Hi eraserhead1003 very well written post. I have a question where can you read up about the different formatting and embedding options and how to use them? I make do by trial and error but a manual would make me more confident and perhaps my posts would look more appealing.
are were daily (hourly?) threads asking how to gain points on this site, I thought I make a small thread that can be posted to those threads as answers. Suggestions are welcome and will be added!
[How to] Earn points with ARP 5
TL;DR: Be a valuable part of the community and earn points as a side-effect
"just gimme pointz": If you are really lazy and/or don't care at all about becoming a part of this community, then please at least read this thread.
Many new (and sometimes longtime) user of AWA create threads asking for methods to gain points for the Arena Rewards Program.
If you have been linked this thread you probably were one of those and made your first mistake by creating your thread!
But let me explain why:
You gain points if other member upvote your post, event, picture, etc.. Attention: you also lose points, if you receive too many downvotes that cause your post to be deleted1! So, if you want to earn points there are a few things you should consider before posting!
Don't post it, if:
- you create spam (perhaps you already did - asking about how to gain points is considered spam, as you can find that out, just by reading the topic about the ARP or searching the forum and find out that multiple people already created such threads)
- it is low quality content (why would someone upvote your post, if he/she doesn't think reading it had any value?)
- your post just reads "Thanks". It is nice to be thankful, but perhaps add something more to your post, e.g. like why are you thankful, ... 2
Post it, if:
- you think many member will enjoy the content of your post and/or find it useful
- you have taken your time and formatted it well, so it is not a pain in the a** to read your post
- you have searched the forum and there is no duplicate topic (if there is just post there and add your thoughts)
- you are sure you are in the correct subforum (so many screenshots in the cosplay forum :/ )
Be part of the community (...and earn some more points)
You see the system lives from a living community, members who care and encourage good posts and stop the forums from being flooded by spam. So how can you help with that?
Don't just down-vote posts you think are low-quality, but also up-vote posts that helped you, made you laugh or just were interesting. As a nice side-effect you earn points for voting on posts and replies.
Don't mistake the vote buttons for a possibilty to show you are agreeing/disagreeing! That means DON'T downvote because you disagree, but upvote because he/she contributed some well expressed points to the discussion. You can show that this is not your opinion by replying and illustrating your point of view.1
Also Cartire takes a lot of his valuable time and creates voting lists in the This and That forum, if you think you can contribute something to the poll, just take a little time and vote. Consequently the time wasn't wasted by creating polls nobody gives a s**t about and also you gain some points for sharing your opinion. (Update: This and That forum temporarily closed for updating)
The next thing a community needs to start with is content. Do you have anything to share that you didn't find in the forums, like the trailer to your favorite upcoming AAA title or the indie underdog nobody knows (but you ;) ). Create a nice looking thread, add all the necessary information and post it to the corresponding subforum (but remember to check for duplicates)! Of course you also receive points for posting content, this includes: Adding threads, news posts,
images, videos and/or events (not anymore, as this attracted to many low quality content, BUT you still receive many points through votes, if your content is high-quality).
I hope this thread helped you understand how to create content, that is worth to gain points for the ARP and we will see more of your high-quality posts, threads, images, ...
Thank you very much for reading!
(For me to see if you actually read this before replying, please use a semicolon anywhere in your post (semicolon = ;)!)
1 You won't receive negative points for downvotes on your post, you just don't get extra points. If there are enough downvotes, the post will be temporary deleted and reviewed by a moderator. If the post doesn't violate any rules and the downvotes were caused by e.g. controversial content, the post will be approved by the moderator and added back. So do not fear to post a controversial opinion!
2 Posting simple "Thank You" messages in the giveaway section is okay, as there is no meaningfull conversation to be expected in the comments.
For definite information on daily point maximum, point rate for specific actions, etc. click on the floating ARP banner to your right or here.
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