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Meaning of user subtitles? - Mentor Legend Explorer Community Expert Beginner New Here Engaged

Enthusiast ,
Oct 06, 2022 Oct 06, 2022

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Everywhere around Adobe Community I see users get a label of some sorts.  Some are obvious what they are for, some aren't:

  • Mentor - ?
  • Legend - ? 
  • Beginner (whats the difference between this and Community Beginner, or New Here?)
  • Explorer - ?
  • Community Expert
  • Community Beginner - See Beginner
  • New Here - See Beginner
  • Engaged - ?
  • Adobe Employee - obvious

 

Just curious as to the meaning of each of these?  Is there a pecking order?  What does each one represent?  Does it have a practical meaning to users of the site?  Are some better then others? etc...  Just be cool to know what the point of them is.

 

EDIT: wanted to update the list order here from the comments.

 

  1. New Here 
  2. Community Beginner
  3. Beginner
  4. Explorer
  5. Enthusiast - (obtained when you reach 270 posts or 175 replies, not sure which)
  6. Engaged
  7. Mentor 
  8. Legend 

 

Specials:

  • Adobe Community Expert (ACE) - awarded manually
  • Adobe Employee - only for staff members

Regards, aTomician
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Community Expert ,
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yes, there's pecking order based (in the beginning) on the number of forum posts ~

 

  • New Here 
  • Community Beginner =  Beginner
  • Explorer - ?
  • Engaged
  • Mentor - ?
  • Legend - ? 
  • the  two below require more:
  • Community Expert
  • Adobe Employee - obvious

 

and there are more/different ranks because some have been added and some removed/changed (including mine just recently).  and i know of no recent list or explanation. 

 

here's a very dated explanation:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/using-the-community-discussions/user-manual-for-the-adobe-forum-commu...

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Oct 06, 2022 Oct 06, 2022

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Community Experts are volunteers who help moderate the forums and answer questions or provide information on where to get answers.

 

The rest are, mostly, reflective of how active you've been and how many posts you've made. No one's certain what differentiates levels from each other. It's based on how active you  are (number of posts and replies).

 

It's known that Beginners, at least, cannot edit their posts. At some point you're able to, but as far as I know, no one knows what that is. 

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Adobe Employees are paid staff.

 

Community Experts are unpaid volunteers & product users invited by Adobe based on our contributions and product experience. 

 

Otherwise, badges are pretty much meaningless.  Anyone can participate here.  The more you participate, the more points you earn.  Over time, your badge label gets fancier to reflect your participation level.  

 

I hope that helps.

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Thanks all, that's helpful 😁


Regards, aTomician

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Oct 07, 2022 Oct 07, 2022

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you're welcome.

 

p.s. yesterday i learned the aztecs called the armadillo "ayotochtli" or "armored-rabbit"

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Oct 10, 2022 Oct 10, 2022

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Hm!  Maybe I should change to ArmorBunny!  Has a nice ring to it 😁


Regards, aTomician

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+1 on a new screen name, though i'd go to +2 for ayotochtli.

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Oct 10, 2022 Oct 10, 2022

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Hmmm - I've just ranked up to Enthusiast which I didn't have on my list...  I don't have any new badges though so they can't be linked.  Now I'll have to update my list!


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Oct 11, 2022 Oct 11, 2022

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if you keep track of your rank, you'll have the only current list of rankings.  until adobe adds/removes some.

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Oct 11, 2022 Oct 11, 2022

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OK... what is classed as a post - starting a new thread?  I see posts and replies are both recorded...


Regards, aTomician

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Oct 11, 2022 Oct 11, 2022

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Yes, replying to the your comment above just pushed my "Posts" number up by +1 so Posts on a user profile must record new threads and replies.


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every individual message is a post.  the first one that started the topic is the "original post " = op (and op is often used to mean "original poster" too.

 

the op and all its replies constitute a thread.

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