Wiki Ninja Belt Rankings

Wiki Ninja Belt Rankings

 

General Concepts

1. TechNet Wiki Awards System

That's what this is. It's an award system dedicated to TechNet Wiki. Many people will question why TechNet Wiki would even receive value in its own reward system. After all, TechNet Wiki is combined into the Profile Rewards systems... Recognition Points and Achievement Medals. And it is taken into account with some community-influence awards, such as the MVP award. But why should it have its own rewards system? Well, this system focuses squarely on rewarding only one thing... Contributing on TechNet Wiki. We have a few later ranks that can only be achieved by authoring popular content, but most of these awards will reward you for making a lot of TechNet Wiki contributions. We think it will have better results (on the Wiki) as a reward for three reasons:

First, it's targeted to the Wiki contributors... The rewards and prizes are very specific to what we do on TechNet Wiki, including theming it to our Wiki Ninjas efforts.

Second, it goes much deeper for rewarding TechNet Wiki content than any other rewards system can... With 25 awards (and each with their own rewards), it gives more facets and exposure to the various accomplishments on TechNet Wiki. People are motivated when you reward them. And we have a magnificent variety of rewards in this system (including helping you build your reputation).

Third, it's fun. People like to do things that are fun, and the Wiki Ninja theme is a fun way to rack up your contributions on TechNet Wiki.

2. Experience Classes

There are 7 classes of ninjas: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Sensei, Master, Internationalization, and Legendary. Each class is a group of three or four belts/ranks.



3. Tracking your Belt Rank



We track your Belt Rank here: Wiki Ninja Belt Status: Who Has What Belt Ranking. Note that this award is currently stalled while we automate the system.

 

4. Placing in the Top Weekly Contributors



On Saturdays, we post the Top Weekly Contributors with different category awards. If you get mentioned as the #1 winner of a category, then you "placed in the Top Weekly Contributors". This is for doing things like having the most edits that week, the most new articles that month, the most updated article, the longest article, the most revised article, etc. If you place in multiple categories in the same blog post, it still only counts as one time (meaning one week). See the Top Contributors of the Week blog posts.



5. Tweaks made to the system

 

There will be tweaks made to the rewards. The rewards could become "lamer" at any time, even after some people received the better reward. The requirements can also be tweaked at any time. The requirement changes will affect you if you haven't received that belt rank yet. However, if you did receive the belt already, then the change will not affect you (you cannot lose a belt rank that you received).

 

6. The Internationalization Class

 

This class is still a work in progress, and thus, we will not calculate anybody in this class yet. We currently have our international Community Council members focusing on refining and launching this class.



Graphical view

You will find in this blog post an interactive image: you just have to move your mouse over a belt to see its requirements. Once you have determined what your rank is, click on the belt to launch the associated URL: you will access the section where you have to add your name. 

The displayed data associated to each belt comes from the content of this article (see below for more information).



Here is the image (the popups and links are not working):





 

NOVICE WIKI NINJAS

White Belt

Sensei Says: "A white belt is like a finger pointing to the moon… Don’t concentrate on the finger or you miss all the heavenly glory. Don’t focus on the achievements too much for now, they will come. Just enjoy working together in the TechNet Wiki community."



About: This is only the start of a journey. The white belt can be achieved with 1 week of putting in extra effort.



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this belt, see this belt's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Bronze Achievement Medal: New Wiki Editor - You made one revision.
  • Bronze Achievement Medal: New Wiki Commentator - You left one comment.
  • Bronze Achievement Medal: New Wiki Contributor - You authored one article.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time.

Rewards:

  • Wiki Ninjas Blog: Belt Rankings - You first appear in the regular Belt Rankings blog post

Yellow Belt

Sensei Says: "A yellow belt means practice, practice, practice... And when you're done? Practice some more."



About: Your journey continues as you prove you're a consistent editor. The tweety bird sings your song.



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this belt, see this belt's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Silver Achievement Medal: Wiki Editor II - You edited 25 articles, and 10 of those received 500 views.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 2 times.

Rewards:

  • Tweet - We tweet your TechNet Profile and primary Site out to our followers

Orange Belt

Sensei Says: "Someone always knows more. Don't let that faze you, you're well on your way."



About: After writing your first 10 articles and seeing your name on the Wiki Ninjas blog a few times, it's time to feature you as a Wiki Ninja on the blog.



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this belt, see this belt's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Silver Achievement Medal: Wiki Contributor II - You wrote 10 articles, and 6 of them have 500 views.
  • Silver Achievement Medal: Wiki Commentator II - You left 35 comments.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 3 times.

Rewards:

  • Featured Wiki Ninja - We feature your accomplishments as a Wiki Ninja with a blog post dedicated to you
  • Tweet - We tweet about your featured blog post

INTERMEDIATE WIKI NINJAS

Green Belt

Sensei Says: "Remember, once, I was where you are now. It's just that I didn't stay there for long."



About: Welcome to the Intermediate Wiki Ninjas! You've passed the initial hilltop, and you're ready to expand your journey.



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this belt, see this belt's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Silver Achievement Medal: Wiki Community Editor - You left 10 revision comments (that explain your edits).
  • Gold Achievement Medal: Wiki Commentator III - You posted 100 article comments.
  • Gold Achievement Medal: Wiki Editor III - You edited 100 Wiki articles, and 20 of them have 500 views.
  • Benchmark - You wrote 15 articles.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 4 times.

Rewards:

  • Article featured on the Home page of TechNet Wiki 
  • Tweet - We tweet about your article and link to it

Blue Belt

Sensei Says: When somebody asks you how you did it, reply: "Don't know, first time"!



About: It's time for an interview. Tell the world about your journey.



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this belt, see this belt's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You wrote 20 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 200 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 5 times.
  • Note - This is the highest rank you can jump to (from the beginning). 

Rewards:

  • Interview with a Wiki Ninja - Monday interview for the blog that features you--If you've already done this, you can suggest the interviewee instead.
  • Tweet - We tweet about your interview

Purple Belt

Sensei Says: "I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine. But having said that, you're doing a great job!"



About: Despite what Sensei says, you still have quite a list of requirements to achieve!



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this belt, see this belt's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Gold Achievement Medal: Wiki Community Editor II - You left 50 revision comments (that explain your edits).
  • Benchmark - You wrote 30 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 300 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 200 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt. You cannot jump to this rank from the beginning.

Rewards:

  • Wiki User Page - A TechNet Wiki page devoted to explaining who you are and what you've done  
  • Tweet - We tweet out your Wiki User Page to our Wiki Ninja followers

Brown Belt

Sensei Says: "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."



About: And as the Sensei says, we should all fear the Wiki Ninja who has written 50 articles with lots of views. It's time we made you a Wiki profile page.



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this belt, see this belt's section in the Belt Status article.



Requirements:

  • Gold Achievement Medal: Wiki Contributor III - You wrote 50 articles, and 20 of them have 500 views.
  • Benchmark - You wrote 60 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 600 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 350 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.

Rewards:

  • Featured in TechNet Wiki Magazine on Flipbook
  • Tweet - We tweet about how you got featured

ADVANCED WIKI NINJAS

Black Belt (1st Dan)

Sensei Says: "A black belt is just for holding up your trousers. Don't let your achievements get to your head!"



About: Well you shouldn't let your accomplishments get to head, but you did make it to the Master Wiki Ninja class. Congratulations! There are 10 Dans. It's going to get very difficult as you work your way through them.



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this belt, see this belt's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You wrote 100 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 1000 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 500 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.

Rewards:

  • Wiki Ninja Stickers

Black Belt (2nd Dan)

Sensei Says: "A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at."



About: But if you did reach it, then that's a bonus!



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this belt, see this belt's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You wrote 200 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 2000 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 1000 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.

Rewards:

  • Microsoft Pen

Black Belt (3rd Dan)

Sensei Says: "As you think, so shall you become."



About: There are only a few ways to become your own trading card, and this is a lot easier than making it in the Major Leagues!



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this belt, see this belt's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You wrote 350 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 3500 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 1750 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You got at least 1 TechNet Wiki Featured Article (featured on the home page of TechNet Wiki). This is in addition (before or after) your Green belt reward.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.

Rewards:

  • Personalized Wiki Ninja Stick Figure - We create a personalized Wiki Ninja stick figure for you!
  • Blog Post - We blog about your personal stick figure
  • Tweet - We tweet about the blog post

SENSEI WIKI NINJAS

Black Belt - Sensei (4th Dan)

Grand Master Says: "Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."



About: Congratulations! You are now a Sensei! You made it to the 4th Dan. As a Sensei, you'll need to have your own wise sayings! Now you're getting your wisdom from the Grand Master! To reach this goal, you have to earn the elusive "Wiki Ninja" Gold Achievement Medal. There aren't a lot of Wiki Ninjas who have made it this far!



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this belt, see this belt's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Gold Achievement Medal: Wiki Ninja - You wrote 500 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 5000 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 2500 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.

Rewards:

  • You become a Wiki Ninja playing card
  • Tweet - We tweet about how you're the latest update to the playing cards

Black Belt - Sensei (5th Dan)

Grand Master Says: "If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done."



About: You should listen to Grand Master. Sometimes you just have to get it done. Thank you for all your contributions in the TechNet Wiki community! This is your first entrance as a character in the Wiki Ninja RPG!



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this belt, see this belt's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You wrote 600 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 6000 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 3000 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You got at least 2 TechNet Wiki Featured Articles (featured on the home page of TechNet Wiki). Also in addition to the Green belt reward.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.

Rewards:

  • You become an NPC in the Wiki Ninja RPG (paper/board game)
  • Blog Post - We blog about how you're the new character in the game
  • Tweet - We tweet about the blog post

Black Belt - Sensei (6th Dan)

Grand Master Says: "Be happy, but never satisfied."



About: Well maybe a little satisfied! But keep on pushing it! You're almost a master!



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this belt, see this belt's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You wrote 750 articles. 
  • Benchmark - You made 7500 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 3750 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.

Rewards:

  • Wiki Ninja pen

MASTER WIKI NINJAS

Master (7th Dan)

Grand Master Says: "Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own."



About: That Grand Master is a very wise Wiki Ninja! It's time you earned your Master gold medal. You truly are now a Wiki Ninja Master. Congratulations!



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this rank, see this rank's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Gold Achievement Medal: Wiki Ninja Master - You wrote 1,000 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 10,000 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 5,000 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You got at least 3 TechNet Wiki Featured Articles (featured on the home page of TechNet Wiki). In addition to the Green belt reward.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.

Rewards:

  • Wiki Ninja Sculpture
  • Blog Post - We blog about your sculpture
  • Tweet - We tweet about the blog post

Master (8th Dan)

Grand Master Says: "Your focus needs more focus."



About: Well then let's focus that focus! Now you become a playable character in the Wiki Ninja RPG! You're famous!



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this rank, see this rank's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You wrote 1,100 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 11,000 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 5,500 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.

Rewards:

  • You become a playable character in the Wiki Ninja RPG (paper/board game)
  • Blog Post - We blog about how you're the new character in the game
  • Tweet - We tweet about the blog post

Grand Master (9th Dan)

The Nameless One Says: "You've done a lot of good stuff, and some bad stuff. Don't regret the bad stuff."



About: Wow! You've just become the Grand Master! Now you'll get your wisdom from the Nameless One! That means you need to give your Grand Master wisdom to all the other Wiki Ninjas out there!



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this rank, see this rank's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You wrote 1,200 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 12,000 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 6,000 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.  
  • Benchmark - You got at least 4 TechNet Wiki Featured Articles (featured on the home page of TechNet Wiki). In addition to the Green belt reward.

Rewards:

  • Stickers featuring your Wiki Ninja Stick Figure

Red Belt - Grand Master (10th Dan)

The Nameless One Says: "Only a Ninja can stop a Ninja. So contemplate this: maybe you should stop. If you go on like this, you seriously run the risk of becoming a Legendary Ninja."



About: You never thought that Red Belt was so hard to earn! But you earned it! By the way, you don't want to become a Legendary Ninja, do you? Because that's the next class! You're almost there!



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this rank, see this rank's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You wrote 1,350 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 13,500 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 6,750 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.
  • Benchmark - You achieved at least 1 TechNet Guru medal.
  • Benchmark - You became an author for the Wiki Ninjas blog.

Rewards:

  • Microsoft Mug 

INTERNATIONALIZATION WIKI NINJAS

NOTE: This entire class is still a work in progress, and thus, we will not calculate anybody for this class yet (nobody can place in it). We currently have our international Community Council members focusing on refining and launching this class.

Language Ninja

The Global One Says: "We should all try to get along. The first step is understanding each other."



About: Us international ninjas serve a different master... the Global One! As the Global One says, you're helping us understand each other! You started a nice mix of translating articles and writing articles in a non-English language! 

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You translated 10 articles into a non-English language. This can be verified by using your personal tag plus a translation tag.
  • Benchmark - You wrote 20 original articles in one or more non-English languages.
  • Benchmark - You made 200 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 100 article comments.

Rewards:

  • Featured on a Friday on the Wiki Ninjas Blog
  • Tweet - We tweet about your featured blog post

Translation Ninja

The Global One Says: "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. Do keep translating, so I can learn more!”



About: Wow, you're quite the translator! It's time to become a playing card!

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You translated 80 articles into a non-English language. This can be verified by using your personal tag plus a translation tag.

Rewards:

  • You become an International Wiki Ninja playing card
  • Tweet - We tweet about how you're the latest update to the playing cards

World-Wide Ninja

The Global One Says:



The doubters said,

 "Man can not fly,"

 The doers said,

 "Maybe, but we'll try,"

 And finally soared

 In the morning glow

 While non-believers

 Watched from below



About: Well I've always believed in you! Now you're a character in the International Wiki Ninja RPG!

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You wrote 150 non-English articles (includes translated articles). This can be verified using your personal tag and language tags.

Rewards:

  • You become an NPC in the International Wiki Ninja RPG (paper/board game)
  • Blog Post - We blog about how you're the newest character in the game
  • Tweet - We tweet about the blog post

International Ninja

The Global One Says: "Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it."



About: That includes from all around the world! Congratulations! You made it! You're a well rounded International Wiki Ninja!

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You translated 120 articles into a non-English language. This can be verified by using your personal tag plus a translation tag.
  • Benchmark - You wrote 200 original articles in one non-English language. This can be verified using your personal tag and language tags.
  • Benchmark - You wrote 10 original articles in a different non-English language. This can be verified using your personal tag and language tags.
  • Benchmark - You made 800 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 300 article comments.

Rewards:

  • You become a playable character in the International Wiki Ninja RPG (paper/board game)
  • Blog Post - We blog about how you're the newest character in the game
  • Tweet - We tweet about the blog post

LEGENDARY WIKI NINJAS

The Promising One

The Nameless One Says: "If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."



About: You made it! You are now a Legendary Wiki Ninja! And you're an author for the Wiki Ninjas blog! Glad to have you on board!



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this rank, see this rank's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You wrote 1,500 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 15,000 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 7,000 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You got 5 TechNet Wiki Featured articles (featured on the home page of TechNet Wiki). In addition to the Green belt reward.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.
  • Benchmark - You posted 30 blog posts.
  • Benchmark - You received 100 4+ star blog ratings.
  • Benchmark - You wrote 50 blog comments.
  • Benchmark - You achieved at least 2 TechNet Guru medals.
  • Gold Achievement Medal: Ratings Board President - You rated 100 blog posts.

Rewards:

  • Button featuring your Wiki Ninja Stick Figure

The Awesome One

The Nameless One Says: "Showing off is the fool's idea of glory."



About: Well you are awesome, but showing off isn't a good idea.



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this rank, see this rank's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You wrote 1,700 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 17,000 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 7,500 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.
  • Gold Achievement Medal: Blogger 3 - You published 50 blog posts and 20 have 500 page views.
  • Benchmark - You published 80 total blog posts.
  • Benchmark - You received 130 4+ star blog ratings.
  • Gold Achievement Medal: Blog Commentator 3 - You wrote 125 blog comments.
  • Benchmark - You rated 150 blog posts.
  • Benchmark - You achieved at least 3 TechNet Guru medals.

Rewards:

  • Mug featuring your Wiki Ninja Stick Figure

The Chosen One

The Nameless One Says: "I hope you like challenges. There's still one more step to take."



About: You better like your challenges! You made it this far! And you just achieved three legendary Gold Achievement Medals, you are the Chosen One... the Wiki Ninja Supreme, Blog Party Starter, and the Blogs All Star!



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this rank, see this rank's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Gold Achievement Medal: Wiki Ninja Supreme - You wrote 2,000 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 20,000 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 8,000 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You got 8 TechNet Wiki Featured articles (featured on the home page of TechNet Wiki). In addition to the Green belt reward.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.
  • Gold Achievement Medal: Blogs All Star - You published 500 blog posts.
  • Benchmark - You received 1,500 4+ star blog ratings.
  • Benchmark - You wrote 2,500 blog comments.
  • Gold Medal Achievement: Blog Party Starter - Your blog posts have received 150 comments.
  • Benchmark - You rated 8,000 blog posts.
  • Benchmark - You achieved at least 4 TechNet Guru medals.

Rewards:

  • Mouse Pad featuring your Wiki Ninja Stick Figure

The Enlightened One

The Nameless One Says:



"Once, I was drinking a cup of tea, and a young boy approached me, telling me he wanted to become the greatest sword fighter in the world. I looked him deep in the eyes and finally decided  to take him on as my student. He grew up to be the finest and most powerful swordsman I ever saw, and there came a day when I called him to me and said: "Your education is over, there is nothing more I can teach you." He took my hand and held it for a long time, and I saw a tear trickle down his face. He said to me: "I'll go and better the world. But, Master, what will you do now?" I replied. "I think I'll finish that cup of tea now."



"In case you didn't get my wonderful narrative: there's nothing more to teach you, continue on the path you have followed, you'll be fine!"



About: The student has become the master! You are now enlightened, the master of the masters! It's time to finish that cup of tea!



Ninjas: To see who currently holds this rank, see this rank's section in the Belt Status article.

Requirements:

  • Benchmark - You wrote 2,500 articles.
  • Benchmark - You made 25,000 article edits.
  • Benchmark - You posted 9,000 Wiki comments.
  • Benchmark - You got 10 TechNet Wiki Featured Articles (featured on the home page of Technet Wiki). In addition to the Green belt reward.
  • Benchmark - You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time after receiving the previous belt.
  • Benchmark - You published 800 blog posts.
  • Benchmark - You received 3,000 4+ star blog ratings.
  • Benchmark - You wrote 5,000 blog comments.
  • Benchmark - You rated 12,000 blog posts.
  • Benchmark - You achieved at least 5 TechNet Guru medals.

Rewards:

  • T-Shirt - Featuring your Wiki Ninja Stick Figure, your name, and the title "The Enlightened One"

Prize Ideas (that require proposals)

These ideas require proposals to other tools teams. That means getting on their backlog and becoming a priority. 

  1. MCC award
  2. Your rank is in your profile (like the MVP and MCC award).
  3. Wiki article published in the TechNet Magazine.
  4. Wiki Ninja Sculptures
    1. Bruno is working on this
  5. Personal Wiki Ninja Stick Figures
    1. Ed, Ana? Pete Laker?
  6. Budget Items (cost money)
    1. T-Shirt
    2. Mouse Pad
    3. Mug
    4. Stickers
    5. Button

References

Resources to get descriptions from:

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