As an aside that requirement seems kind of insane. I have largely stopped participating in some of the #games threads and those from certain posters here but I still try to make substantive contributions. I guess that’s what I get for being more choosy here.
Has it always been this high? Makes me wonder how I ever made Regular in the first place if so.
Anyway I’ve already taken this post way off topic so I’ll end it here.
Show me an automated ranking system of metrics that doesn’t have gaps. Hell, show me another piece of forum software with this level of metrics detail to begin with.
”Regulars”, back when we had a lounge, took pride in reaching that level. Despite the difficulty involved, some 150 users managed to meet those requirements.
Even though we no longer have said lounge, almost 2/3rds of those folks still have their TL3 status. That’s a pretty impressive level of dedication in my book and I thank each and every one of them for maintaining such a high level of participation here.
From a subjective standpoint? There are TONS of users who don’t reach TL3 that provide regular, invaluable contributions to the BBS. They don’t get the perks of TL3, but I consider them every bit as valuable to this community.
What’s better. Votes? That creates popularity contests and the sort of ”ganging up” that regulars of old used to be accused of by ”outsiders”. Lower the requirements? Then the moderation system suffers as no one’s flags are ”special” anymore, and the level loses meaning.
So, there you are. I value your contributions to the BBS. I’m sure others do as well. I’m sorry that you don’t meet Discourse’s requirements for TL3.