Probably a glitch of some sort. In the old version, my profile had the 150 posts badge. This new site had a 50 posts badge when it started up. It then changed to a 150 posts badge, then a few days later back to a 50 posts one. I guess it's some sort of bug, or whatever......
Badges: Lots of folks
Two: Eric Clapton
Three: Stephen Crane in a wonderfully poetic novel of war and remembrance.
Jasper100 - I don't get it - I also (briefly) had a badge, but I too lost it. My guess is that 50 posts must refer to original posts and not responses or replies. I guess I'll just have to find personal and professional fulfillment and achievement elsewhere.
Alas, I do fear I'm spending more time trying to figure out this web page - which, alas, I do find marginally entertaining - than I spend learning or sharing information about the rewards program, the hotels, etc. But that's my fault....
It look like you're right on the cusp with 149 posts, so your next reply should be the 150 post milestone. There's a script that runs daily for these kinds of changes so the badge may not immediately appear. Based upon the amount of your activity within the site, here are the participation meter levels What is my Participation Meter?
TRAVELVLAAN - dunno if you were joking when you wrote "It is really discouraging to be a rookie" or not, but - since this website went live - I've tried to suggest to MR that calling valued customers things like NOVICE and ROOKIE was antithetical to everything anyone knows about customer service.
I've also tried suggesting to them that the folks who might be most insulted by these labels - new visitors to the Insiders web page of a certain age (let's say, over 60), in a certain income bracket (let's call it "wealthy"), who are most likely to stay in the nicest rooms in the most expensive Marriott hotels, might also be the kind of people who don't spend a tremendous amount of time in these types of web environments. Maybe it's not a good idea to risk offending them. How many people do you know that fit this description that would tolerate having a ROOKIE or NOVICE badge next to their name ANYWHERE?
The Community Manager responded on this issue in the discussion of PARTICIPATION METER THRESHOLDS. I encourage you to read it.
Look, I served in the Army for many years. I've been called much worse things that ROOKIE and/or NOVICE. Call me whatever you want on this website. But I remain flabbergasted that some executive at Marriott hasn't stepped in and told the tech-nerds that - under no circumstances - does the Marriott group EVER address ANY customer in a way that might be perceived as demeaning or insulting. Ah well, live and learn.
SS, all kidding aside, I loved the Army. The Army put me through school (in style) and launched my career. The Army let me live abroad and infected me with the travel bug. (My dad was Army too, and he pinned on my butter bar and my wings -- yup, they even let me jump out of perfectly good air planes. And I'm proud that he's buried in one of the nation's finest tourist attractions, Arlington National Cemetery.) And, if you're on active duty, Marriott's military discount is terrific! But I digress....
SSin DC, I have also been to funerals at Arlington, too many in fact. But I honor the service your father gave to this country as I do yours. My saddest moments come when I look at the black granite wall on the Mall in DC that houses the names of many good friends and about 40% of my classmates from Fort Benning.
We did what we had to do when we had to do it. My short three years in the Army was a learning and a growing up experience. Now I am as old as the father or should I say grandfather for most of these young men and women in service.