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Official Proto Energy Topic
Than the Moa posted a topic in BZPower Q&AThe Official Proto Energy Topic Proto Energy is BZPower's variation on the warn system that is standard on most forums. It is a merit/demerit system: a way to recognize the hard work of members and to punish those that do not follow the rules. For more information, view the Reference Desk topic on Proto Energy. Other than purchasing Premier Membership, there is no guaranteed way to earn Proto. However, there are a few things for which people can be rewarded with a boost: First, you can get PE boosts if you show a truly helpful attitude.Second, you can get PE boosts by sending in news reports.Third, you can get PE boosts by helping the staff by reporting around the site.Below, we'll be covering all the basics. Additionally, if you have a question about the system, feel free to post it in here. QUESTIONS NEW! THE NEW WARNING SYSTEM Why are my warning points no longer displayed?I was below half Proto, and now I'm at neutral again. Why?Why can't I post after my Proto level is changed?PROTO ENERGY BASICS How many Proto points are there, and where does it start?What is at each end of the bar?Who gives the boosts?Can Forum Leaders give themselves Proto?How do you know if your Proto has changed?YOUR LOSS IS NO ONE'S GAIN What are the ways to get your Proto lowered?Can you lose PE because you accidentally revived a topic?Do you lose PE for critisizing others' work?Does PE, in any way, affect whether someone gets banned or suspended?If you become unsuspended and lose PE again, do you become suspended again?NEWS Don't we get a Proto boost for sending in news?Can you go from -5 to +5 just by sending in news?PREMIER MEMBERSHIP Do you get a boost for Premier Membership?When you are no longer Premier, does the Proto disappear?Does my PE go up if I renew my Premier Membership?Isn't becoming Premier the same as buying PE?HELPING OUT AROUND THE "HOUSE" Is helping someone the only way to earn PE?Do you gain any Proto for reporting posts, topics, sigs, anything?UPDATED Are rewards for advertising Proto and post boosts?THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW BUT ARE AFRAID TO ASK Can you refer someone for a Proto Boost?Could somebody make a chart on how much PE you get for certain things?How are there normal members with full PE?Do you need full PE to become an Moderator?ANSWERS NEW! THE NEW WARNING SYSTEM Why are my warning points no longer displayed? A recent board upgrade removed the ability for members to have negative warning points. As such, the staff had to recalibrate the numbers corresponding to the various Proto levels in order to keep the Proto system in place. So as not to confuse members with the changes, the "warning points" link is no longer displayed in profiles and elsewhere. This means, unfortunately, that members cannot access their own warn logs and history. It is recommended, therefore, that you copy the reason for any Proto changes you receive on the acknowledgement page (see below) and make note of the staff member who gave the warning so that you can contact him or her with questions. See this topic for more information. I was below half Proto, and now I'm at neutral again. Why? The board upgrade mentioned above made it impossible for members to have negative warning points, which corresponded to Proto levels below half. As a result, all members below neutral Proto got reset to 0 warning points, or the neutral PE level. The Administration has decided not to go and change the PE levels of those affected; "consider it a clean slate," as Black Six said here. Why can't I post after my Proto level is changed? After your Proto level is changed, you must acknowledge the change. This is a feature designed to ensure that members know why they receive warnings; because your warning level is changed as a reward on BZPower, you have to acknowledge Proto boosts as well as Proto drains. You can access the acknowledgement page by clicking the reply button at the top of a topic or the button in blogs' comment boxes or through a link provided in the quick reply area. PROTO ENERGY BASICS How many Proto points are there, and where does it start? How can you see how much you have? There are eleven positions (-5 to +5), and everyone starts at 0, which is in the middle.To see how much you have, go to your profile. Beneath your profile picture is the number of proto (warning) points you have. This information is also above your proto bar in topics, and beneath your username in blog comments. Also, you use these as a reference: [ -5 | -4 | -3 | -2 | -1 | 0/Neutral PE | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ] What is at each end of the bar? When it's empty, you're at risk of suspension; when it's full, you become an Outstanding BZP Citizen (OBZPC) and recieve the benefits of that group, which are a spiffy orange name, having to wait only 30 days in between name changes, and of course the pride that comes with it, and the respect of BZPower's members. Who gives the boosts? Administrators, Global Moderators, and Forum Leaders can boost or reduce your PE. Can Forum Leaders give themselves Proto? Forum Leaders are awarded with full Proto when they are promoted if they are not already full. Forum Leaders can be subject to Proto drops; however, if the Admins have a problem with their performance, they will most likely sort out the problem with the staff member without reducing his or her PE. How do you know if your Proto has changed? You will usually get a PM from the person who modified it, or the reason will be edited into the offending post or topic (if it was a topic-related reason). You may also choose to receive an automatic notification of Proto modifications in your notification settings. In addition, you will be unable to create new content in the forums or in the blogs until you acknowledge the change; attempting to do so will bring you to the acknowledgement page. YOUR LOSS IS NO ONE'S GAIN What are the ways to get your Proto lowered? PE may be decreased for things such as (but not limited to): Flaming of any kindExcessive spammingViolations of BZPower's Forum Rules & GuidelinesDisrespecting the staff or any other member.Can you lose PE because you accidentally revived a topic? Short answer: Not really. Long answer: It's up to the Forum Leader of the forum, but it's highly unlikely. As long as you aren't constantly reviving topics, you aren't likely to be punished. Do you lose PE for criticizing others' work? It depends. If your criticism is harsh and hurtful to the creators of art/fiction/MOC, you could very well lose PE, for it might count as flaming.On the other hand, constructive reviews that can provide useful tips and point out some aspects that need work, while also stressing the good points, are always welcome and encouraged. Consistently posting substantial and well thought-out reviews might even earn you a Proto point! Does PE, in any way, affect whether someone gets banned or suspended? Administrators will review losses in Proto Energy and decide if further administrative action is needed. Also, contrary to popular belief, Forum Leaders may suspend members without removing all of their Proto Energy, if the circumstances require it. You are also suspended if you are dropped past the -5 PE limit. If you become unsuspended and lose PE again, do you become suspended again? If it is clear that a suspension has not changed a member's behavior, further administrative action may be taken. NEWS Don't we get a Proto boost for sending in news? Not necessarily; it depends. If it does not make the front page, you do not get a boost. If it is an exclusive tip, as in something out of the ordinary, and you are listed individually as a source, you just might. Can you go from -5 to +5 just by sending in news? Yes, it is possible. PREMIER MEMBERSHIP Do you get a boost for Premier Membership? Yes, as stated in the Reference Desk Premier Membership Topic. You actually get two points of Proto! When you are no longer Premier, does the Proto disappear? No, Proto only goes down as punishment. You're not being punished if your Premier Membership runs out and you don't renew, so your Proto won't be affected when the time runs out. Does my PE go up if I renew my Premier Membership? Yes. However, if you are not at full Proto after a Lifetime Premier Membership purchase, you cannot receive any more from sending in an additional donation. Isn't becoming Premier the same as buying PE? Technically, yes. There is no arguing that. But, "buying Proto" isn't a cheap way of earning Proto, not with Premier prices these days. Think about it, though; you are giving your own money to BZP as a donation, which is quite the boon to the Admins. Donating money can be just as thoughtful as reporting topics. HELPING OUT AROUND THE "HOUSE" Is helping someone the only way to earn PE? No, but it is a very recommended way to get PE. Do you gain any Proto for reporting posts, topics, sigs, anything? Yes! Sending in lots of valid reports is an excellent way to get noticed by the forum staff. UPDATED Are rewards for advertising Proto and post boosts? With the changes to the advertising policy, there are no longer any special awards for reporting violations. THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW BUT ARE AFRAID TO ASK Can you refer someone for a Proto Boost? If you feel someone has helped out enough to be acknowledged, you can make a Forum Leader aware of it. But that doesn't mean that the member is guaranteed to receive a PE boost. Those decisions are made by the appropriate Forum staff and Admins themselves, at their discretion. And, contrary to some rumor, these recommendations are often taken seriously. I know cases where members have been rewarded after being pointed out for a boost. Please do not abuse the system, though - we'll know if the member deserves one or not. Could somebody make a chart on how much PE you get for certain stuff? No, because there is no guaranteed way to gain Proto, besides purchasing Premier Membership. The Admins, Global Moderators, and Forum Leaders make these decisions on a case-by-case basis, so a chart wouldn't be possible. (WINDY EDIT: Buy me coffee and I'll give you PE. (Not really, but please go ahead anyway.)) How are there normal members with full PE? Their accounts need to be modified manually by the administrators; if you have full PE, or you see another member with full Proto, but they've not been upgraded to OBZPC yet, you should PM a Forum Assistant with a link to your/their profile. The account should be upgraded within a few days. Do you need full PE to become a staff member? Nope. It's just that once you become a staff member, your PE is automatically upped to full. And just in case you don't know how to increase your chances of becoming a staff member, please see this topic in the Reference Desk or the Official Staff Positions Topic. -- If you have a question about the PE system, please feel free to post it in this topic, but please make sure that it has not been answered in the post above. Any question not related to Proto Energy should be searched for in the Compendium. If you cannot find your answer in there, feel free to start a new topic in this forum! Recent Updates: 01/09/2014: Fixed formatting issues and updated info on rewards for reporting advertising.