We’ve heard from some of you who have questions on the titles that show under your profile name here on the Upwork Community. I’m here to shed more light on these user "rankings" and how they work.
Ranks are intended to help all of us identify frequent and valued contributors to the Upwork Community. This is a common practice in many online communities where it’s helpful for users to quickly identify those participants who are most active. Some communities even find this to be a motivating function for their users, as graduating up the rankings becomes a fun and engaging exercise.
The rankings are largely based on activity and "age", i.e. how long you've been registered on the Community. We also have some user ranks reserved for Upwork teams and the occasional "guest" participant. You’ll graduate up the rankings as you’ve been on the Community, posted to discussions and viewed threads.
Here then is a summary of the user ranks, in order of newest to most experienced:
Additional ranks assigned by Upwork:
Thank you Garnor for following up with your commitment to the oDesk Community regarding observation made by myself and others about "Community User Ranks."
Nonetheless, I agree with DM and PH whereby DM suggests an 'oDesk logo under the names of official oDesk staff,' and PH points out the lack of 'something more clearly identifying actual oDesk staffers/representatives versus regular oDesk users/contractors/clients.'
Regarding communities that stimulate users by implementing processes whereby users progress up a ladder of rankings; thus, establishing an enjoyable and engaging user environment; some communities also deploy some "users" solely to "engage" with others in their communities. Therefore, "transparency" is of utmost importatance. That is, transparency by distinguishing between persons working for communities versus those that do not; hence, avoiding misinterpretations, misunderstandings, and similar unwanted situations.
Again, Garnor, thank you very much for your timely support. Kudos to Garnor! And, of course, Kudos to DM and PH!
Edited 01/09/2015 RT/lwm
Is there any current user with the rank of VIP? I've never seen one myself.
No, currently there are no members with the VIP rank. Community Ranks is something we do plan to re-evaluate next year though. We'll keep the Community updated about any changes.
Yo John, wassup? You shouldn't have asked that question in the first place. If there were any VIP members, you sure as heck would have been one, because if you aren't a VIP then who is anyway. Peace!
Wassim, I'm immune to flattery, but thanks anyway. I can't help myself, I love obscure factoids, like who are the community VIPs.