ranks and how can i change them?

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ranks and how can i change them?

Post by Knox » Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:59 am

As most of you i am "Private first class".
Some are just "private", and there are others who are "commanders" and other ranks.
And there player who have unique ranks with a special sign.
And now my question is: "How can i change my rank?", well i guess that i am myself not able to change it, but maybe forum users like donny_baker, who are "higher" ranked as normal "private first class's" can change it.
So can you?

and is there a special list for ranks?
  1. Private First Class
  2. Private
  3. Seargant
  4. Leutnant
  5. Commander
  6. etc...

(i want to make sure that i don't be misunderstood. I don't want to be higher ranked, but i would like to have a special rank like: "The most funniest guy in the world". Just things like that.)[/list]
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Post by Grace F » Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:04 pm

Ranks used to change automatically with the more posts you had. It was changed because of all the useless posts that would appear.

Correct me if I'm wrong :) I wasn't around back then I don't think.


Anyway, your rank won't be changed unless you are recognized as a pure BZFlager Helper-er. You need to do something that really helps BZF, perhaps some new code of some kind. I don't know.

If you are doing it just for the rank, the Admins will see right through you.
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Post by joevano » Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:29 pm

That would be pretty correct Grace F. For more info (or basically the same info) but from an admins mouth see : http://my.bzflag.org/bb/viewtopic.php?t=890 (in the section titled On Ranks towards the bottom of the first post).
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Post by Quantum Tank » Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:30 pm

Yep, the only way to advance in rank is to do something really special, improving the game somehow, like finding a way to completely get rid of cheaters. The only way to get a cool custom rank and insignia like l4m3r or winny is to be a real bzflag developer I think, so don't get your hopes up on one of those... But don't worry about your rank, pretty much everyone is private first class so its not really a big deal, and you're not going to get your rank changed overnight.

P.S. Private first class comes after private on the list. Everyone starts out as a private, and after they make 5 posts they become a private first class.

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Post by diing for the team » Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:24 pm

is there a post that shows the posts/rank

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Post by joevano » Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:27 pm

diiing for the team wrote:is there a post that shows the posts/rank
Do you read? That is the way it WAS done. It is not anymore so there is no posts/rank.
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Post by diing for the team » Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:39 pm

oh ok now i get it so it is private and private first class are the only ones based on posts the rest a based on status with the administrators

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Post by tw1sted » Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:34 pm

diiing for the team wrote:the rest a based on status with the administrators
Not quite. It's based on your involvement with the community. You could completely despise some of the developers (administrators), yes still have a special rank because you are rather deeply involved with some aspect of bzflag.

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Post by Abominable » Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:06 pm

I actually like the way it's done now, you have to "earn" a rank, rather than post your head off for a rank.
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Post by tw1sted » Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:45 am

Abominable wrote:I actually like the way it's done now, you have to "earn" a rank, rather than post your head off for a rank.
Agreed. You see very fewer spam posts that are just posted to increase your post count.

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Post by diing for the team » Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:59 pm

Abominable wrote:
I actually like the way it's done now, you have to "earn" a rank, rather than post your head off for a rank.
Agreed. You see very fewer spam posts that are just posted to increase your post count.
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Post by Shooting Girl » Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:47 pm

I like chatting on the forum.. But what kind of things do you have to do for the community to get another rank than private or private first class?

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Post by JeffM » Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:03 pm

In general assist with the project or development in some significant way.

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Post by diing for the team » Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:40 pm

I would guess that means writing some code that will better enhance the game.

Like a very useful plugin maybe?

Or maybe giving alot of good idea?

But I as you can see am only a private first class so I might be wrong

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Post by Marines » Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:19 pm

i think you might be right there. but i think jeff means help improve the game by finding bugs in it and destroying them.
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Post by Winny » Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:26 pm

Development doesn't always mean working on the main game codebase.

It could be working on the web services, such as the image submitter, the wiki, the main webpage, etc.

It doesn't even have to involve contributing code, it could be contributing new sounds, new textures, etc.

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Post by JeffM » Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:28 pm

There are many ways, but the core rule is. If you are doing stuff JUST to get your rank increased, then you won't get a rank change.

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Post by Knox » Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:01 pm

JeffM wrote:... but the core rule is. If you are doing stuff JUST to get your rank increased, then you won't get a rank change.
Yes, i understood. If i do something for BZFlag i would do it to be respected and help this nice game becoming popular all over the world. I just asked because i was curious and i wanted to know how it works here. Those ranks are everywhere different.

Thanks to you!

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Post by diing for the team » Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:29 pm

hrmmm well is grouchy realy a rank or is that someone playing a trick on winny

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Post by tw1sted » Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:57 pm

diiing for the team wrote:hrmmm well is grouchy realy a rank or is that someone playing a trick on winny
It is a special rank for Winny because he is usually Grouchy ;)

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Post by Amoeba » Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:35 pm

Oh ok I get it now. Thanks for asking piet! I've been wondering the same thing for ages now because Ratfink told me it's based on your post number, and my friend has made several hundred posts without a rank change.

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Post by z[h]ero » Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:04 pm

Amoeba! wrote:...I've been wondering the same thing for ages now...
Just click on the "profile"-link of high ranked people, to notice that post number and rank don't correlate at all.
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Post by optic delusion » Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:23 am

I want the rank of "Darelicked of Dooty"
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Post by Marines » Sun Aug 31, 2008 2:17 am

i always wanted to be a sergeant or a general.
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Post by tw1sted » Sun Aug 31, 2008 2:24 am

MARINES wrote:i always wanted to be a sergeant or a general.
Now there is even a bigger chance you wont get it.

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