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daba

daba

Big Game Hunter

from New Zealand
640 posts

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It seems that everyone is after points... there are many theories around, so i made up a list. can users please confirm this.

VERY LIKELY:
- finishing the nanomission
- watching the debriefing
- doing the agent aptitude test
- uploading your avitar
- improving your forum ranking
- replying to topics (mainly to different topics)
- reading lots of different posts
- adding a signature

UNKNOWN:
- Changing your password
- Using the search section of the forums
- Clicking on the ad for the "Classics" iphone app on the main page
- Sending and receiving Private Messages
- redoing the missions
- doing nothing (it sometimes gets you points, just not a lot)

UNLIKELY:
- creating a new topic
- being one of the first to reply to a new topic
- visiting the looters sites
- clicking on the "dig it" icon on the right
- adding info to your profile (other than avitars & signatures)
- @macheist on twitter (your twitter account is not connected to MH)
- Logging onto IRC
- Subscribing to the RSS feed

Notes:
- some users believe that points are handed out randomly.
- mods don't know anything about it (or so they say)
- some points are not added instantly. wait an hour or so!
- points don't decide colors, the test did that.

IMPORTANT:
users can lose points. some think it's for spamming the forums others think it's just random.

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February 10, 2009 2:07 am
ciperl

ciperl

Automaton Tech

from Falls Church, VA
369 posts

Nice list... I agree with many of these... especially the avatar one.

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February 10, 2009 2:10 am
mongoose

mongoose

Tinkerer

25 posts

I just made my tenth post, bumping me up to pickpocket on the rankings. No increase in points though ...

I'm voting for completely random or triggered by events beyond our control big_smile

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February 10, 2009 2:16 am
daba

daba

Big Game Hunter

from New Zealand
640 posts

@ciperl wow, you're 14th on the leaderboard!

@mongoose my points jumped from 180 to 231 from posting comments and increasing my rank.

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February 10, 2009 2:16 am
hantu

hantu

Urchin

5 posts

Thanks for the list, I have been wondering how these points come around.

February 10, 2009 2:16 am
ciperl

ciperl

Automaton Tech

from Falls Church, VA
369 posts

daba wrote:

wow ciperl, you're 14th on the list!

Whoa... how did that happen.  Talk about a sudden jump.  These "points things" are turning my brain into mush.

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February 10, 2009 2:18 am

kyleking1313

Tinkerer

from North Vancouver BC Canada
18 posts

Nice, I am assuming most people are just posting for "points" /..hahah

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February 10, 2009 2:19 am
elDaz2

elDaz2

Automaton Tech

from Montreal, Qc
341 posts

mongoose wrote:

I just made my tenth post, bumping me up to pickpocket on the rankings. No increase in points though ...

I'm voting for completely random or triggered by events beyond our control big_smile

You have to wait for the next points update to see the change, every hour or so ...

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February 10, 2009 2:21 am
albch112

albch112

Gearhead

67 posts

I'm sure this will help many people and hopefully clear some confusion. Anyway, great and helpful topic! Thanks!

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February 10, 2009 2:30 am
Wailord

Wailord

Automaton Tech

from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
221 posts

I've had the same avatar for two and a half years, just "renewed" it to the same image, and I went from 165 to top 70. Queue the WaMu woo-hoo!

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February 10, 2009 2:32 am
danikelley

danikelley

Urchin

1 posts

Thanks for the information. I've been wondering about the points myself.

February 10, 2009 2:33 am
Pierce

Pierce

Tinkerer

19 posts

Great list... And something tells me that sooner or later we're going to find out exactly what these points mean.  Sure, that last part's kind of obvious but I just wanted to point it out.

February 10, 2009 2:33 am
neb1723

neb1723

Tinkerer

15 posts

i added an avatar and about an hour later my points went up by 10 so more evidence for the avatar theory

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February 10, 2009 2:33 am
stocke2

stocke2

Automaton Tech

from Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
179 posts

it seems leaving for a while seems to have something to do with it too. I was reading and posting for a while then just checked  my points every so often for a while and nothing happened(i did go down in the 100 list though)

logged out for a little while came back and points had gone up, Happened a couple times

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February 10, 2009 2:36 am
albch112

albch112

Gearhead

67 posts

Wow, my points just went up by 27 and now I'm in the leaderboards!!! I have no idea how, though...
I still think that being active in the boards make a difference though.

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February 10, 2009 2:37 am
reesmaxwell

reesmaxwell

Automaton Tech

from Eugene, OR
383 posts

I'm on the leaderboards .. barely.  I also agree that posting must count for something .. maybe a point per post or so?  Still, it is odd that changing your avatar (once) bumps up your points immediately, but posting or whatever only bumps it up every hour or so.  Maybe that hourly thing is to confuse folks and make it more difficult to track what action equals what points.

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February 10, 2009 2:42 am
AquaDan

AquaDan

Automaton Tech

from Monster Island
274 posts

It seems unlikely that visiting the vendor sites would change the ranking. Seems like a lot of integration work to be done with each of them. But what do I know???

February 10, 2009 2:48 am
herky140

herky140

Big Game Hunter

from the future
717 posts

So, the way to increase points in six words is this:

POSITIVE participation within the MacHeist community.
If you do that, you can't go wrong.
The avatar is explained by the simple concept that avatars make the forum look better in general. It gives a face to every user. In this way, it's positive.

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February 10, 2009 2:50 am
elDaz2

elDaz2

Automaton Tech

from Montreal, Qc
341 posts

I did 24 points right after installing Equinux loot !

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February 10, 2009 2:51 am
kalel

kalel

Big Game Hunter

from New York
555 posts

debriefing seemed to give me more points...

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February 10, 2009 2:51 am
rampancy

rampancy

Moderator

from Denial.
3,889 posts

Sending and receiving PMs also contributes, I think.

And to paraphrase John, spamming the forums will likely get you with points deducted.

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February 10, 2009 2:51 am
jackiebow

jackiebow

Tinkerer

from New York
25 posts

thanks for the info!! Maybe a @macheist on twitter would yield some points?

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February 10, 2009 2:56 am
jordvisser

jordvisser

Automaton Tech

from Delft, The Netherlands
463 posts

causing mayhem will get you in 1st place

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February 10, 2009 2:57 am
chrischasecranecook

chrischasecranecook

Sky Pirate

from Shreveport, Louisiana
1,123 posts

Yeah, sending PMs to igodelaputa added about 20 more points to my score. In this time, igodelaputa's score seemed to go up as well.

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February 10, 2009 2:59 am
jordvisser

jordvisser

Automaton Tech

from Delft, The Netherlands
463 posts

hell yeah

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February 10, 2009 3:00 am
jordvisser

jordvisser

Automaton Tech

from Delft, The Netherlands
463 posts

you just get points for every move you make, every breathe you take...

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February 10, 2009 3:01 am
herky140

herky140

Big Game Hunter

from the future
717 posts

So far, I have yet to see any example where my six word summary doesn't apply big_smile

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February 10, 2009 3:01 am
gscott

gscott

Tinkerer

from Colorado
44 posts

The points also seem to change after a certain lag in some cases.  This makes it more difficult to link actions to points.  I made a couple posts yesterday and today my points jumped up a few.

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February 10, 2009 3:03 am
chrischasecranecook

chrischasecranecook

Sky Pirate

from Shreveport, Louisiana
1,123 posts

If all of this is true, then I must add PM to the list. PM-ing people gave me 16 points.

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February 10, 2009 3:06 am
kalel

kalel

Big Game Hunter

from New York
555 posts

someone pm me, see if it has an effect

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February 10, 2009 3:06 am

mynameisraj

Guest

Looks like this is pretty accurate… the one thing we don't know, however, is what the points do 0.-

February 10, 2009 3:06 am
kalel

kalel

Big Game Hunter

from New York
555 posts

yah, it is killing me to know what the points do also...

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February 10, 2009 3:08 am
callmemike20

callmemike20

Tinkerer

from Chicago
19 posts

I hope we are able to spend these points on some loots that the public can't get.

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February 10, 2009 3:12 am
jordvisser

jordvisser

Automaton Tech

from Delft, The Netherlands
463 posts

in the end those points will buy you a seat in the shuttle to mars... the earth will be gone within the year

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February 10, 2009 3:14 am
callmemike20

callmemike20

Tinkerer

from Chicago
19 posts

Great. Hopefully I have enough points to board.

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February 10, 2009 3:19 am
chrischasecranecook

chrischasecranecook

Sky Pirate

from Shreveport, Louisiana
1,123 posts

Talk about causing mayhem, igodelaputa. What the heck was that?

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February 10, 2009 3:20 am
mikeyredk

mikeyredk

Tinkerer

from nowhere
24 posts

I don't think points are added everytime you jump a level because I got points by posting and didn't jump a level

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February 10, 2009 3:24 am
chrischasecranecook

chrischasecranecook

Sky Pirate

from Shreveport, Louisiana
1,123 posts

Yeah, that appears to happen. Once again, my theory is that MacHeist is trying to create a larger social involvement and also increase awareness and popularity.

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February 10, 2009 3:25 am
mbazzoni

mbazzoni

Tinkerer

from Lake Zurich, IL
41 posts

Great post, I forgot how good the forums are in MacHeist. I don't think I looked at it, or added much last go round. I will make sure to keep watching.

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February 10, 2009 3:26 am
mashby

mashby

Urchin

from Nashville, Tennessee - USA
9 posts

Thank you for the list. I missed the start of the even, so I'm having to play catchup. smile

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February 10, 2009 3:26 am
albch112

albch112

Gearhead

67 posts

I have a feeling that finishing missions will also get you points, just a thought.

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February 10, 2009 3:27 am
chrischasecranecook

chrischasecranecook

Sky Pirate

from Shreveport, Louisiana
1,123 posts

Yeah, perhaps when a new mission comes out…

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February 10, 2009 3:27 am
daba

daba

Big Game Hunter

from New Zealand
640 posts

thanks for the feedback everyone! I've now updated the list.

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February 10, 2009 3:29 am
Dezful

Dezful

Automaton Tech

from Austin, TX
202 posts

Do PMs really help with the points, if so I'm spamming everyone.

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February 10, 2009 3:34 am
kalel

kalel

Big Game Hunter

from New York
555 posts

I have sent and received pm's but no points increase yet.

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February 10, 2009 3:34 am
fuzzbinn

fuzzbinn

Automaton Tech

from Somewhere...
169 posts

seems like some of these actually work.. went to all the looters sites, jsut in case...
also, clicking on links on about page might do somehting...

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February 10, 2009 3:36 am
reesmaxwell

reesmaxwell

Automaton Tech

from Eugene, OR
383 posts

And ... I'm off the leaderboard again. 

I would think it logical that going up in forum ranking would add points because that would encourage folks to participate more (well, that would really only work to encourage folks to participate more if it was known that that was a method) ... but that would certainly reward new posters much more than old MH2 or MH1 heisters.  Then again, from a marketing perspective .. who cares about the old hands, they've already drunk the koolaid and are going to be in no matter what.  Getting the newbies hooked is what matters.

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February 10, 2009 3:39 am
fr0stbyt

fr0stbyt

Automaton Tech

from Ridgeland, MS
468 posts

I just wonder what the points are going to be for.  But that's what they want from us. LOL

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February 10, 2009 3:44 am
jordvisser

jordvisser

Automaton Tech

from Delft, The Netherlands
463 posts

people are losing points aswell... maybe there's a maximum of points in the system...

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February 10, 2009 3:44 am
Hubcube

Hubcube

Tinkerer

from Québec!
40 posts

Usefull topic! Thanks!

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February 10, 2009 3:45 am
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