The Guide to Becoming a Citizen
I made this post in order to inform those who are seeking Citizenship to be kept up-to-date with how the system works.
About the Rank Citizen
Originally Posted by TWC Wiki
Reputation is not always what is most important, but shows you are making a contribution with good posts.
The reputation feature is a small perk which enables you to reward members with a ring (reputation icons and liable to change) for a contribution which find positive. In theory, the more reputation you have, the more highly thought of you are by the other members of the community; however, this is certainly not the case. Reputation is one of the TWC's most controversial aspects, and numerous members have fought for it to be permanently disabled. Some people refer to reputation as a pseudo-reward for contributions.
Here is how reputation is calculated and displayed, however, some of this information may be incorrect due to TWC's ever-changing policies.
- Scales: 0-2 Rep
- 1 Ring: 3-5 Rep
- 5 Rings: 15 Rep
- 5 Rings 1 Crown:30 Rep
Originally Posted by TWC Wiki
Here are some quotes from other members who are already citizens, and their views on Citizenship:
Contributing to a major field on the forums however is your best bet. AAR, Technical, Graphics Work all that sort of stuff can lead to staff work, working in the Content Branch.
Members are assessed on
* Which area they post in.
* How active they are in that area.
* How much they contribute to that area.
Constant off-topic posting in the Thema Devia will/can lessen your chances of being recognised by the current Citizens of TWC. Remember: it's quality; not quantity.
Before I was a citizen I didn't mod, there was no such thing as a content writer or art staff, and I didn't make AAR's either. And trust me, it took me a very long time to become a Citizen (just Civitate back in the day). I know how it is. Back when I was made a Civitate is was much harder to be given the rank. But just because you aren't a Citizen doesn't mean that you're not an important member of TWC. There are a lot of members who have turned down citizenship when they 100% deserve it. But like I said, the badge is just a side effect.
As for asking to be patronized, I wouldn't think it means anything, though certain members might. Personally, I welcome everyone who thinks he has what it takes to send me a pm outlining why he believes he should be a citizen, and I would consider patronizing them. In the end, all that matters is the contribution of the prospective citizen, regardless of how he came to be patronized, and I would urge other citizens to avoid looking down on members who PM them asking patronization, and to decide whether to patronize them or not based solely on their contribution. At least that's how I see it.
On another note, I would like to point out that there can be contributing and deserving members that tend to go unnoticed. A meritorious contribution isn't always a very noticeable one.
I have thus far refused to patronize 100% of people that ask me solely based on the fact that they are not ready. I don't see a reason in patronizing someone unless they have a shot, and for the most part, those that ask simply want to get citizenship in a hurry. That rarely works out. When you get noticed, you will probably be ready.
So becoming a Citizen involves posting useful, detailed non-spam posts and contributing to the forum in a unique manner. It can also be awarded for assisting with game modification, e.g. Rome: Total Realism. Helping members on the forum will also increase your chances of being noticed due to assisting members with their work, as well as joining groups such as the TWC Wiki Staff.
Here's a piece of advice that I will give to all members no matter what position they are currently in: patience will pay off in the end; rushing will result in errors.