As part of Verizon Community Forum’s evolution, we are looking to streamline/clarify the ranking process and provide additional functionality to our most valued members. In the simplest terms, the Verizon Community Forums Team wishes to reward frequent participation and helpful behavior, as well as protect the community from spam, trolling, and objectionable content.
To that end, we’ve significantly revised the community ranking system to meet the needs of our members. The section below illustrates the enhanced ranking levels and the functionality granted once each rank has been achieved.
Create new Forums threads and Read/Reply to Posts
Read and Blog or Idea Exchange entry
Setup profile, e.g., Location, Avatar, Device, etc.
Subscribe to Boards/Threads via RSS
Utilize Private Messaging system
Add Tags to any post
The ability to give Kudos to other members.
Create a custom signature in posts
Ability to select Animated GIFs as Avatars
Ability to to upload images into message posts (JPG & GIF)
Add attachments to posts (TXT, DOC, RTF, and PDF only)
Use externally hosted Avatars
Kudos worth double
Upload Video to Gallery and in message posts
Kudos worth triple
Ability to create Polls in posts**
We recognize many community members will ask (and have asked in the past) exactly what the criteria is for achieving each rank in the hierarchy. To eliminate the likelihood of system abuse or forum ‘rank climbing’, we have decided not to publicize the exact ranking criteria. That said, community members will gain higher ranking by excelling in the activity components below. The list is not in order of importance and some elements are weighted greater than others.
Length of Time on the Community
Number of logins
Posts marked as “Accepted Solution”
Total number of Posts (minus deleted posts)
Total Number of Tags applied throughout community
Time spent online in the Community Forums
As members achieve higher rankings within the Community Forums, they will automatically receive additional functionality – while maintaining the functionality rights previously achieved. Administrators may invite certain members to become Community Leaders at their discretion. We reserve the right to modify, change, or discontinue the Ranking program at any time without notice.
As always, we welcome any comments, suggestions, or feedback you may have.