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giddyup306
July 13th, 2010, 04:31 PM
Someone stole two of my brown beans! If you return them I promise I won't ask any questions.


I always wondered what the titles and coffee theme had to do with. While my search for the beans I found this...


What's the deal with coffee cups/beans and the funny titles?
Beans are posts. The post/bean count can be turned off by the user if so desired.
There tends to be a close connection between geeks and coffee, so that's where the theme came from. Yes, we know not everyone likes coffee, but it's just a silly thing.
The images, their colors, and the changing icons don't have any special meaning. They simply change as time goes by. You will see (among other things) green coffee beans, roasted (brown) coffee beans, various sorts of coffee cups and mugs and so on. Like the titles, nothing specific is implied by the presence of specific images or titles (in almost all cases that is...staff, admins and banned users are some of the exceptions). These items are for fun, and are not serious. They are not a rank of any kind. They don't tell anyone how long you've been here nor how many posts you've made. The sayings and the images are a semi-random feature we have to provide a little kick. There is some structure to it, but only on the implementation side. We did this on purpose - because it was fun and whimsical.
There isn't a list of what you get, and when, because that's not the point. The reason for the secrecy was/is this: while we want to reward people who participate in these forums with titles and changing symbols we really don't want them to become some sort of gauge that people use to determine whether someone is speaking with more/less authority on a support topic. Other forums use the title/icon system that way and more power to them. However, there are people here with less than 20 posts who can code circles around much of the staff and are capable of giving amazing and useful responses to support questions...and there are some of us here with thousands of posts who might get lucky with a good and helpful reply on occasion. The fear is that people might use post count and titles/symbols as a means of judging the validity of a post's content rather than the content itself. We had a long discussion about this in the forums when they were first started and this subject has been revisited among the staff several times. Some forum members and staff wanted to eliminate the post count and title/icon system completely, some have gone the other way wanting a complete ranking system that is clear and gives honorific titles with great meaning to those with higher post counts (that particular group is in the extreme minority). The current system is a compromise that has been working pretty well for a while. With the compromise of meaningless titles/icons, post count can be hidden in UserCP. Anyway, this is why we don't publish how many posts are necessary for a change in title/icon...it's just a silly reward. The post numbers needed for title changes is something that is easy to modify so it gets modified on occasion, when the admins don't have better things occupying their time, merely to maintain the surprise factor. Bottom line: it just a trivial, whimsically amusing little thing. Don't read too much into it...it really isn't worth the slightest emotional involvement.

I think it's a conspiracy. :mrgreen:

Phrea
July 13th, 2010, 04:33 PM
I felt this way when I lost my "spilled the beans" [I think it only occurs at exactly 14 posts, not sure]

gnomeuser
July 13th, 2010, 04:35 PM
I don't know anything about that, but in unrelated news I just made a pot of coffee on freshly ground beans, you are welcome to a cup.

samalex
July 13th, 2010, 05:32 PM
I don't know anything about that, but in unrelated news I just made a pot of coffee on freshly ground beans, you are welcome to a cup.

Where were you two hours ago :oP I hit the break room earlier this morning to find both coffee pots empty!! Blasphemy to have empty coffee pots before noon... After lunch I switch to hot tea.

Sam

overdrank
July 13th, 2010, 05:34 PM
Someone stole two of my brown beans! If you return them I promise I won't ask any questions.


This is why my count continues to increase. :cool:

Lucifer The Dark
July 13th, 2010, 05:48 PM
If it's not too silly a question, how many beans go into a cup?

Penguin Guy
July 13th, 2010, 07:00 PM
If it's not too silly a question, how many beans go into a cup?
Forum: It's not an exact measure, just a general indicator, so there is no real answer.
IRL: Depends what type of coffee, how strong you want it, etc

lisati
July 13th, 2010, 07:07 PM
If it's not too silly a question, how many beans go into a cup?

The answer, my friend, is blowing in the .......

Wait.... this isn't a parody of a Bob Dylan song (http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/bob+dylan/blowin+in+the+wind_20021159.html), is it?

/me wanders off in search of some fresh coffee.

mr clark25
July 14th, 2010, 12:46 AM
why don't the mods get these titles? or can they turn them on/off?

ubunterooster
July 14th, 2010, 12:51 AM
Mods, admins, and those with a lot of posts can change the title

Nano Geek
July 14th, 2010, 12:52 AM
why don't the mods get these titles? or can they turn them on/off?If you become a mod or get a certain number of beans (3000 I think) you can choose your own title.

sisco311
July 14th, 2010, 12:56 AM
If you become a mod or get a certain number of beans (3000 I think) you can choose your own title.

Global Mods, Admins, Ubuntu Members &/| users with more than 3500 beans are allowed to set a custom title.