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So... you're probably wondering what happened.

You show up one day at the Monastery, cradling your precious caffeine delivery device, only to find... change! What's this? Was I demoted? What the $#%@ is a Sexton, anyway?

Well, the long-dreaded prophecy has come to pass. We have a new level system.

The good news is, most of us will find we've gone up in level. The progression at the low end of the scale is now smoother, and the levels come a bit quicker, so hopefully they'll do a good job of keeping our new members interested.

The bad news is, many of us will find our titles not quite so grand as before. There are some material losses, as well. For each level you gain, you now get only 2 additional votes. Hence, if you'd just made Saint and now find yourself one of my fellow Priests, you're down from 40 votes to 26. It'll take another 9000xp, to get back to 40... but it's all uphill from there, to a maximum of 58.

Many will lose level powers, as well. These changes are not yet fully implemented, as they require that the permission system be made a bit more granular, but hopefully things will be settled shortly. The effects will be most noticeable to those who had recently gained access to the consideration process. Any such system requires a balance, and changing numbers have, over time, made consideration rather different than in the past. We are attempting to restore moderation to moderation.

Many who recall the original proposal will notice differences. One of the complaints about the the proposed scheme was that it left out many of our most experienced monks. The new levels add a series of challenges even for the most active amongst us. They're also pretty daunting for folks like me... but 3000xp looked darned near unattainable to me when I got here, too, so I think there's hope.

The role demerphq has played in bringing about this little miracle cannot be overstated. From a technological standpoint, this is entirely his baby. Building on his past work, finding and abstracting away the original hard-coded XP checks strewn willy-nilly about the site, he implemented this by creating the new preferences, updating scads of minor nodes, and surviving a protracted kibitzing by several rather opinionated people.

I, on the other hand, take full responsibility for the decision itself. If you don't like it, I'm to blame. In my defense, I shall only say that while I cannot hope to please everyone, I do entertain the hope that this will please many, and that the rest will not be too deeply offended.

Now that it's done, I find, somewhat to my surprise, that I'm excited. Last week I had no idea how many XP I had... now I find I'm only 566 points short of Vicar. I think a lot of people will feel the same. It's all still a game, but if you play it right, it's a game of learning, and helping others. That makes it a game worth playing. None of the changes make it more likely that everyone will play fair... but experience shows that the great majority in this community are in it for the right reasons, and that's not likely to change either.

Below I have recorded the old and the new tables, for posterity... not that posterity ever did anything for me. You'll have to ask demerphq about anything which resembles math... I'm okay till about 10, then my shoes come off. The account of level powers isn't complete, and there will be further changes to the powers anyway. The site docs will be updated accordingly.

Old

Level Powers Title Min XP Votes Current Users Total Votes % Diff Delta Delta 2
1 B Initiate -100000 0 27782 0 n/a n/a n/a
2 B Novice 20 5 1832 9160 n/a 20 n/a
3 B Acolyte 50 8 1070 8560 250 30 10
4 B Scribe 100 12 712 8544 200 50 20
5 QI Monk 200 16 899 14384 200 100 50
6 C Friar 500 20 599 11980 250 300 200
7   Abbot 1000 25 333 8325 200 500 200
8   Bishop 1600 30 212 6360 160 600 100
9   Pontiff 2300 35 100 3500 144 700 100
10   Saint 3000 40 415 16600 130 700 0

New

Level Powers Title Min XP Votes Current Users Total Votes % Diff Delta Delta 2
1 B Initiate -100000 0 27782 0 n/a n/a n/a
2 B Novice 20 2 1832 3664 n/a 20 n/a
3 B Acolyte 50 4 950 3800 250 30 10
4 B Sexton 90 6 563 3378 180 40 10
5 BQI Beadle 150 8 507 4056 167 60 20
6   Scribe 250 10 506 5060 167 100 40
7   Monk 400 12 329 3948 160 150 50
8   Pilgrim 600 14 375 5250 150 200 50
9 C Friar 900 16 271 4336 150 300 100
10   Hermit 1300 18 186 3348 144 400 100
11   Chaplain 1800 20 154 3080 138 500 100
12   Deacon 2400 22 84 1848 133 600 100
13   Curate 3000 24 160 3840 125 600 0
14   Priest 4000 26 94 2444 133 1000 400
15   Vicar 5400 28 48 1344 135 1400 400
16   Parson 7000 30 33 990 130 1600 200
17   Prior 9000 32 30 960 129 2000 400
18   Monsignor 12000 34 18 612 133 3000 1000
19   Abbot 16000 36 11 396 133 4000 1000
20   Canon 22000 38 8 304 138 6000 2000
21   Chancellor 30000 40 5 200 136 8000 2000
22   Bishop 40000 42 6 252 133 10000 2000
23   Archbishop 50000 44 1 44 125 10000 0
24   Cardinal 60000 46 0 0 120 10000 0
25   Sage 70000 48 0 0 117 10000 0
26   Saint 80000 50 0 0 114 10000 0
27   Apostle 90000 52 0 0 113 10000 0
28   Pope 100000 54 1 54 111 10000 0

Powers

B
Receives bonus for using all available votes. Applies to levels shown only.
I
Can have a home node image. Applies to level shown and above.
Q
Can ask Q&A questions. Applies to level shown and above.
C
Can Consider nodes. Applies to level shown and above.

Update: Thanks a lot, Gramps... I had to go and update both tables! ;-)

Update: Minor, but important, semantic error corrected. Thanks, perrin.

Update: We regret to report that the Grand Inquistor perished, this morning, in a tragic stake-burning accident. Standing in will be Sage.

Update: Upon tye's suggestion, made a much-needed clarification to the voting bonus 'power'.


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