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  1. Aug 30, 2004 #1

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    We have made some modifications to the software to let us publicly recognize our particularly knowledgeable and/or helpful members with "medals." The two medals "Science Expert" and "Homework Helper" recognize those individuals who regularly donate their time and energy to physicsforums.com to help educate others, and to help our student members with the inevitable tough homework problem.

    We, the staff of physicsforums.com, would like to publicly thank you for all your time and hard work! You are truly the people who have made this forum what it is today, and your continued efforts will help us expand and reach new people in the future.

    If you come across a member bearing a medal, take a moment to thank him or her for contributing. If we missed anyone, please let us know!

    - Warren
     
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    THANKS GOKUL43201!!!

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  4. Aug 30, 2004 #3

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    Cronxeh brought up an interesting point in another thread:
    We might adjust the name of the awards a bit -- we have several very knowledgeable engineers here, and they deserve public recognition as much as the pure scientists. On the other hand, we don't want to have separate awards for them.

    Perhaps "PF Guru" or "PF Expert" or "PF Whiz" would be a better, non-specific sort of award?

    - Warren
     
  5. Aug 30, 2004 #4

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    If I may butt in again - some people can help with basic math (HS level), some can help with freshman college stuff, some can do junior/senior math, and some are capable of helping with graduate level coursework

    I mean maybe you could devise some sort of Level of math profeciency (Lvl0: HS, Level I: Freshman College, Level II: Junior+Senior College, Level III: Graduate Math, Level IV: Ph.D in Math or Applied Math or Physics (would require to submit via email a pic of the diploma)

    Just a few suggestions
     
  6. Aug 30, 2004 #5

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    *sniffle* I'm...honored, touched...I've never gotten a medal before. Thanks so much!

    cronxeh, for the homework helpers, it might make more sense just to stick to two levels since that's the two levels of homework help sections here. Or maybe something like Level I: High School and Intro College level; Level II: Advanced College Level or higher. There isn't often much difference between advanced high school courses and introductory college courses. And someone who's qualified to help with advanced college courses is probably already at a level where they can also help with graduate level courses. Just my two cents on that thought. Then again, maybe there isn't really much need of such a distinction among those willing to help with tough homework problems.
     
  7. Aug 30, 2004 #6

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    There's basically no way to reliably "test" people to this level of granularity. We are not in the business of administering standardized tests to our members (a task that is extremely difficult to do fairly), and we're not about to require anyone to submit SAT or GRE scores to us, let alone a photograph of their diploma(s), as that would be a pretty serious invasion of privacy.

    The recipients of these medals are chosen by the PF staff, comprised of 20+ people with strong scientific backgrounds and credentials, by that recipient's long history of factual correctness and excellent presentation. You can trust that a member with a medal is, in general, a reliable source of information. You'll just have to fend for yourself when considering other posts.

    - Warren
     
  8. Aug 30, 2004 #7
    Can you post a list of those forum names who are science/engineer experts and such and also make a special link to popup that list? If you think it relevant you could also list the number of posts each one has contributed.
     
  9. Aug 30, 2004 #8
    I like that modal...but it looks like a candy though. why don't you make tha ribbon moveable, like a blue flag, that medal looks much prettyer...--sal--
     
  10. Aug 31, 2004 #9

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    I don't know how you coded the mod in, but maybe it might be a good idea to have either the medalled member or the mentors/admins assign a tag to the medal stating what (if any) area of expertise the person has.

    For example, If I were a medalled member, I'd be confident with many questions regarding celestial mechanics or aerospace engineering in general. Anything I posted in the biology or chemistry forum wouldn't be much more than an opinion, though.
     
  11. Aug 31, 2004 #10

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    Enigma, that's a good idea. I'm confident with biology topics, but it would be a mistake for anyone to think I was any sort of expert in physics or math.
     
  12. Aug 31, 2004 #11

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    That would actually be very difficult to do... it's a thought though. What Greg was just make some new usergroups and edit the template that shows user info... very quick, but not very flexible.

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  13. Aug 31, 2004 #12

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    Okay, then I guess I'll just go add something to my user profile so if anyone wants to know, the information will be available.
     
  14. Aug 31, 2004 #13

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    Well, it's a valid point, Moonbear. We took the fastest possible path to getting medals on the site today, without really thinking about things like this. If there's enough interest to make customized medal titles like "Biology Whiz" then we will consider coding it. It might be a while though......

    - Warren
     
  15. Aug 31, 2004 #14
    Hi Chroot, i see you are one of the organizers here in this forum.
    May I ask who assigns these awards and what criteria are used to award a member...


    PS : I am all for some sort of recognition-wizard for these exceptional usefull members like ZapperZ or Haelfix or Marcus (my LQG-buddy).

    regards
    marlon
     
  16. Aug 31, 2004 #15

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    marlon,

    The physicsforums.com staff selects the award recipients for their history of scientific accuracy and/or helpfulness.

    - Warren
     
  17. Aug 31, 2004 #16

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    Gracias! As long as there isn't an icon of a cracked pot next to my name, I'm happy. :)

    Zz. (who still uses the old-fashioned emoticon)
     
  18. Aug 31, 2004 #17

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    WHAT??? :mad: I dont see a "gambling expert" medal under my name!!!
     
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    Indeed, and I don't see no "women's expert" medal under my name :devil: :cry: :cool: :cry: :devil:

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  20. Aug 31, 2004 #19

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    After thinking about it some more, I'm not sure it would be as simple as I first thought (aside from the coding, which is your territory). It might look odd to have a long list of medals for those who have expertise in a bunch of topics. Physics, math, engineering might all be something one person could have sufficient expertise to earn medals for, so would that be three medals or a long name next to one?

    I just stuck a line in my biography stating my research interests. That way, if anyone has doubts, they can just look for themselves. I'm sure if I ventured much into the physics discussions, nobody would be deluded for long that I was any sort of expert in that field.
     
  21. Aug 31, 2004 #20

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    Moonbear,

    I share the same feelings. I doubt that any of our recognized members regularly venture outside their area of expertise and post potentially incorrect statements in other fields. I think, for now, the medal system is sufficient. It's not a mark of infallibility, just a mark of recognition of consistently good posts.

    - Warren
     
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