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Nov 17, 2008, 10:57 PM
 
I remember they were part of a post that used to be a sticky but is now buried deep in the past. Can we put those somewhere that can be easily found?
     
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Nov 18, 2008, 12:19 AM
 
They were posted in the theme beta forum during discussion, but I'm not sure if there was a public sticky. Also, the crazy-stars were not part of the redesign set, I had to recreate them a few months ago. Here is the current set.

Stars ---- Posts ---- Title
_____1 . Fresh-Faced Recruit
____50 . Junior Member
___100 . Forum Regular
___200 . Dedicated MacNNer
___350 . Mac Enthusiast
___500 . Senior User
___750 . Grizzled Veteran
_1,000 . Mac Elite
_2,500 . Professional Poster
_5,000 . Addicted to MacNN
10,000 . Posting Junkie
15,000 . Clinically Insane
     
Clinically Insane
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Nov 18, 2008, 12:46 AM
 
Can anyone apply for custom stars?
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you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods,
you will understand why I dismiss yours." - Stephen F. Roberts
     
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Nov 18, 2008, 07:06 AM
 
can we make this a sticky in this forum?

makes sense to have it easily accessible
~Mike
     
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Nov 18, 2008, 07:07 AM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
Can anyone apply for custom stars?
Sure.

But only those that the mods and admins feel are worthy of them will actually get any.
     
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Nov 18, 2008, 08:04 AM
 
cool. could I have little trombones or tubas as my stars please?
     
Posting Junkie
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Location: Iowa, how long can this be? Does it really ruin the left column spacing?
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Nov 18, 2008, 09:39 AM
 
Cue the "Request Denied" graphic.
     
Clinically Insane
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Nov 18, 2008, 09:55 AM
 
Can my stars say "Request Denied"?
     
Banned
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Nov 18, 2008, 10:21 AM
 
Can my "Request Denied" be stars?
     
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Nov 18, 2008, 10:23 AM
 
Can we change Railroader's title from "Posting Junkie" to "Banned"?
     
Posting Junkie
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Nov 18, 2008, 10:25 AM
 
Can we change Dakar's title from "Mac Elite" to "sucks"?
     
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Nov 18, 2008, 10:29 AM
 
I'd totally take that if I got to have custom stars of my choice.
     
Clinically Insane
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Nov 18, 2008, 10:32 AM
 
Can I have stars of subego's Request denied stars? With Grover on them?
     
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Nov 18, 2008, 01:29 PM
 
Custom stars are given out for service to the forums. Outside of staff members, there are just 7 people with them today:

4 retired staff members who kept their stars.
effgee, did the redesign.
rickey939, helped during the redesign I think - you'd have to ask someone else for the details.
Cipher13 (insane stars) - his total got messed up, this was a fix rather than for forum help. But then, technically they aren't custom either - they look much like those of besson3c and turtle777.
     
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Nov 18, 2008, 01:42 PM
 
Originally Posted by Dakar V View Post
I'd totally take that if I got to have custom stars of my choice.
That kind of power should not be wasted on you.
     
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Nov 18, 2008, 01:44 PM
 
Originally Posted by Railroader View Post
That kind of power should not be wasted on you.
This is because of the "banned" comment, isn't it?
     
Posting Junkie
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Nov 18, 2008, 01:46 PM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
Custom stars are given out for service to the forums. Outside of staff members, there are just 7 people with them today:

4 retired staff members who kept their stars.
effgee, did the redesign.
rickey939, helped during the redesign I think - you'd have to ask someone else for the details.
Cipher13 (insane stars) - his total got messed up, this was a fix rather than for forum help. But then, technically they aren't custom either - they look much like those of besson3c and turtle777.
I'll service the forums for some custom stars.
     
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Nov 18, 2008, 01:53 PM
 
     
Posting Junkie
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Nov 18, 2008, 01:54 PM
 
In all honesty, few people bring in more ad revenue through page loads. They owe you for that.
     
Posting Junkie
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Nov 18, 2008, 02:44 PM
 
I think anyone who has been here since before 2000 should get custom stars.

Oh hey look! That includes me, what a coinky-dink.
     
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Nov 18, 2008, 02:48 PM
 
I think anyone who has added traffic to the Gaming forum (i.e. the Dead Zone) gets custom stars.

(This is quickly devolving into a "everyone gets a trophy" type situation.)
     
Posting Junkie
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Nov 18, 2008, 02:53 PM
 
Everyone who's name isn't Laminar gets custom stars.
     
Posting Junkie
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Nov 18, 2008, 02:55 PM
 
This is because of the "hot chick" comment, isn't it?
     
Posting Junkie
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Nov 18, 2008, 03:14 PM
 
You bet your Contour.
     
Posting Junkie
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Nov 18, 2008, 03:24 PM
 
NEVAR all caps
     
Posting Junkie
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Nov 18, 2008, 03:25 PM
 
Also, I just saw the "You must wait 30 seconds between posts" pop up in the "Quick Reply" area instead of reloading the page into the Advance editor to tell me that.
     
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Nov 18, 2008, 03:39 PM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
rickey939, helped during the redesign I think - you'd have to ask someone else for the details.
I think he had them before then?

Besides, the rest of the Cool Kids™ didn’t get any custom stars. Harrrumph!
     
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Nov 18, 2008, 09:02 PM
 
Originally Posted by Oisín View Post
I think he had them before then?

Besides, the rest of the Cool Kids™ didn’t get any custom stars. Harrrumph!
No, he got them after the theme beta testing. It's been a while, but I remember rickey being a pretty big contributor there. Anyway, exceptional service in the beta forum was indeed the reason he got custom stars.
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Nov 19, 2008, 09:37 AM
 
Originally Posted by Dakar V View Post
This is because of the "banned" comment, isn't it?
I think you know the obvious answer to that question is a solid "yeah".

Jerk.
     
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Nov 19, 2008, 09:39 AM
 
Originally Posted by sek929 View Post
Everyone who's name isn't Laminar gets custom stars.
Some are just more custom than others.

For example, since my name is "Railroader", I should get little trains.

Since Gossamer's name is "Laminar", he should get little pictures of ponies.
     
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Nov 19, 2008, 09:43 AM
 
Originally Posted by Railroader View Post
I think you know the obvious answer to that question is a solid "yeah".
Still got it.
     
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Nov 19, 2008, 09:53 AM
 
Originally Posted by railroader View Post
some are just more custom than others.

For example, since my name was "Kilbey" and is now "railroader", i should get little trains.

Since gossamer's name is "laminar", he should get little pictures of ponies.
or pictures of pens, since some call him lamy
     
Posting Junkie
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Nov 19, 2008, 09:56 AM
 
And Dakar should get little dinosaurs taking showers.
     
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Nov 19, 2008, 10:27 AM
 
With bags on their heads.
     
Clinically Insane
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Nov 19, 2008, 03:48 PM
 
How about custom stars for long-time forum veterans?
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you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods,
you will understand why I dismiss yours." - Stephen F. Roberts
     
Posting Junkie
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Nov 19, 2008, 04:30 PM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
How about custom stars for long-time forum veterans?
I'd be in favor of this, but there are two problems.
1. It'd be hard to agree what constitutes "long-time." Is it that the person registered before a certain date (say before Dec. 31, 2001) or the person has been here for a certain amount of time (say 6 years). And if that person creates a different handle, do the custom stars go with the handle, even though that handle is new? I have a username dating back to 2001, and Dakar, Railroader, analogika, and plenty of others aren't on their first name.

2. This means a lot of work for the staff. I'm sure there would be thousands of users eligible for custom stars (significantly fewer would be interested in them, of course), and a whole new set of rules would have to be put in place regarding size, type, appropriateness, etc. for the custom stars. And how often could they change? Do you get to choose stars once, and you're stuck with them for the next 16 years, or can you change them on a whim?

I think doing something like this would be fun and make things a bit more personalized, but only if it's not too much more work for the staff.
     
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Nov 19, 2008, 04:38 PM
 
Not that I think the staff has any interest in the added work, let alone should they, but I think limiting it to the 15k (and maybe 10k) folks would be about the only way to go. Anyone who has been here since, say 2000, and has participated regularly will probably have hit at least one of these milestones.
     
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Nov 19, 2008, 04:52 PM
 
I have been an official member since Oct. 12, 1999. So far I have been on here nine years.

Nine years.

Nine years.

Wow.

     
Clinically Insane
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Nov 19, 2008, 04:54 PM
 
Darn. I registered in 2001.

If I had only given up lurking earlier than that...

-t
     
Posting Junkie
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Nov 19, 2008, 05:13 PM
 
I'm only a shade over 6K posts and I've been here for longer than most.

Hey! That rymed!
     
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Nov 19, 2008, 05:41 PM
 
We have occasionally handed out custom titles to memorable members. However, I had to dig into a DB query to get a list - even the admin controls don't offer a way to find members with custom titles.

Excluding staff-related, board-related, and bannees so bad they got a title, we came up with 9 members:

bOOzo Addicted to Themes
Brad Oliver Aspyr Staff
cszar2001 Photo Architect
daimoni Occasionally Quoted
moki Ambrosia - el Presidente
philzilla Occasionally Useful
Prince Kasper's Side-Kick
rbarris Blizzard Staff
swiz GUI Punk

Looks like it happened quite awhile ago, since the names and titles aren't ringing many bells.
( Last edited by reader50; Nov 19, 2008 at 05:52 PM. )
     
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Nov 19, 2008, 05:46 PM
 
I remember moki, daimoni and cszar2001. The rest I have never heard about.

-t
     
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Nov 19, 2008, 07:33 PM
 
What? Surely you remember philzilla, too? I remember moki and daimoni, too—and cszar2001 is that German guy, right? I think I have vague recollections of seeing the name swiz before, too, though I can’t recall who it is (must have been in the Mac modification forum, going by his custom title).
     
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Nov 19, 2008, 10:11 PM
 
I remember most of those people. Wasn't bOOzo Max?

God, I've been here 6+ years, 7 if you count the lurking. That is just crazy (and many others have been here longer, like sek).
     
Posting Junkie
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Nov 20, 2008, 12:32 AM
 
Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
I remember moki, daimoni and cszar2001. The rest I have never heard about.

-t
Surely you can't forget philzilla?

I have this feeling like moki has been here in the last several months, I remember seeing his custom description.
     
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Nov 20, 2008, 12:35 AM
 
Originally Posted by Dakar V View Post
Not that I think the staff has any interest in the added work, let alone should they, but I think limiting it to the 15k (and maybe 10k) folks would be about the only way to go. Anyone who has been here since, say 2000, and has participated regularly will probably have hit at least one of these milestones.
Do you count as one of the 15K folks?
     
Clinically Insane
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Nov 20, 2008, 05:11 AM
 
Zimphire had a custom title too — "King of Nothingness," if I recall. I assume it got obliterated when he was permabanned. (Zimphire = Kevin, for those who don't know.)

And yeah, moki has posted this year, so you may have seen his custom title around.

BTW, I'm with turtle. I was around long before I registered. Actually, when I first started posting here, there wasn't required registration. I wish I could remember what handle I originally used (I know it wasn't Chuckit) so I could find my first posts.
Chuck
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Clinically Insane
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Nov 20, 2008, 06:44 AM
 
Originally Posted by Oisín View Post
What? Surely you remember philzilla, too?
Oh, yes, you are right. I somehow overlooked him in that list.
Didn't philzilla also go by a different username ?

-t
     
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Nov 20, 2008, 07:50 AM
 
Originally Posted by Chuckit View Post
I was around long before I registered.
Now that's honorable!
I even was around before the internet started to exist!



And yes, bOOzo is Max. Swiz is also one of the GUI masters and czar2001 is this german guy
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Nov 20, 2008, 08:33 AM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Do you count as one of the 15K folks?
It doesn't matter, because this isn't going to happen.
     
 
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