. The quickest way to find one is to visit our Authors listing page from within the navigation under the Writing.Com logo. Here you will find a listing of the thousands of authors writing here at Writing.Com.

Sorting the Authors
We realize how many authors there are from which to choose, so we've given you a few sorting options so that you can search the way you wish! The options available from Writing.Com's Top Authors list are:

*Bullet* Most Community Recognition: The first author listed has the most community recognition. (see: "Community Recognition)
*Bullet* Most Referrals: The first author listed has referred the most members (see: "Referred Member Tracking).
*Bullet* Most Credited Reviewers: The first author listed has received the most credits from other members of the community through the public review page.
*Bullet* Most Active Reviewers: The first author listed has given the most reviews.
*Bullet* Most Active Raters: The first author listed has given the most ratings.

Other options available from the drop down menu are:

*Bullet* Most Recent Change First: The first (or last) author listed has changed his or her portfolio in some way most recently.
*Bullet* Most Referrals First: The first (or last) author listed has referred the most members (see: "Referred Member Tracking).
*Bullet* Most Items First/Last: The first (or last) author listed has the most items in his or her portfolio.
*Bullet* Newest Account First/Last: The first (or last) author listed has most recently created his or her account with first item.
*Bullet* Newest 1st Item First/Last: The first (or last) author listed has most recently created his or her first item regardless of account creation time.
*Bullet* Handle/PenName A to Z / Z to A: The authors are placed in alphabetical (or reverse) order by handle.
*Bullet* Username A to Z / Z to A: The authors are places in alphabetical (or reverse) order by username.
*Bullet* Most Viewed First/Last: The first (or last) author listed has the most portfolio views.
*Bullet* Highest Level First: The first author listed has the highest level on Writing.Com. (see: "Portfolio Icons).
*Bullet* Completely Random: The authors are chosen by the system and displayed randomly.

Find Someone Specific
If you're looking for someone specific, you can put their handle or username into the search box located above the author listing. This will bring you all possible choices that contain the username or handle you put in. You may then select from the list of search results.

Understanding Portfolio Icons
Each and every Registered Member receives an empty online portfolio as soon as they sign up for an account. This portfolio is gray in color, symbolizing that it is empty. In order for the portfolio to be listed on Writing.Com's public listing pages, the author must put at least one item in it. The portfolio will then change to black. If the author is promoted, the color of the portfolio will change to yellow, blue, purple or red, dependent on the level of promotion. For complete information on the portfolio icons, see "Portfolio Icons.
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