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Offline bizerl

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Forum politics 101
« on: 24/07/2012 03:47:51 »
As a newbie, not only to the Naked Scientist forum, but to forum's in general, I'm curious to know more about the social structure. I can see there is a measure of how many posts people have done and there seems to be a few hardcore posters that kind of over see everything. There also seems to be some sort of gold square rating. Is this based on number of posts?

Also, what's a moderator? Are these just trusted members or are they members of the Naked Scientists production team?

Also (again), does the production team trawl the forums for inclusions in the show? Or is this a separate entity for the more scientifically enabled. I make this last comment because although I have enjoyed receiving answers for most of my posts, there seems to be a lot of topics that have formulas and a fairly high level of prior knowledge is required. It may just be that the particular topic requires this level of maths but I guess part of why I love the Naked Scientists so much is the accessibility of the language used to answer complex scientific questions.

Or maybe I should just go and do that Physics degree I always dreamt about...


 

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Re: Forum politics 101
« Reply #1 on: 24/07/2012 04:05:19 »
Uhhh...
So, if a person asks "how fast"...  I should just answer "faster than a Chetah on steroids".
or "how far"...  "further than I can run in a day".

There is a part of armchair science on the board.  But, often it is good to back up one's statements with calculations, or references to research material.  Nobody is here to conduct experiments for you though, unless it turns out to be very interesting.

"Moderators" are trusted members, not necessarily staff.  They have the ability to redirect posts, and even edit or delete offensive material.

The gold boxes, and the terms newbie, senior, hero, etc...  are all dependent on the number of posts.

On occasion I have seen forum topics reappear under "Question of the Week".  Perhaps they get picked up elsewhere too. 
 

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Re: Forum politics 101
« Reply #2 on: 24/07/2012 04:32:40 »
   
Uhhh...
So, if a person asks "how fast"...  I should just answer "faster than a Chetah on steroids".
or "how far"...  "further than I can run in a day".

Point taken. d=t/w where d is my desire to know more, t is the time I have to spare, and w is the amount of work I have to do to research a topic properly. The last value always seems so high ! :(

   
Nobody is here to conduct experiments for you though, unless it turns out to be very interesting.

Damn! another assumption of mine dashed! I hate being constantly reminded that despite existing in an homogenous and isotropic universe, I am not, in fact, the centre of it!
 

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Re: Forum politics 101
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