How to get rid of a "newbie" title...

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    EMKoper

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    Is there anyway I can get rid of the "newbie" title by my name without posting some number of times?

    Seriously, my impression is that someone with "newbie" attached to their name gets treated a little bit differently on this site. Sometimes it is really direct... like "a newbie trying to sell something here is suspicious" or there is a tone in the responses that is a little more subtle. So what should constitute a real "newbie?"

    Anyway, there are probably lots of users like me... I visit the site once or twice every day, read most of the new posts in 4-5 sub-forums, and contribute to the discussion on occasion. I've been doing this for about 2 years, pretty loyally. Seems there should be an "award for good attendance" or something like that ...
     
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    edesignuk

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    Newbies don't get treated differently to anyone else. If they post stupid stuff, then they get told so just like anyone else. As for the market place, yes, I myself find a newb trying to sell something on the cheap more suspicious than I would a long term member. Why? Because a newb has nothing to loose by ripping you off, they haven't invested any time in the community getting to know other members, taking part in discussions etc.

    Anyway, to the question (which BTW I'd classify under the "stupid newbie questions" :p), read the FAQ! It's a sticky! ;) :D
     
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    Unlike edesignuk, I treat newbs like s*** compared to everyone else. Take a long look at the first line in my sig. :D

    Actually, the types of newbs I'm after are the ones who spend apparently no effort in researching an issue, or do something that gets them into trouble without taking the necessary precautions, and are at their own fault for the action. I think I've called Capt. Underpants a newb at one point for one of the three reasons, even when he had over 500 posts and an avatar.

    Note: Concrete definition of newb outside of MacRumors definition still undergoing experimentation and further testing.
     
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    EMKoper

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    Thanks...

    I was aware of the # of posts, but what I am suggesting is that there could be other ways other than raw number of posts.

    Thanks, Savage Henry and edesignuk, but the link that both you non-newbies referenced never calls it a "Sticky"... it does call it a "title" just as I called it.

    I am suggesting there should be other ways to get some sort of status on the forum.
     
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    There is.

    Cough up some money ($20, I think) to get yourself a title of some sort... see 'Contributions' in the FAQ.

    If you get a lot out of the site, then you may find it worth it.
     
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    musicpyrite

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    Q: How do I get rid of the "Macrumors newbie" title?

    A: Be a post whore. You nebie title will magically change to "Banned".

    :D ;)
     
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    edesignuk

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    er...yes, it does. It's got "Sticky" written next to it, and it is stuck at the top of the forum so that YOU DON'T MISS IT ;)
     

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    realityisterror

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    you only need 3 more freakin' posts to become a "member"!
    maybe this is your method of doing that???

    i find it hard to believe that you've been visiting for 2 years and only have 27 posts...

    reality
     
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    tech4all

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    If you look at their profile it does say that they joined on 12-18-02.
     
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    Savage Henry

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    Umm... I think the point was that 27 posts in nearly 700 days is a little on the low side ..... :rolleyes:

    And to nominate myself for Pedant Of The Year, it works out at a post every 25.037 days. :D
     
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    EMKoper

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    Ok, Ok...

    Let me end the train wreck.. reflecting back on this thread, I think I know what may have happened spurring the initial responses from edesignuk and Savage Henry ... I edited my post immediately after I sent it clarifying I understood that there is some number of posts to get "newbie" off your title. So, mea culpa there, you guys probably were responding in the first minute while I was editing my post. That led to my confused response regarding the "sticky"... I thought you guys were trying to tell me the "title" was called a "sticky"...
    So, anyway, my original point was that it seems there should be another or a complementing meter of what the title says based somewhat on how long someone has been a member not just how much they post. So, realityisterror makes my point:
    I haven't particularly contributed much today, but I am three clicks closer to being called a member. Seems like a much more useful statement to say I've been visiting this site regularly for years... The site has been useful, it spurred me to buy a PowerMac and a PowerBook in 2 years... that is 0.00274 Macs purchased per per day if you average it out...
     
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    Mechcozmo

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    Dude, you really need to find some hobbies...find a life... ;)

    We were all n00bies once, but you can alleviate the "hey stupid newbie" posts by making them informative. Look at some of the others here and see what they post, how they do it, etc. That way, you don't get spit at.
     
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    Yes, well I was a newbie twice and got treated nice by you, thanks... Well at anyrate NO ONE will admit that they think your ill-informed since you are a newbie... But many people do... Well who knows....
     
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    I don't see anything wrong with the current system. When you contribute (ie, post), you get something in return: a designation indicating your post level.

    Anyway, seeing how you've only had 27 posts in nearly two years, I don't know why you would even care about your status? If someone in particular has picked on your newb-ness, you can report that to a moderator.

    Like another person else mentioned, you could always contribute the $20 to become a "Demi-God," or you could just start participating more. If everyone at Macrumors just came to read posts, new switchers would never get advice, Mac users couldn't share stories, etc.

    Edit: Sorry, one more thing. Not to pick on you, but you didn't have a single post between December 2003 and July 2004. It just seems curious that in all those days, you visited Macrumors daily (by your own assertion) and yet didn't have a single thing to contribute? Again, not picking on you necessarily, just noting how odd that is.
     
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    Well I did contribute once then I got a refund, and now I can't... D@rn... But well I'm a "regular" again, its not that bad...
     
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    I don't know that it's that odd. I figure that since I'm that much of a techie, that I really don't have too much to add in a lot of dicussions, though I find them interesting to read. I also don't feel the need to make the seemingly obligatory "yeah it would be sooooo coool if the powerbook G5 comes out Tuesday" to every rumored product announcement (I only used the PBG5 as an example, no tangents, please, ha). I also visit the site daily as part of my online routine (Macrumors, NYT, Hotmail, then find ways to avoid work), so I can empathize. But I'm not particluarly concerned with my title.

    I'm just saying I don't think it's that odd...
     
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    rueyeet

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    The only way that titles cause problems is when too much importance is assigned to them. :)
     
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    Mr. Anderson

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    That's not really all that odd - there are many lurkers who read the boards everyday and just don't feel like saying anything or what they've said has been said before.

    I can think of plenty of members who would do well to take that approach from time to time. :D

    Regardless, there are more than enough members here that you'll find a wide range of posting styles/frequencies.

    And by just responding to this thread, he'll no doubt loose his noob status quite soon :D

    D
     
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    Sun Baked

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    Says the man with 18000 posts. :D
     
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    I, for one, visit the site a couple of times a day. I don't post every day or even every other day unless I have something to say. Seems your point would be better directed to those who post "downloading now" or "kewl" or the like vs. someone with a bit more discretion.

    FWIW, people here are frequently rude to members with "newbie" designations. How many diatribes have we read against people who write "MAC" vs. "Mac"? I just saw someone rant about the use of "IPOD" vs. "iPod"?

    Who cares?
     
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    tech4all

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    I must admit it does bother me some. But you are right and some people have to lighten up. Although "MAC" technically does mean Media Acess Control, we all know they mean "Mac". I think people who rant about this are somewhat of "perfectionist", like me :eek: I'm not saying people who do this are perfectionist, I'm just mean that it could be a possiblity. Like with me right now, I'm explaining what I mean too much to be sure people don't get the wrong idea :D (I like being very detailed) ;) :p

    And keep previewing my post to be sure my post sounds right. :D :rolleyes:
     
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    jared_kipe

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    Since when do we take time to get to know other members? ;)
     
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    emw

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    "Get to know" may be a little strong in many instances, but in general, you get to know the personalities and the posting styles of various members. In some cases, that's a positive thing (for example, I can always count on edesignuk to throw out a good rant from time to time to go with his Keira pics), and in others it may be less good (someone's always throwing out inane or irrelevant comments).

    But really, members who have been around for awhile tend to earn some amount of respect over time through various "conversations."
     
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    I have to agree with this. It really bugs me when people post things like this to a forum as it simply cloggs the discussion for more meaningful things.

    i tend to be somewhat rude in my posts, its just the nature of the person I am. =D
     

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