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    Default Forum "Usage Awards" aren't Automatic ??



    As large as the AF.net community has grown, and as active, it's surprising to find that the basic "Usage Awards" such as "1000 Posts" / "2000 Posts" / "100 Threads" / etc aren't automatically posted to user Profiles when said thresholds are crossed.
    Or has this always been a manual awarding process ?? And recently overwhelmed the Mods / Admins ??
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    Default Re: Forum "Usage Awards" aren't Automatic ??

    They are automatic but not instantaneous and really mean nothing.
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    Default Re: Forum "Usage Awards" aren't Automatic ??

    "Not Instantaneous" - for sure... Perhaps on a once-per-week Cron Job...

    I agree that they aren't as meaningful as the various Observing and Imaging Awards.
    Since I'd recently (early last week) crossed the 2000 threshold,
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    that little Ribbon not show automatically got me to thinking about commiserating with the very busy Mods and Admins...
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    Default Re: Forum "Usage Awards" aren't Automatic ??

    That is a delay. I just passed the same mark, but honestly don't know when I passed it.
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    Default Re: Forum "Usage Awards" aren't Automatic ??

    The usage awards are dynamically generated, by the underlying vBulletin/vBExperience module.

    That being said, how, or if these manifest themselves depend on several esoteric factors, including the available frame header and screen real-estate for a given user/OS/browser configuration, combined with the number of moderator-awarded (manually granted) achievements (like the
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    awards).

    For the most part, the vBExperience, dynamically generated stuff is a huge PITA for the moderator community, for several reasons:

    - it manifests itself randomly, sporadically, and non-uniformly based on entirely user-dependent interface configuration
    - it generates faults in the underlying forum DBMS infrastructure
    - we have no control over, or ability to intervene with/tune/fix/troubleshoot it
    - some members over-fixate on these awards, "gaming" the forum infrastructure in various attempts to manipulate the "awards"

    As (thankfully) suggested, no one should are about these things. What is valuable is helpful, insightful content, guidance, problem-solving, and supportive posts - the awards are best ignored, and from a moderator perspective (aside from the value in the manually generated awards) are a huge pain, and are irrelevant...
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