This week: Community RecognitionEdited by: Jace
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Hi, I'm Jace .
Welcome to this issue of the Noticing Newbies newsletter. Join me as I take you into some nooks and crannies of Writing.Com that you may not have found time to check out yet.
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A recent query to the "Technical Support Forum" showed me that even seasoned members can be a mite hazy about the workings of Community Recognition (CR), specifically when CR is qualified to be added to a member's total count. I hope the following explanation helps clarify the concept of Community Recognition.
Community Recognition is a measure of a member's overall presence within the Writing.Com community. CR totals increase with both time and activity on WDC. You can view your CR status as a linked number following your handle. Clicking on that number opens a window that further defines your CR.
Community Recognition includes the following five components: the number of referred members, review recognitions, qualified Merit Badges, qualified Awardicons, and bonus recognitions.
-- Referred Members: Members support WDC by sharing their public Portfolio with family, friends, and acquaintances, which, in turn, helps the site grow by bringing in more people to read, rate and review. How does this work? New visitors to Writing.Com are tagged using a browser-based internet "cookie," or a small file stored by the web browser on the visitor's computer. When a new visitor views his or her very first page on Writing.Com, our cookie records the username associated with that page. If that visitor later signs up for his or her own account, the member whose username the visitor viewed first is given one "Recognition" for that referral. (See "Referred Member Tracking" for complete information on this topic.)
-- Review Recognitions: One CR point is awarded for every 100 reviews attached to items currently on Writing.Com completed by a member. Only one review per item counts towards a member's review recognitions, and when an item is removed from Writing.Com, the reviews associated to it are also removed.
-- Qualified Merit Badges: Merit badges are virtual symbols of recognition given from one member to another. Only qualified MBs count toward one's CR. All MBs are qualified except those additional badges given by the same member within a 14-day period. All MBs given by Staff members are qualified--the 14-day period does not apply to Staff. (See "Merit Badges and Achievements" for complete information on this topic.)
-- Qualified Awardicons: Awardicons are virtual ribbons, plaques or trophies awarded to items within a member's Portfolio by any member for any reason he or she sees fit. Only qualified couAwardicons count toward one's CR. All Awardicons are qualified except those additional awards given by the same member within a 14-day period. All Awardicons given by Staff members are qualified--the 14-day period does not apply to Staff. (See "AwardIcons" for complete information on this topic.)
Sepcial Note: Merit Badges and Awardicons are separate awards. Thus, a Reviewing MB and a 10K Teal Ribbon may be given by one member within 14 days to another member resulting in both CR points being awarded to the receiving member.
-- Bonus Recognitions: These recognitions are awarded for various reasons including length of membership ▼ , promotions ▼ , and activities. Currently only the two former items count toward CR; a sitewide announcement would be made when an activity occurs that offers members an opportunity to earn Bonus Recognition.
It's human nature to seek recognition for deeds and activity that one does. Interaction on WDC is no different--each member wants to increase their community recognition, and show they are an active and productive member of the site. I wish you the best as you continue to improve both your writing skills and your presence on Writing.Com.
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From Elfin Dragon - contest hunting : Again, so late in commenting upon "Best Laid Plans" newsletter. But you are so right about carrying around at least a notebook (small or large). I've even gone so far as to exchange my latest phone to a Samsung Note 5 just so I can have the ability to jot ideas down when I don't have a notebook handy. The darn phone is really coming in handy for all my new poem ideas.
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