Updated process for achieving "Member" on the DevForum

Hey developers,

Earlier this year, we announced the automation of some Developer Forum roles, namely Visitor to New Member. This method of automated entry replaced the Developer Forum application-based entry system and has proven to be quite successful in allowing developers sufficiently quick entry to the forum.

In that announcement, we also mentioned that we were looking into criteria for promoting New Members to the Member role. After much planning, discussion, and testing, we believe we have found the ideal criteria for determining automatic promotions to Member. We are pleased with the results and ready to launch this new automation.

Automation is necessary to scale with the continually rapid growth of our developer community. This new system for New Member to Member promotions will replace a slow, inconsistent process and ensure that there is a reasonable path to progression for any member of our community.

We expect an increased quality of discussions with the increase in Members; naturally, promoting outstanding New Members who are consistently posting quality content should lead to more discussions and higher quality discussions with more contributions.

Here are some questions that we anticipate being asked regarding this topic along with their answers:

FAQ

Q: How do I get promoted to Member?
A: Active developers who consistently and appropriately use the Developer Forum will be eligible for automatic promotion. These promotions are not awarded easily, and one must be in good moderation standing within the Developer Forum to be promoted. We have carefully chosen the automation criteria with fairness and reason in mind.

In addition, forum leadership will periodically review every New Member who is close to meeting the criteria but has a forum moderation history preventing their promotion. If it is determined that they have been consistently active and their moderation is reasonably outdated, that user will be promoted. This means you can still get promoted even if you have a moderation history.


Q: Will Members who do not meet the automatic promotion criteria be demoted to New Member?
A: No, nobody will lose their membership status as a result of this change.


Q: What is the specific criteria for automated promotion to Member?
A: We will not be stating the exact numbers or criteria needed to receive the Member role automatically as we don’t want to encourage any attempts at gaming the system.


Q: What was wrong with the previous procedure? Isn’t hand-picking Members better?
A: Manual processes tend to have many unfortunate side effects as communities grow. With ours growing so rapidly, we can no longer dedicate time to deliberating on the promotion of every individual developer.

We are going to continue removing manual processes from the Developer Forum. The next areas we’re looking into addressing are the ways we recognize and reward developers who make great contributions, namely the Top Contributor program.


Q: How many people were immediately promoted based on this criteria?
A: Less than 50. That’s less than 1% of our current New Members. There are several developers who are close to the promotion criteria as well, so the numbers are definitely obtainable. Our tip for reaching these numbers would just be to post consistently, be helpful and make quality contributions to discussions and support threads, and stay within the rules.


This automated promotion system is live now. We will be carefully watching to ensure that it operates with maximum efficiency. We are confident that this automation will work as intended without incident, but we will undo any erroneous promotions should the need arise - we will be able to easily tell if an automatic promotion should not have been given.

Thanks,
Developer Relations

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Yes! This is awesome! It is nice to know that there’s a system in place now. I think that this will make it much simpler to obtain full member status.

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Thank you so much for this! The system needed a change, and this provides some helpful incentive. Also, never seen a thread gain likes this quickly :laughing:

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Welp, this is great! Now we know at least how being automatically put into Member status works, thank you for this!

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Happy to see the membership process mature! Great job DevRel :grin:
It will be interesting to see how this automated feature evolves in terms of traffic for the next Members.

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Divine. I am so so excited for this.

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Good to know! It was kinda strange that nobody* got promoted, so it’s nice to see everything outlined in a quickly-reference-able location! Thanks :slight_smile:

*technically, 3 people got promoted, but pretty much nobody :stuck_out_tongue:

8 days later edit: I should have made a “so that’s how I got here” joke smh

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The new member automation was accompanied by several other changes in response to the massive influx of new members and it seemed as though it was poorly planned out. Do we have a guarantee that won’t happen this time?

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This is great, I was really confused on how this process worked since the automatic new member ranking.

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I was actually waiting for a system like this. I got a infraction 2 months ago for saying “Agreed” and I got a strike just like 7 minutes ago eventhough I thought my post was related to the topic . Will it effect my promotion?

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Honestly, I feel that this change is pretty good. Before this change, I didn’t really know how a promotion to Member was granted, but this change makes the whole promotion process much more transparent, which is always a better thing. Thank you Roblox admins! :smile:

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The requirements are some orders of magnitude more strict and diverse than the New Member criteria.

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This is great. As a New Member, there’s now a bit more clarity for me on how I can attain the elusive “Member” role :slight_smile:
I look forward to learning more from everyone on the forum. Thanks!

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It is awesome to see the DevForum beginning to grow and giving more developers more access and privileges to the forum.

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hopefully in order to get member status, the requirements aren’t as low as the New Member status was.

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Time for a massive spike in activity.

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If you’ve been previously striked and that strike has long expired, will that still influence the automation process all together? What exactly decides if a moderation is outdated?

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This is brilliant! Now more new members can get the chance to become a full member!
You guys are the best!!! :wink:

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This is fantastic, now more developers will try to achieve a promotion, meaning that more and more people will be spending more time on the devforum everyday!

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That’s good to hear. We’re you and the other LTCs involved in deciding what those requirements were, or was it purely DevEng?

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