Helping in the forums is only one expectation of the Experts group. From http://www.adobe.com/communities/experts/ here is a short list:
* Engaging in peer to peer support in the Adobe forums
* Posting information and technical support in their favorite online community
* Writing articles for professional publications
* Presenting Adobe product presentations at conferences and user groups
I'd say they earn it... and have to keep earning it by reapplying at least annually.
Labels like 'Community Expert' actually DO have value, but only if they're not simply associated with a post count. If the title is acquired only after demonstrating you know what you're talking about, then it be a reassurance to a new poster that the person giving the answer isn't some random nutter. Not that such crazies should be the norm, but it can still be helpful.
I agree though, that anything based on post count isn't helpful. I could be an idiot and still be a prolific poster, that doesn't mean I know what I'm talking about.
After decades of working in the judiciary, I've come to accept the courtroom definition of
expert as nothing more than
a person who knows more about a subject than the average person. I'm not impressed by the designation.
I think the CE titles should be ditched as well. and forum host should be labeled (visibly) as the adobe employees are labeled. that way newbies will know who they can talk to. convert all the CEs over to hosts and i don't think anyone would have an issue with it.
Years ago people in other forums used to comment on each others' post counts and make a big deal of it, but these days it's no longer a novelty, and is just a little piece of evidence about the person posting, along with the other clues you can pick up about them from the language they use and the sense that they make, or not. It's something I sometimes flick my eyes to if I feel the need to know, and otherwise don't notice.
I imagine it will be the source of novelty and amusement for the first five minutes in the new forums, and then will be generally taken for granted.
They're pulling the old posts over from both sides. And, you're linking your login info from here to the account that will be your new login in the new forums. Given that, I'd expect that people who go through that process will get credit for existing posts.
Old posts that are not linked to an account will end up having guest for a user name on them. And people that don't create a login before the change happens will end up starting with a zero count, no matter their activity here.
So if someone changed their screen name as all this was being set up, would previous web forum posts would still be associated with the new name, or would one be starting off at a count of 0 .... not that it matters too much either way really. I use NNTP exclusively, so my count isn't that high under my previous screen name anyways - just a question to clarify things :-)
graf, have you got an Adobe ID? If so, I assume you could link your name/identity here to your Adobe ID, then change your screen name 'over there' and for the future. At least, I think in future you will be able to change your screen name, even if you can't yet 'over there'.
Suppose you picked Jim.
In the new forums, you would be Jim, and all your old posts from over here, as grafitti, would appear under Jim.
I see one big flaw though - there's no link to a page where we can do this linking, if we haven't already. Does it appear if you log out and back in over here? I'm not risking it just to find out., I'm permanently logged in right now and I like it that way.
Over there I've been using ~graffiti since the last big migration. I think I have a grand total of 60 posts or so (to dang confusing and slow to go there much).
I can't seem to stay permanently logged in so I always get the page that says I need to do so then takes me to a page that supposedly lets me connect my two log-ins but it just tells me that graffiti is already taken.
I'm not to worried about it really. More curious than anything else.
I've always wanted to look like a newby in these forums. ;)
I agree post count can be somewhat useful Oz, I just agree with others than using it as a basis for a title isn't all that helpful. It's definitely handy for spotting the 'drive by' posters, as you put it.
I don't think they are hard to spot. And if someone has only one post so what? Everyone starts somewhere. Plus plenty of people post a lot but don't say much useful ;) I don't think we need this at all.