Ninja Points FAQ

The ITNinja Point System

ITNinja aims to make sharing content, comments and ratings a bit more fun by implementing a point system to recognize those that make this the valuable resource it is. When you contribute to the site, points are awarded. Accumulating points will help you move up in the ranks among your peers which we hope you'll find entertaining while at the same time helping to provide deserved recognition.

Activity Point Value
Add A Software Deployment Tip +6
Create Software Deployment Tip Summary +5 (+2 for an edit)
Post a Blog +10
Post a Link +5
Add Comment +2
Rate An Blog Post, Software, Tip, Link) +1
Post Question +5
Post Answer to a Question +8
Vote on Answer to Question +1
Create Answer Summary +5 (+2 for an edit)

The ITNinja Belt System

The ITNinja belt system is intended to provide an at-a-glance look at a member's experience level. Long ago in the martial arts, belts were not so much colors as shades of grey. This was due to the fact that when starting out a student's belt would be white (newbie) and then darken with age which came to convey a level of experience. Since those days colors have grown to be the popular measure of experience and here on the web, color works well for us. While one may argue that someone could do a poor job in martial arts or on ITNinja.com long enough and move up in rank to some level, it is a good show of participation and participation is the most clear measurement of skill level online. By also awarding additional points for highly rated material, we hope that apart from some friendly competition this system also serves as a quick way to judge the experience level of other members with which you may interact.

Points Rank (Beginner) Points Rank (Intermediate) Points Rank (Advanced)
0-44 White 351-405 Blue 1013-1111 Black
45-88 Senior White 406-460 Second Degree Blue (one stripe) 1112-1210 Second Degree Black (one stripe)
89-131 Yellow 461-516 Third Degree Blue (two stripes) 1211-1309 Third Degree Black (two stripes)
132-175 Senior Yellow 517-571 Green 1310-1408 Fourth Degree Black (three stripes)
176-219 Orange 572-626 Second Degree Green (one stripe) 1409-1507 Fifth Degree Black (four stripes)
220-264 Senior Orange 627-681 Third Degree Green (two stripes) 1508-1606 Sixth Degree Black (five stripes)
265-306 Purple 682-736 Fourth Degree Green (three stripes) 1607-1705 Seventh Degree Black (six stripes)
307-350 Senior Purple 737-791 Brown 1706-1804 Eighth Degree Black (seven stripes)
792-847 Second Degree Brown (one stripe) 1805-1903 Ninth Degree Black (eight stripes)
848-902 Third Degree Brown (two stripes) 1904-2499 Tenth Degree Black (nine stripes)
903-957 Fourth Degree Brown (three stripes) 2501+ Red (Grandmaster)
958-1012 Fifth Degree Brown (four stripes)

Bonus Patches

When reaching significant milestones a "patch" may be awarded, which is itself worth points toward your next belt level.

Patch Point Value Description
*AppDeploy 125 Awarded to those that created a legacy AppDeploy user account (prior to 11/15/2011)
*DSG Customer 25 Awarded to those that set themselves as a DSG customer
DSG Employee 0 Identifies user as an employee (not worth points, assigned by admin only)
*Blogger 25 Posting five approved blogs (how to, article, review, opinion)
Blogger Pro TBD Posting ten approved blogs
Blogger Ninja TBD Posted more than twenty five blogs
Blog Star TBD TBD method of qualifying highly rated blog posts to encourage and reward submission of popular blog
*Linker 15 Posting five approved links (to downloads, articles, valued external resources)
Linker Pro TBD Posting ten approved links
Linker Ninja TBD Posting more than twenty-five approved links
Link Star TBD TBD method of qualifying highly rated link posts to encourage and reward submission of popular links
*Tipster 25 Posting five approved software tips
Tipster Pro +5 Posting ten approved software tips
Tipster Ninja TBD Posting more than twenty-five approved software tips
Tip Star TBD TBD method of qualifying highly rated tips to encourage and reward submission of popular tips
Tagger TBD Editing tags on 10 assets (deleting, adding or adding alternative terms for existing tags)
Completist TBD Providing content in each of our key content areas shown on profile page (Q&A, Blog, Link, Deployment Tip)
* = Available now, others coming soon (TBD)