If you really want to know how the status is applied, just go to the members link at the top of the Forum home page and will be able to work out how the rankings are applied.
Interesting... I've not played with the members link before. If you sort by rank all the moderators are listed at the end. Does this make them 0x0x0? And I also noticed that over 36% of our members have never even made a single post. What is the big incentive to join if you aren't going to post? Can't non-members see all the content here without joining? Maybe its needed to be able to PM members... not sure. Anyways... that just seems odd to me.
A more interesting way to sort is by join date. By the end of 1999 we only had 5 members. In 2000 we picked up another 14 members, in 2001 another 11 members, and on 2002 another 19 members. We don't get above the teens per year till 2003. I'm number 141 and joined Dec. 2, 2004 and made my first post
the same day. But it looks like I didn't make my second post
till June 2006. I remember keeping up with all the puzzle news I could find on-line going all the way back to my grad-school days. Wasn't there a forum that predated TwistyPuzzles? I just checked the home page and I see it states "Online since 2002." So how did the ~20 members join before then? I have this recollection of a migration from one forum to another but don't recall the specifics. We need a "History of the online puzzle community" link. I think it could make for a very interesting read. There isn't much here
Wow... I see Oskar didn't join until 2009. Its hard to remember a time without Oskar. And his very first post
is about a puzzle that is still controversial today. Its the Slice Kilominx... is it deep cut or not?
And my favorite part of this romp down memory lane... This post I made in reply to Oskar's first post:
Wecome Oskar, great first post which I hope is just the beginning of many more.
Oh I had NO idea what I was asking for at the time... did I? LOL!!!
Looks like there is a nice history site out there... http://twistypuzzles.com/articles/other-history/
and yes it details the migration I remember.
And look most of the old site is still accessible.http://web.archive.org/web/20031213155436/http://www.twistymegasite.com/index.asp
Does anyone have a full archive of all the post made to the twistymegasite? I don't think the above site has everything and if a full copy still exists it might be nice to find a way to preserve it here at TwistyPuzzles.
Oh... and my recollection of Oskar's first post was off... doing some more reading its clear Oskar had already made a name for himself in the puzzle community long before that first post of his so I likely did have a good idea what I was asking for.