Should we re-title the milepoint status levels?

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  1. Mikel
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    And if so, what should they be called? Is there a set of titles that would be better than Silver, Gold, and Platinum?

    A little background:
    There was a thread about this topic in the Beta forum during the beta phase, and it was a good thread, but we wanted to bring this up again now that we are out of beta and have new members who might like to chime in. What we like about the current status level labels is also what we don't like - They are commonly used and recognized in the travel loyalty industry and therefore well understood by most in the milepoint community, but their prevalent use also tends to make them seem trite and uninspired. We would love to hear any ideas you all might have.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Dovster
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    I suggest five levels:

    Top Level: Randy Petersen Medallion
    Better Than Average Level: Pizzaman Medallion
    Middle Level: Gargoyle Medallion
    Rather Poor Level: Cholula Medallion
    Downright Disgraceful and Often Lewd Level: Dovster Medallion
     
  3. ACMM
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    Where does the venerable Chimpy level fit in?
     
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    Definitely somewhere below Randy Petersen and very far above Dovster.
     
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  5. Gargoyle
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    I've carved a pizzaman, so I belong higher up than Ed.

    [​IMG]
    Seriously, though, I don't like the use of silver/gold/plat; it mimics several airline programs, and has a status implication that doesn't jibe with the mission of milepoint. We need something that is clear, but friendly and not so hierarchal, like CRJ-A310-767-A380, or member-contributor-road warrior.
     
  6. ACMM
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    I like something like that! Include exhausted after road warrior ;)
     
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  7. Dovster
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    King of the Road
    Road Warrior
    Seasoned Traveler
    Leisure Traveler
    Backpacker
     
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    I still quite like the silver, gold and platinum but perhaps I lack imagination.
     
  9. flying-gal
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    I like gargoyle's carving of the pizzaman.
    I love stone sculptures.

    Have bought a few stone pieces for my garden and the garden walls
     
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  10. Gargoyle
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    good choices, but I believe we already have a member named Backpacker. We should probably avoid titles that could match handles, unless the title is really obvious or distinct, or the name of a type of airplane, or some such.

    I know where you can get some more, if you're interested. :D
     
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    I think we have a "No Backpacker" but not a "Backpacker".
     
  12. Skyvillager
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    Yes, we do have a gorgeous Norwegian: no-backpacker
     
  13. I agree with Dovster's proposals. Status levels must be funny, in order to discourage likeathons.

    I don't think it is a big problem, it can always happen that a member name matches a status level ;)
     
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    I like this.
     
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  15. scoow
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    If you're going outside the box, but want to remain "aviation" themed:
    Bird
    Kite
    Balloon
    Glider
    Airplane
    Jet
    Space Ship

    Or maybe just transportation:
    Walk, Horseback, Train, Car, Airplane

    Or just come up with some random words that have no logical relationship and assign them in whatever order you like. This has the added advantage of making it very easy to add a new level at anytime for any reason. We're pretty good at figuring out obscure program rules, so I'm sure we'll be able to work with whatever status levels you throw at us.
    Book, Purple, Rock, Ant....
     
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  16. Gargoyle
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    Agree. silver/gold/platinum definitely encourage the likeathons (caveat that I see value in the likeathon threads, but they should be based mainly on socialization and not status seeking)
     
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    Emperor & Empress of Milepoint
    King & Queen of Milepoint
    Grand Duke & Grand Duchess of Milepoint
    Grand Prince & Grand Princess of Milepoint
    Duke & Duchess of Milepoint
    Prince & Princess of Milepoint
    Earl & Countess of Milepoint
    Baron & Baroness of Milepoint
    Knight of Milepoint
    Dovsterlike
     
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  18. Chimpy
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    I know a few backpackers that are also very seasoned travellers, even road warriors, should they be on the bottom?
     
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  19. Sean Colahan
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    Where do the DYKWIA fall in that line-up?

    God save the Queen!!!

    I think this is a good list, but take out the bird and leave only human-made objects as the levels.
     
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    What do you expect, you're a Chimp!
     
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    I do tend to like shiny things [​IMG]
     
  22. Punki
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    Me too. Maybe we should have diamond, sapphire and emerald status.

    Or maybe diamond, double diamond, and triple diamond.

    Diamonds are a girl's best friend, donchaknow.
     
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    Captain

    First Officer

    Second Officer (Flight Engineer)

    Passenger
     
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    I see no value in the levels and would just as soon see them disappear instead. Setting up a system for people to game doesn't encourage building the community nor the content that makes a site like this valuable IMO.
     

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