points: Passing Off the 'Featured Member' Baton in Washington State - 02/17/10 05:14 AM
Ever since the start of this network, I've been one of the Top Two 'Featured' ActiverRain members in Washington State.
In the early days, I used to compete for the #1 spot with Mark Flanders. He had a sizable jump on me at the beginning, but I quickly overcame him, and held the top position for quite a while.
Then, along came Steven L. Smith, of King of the House Home Inspections in Bellingham WA, who passed me somewhere after 300K points and left me in the swirling dust of his endless blog posts. It was like something out of one … (20 comments)

points: "Majority Original Content" or "What's the Point of Points?" - 08/16/08 02:16 PM
Unspoken rules and guidelines don't cut it. Especially in a social network the size of ActiveRain.
While it's been made quite clear from the very beginning that points are earned and bestowed to ActiveRain members who contribute their own original content, there's been a few 'unspoken' areas that are in dire need of clarification and specific mention. We've been entirely much too lax towards this issue, and it's time for us to put a little more meat on the requirements as to what constitutes 'point-worthy' content.
Let's address the obvious, shall we?
Jokes. There's nothing wrong with jokes. We can all … (176 comments)

points: "Points vs. Non-Original Content" - Blog Tips for Rain Drips - 06/20/08 04:38 PM
Becoming a vested member of this community requires a very extensive learning curve. There are so many varying features and benefits to take advantage of in the Rain, newcomers find the task of getting their blog feet wet rather daunting. Even those of us who have been participating for some length many times overlook/neglect some of the more obvious nuances.
Allow me to share one such nuance....
You craft your latest blog post creation. You carefully finish formatting, inserting relevant graphics, using spell check (if it's working!), and you're ready to publish.
But on the way down to the "Post Blog Entry" … (62 comments)

points: "Rain-vitations!" Your Ticket to a Higher Point Score - Blog Tips for Rain Drips - 01/31/08 07:35 PM
It's no secret.... The genius of this platform? ....It's in the points!
Seriously,... forget about all the great information, the social networking, and all the potential business it generates. We Want Points! 
Just put a bunch of "Type A" personalities in the same virtual room, tell them they're competing for status & position by earning points, and watch the 'FRENZY' begin!
Now, granted, there are some who take this point thing just a little TOO seriously! But for the majority of us, it simply adds to the fun and enjoyment of participating in the Rain.
(Who are we kidding? We'd sell our own Mothers if … (166 comments)

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