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    I have more then 300 posts, but my title hasn't changed.
    What do I do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Turner View Post
    I've read quite a few posts and noticed the dates of the posts. My question is, if I find a post that I would like to respond to, but the date is lets say, 2003, should I respond there?
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    Absolutely!

    I brouse old posts all the time looking for new responses, and I'm sure others do too.

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    Re: Your Comments Totals & Your User Title Promotion

    Quote Originally Posted by John Sanderson View Post
    I have more then 300 posts, but my title hasn't changed.
    What do I do?
    Read #5 in Post #2 of this topic.

    (I made the change)

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    HA! I'm a 27 yer old Sr! lol

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    HA! I'm a 27 yer old Sr! lol
    You very much deserve the new title, John. Thank you for your participation.

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    Cheers!

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    It's very helpful reading all of these threads and replies for learning how 'comments totals' and 'user title promotions' are determined. I have a lot more learning to do, but that in itself is exciting when trying to learn a new profession!

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    Wow, I had no idea that people were so concerned with titles and post counts. I fo one did not join this forum to gain a title or any such. You guys are serious about this, wow.

    I joined here because I want to get back into the PI race, notice I did not say (rat)!! I love what I do and I am comfortable being able to call myself a PI. I have taken the training and utilized some of my talents, but now I have been out of it for so long and I miss it.

    Keep me at the bottom of the totem pole if you so desire, but afford me the opportunity to progress full speed ahead in the field. I love this kind of career and would not trade it for any other at any time.

    This is one of the most rewarding careers that I personally feel can make a person take the time to stop and smell the roses and actually smell and see them.

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    Liz,

    I take titles seriously not necessarily for the name, but because of what it signifies. To me, it signifies a member's participation and desire to succeed in this field.

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    John,

    I meant no disrespect, believe me. I was not aware that the posting actually moved you up, changed your status etc. I take whatever I read and respond to very seriously and try to be as honest and open as I can.

    Thanks for the feedback and know that I am here to learn, listen and do.

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    Liz,

    I felt no disrespect whatsoever, nor do I find reason for anyone else to. I saw your post and offered my opinion for your consideration. You're doing fine.

    Yes, posting does add to your reputation in some ways, and aid potential employers in selecting members. Keep in mind that the number of posts are judged equally to their quality as well, in my case anyway. Both of which as far as I'm concerned, you do quite well.

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    Re: Your Comments Totals & Your User Title Promotion

    Rather interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Silva View Post
    Rather interesting.
    I had a big novel on this matter but, Mark put it the best way.

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    Thumbs up Re: Your Comments Totals & Your User Title Promotion

    I found all of your comments interesting and important to each person that has responded. Making it in the PI business isn't that easy in the Omaha, NE area therefore I continue to learn in hopes of improving myself in this line of work. So I want to give each and every one of you a big THANKS.
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    This is some good information. Helps me when I do interviews to see who is local and who thinks they are local. Thanks. Cynthia

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    Hello im sure it works
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    Are either of the following possible?

    Is it possible to convert my title area back to the old version I had before purchasing the Lifetime Membership and remove the lifetime avatar?

    Or

    Is it possible to replace the Lifetime avatar with my company logo?

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    Re: Your Comments Totals & Your User Title Promotion

    I never put a whole lot of stock into titles at the end of some names, including my own.

    if you get it wrong, no one noticed accept the one who has the title. Unless I am mistaken for LEO, which does happen, even among LEO's I deal with, I don't bother to correct them any more, get the information I'm looking for then move on. That is the way I had alway's thought it out, until a movie came along which an FBI agent was called.... agent.

    The reply was beautiful:
    "Excuse me?? Please note(paraphrasing) that their is SPECIAL in front of agent. That's because I am special. It means I'm smart, So smart in fact that I make smart people feel retarded when I walk into a room."

    They never got Special Agent Whoever's title wrong again! Sometimes officially it's a big deal, other times not. I personally never noticed anything around my name or title beyond the fact that I didn't have to correct it's spelling.

    Now about that wreath looking thing?
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    Re: Your Comments Totals & Your User Title Promotion

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Douglass View Post
    ... an FBI agent was called.... agent.

    The reply was beautiful:
    "Excuse me?? Please note(paraphrasing) that their is SPECIAL in front of agent. That's because I am special. It means I'm smart, So smart in fact that I make smart people feel retarded when I walk into a room."

    They never got Special Agent Whoever's title wrong again! Sometimes officially it's a big deal, other times not.
    The title "Special Agent" is usually the title for a detective or investigator for a local city, county, state, federal, or tribal government.

    See this link:
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    The titles as mentioned in this thread actually have more meaning then a position. However, it's not the titles that impress me, it's the number of posts.

    Why?

    If a member has been here for an entire year, but has only logged 5 posts, I would assume they are either not active, or not serious about learning our trade. In hindsight, there are some very skilled and incredibly talented professionals who don't post because they like to stay in the shadows and are used to observing only.

    With Bill being a former federal agent, I bet he has little need for training and posts only when he feels necessary. Most federal agents don't like to announce their presence, unless their interviewing someone, kicking in a door or handcuffing someone.

    At times, I advertise my agency for the purpose of getting work for a new member who has shown they're dedicated and shows by posting on the forums that they are not only learning, but trying to get work as well as following the advice of the admins and members.

    "Excuse me?? Please note(paraphrasing) that their is SPECIAL in front of agent. That's because I am special. It means I'm smart, So smart in fact that I make smart people feel retarded when I walk into a room."
    I think I'm going to change my title to Special Investigator! lol

    But poking fun at federal agents is not something I wouldn't do, although perhaps Bill found some humor in the quote above. Most have hard jobs, working to their mental and physical limits to protect our constitution and country from the inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Sanderson View Post
    I think I'm going to change my title to Special Investigator! lol

    But poking fun at federal agents is not something I wouldn't do, although perhaps Bill found some humor in the quote above. Most have hard jobs, working to their mental and physical limits to protect our constitution and country from the inside.
    Believe me, in the short time I've come to know you john, we know you're SPECIAL. There is no real need to tag it on your chest in reflective yellow tape ( laughing too hard).
    Seriously now, I too have some close friends that are Federal Agents, some are more special than others. see me in chat room and I'll relate a good one to you. I was just pointing to what you had already stated and I dropped it from the quote. Some people just aren't able to, or may not need to post as often as others. I've read almost every post, thread and instruction from level 1 to now, level 4 ( ok, that's a lie, I've down loaded about 10 from level 4) and have only posted to about 30-50, some with real meaning, some without. I'll admit that I have an edge, if be it a small one, having grown up in the legal and LEO community. Some thing's are common sense and some things I've learned along the way. what makes this org. so nice is that an individual can grow at the pace they NEED to. Hope that sounded the way it was intended.
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    Mr Williams,
    After clicking on your wikipidia link you provided, what can I say. With SO many special investigators, agents, and detectives wandering around. When every one is special......
    I applaud the things these agents do, please don't miss read what I'm writing. I'll pay for this within the family forsure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Williams View Post
    The title "Special Agent" is usually the title for a detective or investigator for a local city, county, state, federal, or tribal government.

    See this link:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_agent

    In re-reading this thread I couldn't help but notice Bill, that you left "Special" off of "(Former Federal Agent)".
    Just sayin......
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    What can I do to make sure my post are legit posts and are counting towards my ultimate count? I have read through many post and forums, yet I am new and still very unfamiliar with navigating through everything. If I am to increase my comments count and become an efficient member of the IPIU what is the best approach? Also I don't want find myself off topic. Is there anything I can do to become more familiar with the forums faster?

    Thanks everyone!

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    What can I do to make sure my post are legit posts and are counting towards my ultimate count?
    Enjoy the journey and don't worry about post counts. Your post count will increase as you learn and participate more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Guzman View Post
    If I am to increase my comments count and become an efficient member of the IPIU what is the best approach?
    Your Home Base is here:
    http://www.ipiu.org/forums/showthrea...423#post524423

    In the above link, David gave you the most important short-cut links to navigate to. Make it a study. Should you join IPIU as a paid member, then you will have much more access to explore and benefit from.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Guzman View Post
    Also I don't want find myself off topic.
    Make sure that whatever the "name" of the topic thread you are reading is what you are about to post a comment on. If you cannot locate a topic, then ask in your Home Base topic link.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Guzman View Post
    Is there anything I can do to become more familiar with the forums faster?
    1. Go to www.ipiu.org/forums
    2. Start clicking on any forums and sub forums you have access to, and explore how topics and forums are organized (like a filing cabinet).

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    Thank you very much for addressing my concerns, especially individually. One more thing; I am very new, as you are aware, and I am also very new to the world of investigations. So, how am I to comment on others posts when I clearly am a novice and I don't have much advice to offer? Helping others discover what IPIU is all about seems to be mainly where posts come from.

    Thanks again Tammy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz Mason View Post
    John,

    I meant no disrespect, believe me. I was not aware that the posting actually moved you up, changed your status etc. I take whatever I read and respond to very seriously and try to be as honest and open as I can.

    Thanks for the feedback and know that I am here to learn, listen and do.
    I think in my case, a new member and aspiring PI, you see all the talk about comment count and you can't help but be intrigued. However, I haven't really thought about the titles themselves. In fact, I don't even know the ranking of the titles, yet. I have more or less been concerned with trying to be a bigger part of the IPIU community, establishing myself in the union as a qualified responder and participant of this software. But being someone who has less than 10 posts I have a ways to go. I have read through many post and I have seen a few veterans claiming that it isn't too useful to be concerned too much with your ultimate count anyhow. That seems like pretty decent advice.

    Have a good day all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Guzman View Post
    I think in my case, a new member and aspiring PI, you see all the talk about comment count and you can't help but be intrigued. However, I haven't really thought about the titles themselves. In fact, I don't even know the ranking of the titles, yet. I have more or less been concerned with trying to be a bigger part of the IPIU community, establishing myself in the union as a qualified responder and participant of this software. But being someone who has less than 10 posts I have a ways to go. I have read through many post and I have seen a few veterans claiming that it isn't too useful to be concerned too much with your ultimate count anyhow. That seems like pretty decent advice.

    Have a good day all!
    Kyle,

    No worries Looks like you're going into the right direction already. By participating in the forums, i.e. posting yourself, you will find out many things... one is that the more you get involved, the more you will post, the more you will learn and others also learn from you. Bingo... that's it The only places that your post count is not going up, is places that have nothing to do with 'studying' the PI business, i.e. chats, movie forums, anything leasure. All other areas (as part of our training) are counting.

    Like Tammy told you in her last post, see your intro topic and there you can ask questions, that you may not find an answer to (yet) on your own. Somebody will drop by there and point you into the right direction. Take care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Guzman View Post
    Thank you very much for addressing my concerns, especially individually. One more thing; I am very new, as you are aware, and I am also very new to the world of investigations. So, how am I to comment on others posts when I clearly am a novice and I don't have much advice to offer? Helping others discover what IPIU is all about seems to be mainly where posts come from.

    Thanks again Tammy
    You are already on the right path. Many people post to what they know in and out of the investigatory field.
    The job title is unique in that it draws experiences from all possible walks of life, job titles, and knowledge bases.

    The more you read, you may find that you do in fact have a tidbit of information to draw from as related to knowledge, both acquired and general. It is also through reading these posts, items on your own such as books, articles, and other sources, that you begin to digest and store that information for use at another time.

    As Tammy stated earlier, reading and "making a study" of what you have in front of you is far more important than posting a reply or comment. These will come in time, and before you know it some one will be congratulating you on achieving "Distinguished" under your name.

    Asking questions is an excellent start. My father used to say: The only dumb question is the one you should have asked but didn't (dumb being the inability to utilize speech).

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    Re: Updated - Revised February 2006:

    This explains part of the reason why my post count will only go to 23 and drops back to 18.

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    Thanks for all the Pointers.I've had some great success using information on these forums.

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    Moderators and Administrators may REDUCE your post counts through Technical Support if there is evidence a member is posting frivolous comments or evidence of deliberately posting multiple comments designed to "pad" the post count.
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    I understand what you are saying. If I read something and can not add anything, the least I can do is say Thank you for posting. If it does not add to my post total, That is ok. The person that post the article deserves that much.

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    Thank you all for your contribution to the forums. I really enjoyed reading them and gleaning from your perspectives and experiences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Turner - View Post
    I've read quite a few posts and noticed the dates of the posts. My question is, if I find a post that I would like to respond to, but the date is lets say, 2003, should I respond there?
    Absolutely!

    I use the option at the top of the forum to view active posts. Wherever you post, it will show as a recent post.

    While the original author of the post you reply to may not see your reply, often someone else would be willing to answer your post.

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