@PlacidPenguin At the risk of metaphorically sticking my fist in a beehive and sending all y’all after me asking for trophies, I will point out that I never specifically said goat trophies would never be sent. Just that unsent prizes from all the contests and shit from when JonT ran things weren’t ever gonna happen. Maybe someday we’ll dig out the goat trophies and find the unused labels and take them in somewhere to get etched (because I sure as shit am not going to dremel 30 more of those dang things). Probably not though. Hope springs eternal!
So if an ex-goat and ex-VMP mehmber gets all the other ex-VMPs (except for @cranky1950) to pony up $4.99 and reinstate their VMP2 status, then that ex-goat would relinquish their ex-goat for a poop emoji?
@narfcake Mehbe the “population” of badges for ranking should be tied only to the qualifying population that have at least one post.
if you don’t post, you don’t exist in the world of “people who need badges when they post in the forums”, so why on everyone else if you didn’t even use it? That doesn’t seem fair.
And if they post, then they get the badge they qualify for and the rankings are affected appropriately upon posting. It’s all kosher.
I’ll give you it’s debatable whether to determine the badge ranking that would apply before a person’s first post, or after (projecting ranking as if they were already included in the qualifying populations).
@narfcake Ask for a raise. Apply for a promotion. Whore your skills upon the public.
You do know I have zero to do with your paygrade there, right?
You described how the badges are determined. So you’re clearly in contact with the people that made that happen. Describe what I’ve posted to them or point them to the post. Seems like an easy mod to deduct users with 0 posts to give.
However, I bet it’s close to that, just not strictly based on numbers in a group. I seriously doubt if membership success became such that ex vmps decreased to the level where there were more ex goats that the expired goat badges would swap to poops. More so that specialty badges are an edge case and the badge is probably determined by something like the following:
If vmp then badge=vmp
If member then badge=member
If exvmp then badge=poop
If ex-goat then badge=dedgoat
If staff then badge=flask
If wootazon then badge=amazon
If volmod then badge=medkit
If goat then badge=goat
If snapster then badge=octopus
So it’s almost the same as rarity, but you’re just sifted through a tree of if statements that check group memberships and the last one that applies to you is the one that wins out.
(Or it could not be like that at all, I’m not a programmer and there’s probably a cleaner way if you know what you’re doing. But this is how I’d probably bodge it together.)
@PlacidPenguin I’ve actually been keeping an eye for a bargain on a box set. TBH, I’ve only seen eps IV-VI (the “original” three) and I. The appearance of Jar Jar kind of turned me off. If I find a deal on the full set, it’s my intention to watch them all in chronological order in my own private Star Wars marathon.
Maybe I’m paranoid… I’m afraid that my vmp could lapse and I wouldn’t notice until I tried to buy something and not be able to get it back. I have a fear of being herded into the save-a-penny membership.
One day VMP will be more rare than ex-goat status… One day.
@mfladd I’d agree. In theory it was a good idea to have an upside down goat, in reality it looks too close to the real goat. I think the cemetery stone with the G on it would work better. Different shape would help.
@Dave - maybe a box can be put around the upside down goat or something to make it more visually different than the goat? Or put a gold crown around the entire goat for the monthly goat or… something I haven’t thought of… to make them a bit more visually different from each other?