We have custom ranks and custom Icons as well. Our members like to.
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Good question, Grant. The status level system is a great way to encourage and reward community participation. Many of our customers use Jive's default status level settings. But others replace those with Levels (e.g. 1-5) or other easily-identified status structures. For international communities with members from different cultures, broadly recognizable statuses can be especially important.
Still other customers use status levels to express their community's identity with unique schemes such as color-coded stars, conceptual themes (Rising Star, Super Star, Supernova), or fun terms like Hot Shot or "They call me Encyclopedia". Do consider playful, contextually relevant terms that are less clearly hierarchical to keep participation fun and less competitive.
Think carefully about your community's identity. Is your industry straight-laced or laid back? (If you've got a Fun Stuff link under your Resources, chances are, you've got some theming leeway.) Is it kiwis only? Is it appropriate to tie in to the fish theme going on in the ON-Brand Partners site? How do community members view themselves and how might you tie into those themes?
Thanks for posting a great question -- and have fun designing your community!
We are working on customizing Jive's default ones. We are keen - in the names we use - to recognize the level / amount of participation / contribution while avoiding any suggestion of quality.
FYI: I came across a study of using status levels. They came to this conclusion: "Our results will demonstrate that the incentive mechanism had a long-term effect on contribution levels and generated a second boost in contribution levels when released to a new set of users."
The system the studied was "Beehive" and their levels were as follows:
Ha! Nicely supports my "do you "beelieve" in community post over on the internal community manager site. I would make the top level similar to nature's version - the queen bee.
Thank you everyone for your contributions on this topic.
We have the standard titles for our status levels, but recently, we have run into the issue of users exceeding the "Master level". Therefore, we want to implement another level title beyond Master, but I am drawing a blank on what that title would be. Any ideas? Any suggestions help!
Here is what we are currently using
0 Novice 0 Points
1 Beginner 100 Points
2 Apprentice 300 Points
3 Intermediate 600 Points
4 Craftsman 1000 Points
5 Professional 1900 Points
6 Advanced 3600 Points
7 Expert 6600 Points
8 Master 10000 Points
9 Guru 18000 Points
10 Jedi 30000 Points
11 Sensei 45000 Points
12 Spock 60000 Points
We wanted the Jive Community to be the most *community* community that it could be, meaning, we want our emphasis and our focus and our identity to represent what it means to be part of a place where people come together for the common good, and achieve more that the sum of their parts.
With that being said, the upcoming status levels you'll see on the Jive Community will look like this:
Thanks for sharing, Ryan!