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    MotM Postponed

    You may have noticed that there wasn't a Member of the Month for November. To put it shortly, there weren't enough candidates. I'm not sure this will change for December either. This is a busy month for most members. I tried to come up with a compromise. I could reduce the requirements. I don't want to change the six-month wait to become eligible again. It would reduce any novelty value in it if members keep becoming MotM again in a short space of time, so six months seemed sensible.

    While I'm obviously not going to enter MotM myself, I could make it so that moderators are entered into MotM. I was against any site staff becoming Member of the Month, but I suppose there aren't many reasons why a moderator should be ineligible. I realise I'll need to bend the rules a little to avoid axing MotM again. (So soon after I brought it back would be quite stupid.)

    I think MotM should resume during the last week of January, but let me know what you think. If you have any ideas, I'm all ears.

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    End of January sounds fine to me. It's a cool forum feature but who says EVERY month needs a winner? It's member of "the" month.....you never specified which months hehehe.
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    That's a very good point. Member of the Season perhaps? Doesn't roll off the tongue quite as well! I suppose one of the good things about Member of the Month is that it encourages activity when it's regular. (Not that I have anything to honestly back that up. )

    Christmas Outlaw? Easter Outlaw? Scary Outlaw? Ehhh... suggestions welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    Scary Outlaw?
    I WANT TO BE THE SCARY OUTLAW.

    Although "Autumn Outlaw" has far better alliteration. Summer Outlaw is fine, as is Winter....but "Spring Outlaw" just sounds painfully lame. While we're on the topic of Forum titles, I have decided on my 1500 post Custom Title. I'll likely change it from time to time like I do with my avatar though. Look forward to it.

    Does anyone else have suggestions about MotM seasonal/multi-month titles? Otherwise I'll list some more.
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    I think you're already quite a scary outlaw. Just look at your avatar. Y'know, I haven't thought about site staff having the "Outlaw Star" rank. You'll still get it, but I might make it so you have something similar to patrons. A little icon to indicate you're a moderator.

    Autumn Outlaw's a good one. (Better than "Fall Outlaw" anyway. I'd award that to the forum's slum drunk.) I agree that Spring Outlaw sounds really dorky. Making member awards more thematic could be win-win. Hmmmmm.

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    Perhaps people don't realize that the Green username is already a staff indicator? Sure, load me up with a staff icon! I like being special. Can it be a tiny hammer?

    Awarding a title to the forum's drunk, eh? So now we're making special titles and icons for Baron too? Hahahahaha

    People generally like being recognized for things, so I think most of these ideas (if implemented) would be good additions thus far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    Perhaps people don't realize that the Green username is already a staff indicator?
    That was the general idea! When I created the forum over a decade ago I had a choose a colour for admins. Green was an obvious choice. It doesn't distinguish between different kinds of staff. I chose one for that, but it's been ages since OSN has seen a mod. (You don't count technically. You're a little better: an underpowered admin. )

    I think I'll give 1500-post (Outlaw Star) members an additional icon for it, but they may change their user title at will.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    I like being special. Can it be a tiny hammer?
    Could make it an S. Could mean "Staff" or "Special"!



    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    Awarding a title to the forum's drunk, eh? So now we're making special titles and icons for Baron too? Hahahahaha
    I think that could be decided upon with a drunken street brawl between Baron and Starwind55.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    I think most of these ideas (if implemented) would be good additions thus far.
    While I think too many icons would be a bad thing (being a patron is certainly a very good reason) I'm gonna start devising these things tomorrow. Pretty quick and easy.

    If you have more ideas for a less frequent MotM, lemme know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    While I think too many icons would be a bad thing (being a patron is certainly a very good reason) I'm gonna start devising these things tomorrow. Pretty quick and easy.

    If you have more ideas for a less frequent MotM, lemme know.
    Upon coming across this thread again...did anything come of this? Any prototype icons?
    After giving it some more thought, Members of the Quarter for lack of a better term makes more sense in accordance with this forum's activity level. MotM just burns through the entire active list too quickly, as unfortunate as that is. Why not take away the time-specific nature of it entirely? "Featured Outlaw" or something similar that can still be changed quarterly but we don't need to come up with multiple unique names for?
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    No icons yet, but it wouldn't take long to make some. I like the idea of a "Featured Outlaw", but how would we display that? The forum index is arguably veering on being "too large", despite how forum categories are collapsible. (A feature I imagine many don't know about.) We could just have the icons but would they carry that forever and do they only get to become featured once? I guess it could work. (tl;dr: How would we feature them?) I just wish we had more members to utilise this.

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    Just like we do with MotM, put a custom title under their username. I wasn't thinking that it would operate any differently from MotM, but rather that it would take the time limit away. More Ocarina of Time and less Majora's Mask, if you will.

    Aside from that I don't have any answers to your other points despite giving it some thought. I don't know how to make it more engaging or what's really possible with vBulletin's infrastructure. I think a 1 year cooldown on being Featured is fair. Perhaps they'd get a pinned thread at the top of one of the sub-forums with a brief write up from one of us about how dope they are. You already write a brief justification for MotM so it wouldn't be much different.
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