Google Help Forums To Change Member Ranking System

Mar 8, 2010 • 7:03 am | comments (1) by | Filed Under SEO & SEM Forum News

The Google Web Search Help, Google News Help & Google Merchant Center Help forums all are announcing new changes coming to how forum members are ranked in these forums.

Currently, the member titles or levels are from Level 1 to Level 4. Some users get special titles, such as top contributors and/or certified professionals, or even Googler's get a special label, labeling them as Googlers. I do not believe the labels will be changing, but the levels will.

Instead of the 4 levels, there will be 20 levels. Your level will increase based on"

  • Posting an answer
  • Having your answer selected as the "best answer"
  • Having your post rated as helpful
  • Rating a post (either as helpful or not)
  • Correctly marking a question or answer as spam.

I believe the levels determine what rights you have in the forums. By rights, I mean, can the profile show an avatar? Can they have clickable links? Stuff like that. Each forum sets the rights per level themselves and how hard it is to reach a level as well. So while the Google News forum might be easier to get to a higher level, it might take longer to post a clickable link.

The levels are by forum, so if you have a Level 15 in the Google Webmaster forum, it doesn't mean you have the same level in the Google AdWords forum.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help, Google News Help & Google Merchant Center Help.

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