There are a LOT of questions that get asked repetitively by newbies which aren't covered by the FAQ.
Note: various levels are subject to change without notice.
Q: How come my post count isn't going up?
Posts made in Off Topic don't count.
Q: What are the user levels?
50 -99: Staff Sergeant
100-249: Chief Master Sergeant
250-499: Second Lieutenant
500-999: First Lieutenant
3000-4999: Lieutenant Colonel
8000-9999: Brigadier General
10000-14999: Major General
15000-19999: Lieutenant General
50000+: Air Force Chief of Staff
Q: I've seen other ranks, too! When do I become a Prior/Forum Goddess?
You don't. Not by post count, anyway. Those are special titles created just for the staff. A few others have unique titles, as well, which aren't attainable by the general populace. Which means, sorry, there's no way for you to become an Executive Producer just by posting here at Gateworld.
Q: How does my post count affect my status on Gateworld?
Post count is tied into your user level and your avatar level, neither of which makes your actual posts any more or less interesting. As the saying goes, "Stop worrying about your post count and just make your posts count."
Q: What is "reputation?"
Reputation is a user-based rating system. It's an informal and supposedly fun way to "reward" people based on your opinion of their posts. You grant rep by clicking on the Star icon located next to a person's post.
You can view your own rep by looking under "My Controls". Or, if you have the feature turned off, go into "edit options" and click the box for "show my reputation level".
Q: What are good/bad things to give rep for?
There are no hard and fast rules for granting rep. Generally speaking, however, it's considered bad manners to "reward" people simply because they agree with you. Remember to try and judge the value based on the content of the post itself, not the opinion and not the opinion-holder.
Posts that you find helpful, thought-provoking, funny, or generally interesting would all be good candidates for positive rep. And remember that these are only guidelines, though, not rules. No one can force you to "toe the line" and you can't force others to do it, either.
Q: If green means positive rep what do gray squares mean?
It means the person giving you rep is too new and/or has too low a reputation for their rep to affect your rep. I believe that "active" rep kicks in around your 50th post (when you're Jaffa Fodder). a gray rep will always be gray- like a leopard, rep doesn't change its spots.
Q: I know that my rep is viewable under "My Controls" but is there a way to see the rep I've given to other people?
Other than keeping a record of it yourself? No.
*Update to vbb : Look inside your control panel.You'll see the latest reps listed that you've both given to others and recieved ,and also see your own "Rep -giving power".
Q: What are the rep levels and how do you find them?
If you hold your mouse over your (or anyone's) reputation blocks, a small box pops up describing the rep level. It's been a while since I've paid attention to this, myself, so I'll let someone else correct my mistakes and provide any specific rep numbers required, but here's what I could find:
... is an up-and-coming trainee.
...is being considered to join the Stargate program.
...just got transferred to Stargate Command.
...is a back-up SG-team member.
...is a permanent member of an SG-team.
...is a popular officer at Stargate Command.
...has their pick of any assignment at the S.G.C.
...is an SG-team leader!
...is commander of SG-1!
...is in charge at Stargate Command!
...is top brass at Homeworld Security.
...has a Daedalus-class battle cruiser named after them.
...has ascended to a higher plane of existence.So long,mortals !
...is a server in the Ascended Diner.
...is a Host/Hostess in the Ascended Diner.
...is head chef at the Ascended Diner
...is the manager of the Ascended Diner
...uses Ascended Beings as icing on their cake
...??? [still a mystery]
On the negative side (Gateworld no longer allows the granting of negative rep), you have:
...has to retake the Academy entrance exam.
...has been reassigned to the basement of Area 51.
...has been suspended from active duty.
...has been dishonourably discharged.
Q: How many points are reps worth?
Initially, once your "active" rep kicks in [at around 50 posts], your rep granting abilities equal one point. As your reputation climbs (and as you grant more rep, yourself), the point level increases. There is no clear-cut formula to determine whose reps count for how much.
Q: How many points do I have to get in order to get another rep block?
When you join Gateworld, you start off with 12 points and one green block. Once you pass the 100 point mark, you'll get a second square. Initially, each block represents 100 rep points. After the first four (I think), it becomes 200 points per block and the levels become progressively higher until you max out at 11 squares. I'm not sure how many points it takes get get from the 10th square to the 11th one, but I think it's around 500.
Q: How come some blocks are a lighter green?
I think it's a stylistic thing. It takes more points to get them and it helps them stand out a bit more.
Q: What are jello blocks and why are some of them radioactive? Will they make me sick??
"Jello block" is just another way to refer to rep squares/blocks and along as you don't eat them, you should be fine. Jello (AKA "jelly" in some parts of the world) is considered to be a Stargate in-reference since the food puts in occasional appearances on the show (although usually it's blue or red). "Radioactive" jello squares aren't actually radioactive, it's just a way to differentiate the lighter or "glowing" ones. As for why they're radioactive rather than ascended, well, ascended jello wouldn't be nearly as tasty.
Q: How does my rep level affect my status on Gateworld?
It doesn't. Reputation is utterly meaningless. It doesn't get you any special privileges and (again) it doesn't make your posts any more or less interesting. People who have their rep display turned off have a gray box.
Q: I want to upload my own avatar. Why isn't it working?
Uploading unique/personal avatars will become available after you reach a certain number of posts (currently it's around 2000, but Darren changes the number once in a while). This is a way of showing appreciation to long-term posters and it's also to encourage people to stick around.
Q: How do I become a moderator? Can I be one? Huh?? Huh?? Can I?? How many posts does it take??
Gateworld is not seeking to add any more Moderators at this point in time. WHEN and IF such a thing happens, it'll rest entirely in the hands of Darren and his staff. They will make recommendations, those recommendations will be discussed and debated, and if they can find someone they all agree on, Darren will take it to the next level. It has absolutely nothing to do with post count or rep level or any other GW features. Nominating someone- either yourself or a friend- won't work.
Q: How do spoiler tags work?
This is actually covered in the FAQ, but here's a quickie visual:
[spoiler] text [/spoiler] which translates to:
Note: There is now an exclamation point in the edit/post window which inserts spoiler tags automatically.
For some time now,and for the foreseeable future,all spoiler tags have to be typed manually.
Q: Any last words of advice?
RTFM. It really does help.
UPDATE to Add :
What do all these terms mean? Thunk? LOL? IIRC? IMHO? PIMPing?
Here's a quick guide to common Internet shorthand, as well as some of GateWorld's own unique lingo:
Thunk - The sound made when one hits the ground due to a superb male/female specimen
TPTB - The Powers That Be (producers, writers, network execs)
PTB - Powers That Be
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
ROFL - Rolling On Floor Laughing
ROFLMAO - Rolling On Floor Laughing My Ass Off
IIRC - If I Recall Correctly
IMO - In My Opinion
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
FWIW - For What It's Worth
UST - Unresolved Sexual Tension
PIMPing - Peeing In My Pants (because you're laughing so hard)
CKK - Chunky Kit Kat (Big Kat in the USA), the chocolate bar of choice in the GateWorld lunchroom
PM - Private Message (a forum feature)
RDA - Richard Dean Anderson ("Jack O'Neill")
AT - Amanda Tapping ("Samantha Carter")
MS - Michael Shanks ("Daniel Jackson")
CJ - Christopher Judge ("Teal'c")
BB - Ben Browder ("Cameron Mitchell")
CB - Claudia Black ("Vala Mal Doran")
CN - Corin Nemec ("Jonas Quinn")
DSD - Don S. Davis ("General George Hammond")
TR - Teryl Rothery ("Dr. Janet Fraiser")
JF - Joe Flanigan ("John Sheppard")
TH - Torri Higginson ("Elizabeth Weir")
DH - David Hewlett ("Rodney McKay")
RSF - Rainbow Sun Francks ("Aiden Ford")
RL - Rachel Luttrell ("Teyla Emmagan")
PM - Paul McGillion ("Carson Beckett")
BE POLITE. We're here to have fun, not to shove opinions down each other's throats.
Read Things to think about when starting a thread. Good advice, and it comes from a moderator.
I have a few more hints for survival in a thread that could prove VERY eye-opening to newbies and oldbies alike.
For another look into how to manage here at Gateworld, check out Purpleyin's Unofficial Guide to Gateworld located on her blog (away from Gateworld). It covers some of these topics as well as ways to help folks "fit in" more easily when they post- including the difference between an opinion and a fact, how lurking can be beneficial, and the meaning of a protected thread. (thanks Qasim for the link)
Addition : Nolamom posted a visual Guide for New GateWorlders' benefit here :CLICK TO VIEW IMAGE
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