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You may have noticed the “Kendo Masters” block in the right hand side of the Appliantology homepage (formerly called “Top Guns”). Members get points for every reply they make in a topic and they are tallied in that block.

What is “kendo”? Kendo is a modern Japanese martial art that derives from samurai swordsmanship. Unlike it’s lethal predecessor, participants use bamboo swords. Seemed appropriate for what we do here at Appliantology: we sharpen our troubleshooting skills as we help our fellow techs solve problems. The person seeking help and the person(s) helping all improve their skills.

The top point earners, Kendo Masters, are listed for the week, month, and year. This is a simple rolling look-back for 7, 30, and 365 days respectively so it usually changes each day depending on activity.

We’ve had this point system for about a year now so that we could observe the trends and  figure out the best way to reward Kendo Masters. One idea we had early on was that the #1 (Ichiban) Kendo Master after a year would get a free Professional Appliantologist membership. The problem with this approach is that the prize is too infrequent and limited to too few members each year. No fun!

Instead, we’ve come up with a way for there to be a winner every month, 12 winners a year! (cue the crowd cheer) :party::woohoo:

At the end of each month, starting this month (October  2017), the Ichiban Appliantology Kendo Master listed in the Kendo Masters block on the homepage will be awarded a $100 Amazon gift certificate. This will occur each and every month! 

Since I also accrue Kendo points just like any other member, that means you’ll have to exceed my Kendo points for the month in order to win. (Remember, these are peer-to-peer forums, not Samurai-will-answer-all-your-questions forums!)

Challenge accepted? :fighter1:

You earn Kendo points for replies to topics, even topics that you start. You’ll also need to reply to other people’s topics in order to earn enough Kendo points to win for the month.

If you’re replying to a topic and adding new information in good faith, you earn points.

Although the Kendo points software cannot detect the quality of your replies, Team Samurai can. :)  We hope we won’t see anyone attempting to game the system by, for example, posting smileys to a bunch of  topics where it’s obvious you’re just trying to earn Kendo points without adding new information. 

Ichiban Appliantology Kendo Masters for each month will get special recognition here in this forum.

It’s sort of an incentive kind of a deal. Yeah, incentives are important... learned that in rehab. :cheers:

 

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Quick

I have questions and can help others from time to time. 

Will help on the fly without all the details count? 

Quick

 

 

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17 minutes ago, Quick said:

Will help on the fly without all the details count? 

Absotootly! Great question, Brother @Quick

Help is help. We're not judging quality here, just intent. it's all about good faith. If your intent is to provide useful input, insight, tips, whatever, all that's great.

What we hope we don't see is people simply posting spammy emotes, complaints or other commentary that doesn't help the OP in some way get to the resolution of his or her problem. 

What I wanted to get across is that this process isn't simply algorithmic. There are humans involved here. 

Team Samurai has been doing this a long time. We're pretty good at seeing someone's intent in a post: Are they just posting crap or opinion for the sake of posting something and being a blowhard? OR are they really trying to help the OP resolve the problem? That's really the bottom line.

Good humor and camaraderie also counts! 

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Quick

Awesome idea! Just how AWESOME would this be if everyone helped everyone when having the chance! 

Great incentive you've offered there as well. 

Thank you!

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Let me just connect the dots a little more for you guys on this new Ichiban Appliantology Kendo Master program:

  • If you win Ichiban Appliantology Kendo Master for only two months, you will more than pay for your Professional Appliantologist membership! 
  • If you win Ichiban Appliantology Kendo Master every month for a year, you will make $1,200 (in Amazon gift certificates) 

Dudes, this is a killer deal! No strings. No gotchas. Just brethren to brethren helping each other out. Information is valuable and we believe that people who provide lots of information should be rewarded and recognized for their efforts. That’s why, in addition to the gift certificates, Ichiban Appliantology Kendo Masters will be memorialized here in the Kendo Masters Hall of Fame forum each month. 

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