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Preferred Authors are Registered Authors who have been hand selected and promoted by Writing.Com Staff and are denoted by a yellow portfolio icon. Promotions are based on a combination of reasons such as positive community involvement and interaction with other members, quality and quantity of their reviews and ratings, quality and variety of items in their portfolio, technical understanding of the site and their willingness to help other members, and so on.
Promotions are not automatic; they are given out from time to time by Writing.Com Staff members. Registered Authors are promoted as staff's time allows and there is no set schedule. We feel that surprise feeds creativity; we do try to be unpredictable for the timing of promotions within Writing.Com.
Selection Criteria for Promotion to Preferred Author
The Registered Author's criteria that is reviewed by Staff is as follows, but not limited to:
positive involvement within the community of Writing.Com
positive interaction with other members on Writing.Com
quality of items in portfolio denoted by ratings and reviews given by other members
a minimum of 50 quality reviews sent to other members
reviews must be given to a variety of other members
must be 13 years of age or older
at least 5 rateable items displayed publicly in portfolio
quantity and quality of their item ratings
accuracy of content ratings in portfolio
quantity of ratings sent to other authors' items
quantity of other authors who have been rated by member
must be a Writing.Com member for at least six months
variety of items in portfolio
accuracy of personal and demographic account information
technical understanding of Writing.Com's site features
What Happens Now?
If you are promoted to Preferred Author, that means we sincerely appreciate what you've been doing here at Writing.Com and would love for you to continue doing exactly what you've been doing! Promotions within the community are determined on your past performance and on site activity, but keeping that promotion is based on your current performance. We do reserve the right to relocate a Preferred Author to Registered Author if that Preferred Author does not follow the simple rules and guidelines of the Writing.Com community and our Preferred Authorship.
Do Not Campaign To Be Promoted
Please do not campaign to become a Preferred Author. Rest assured that members involving themselves and interacting positively within the community will be noticed in due time. We hope Preferred Authors will remain on our site for a long time, so please do not be offended if you are not quickly promoted. Likewise, please do NOT ask or pester Staff or Moderators to become a Preferred Author. It is not nice and definitely not something we prefer! Please understand that you will NOT be promoted if you contact us regarding a possible promotion or overtly campaign for one.
Because You Earned It
If you have been promoted to Preferred Author, please do NOT send emails to Staff asking who nominated you. Members are promoted based on their own merits, not because of any nominations from other members. Nearly all members promoted to Preferred Author are not nominated by anyone at all! Their activity within the community stands out on its own.1