I have been away from oDesk for a bit and have noticed some new changes.
One of the changes is this community forum message system...I need to get used to it.
The other change is an 'identifier' is now associated with oDesk freelancers; such as: 'Active Members,' and 'Power Members,' etc. What are Power Members?
The titles are just something that oDesk thought up and basically mean nothing. I think it's simply based on how active you are in the forums.
People have complained about the titles, particularly since they seem to imply some official connection to oDesk.
You will notice as well that several of these titled members will give disclaimers at the bottom of their messages to disassociate themselves from any offical link to oDesk.
***not a guru - just a bloke who uses the forum a lot ***
the 'rankings' are as follows:
frequent visitor ----> lurker/ninja types
active member -----> the shy type commentator
power member -----> increasingly confused member so posts at the forum for answers
ace contributor -------> someone who's near getting jaded by what he/she reads in here
community leader -----> for disgruntled members/sporadic ranters
community guru ------> masochistic forum rat types
top kudoed members -------> the voice of the people
top solutions authors --------> martyrs
featured contributor ---------> someone who has no idea why he/she became the week's forum poster boy/girl
moderator - official oDesk (Valeria, Vladimir, another guy I can't remember)
community manager - official oDesk (Lillian and Garnor)
Btw, I'm half kidding...the rankings of frequent visitor to community guru just means how active you are in the forum and is ranked by number of posts
If the Community Manager doesn't make time to create a document about this issue like he/she said she/he would, we [I] can always count on Dianne to pitch in and pick up where oDesk lost their way. More kudos for our [my] favorite guru! (The "we" thing again; we, our, etc...lol....).
And they wonder why we make fun of things around here. Go figure....
Edited 01/09/2015 RT/lwm
We all love Dianne, but her explanation doesn't specifically address your question in the most concise and accurate way possible.
You specifically only asked what "Power Members" are, and I can explain.
Please note that I have no official oDesk standing and my explanation here is of dubious value, at best.
"Power Members" are oDesk contractors and/or forum contributors who are distinguished from other types of members in that they possess actual physical super powers. These are defined by oDesk as being powers which are beyond the known range of normal biological human functioning.
As defined in this forum (or not), "super powers" may be magical or supernatural in nature, or they may stem from having humany/alien hybrid biology, may be a result of unexpected scientific mishaps (radioactive, chemical, or otherwise), or may be the result of a mutant genetic birthright.
If you follow the forums closely, you know that a current question which is hotly debated is whether or not oDesk contractors who do not possess innate physical super powers, but utilized esoteric, advanced technological devices to simulate innate physical super powers, should be classified as "Power Members."
Unfortunately, various oDesk representatives who have commented on the forums with regards to this question and oDesk help desk representatives contacted via support tickets have provided conflicting answers to this question, but the general consensus seems to be that exhibiting any type of super-human powers, whether based on innate physical abilities or stemming from technological devices, is likely to lead to your oDesk account being put under review.
Welcome back! I owe the Community here a description of the member roles we've created for the new Community. Essentially, the roles are identifiers of frequent participation in the Community. I'm going to get something posted on this next week, I apologize for the delay.
Regarding the messaging system here. The Community platform includes a messaging function that allows for communication among users and from moderators to you. It's wonky now because of the "profile" experience, i.e. how we show your oDesk profile vs. a Community profile, etc. But, we are working on fixing this and will have a better implementation of this in the next couple of months or so.
Thanks for your patience and for (re)joining the Community!
as usual you've promised to make things clear in a while...
There is one thing that should be done as top priority - simply take the official oDesk titles and make sure that they look different from us superhumans' titles, with a different font, or a logo or icon, so that readers can know instantly that whether or not a poster with a title is offically linked to oDesk. That's the one thing that matters - the different gradings of the mre mortals and superhumans is but a distraction.
***not a guru - just a gurrier***