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  1. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Membership Levels

    I keep seeing a lot of posts from people asking about the requirements for different membership levels. So, here is pretty much everything you need to know about membership levels summed up in one easy to find thread.


    BHW Membership Levels and eligibility requirements:

    Super Administrator = appointed by site owner
    Administrator = by site owner approval
    Super Moderator = by admin approval
    Moderator = by admin approval
    Moderator in Training = Submit Staff Application [1] and have admin approval
    Executive VIP = by invitation only (given only after vote from Exec VIP's) and have admin approval
    Jr. Executive Vip = must post a thread that gets moved to Jr. Exec VIP forum and have admin approval
    Jr. VIP = 100+ quality posts [2], 60 days on the forum and $97 donation [3]
    Premium Member = $97 donation [3]
    Junior Member = 100+ posts
    Regular Member = 50-99 posts
    Newbie = 0-49 posts
    [1]To apply for Mod status click the Staff Application link on the top menu bar. (See thread Staff Application form for more info.)
    [2]Quality posts are any posts that increase your post count. (See thread Post Count Not Increasing? for more info.)
    Members are still expected to follow the rules and not make pointless posts just to inflate their post counts.
    [3]To make donation click the Donate link on the top menu bar


    Forum Access by levels:

    Executive VIP has access to the ExecVIP, Jr.ExecVIP, Jr.VIP and the general forums.
    Jr. Executive Vip has access to the Jr.Exec.VIP, Jr.VIP and the general forums.
    Jr. VIP has access to the Jr.VIP and the general forums.
    Premium Member has access to the general forums.
    Junior Member has access to the general forums.
    Regular Member has access to the general forums.
    Newbie has access to the general forums.


    Signature permissions levels:

    Executive VIP can use images and approved links in signature.
    Jr. Executive Vip can use images and approved links in signature.
    Jr. VIP can use images and approved links in signature.
    Premium Member can use images and approved links in signature.
    Junior Member no signature.
    Regular Member no signature.
    Newbie no signature



    Custom User Titles

    Sometimes you'll see members with titles that don't match any of those listed. Those are 'Custom User Titles'. You can always tell someones real membership level though just by looking at the username color and (for general members) by their post count.

    Once you reach Junior member (100 posts) you can choose a 'Custom User Title' if you want (might be available for Regular members too, I don't remember for sure. lol). Just go to 'Edit Profile' in your 'User Control Panel'. You can't choose any real titles though, (for instance you can't choose Jr.VIP as a custom title).
     
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  2. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Another big question I keep seeing lately is how to become Exec.VIP or Jr.ExecutiveVIP.

    To become an Exec.VIP you have to be nominated and voted in by the other Exec.VIPs. Actively campaigning for it will likely get a negative result. Just being your best when participating in the forums is a positive way of getting noticed. Other than that though, there's really nothing proactive that can be done to get yourself into ExecVIP.

    Since there's nothing you can actively do to get in, it's best not to give it a lot of thought or attention. I don't know anyone that was expecting or planning to get the upgrade to ExecVIP before they got it. You won't even know if you've ever been nominated unless you actually do get voted in.

    To become a Jr.Executive VIP member you just need to share some really good method or technique that gets moved to Jr.ExecutiveVIP. Since there is way to get in that group (by making exceptionally good shares), that's the level to strive for. It's still a pretty high standard though and it's best to just make the shares without any expectations. Posting just for the purpose of getting an upgrade (like asking for it in your post), will likely get a negative result.


    Another thing to consider regarding the membership levels above Jr.VIP.

    There are over 180,000 members profiles on BHW. Granted a lot of those are non participating members, but even still... there are thousands of active members.

    Take this stat from earlier today for instance:
    If you go the the Main Forums page and click on View Forum Leaders you'll see there are only 15 Jr.Executive VIPs.

    The complete Exec.VIP member list isn't publicly available, but suffice it to say that it's a similarly small group. Exec.VIP is a small group by design, otherwise it would lose it's usefulness. It's very nice for anyone getting voted in and much appreciated by anyone that gets in, but it's always such a small group that most people (even if they have plenty of experience and knowledge) won't reach that level.

    The point is... statistically not very many people ever reach Exec.VIP level. That's why it's not worth becoming too concerned about getting in.

    Jr.Executive VIP is still a small group because it's only a few months old. Anyone can become a Jr.Executive VIP member by sharing some method or technique considered good enough, so in time it will grow a bit larger group. The standard to get in is pretty high, so it will always be a pretty elite level, but since there is something you can do to get in that group, that's the one to strive for.

    There's just no need to be a 'grass is always greener' type. There's plenty of value to the forum (especially if you upgrade to Jr.VIP), so there's nothing to be ashamed of or to get upset about even if that's the highest level you ever get.
     
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  3. IamBlackhatter

    IamBlackhatter Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Thanks for the info grey hope no one will mess up with these here again in bhw !
     
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  4. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    A lot of people also ask about the benefits of becoming a Donor.

    Usually people asking that are talking about the pink member level. Most people think of the pink level as 'Donor' members, but the pink level is actually called 'Premium'. Actually both Jr.VIP (blue) and Premium (pink) memberships are actually 'Donor' member levels.

    The main purpose of Premium membership is for people that want to use images and links in their signature, but don't want to wait till they meet the qualifications for Jr.VIP. (It used to also let you make a BST thread, but the BST requirements have changed so this isn't the case anymore.)

    If you donate to become a Premium member in order to get the benefit of links in your signature early, then you'll still need to donate to become a Jr.VIP when you qualify if you want to have access to the Jr.VIP forum. In other words if you want to use signature links without waiting to join Jr.VIP, you have to donate twice for that extra privilege.

    (If you do want to become a Premium member so that you can use signature links, you need to read through the Forum Rules regarding signatures. There have been members in the past that were upset to find after they became Premium members that the links they wanted to use were still not allowed.)
     
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  5. DiMXx

    DiMXx Registered Member

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  6. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Is it worth becoming Jr.VIP? Are all the good threads in the Jr.VIP forum?

    It's definitely worth joining because it give you access to another whole forum full of more information.

    Well, of course it's worth it. Yes, there are many good threads in the Jr.VIP forum, but there's even more good threads in the general forums. Iif you aren't able to learn how to make money from threads in the general forums, joining Jr.VIP isn't likely to change that.

    There's still no 'magic bullets' in there that will just rake in the money without any work, but it does have a lot of methods that aren't shared in the general forums. This isn't done out of selfishness, it's just that the private forums don't get crawled by google. If someone wants to share a way they're making money, but don't want all the noobs on the internet to ruin it with saturation, then sharing it in Jr.VIP will keep random people searching google for 'how to make money' from finding the thread.

    So, if you can't figure out how to find your own niche, or create your own sales copy, or what a keyword is, or how backlinks work then you probably won't get much benefit by joining Jr.VIP. If you suffer from information overload in the general forums, then adding another forum full of information isn't likely to change that. :rolleyes:

    Jr.VIP is for those that can read a thread and see how to apply it and make some money without needing to duplicate every minor detail. If that describes you, then Jr.VIP is absolutely worth joining because it gives access to another forum full of information that can give you even more ideas.
    :pirate:
     
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  7. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Another question asked a lot is about which is better, Premium member or Jr.VIP. Even though I explained in the above posts about the benefits and requirements for each level, I didn't actually give a comparison. So for anyone still confused about it here's a comparison: :cool2:

    Premium Member vs. Jr. VIP

    The main difference between Premium Membership is the post & time requirements and access to the Jr.Vip forum. Both will cost you a $97 donation, get a Donor icon under your username, give you a larger PM box, and allow you to post links in your signature.
    • Premium membership can be paid without having 100 posts, but there is NO automatic upgrade to Jr.Vip once you reach 100 posts. You would have to donate again to become Jr.VIP.
    • Jr. VIP membership can only be paid for after reaching 100 quality posts and being a member of BHW of 60 days. Jr.Vip receives every advantage of Premium membership PLUS access to Jr.VIP forum.
    The advantage of becoming a Premium member is if you're selling something it allows you to include links in your signature without waiting till you reach 60 days and 100 posts. The thing to remember about that though is the mods don't allow just any links, (typically the mods interpret the rules to only allow affiliate referral links, links to your approved BST threads, or links to other BHW threads or pages).

    If you do want to have a bigger PM inbox and use links and images in your signature, AND you don't want to wait 60 days or don't plan to make 100 posts for a while then it might be worth it for you to donate for Premium membership. Otherwise you're getting more for your money if you wait till you have 100 posts and been a member for 60 days so you can join the Jr.VIP.

    When you're ready to become a Premium Member or Junior VIP just go to the "Donate" link on the top menu.
     
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  8. popzzz

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    Thanks Greywolf! Great posts!

    I cannot find anywhere to edit the "custom user title" in the edit profile area.

    Enjoy ..... :cool2:


     
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  9. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Huh? Well if you never changed it then maybe 'Power Member' is another level for Regular forum members. I always thought it was just a custom title. lol.

    Do you know what you're post count was when you're title changed from "Junior member" to Power member"?

    Anyway you can't find it in the 'Edit Profile' area because that's the wrong area. lol. I should have said click on the 'Edit Your Details' link. :rolleyes: I can't always be right about everything. :eek:

    If you're able to choose one then it's found underneath where you change your email and password. It's in the same area that you can put your homepage url and instant messaging IDs.
     
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    Seo Lover Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    All points cleared . Awesome explanation
     
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    Yep the custom user title is not there in the edit your details page either
    Greywolf so it's not optional yet.

    It seems it was around 450 post count when it changed to power member but
    I'm not 100% sure on it. I think it changed when the third star was added.
    Perhaps someone else remembers.

    And thanks also for the other thing. (you know what)
    It was a pleasant surprise. :rock:

    Enjoy ..... :cool2:


     
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    Good explanation for better understanding when hanging around.
    This is such a good place to be. Thank you BHW for being here with me :)
     
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    ok so i have more 200 post but still stuck at regular member
     
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    thanks for information. Appreciate it.....
     
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    Great info. I understand the hierarchy better now.
     
  16. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Yeah it looks like they may have changed the Regular Forum member titles. So the first post is still accurate as regards to the colored member levels, Gold - Regular members, Pink - Premium members, Blue - Jr.VIP members, etc. But the user title hiearchy based on post counts for the Gold members looks to have changed some lately.
     
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    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Ah. Then custom user titles must just be another benefit once you become a Donor then (Jr.VIP or Premium).

    Some of the things I posted about the Regular (Gold) membership levels was based on memory. (It's been awhile since I donated for an upgrade to Jr.VIP. :cool:)



    So...
    For anyone else wondering about it, the 'Custom User Titles' apparently aren't available till you upgrade to a donor level.

    and...
    Regular (Gold) members get the 'Power Member' title around 450 posts.
     
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    Now I really understand the proof of concept.. Hehehe :D
     
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    Hey GreyWolf,

    Just thought I'd chime in and mention...I'm at 65 posts and I'm still a newbie (which isn't something I'd deny quite yet ;) ) so the regular membership levels must have changed.

    On a side note, I have noticed that I've got a blue star now (woop woop), but I would like to be lifted out of the ranks of newbies.

    Another thing I was wondering about the other day was Signatures and Custom Avatars...In the ToS it says I'll be allowed to use a sig at 50 posts, but no sign of that either yet :( and theres no mention at all about avatars.

    Oh well...something might change at 100 posts I suppose.

    ~|ChaRoN|~
     
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  20. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Yeah, like I said in an earlier post it looks like there's been some changes to the Regular (Gold) membership titles. It might also be that its a factor of time and post count together, rather than just post count alone.

    Yeah you should have got your first star at 10 posts and you should get your next one at 100 posts. I made up a chart about the stars a while back. I'll see if I can find it again and when I do I'll post it in this thread as well.

    As far as the 'Edit Signature' and 'Edit Avatar' they should be found in your UserCP under 'Settings & Options'. The 'Custom Avatar' option box is found at the bottom of the 'Edit Avatar' page underneath the 'Pre-defined Generic Avatars'. If your membership level allows them then that's where you'll find them. If the Admins have made some changes to the Gold member user titles, then that may well have affected when those options will become available though.
     
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