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So You Want To Be a Regular?
Well, you've come to the right place. :) This FAQ outlines the basic guidelines for being listed as a regular poster of alt.religion.christian-teen.. This FAQ is maintained by Steven Schrader and any comments or suggestions should be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
arc-t - If you don't know what this stands for, then you're not ready to be a Regular yet. :) arc-t is the short version of alt.religion.christian-teen.
Regular - A Regular is someone who has posted to arc-t for at least two months, and has contributed a good deal to the group's atmosphere and sense of community. Some Regulars post daily, while others might post only a few times a month. The term Regular can be capitalized, or not, and is sometimes shortened to Reg.
reg status - Your current status as a Regular.
regging, regged - Used to describe the process of gaining reg status. As in "Hey Bob, would you like to be regged?"
reg list - A list of all of the current Regulars. Located in the FAQ
2. Becoming a Regular
Since it is rather difficult to lose reg status once you have gained it, becoming a Regular takes a little bit of work (to discourage folks who might post enough to become a Regular, but then disappear from the group).
You can only become a Regular at the end of the month, after the posting statistics for that period have been posted. These stats are used to determine your eligibility for Regular status.
If you have not previously been a Regular, then how many posts you need to qualify will depend on how long you have been posting to the group. If you have been posting to the group for two months, then you need to be amongst the top five posters (as listed in the posting statistics). After three months, you only need to be amongst the top ten posters. Sometimes there are quite a few posters in arc-t, so if your number of posts is very close to the number of posts made by the number ten poster, then special consideration might be given (so go ahead and request reg status).
Once you have been posting to arc-t for six months, then another option becomes available: You can ask the regulars to vote you in as a regular (you can do this at any time, regardless of how much you have posted). It is up to you to ask for and collect the votes!
Please note that if you have not previously been a Regular, then you must post to arc-t for at least two months before you can be a Regular, no exceptions.
If you have been a Regular before but lost your reg status for some reason, then you follow the same procedure as above, counting your posting time in the group from whenever you returned (so, even if you joined the group a year ago, if you disappeared for a few months and then came back, you would count your posting status as only being from when you came back to the group).
However, if you are a long-standing member of the group, it is possible to get your status back sooner. To do this, you need a majority vote by the current regulars. If this is the route you decide to go, then it is up to you to ask for and collect the votes! Of course, Regs aren't always the quickest bunch, so you might find it faster (and easier) to just wait the two months. :)
Once you meet the requirements for reg status, all you need to do is post a reply to the end of month stats asking if you can be regged. You should receive a response within a few days.
3. Losing your reg status
Once a month, after the posting statistics have been created, the reg list is updated. Each Regular's posting frequency is adjusted, and non-posting Regulars are removed.
Posting frequency is listed as either "Frequent Poster", "Occasional Poster", "Rare Poster", or "Inactive Poster". If you are in the top ten, then you are a Frequent Poster. Otherwise, you are an Occasional Poster. Posters who have post counts very close to the number ten poster will also be listed as a Frequent Poster.
If you have no posting activity at all for an entire month, then you will be listed as a "Rare Poster". If another month passes and you still haven't posted, then you will lose your reg status.
The exception to this is if you have been granted the ability to be an "Inactive Poster". In order to gain this ability, you must have been consistently posting to arc-t for at least a year, and you must receive a majority vote from the current regulars. It is up to you to initiate and collect these votes!
Once you have the ability to be listed as an "Inactive Poster", then the process works a little bit differently: If you have no posting activity at all for an entire month, then you will first be listed as a "Rare Poster". If another month passes and you still haven't posted, then you will be listed as an "Inactive Poster". After two more months with no posts, you will lose your reg status. When you lose your reg status, you also lose your ability to be listed as an Inactive Poster, and must go through the voting procedure again.
If you announce that you are leaving arc-t, then your posting frequency will be immediately changed to "Rare Poster". This is to give some leeway just in case you happen to change your mind (although if you make a habit of doing this, you'll lose this leeway).
4. How are votes counted?
There are two types of votes when it comes to reg procedures: unanimous and majority. For the purposes of this FAQ, a majority vote means "at least half".
In both cases, the base number of "possible votes" will be based on the following:
The total # of Frequent Posters +
So if there are 2 Frequent Posters, 2 Occasional Posters, 2 Rare Posters, and 2 Inactive Posters in the reg list, and only 1 Rare Poster and 1 Inactive Poster vote, then that means there are 6 possible votes.
So....using that example, a unanimous vote would require 6 total votes and a majority vote would require at least 3.
5. What benefits are there to being a regular?
Benefits? What benefits? :)
The closest thing you will find to a benefit is the ability to have your bio added to the website. Check out the bios section of Who's Who to see what other people have put for BIOS Once you are a regular you can email pictures and text to Steve Schrader at Steve@arc-t.org and he will set up your bio for you (or you can send an html file, but it has to be in the same format as the rest of the site).
Other then that, there really aren't any benefits aside from the rare occasions where votes are restricted to Regulars (for example, the unanimous vote needed to prevent a new Regular from being added).
This FAQ was first written on May 6, 1999 by Steven Schrader.