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I wanted to do something to increase engagement and make this site more fun and useful – to build a community rather than just post my ramblings.  To that end I added a tiered ranking system to recognize and reward those who actively participate, as well as help users quickly evaluate the status of another user and the potential value of their contributions.

Achieving certain ranks will also open up additional site abilities and unexpected benefits that you may not already have such as free downloads and hopefully some good giveaways

Users earn ranks based on their level of participation in the Dave’s Homestead Community.  Things like daily visits, comments, reporting errors, rating posts, and even submitting posts all give points to increase rank.

While we can’t give away the exact formulas, anyone of the following activities will have a direct impact on your advancement.

  • Reading posts, blogs, ideas and other content
  • Initiating conversations via comments
  • Participating in ongoing discussions
  • Suggesting new product feature or error reporting through our contact form.
  • You till get the most points for posting useful articles.  The intent is to start to give prizes for the best submissions similar to survivalblog.

You can learn a lot about your fellow community members from their rank titles. The higher the rank, generally the more helpful and active one has been in the community. A comprehensive list of the available ranks as well as the icons that accompany them is detailed below.

The 1st few rank names can be associated with users who randomly browse the site for content and potentially comment and question along the way.

This naturally progresses into those who participate from time to time and begin contributing content of their own, and finally into the community leaders who regularly share their knowledge, expertise and opinions while influencing and encouraging other members in the process.

Currently you have 0 Points

Your rank is:


New Member

You earn the New Member rank simply by getting an account on Dave's Homestead. Its both free and simple, just go to the register page and fill in your name, email, and password. Then you can get started earning points by interacting on this site.

Community Visitor

The Community Visitor raking is for people who casually use this site, it only takes 20 points to earn this rank, which can be done by just a few visits and comments.

2 Requirements

  1. Reach Level New Member
  2. Earn 20 Points

People who have reached this rank:

  • Fake Dave

Active Participant

The Active Participant rank are for those members that interact with this site on a routine basis. It only takes a few posted articles, or a fair amount of comments and/or post rating. Alternatively, you could just visit every day for about 2 months...

2 Requirements

  1. Reach Level Community Visitor
  2. Earn 50 Points

People who have reached this rank:

  • Gary Mullins

Prepper Advocate

The title Prepper Advocate is for those that really engage with this community, it takes some work to earn this title, as it takes 100 points.

2 Requirements

  • Reach Level Active Participant
  • Earn 100 Points

Community Leader

Currently Community Leader is the highest Level, it is for individuals who have truly contributed to this website. It takes 200 points to earn this level.

2 Requirements

  1. Reach Level Prepper Advocate
  2. Earn 200 Points

People who have reached this rank:

  • David Nash


7 Point Awards

  • Log in to Website +1 (1 per Day)
  • Rate a Post +2 (1 per Day)
  • Comment on a Post +2 (1 per Day)
  • Update Your Profile +5 (1 per Month)
  • Get a Comment on a Post You Submitted +5 (1 per Day)
  • Publish a Post +15 (1 per day)
  • Use the Comment form to Submit an error on the site +25

1 Point Deducts

  • Go Inactive -100


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