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 10-10-2007, 21:57 Post: 146782
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 Dennis: We're now TP Advocates ? errr?

Dennis, I see "Premium Members" are now called "TP Advocates". I know this is your site, and you can call us anything you want (but late for dinner as Kenny Thompson would say), but I'm not so sure calling us "TP Advocates" is, well...proper/correct/accurate?

If you look up Advocate on google it is really a very old legal or law term, which is in basest form means: "to speak for another". Are we really speaking for someone else?

Uh-oh. Me thinks me has a new title and it still starts and ends with an "A" and an "e" but the middle sounds like "soul" Smile

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 10-10-2007, 23:33 Post: 146784
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 Dennis: We're now TP Advocates ? errr?

EW,

I wanted to recognize those members who contribute so much to the operation of TP, be it words or financial contribution.

I struggled with a term for it "Fellowship"... Advocacy. I am open to other ideas.

The definition of Advocacy is :

Advocacy[1] is the act of arguing on behalf of a particular issue, idea or person.

Perhaps something more comical would be better like "TP Big Kahuna!" Wink yeah right

Let me know if you all have suggestions.







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 10-11-2007, 06:33 Post: 146788
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 Dennis: We're now TP Advocates ? errr?

Dennis the word "argue" to me doesn't fit--it's still a legal term mainly implying a courtroom situation. And the word carries a conontation of superiority or authority or expertness---and I don't think any of us would honestly say we're are an expert or an authority. Key word here is honestly.

Granted, some of us like(d) to argue for the sake of arguing hahaha. And some THINK (haha) they're experts (not really), but there are plenty of others to set the record straight, if need be.

I dunno---that said...at first blush the word that comes to mind is "Contributor". But I do have to say IMHO that having classes or levels of contributors or even members is probably not a good thing. Personally, I don't need recognition on any level or a title (exception: unless it involves a raise. tehehe)

I'm here for a cup of coffee around the pot belly stove and good conversation with some old buds---that I've never had the fortune to meet.

And let's say a person's level/title depended on the number of replies/postings they need to make to attain a certain level of membership/title---a threshold or quota. There may a tendency to willy-nilly make wholesale comments/replies that don't necessarily add value but count to their quota.

Again, I have no problem having no recognition on any level.

I'm curious as to what others have to say.






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 10-11-2007, 07:12 Post: 146789
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 Dennis: We're now TP Advocates ? errr?

I'm not real excited about advocate either, since it's occasionally necessary to argue AGAINST some of the questions/responses posted here. But if you want to illuminate members who've consistently offered credible input, perhaps something along the lines of "specialist" or "professional" or "reliable" or "proven"?

I offer this, because not all of us are technically (or intellectually) capable of knowing every answer to every question. If I don't know the subject matter of an ongoing discussion, I seldom waste server space with rampant speculation. But if I've had hands-on experience with the issue at hand, I try to contribute any special knowledge I have relative to that specific topic.

That said though, when my eyeballs see "TP" - my brain cells think "toilet paper".

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 10-11-2007, 07:41 Post: 146791
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 Dennis: We're now TP Advocates ? errr?

How about "Tractorpoint Veteran", just means you have been around and made a contribution of some sort, does not mean an expert.






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 10-11-2007, 07:43 Post: 146792
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 Dennis: We're now TP Advocates ? errr?

Or "Tractorpoint Contributor" ?






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 10-11-2007, 08:50 Post: 146798
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 Dennis: We're now TP Advocates ? errr?

IMHO whenever you apply a name or title, it begs the question: at what point did/do you earn that? How about someone new--do they have to join/register/sign-up/become a member to post a message? If not then we're all "contributors" in some sense.

TP Veteran. Hmmm. How/when does one become one? Using Greg's ideation criteria of "TP", I've been one for quite some time--especially around the holidays! Yummm!






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 10-11-2007, 09:32 Post: 146799
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 Dennis: We're now TP Advocates ? errr?

Other forums I participate in use sort of comical title but more as a distinction for how long or how much contribution you have made.

We did at one time use the tractors as such a thing, but now it seems all but last weeks newest additions have 5 tractors so that doesn't seem to do much.

More thought and coffee required, maybe even start a fire too, it's only 39 up here this morning!

Best of luck.






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 10-11-2007, 11:30 Post: 146808
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 Dennis: We're now TP Advocates ? errr?

39? Thats a heat wave. It was 29 here last night. That assumes you north-of-the-border types are still using the Fahrenheit scale.......

Actually I just wanted to post something to see what my new title is...............






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 10-11-2007, 11:57 Post: 146813
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 Dennis: We're now TP Advocates ? errr?

Well, considering us 'north-of-the-border types' are probably at about the same latitude (roughly 44) and an altitude of just 750' above sea level I don't see how that's anything unusual.......

BTW, Canada has been officially metric for the last 30 years. Just wait, the time is coming for you guys too, on July 25, 1991, President Bush issued Executive Order 12770 "Metric Usage in Federal Government Programs" mandating the transition to metric measurement for all federal agencies.

Once you get the hang of it, it's waaaay easy than Imperial units. The trick is to NOT try to convert, just switch!

Water freezes at 0 and boils at 100, and instead of a yard it's a meter, and it contains 10 decimeters, which in turn is made up of 10 centimeters, which in turn is made up of 10 millimeters and so on.....

It sure is easy to figure things in your head when it's all based on simple multiplication or division by 10.....

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