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A New Badge- Forum Leaders

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Over the past couple months, many of you all have noticed a few members with the new Forum Leaders badge. This badge is given to active members who are passionate about the technologies in the forums they lead, and are willing to dedicate a significant amount of time and effort to community building in their forums. While many Forum Leaders are already Experts and Mentors in their areas, this is by no means a prerequisite to being nominated as a Forum Leader. As with the Expert and Mentor badges, Forum Leader candidates are carefully reviewed by the team before they are promoted. Nominees will also receieve a PM from a team member offering them the position.

As I mentioned above, Forum Leaders actively participate in community building within their forums. Some examples of this can include pinning important threads, starting and participating in discussions regarding the language and related technologies, and organizing fun challenges and competitions for members to participate in. They are evangelists for their languages. Forum Leaders also take part in keeping their forums organized. In order to accomplish this, Forum Leaders are given a set of moderation tools allowing them to perform actions like adding code tags, renaming titles to be more descriptive, moving and merging threads, and hiding questionable content for moderator review.

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23 November 2010 - 09:42 AM
I demand to be Forum Leader in the Lounge. NOW!


23 November 2010 - 09:48 AM
Step off, woman. I refuse to bow to Hello Kitty! RAWR!


23 November 2010 - 10:07 AM
You can be one too. <3

Shane Hudson 

23 November 2010 - 10:39 AM
Neo, forum leader is below you... you need "supreme leader"!

And thanks for clearing up what the leader is. I guessed it had something to do with the community when stayscrisp added the new logo competition.


23 November 2010 - 05:11 PM
Yes, supreme leader.... I like it....


23 November 2010 - 07:19 PM
Who are the current Forum Leaders? and which forums do they lead? how the nominated?


23 November 2010 - 07:38 PM
The Forum Leaders are listed here under the Forum Moderators category along with Mentors and Alumni that have moderation capabilities. That list includes the forums they lead. Currently, our Forum Leaders include Martyr2, baavgai, Atli, Craig328, modi123_1, sarmanu, and stayscrisp.

Regarding nominations, Forum Leaders are nominated the same way as Experts and Mentors. Members of the team look closely and nominate members, but non-staff members are welcome to PM a moderator or admin if they have a recommendation.


24 November 2010 - 09:50 AM
How doe it make sense that a Mentor is also a Forum Leader? Don't they have the same privileges whether they are Forum Leader or Mentor?


24 November 2010 - 12:59 PM
The Mentor and Forum Leader badges are given for different things. A Mentor has demonstrated a high level of expertise in an area, beyond that of an Expert, and understands the rules of the site. As part of that trust, Mentors are given moderation capabilities in their forums of expertise. Forum Leaders are involved in community building and generating discussion in their forums, as well as helping to keep their forums clean. While many of their permissions overlap, these badges are not mutually exclusive.


24 November 2010 - 01:12 PM
I build the lounge.


24 November 2010 - 09:41 PM
Surprised Mac isnt a forum leader...of all people...-.-


21 December 2010 - 06:53 PM
I hope to one day be a C and C++ forum leader, but I think I want to get some more rep first.


02 January 2011 - 04:12 PM
One day I hope to be forum leader of the HTML & CSS forum. lol :)
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