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First 14 y/o to appear on the moderation leaderboard?

Am I the first 14 y/o to appear on the moderation leaderboard let alone the first non-moderator to do so?

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@ajcooke01 sorry but you are not! That honor belongs to @captainsnowball who achieved that a while back. Is this what is important to you? Reputation points and badges? Really?

@nick at the time when you had all your achievements, you were about the same age weren’t you?

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@oldturkey03 I was surprised to see myself on the leaderboard, that’s all. It was just a simple question, you turned it into another topic of me only caring about “rep points and badges”. You could have just said @captainsnowball had gotten there first, rather then insulting me about only caring about rep and badges. Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed?

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I had to turn on a laptop for this response since I can’t type on my phone. Hopefully this post gets my message across. I will build upon this at a later time, but for now I want to get my initial thoughts out there. This isn’t an attempt to hurt your feelings, but I need to be fairly brutal to get my point across in an effective way.

Even if I did it happened so long ago I'll never remember. I'm not upset about this and my response will make it clear why.

This response is going to tackle 2 topics:

  • The value of results over badges and leaderboard placement
  • How I feel about it (and why I never tracked this, even back then)

The first (and arguably most important) one to nip in the butt is if I’ve tracked it: NO, I never did. It wasn’t important enough to track for me, even back then.

Why I didn’t track it+my thoughts: The reason I never bothered tracking it because while achievements are great and all (I’m going to sound like an old man, so bear with me) it’s the equivalent to a participation trophy. The trophy behind the accomplishment is meaningless when you do not do anything of value to earn it. A leaderboard spot is about on par with a trophy your parents complained to the school to get you so you don’t feel “left out”. The intention is there, but it doesn’t help the kid (contrary to what the parent thinks). I wouldn’t want something I know I earned because the parent complained loud enough and the school caved. Either way you spin it with participation trophies and unearned ones, they’re both equally worthless. While this example isn’t 1:1 with iFixit accomplishments, it’s basically the same. The accomplishments to be proud of are the ones you actually earn - not a measly leaderboard mention. There’s a difference between a BADGE and LEADERBOARD MENTION.

In the real world, what matters is results; not meaningless accomplishments. The same applies to iFixit; I DO NOT CARE if you end up on a leaderboard because you did enough to get there. I want to see good content and a effort to earn it.

Why I feel results are more valuable then badges and leaderboard mentions: Personally what I look at when I judge someone’s success is 2 things

  • Your real world achievements vs. meaningless ones
  • The results of said achievements

There’s a huge difference between achievements like getting on a leaderboard and being able to make a successful guide or successfully answer a question in Answers. I value an excellent guide or answer more then a leaderboard spot and that will NEVER CHANGE. Being able to tell someone what they can/cannot do and the extent of their situation (Ex: Laptop liquid damage needing a new mobo and potentially palmrest with a keyboard since they generally don’t survive the spill) is more helpful because the OP knows what they are in for and others who made a similar mistake also know the possible extent of the damage without asking a new question (hopefully). If my answer helps the OP and others in a similar situation and my warnings about cost and complications like a potentially damaged keyboard also needing replacement help more people then just the OP, I’ve made more of an impact then bragging about making it onto a leaderboard.

The results I’ve gotten out of helpful (but brutally honest) answers that will guide the OP through a repair (or be a practical lesson that gets them a parts system) answer are more valuable. This has always been the case and that will never change.

An example of this in action: If you make a guide and fail to do something right, how do you handle it? Do you:

  • Pick up your toys and leave
  • Figure out what went wrong so you can get it right next time or fix it now
    • Do a major whole guide revision at some point

If you pick up your toys and run without seeing where you went wrong you'll never get better; likewise the person who figures out why will get it right the next time and be successful or have a significantly better chance the next time. The resson for this is since they failed before, they now what to do next time. I use this as an example because a lot of my old guides are terrible. However, a lot of of is things I included for silly reasons (Ex: Hard drive brand reliability warnings) at the time because I felt they were worthwhile years ago. As these things age I even begin to question my intentions and consider it for removal later on if it's just not worth keeping after giving it a 20/20 hindsight checkup.

While that is usually the case and I've revived a lot of them over time (eliminated the killer issue or redid it partially/completely bbecause it was bad and needed a redo), often with the original link. Some just aren't worth trying so I've hidden those until I can properly rework it later as a from scratch restart or never mess with it and look at it as a lesson on not what to do.

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@nick OT03 was more brutal and unreasonable then you were, I completely get you. Getting on the mod leaderboard wont get me anywhere in real life. Also, you didn’t have to write an essay for me, haha.

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Sometimes it's the only way to get your message across.

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@nick Also, I was more surprised about seeing myself on the leaderboard then I was actually boasting about it because I have never seen a “non-moderator” be on the leaderboard in the short time I have been around.

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@ajcooke01 , thanks for the contributions, keep up the good work. It’s awesome that you’re 14 and helping people repair their items on this site… Some of the people asking for help fixing their devices have been younger .

Moderation is a cleaning job..everyone should tidy up, I guess that we should all play our part in keeping the forum relevant/on topic. It’s great you are on the leader board, keep the votes all about quality decisions and don’t focus too much on the quantity.

Keep on giving quality answers in the forum to help people- it’s worth far more than being on the moderator board.

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@pollytintop I guess cleaning up all of the massive forums got me there, if you ever see seething on the moderation list that shouldn’t be there just mention me and we can sort it out. Thanks!

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I have to say, people were aggressive with their responses.

For me, when I did moderating, it I felt like it was being helpful, I gradually did become one of the top moderators because if I came across a post, whether it had a ridiculous amount of spam answers, I would spend hours doing it.

usually they end up being auto denied because no one would touch the extremely long list of moderation that I left.

being around ifixit did improve my social skills too which is really helpful for me.

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@captainsnowball Other then OT03’s response, the other responses weren’t that bad. Some of my moderation actions are auto-denied too because I also try to clean up giant threads.

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I too was surprised to see you on top, but you have been working very hard and your skills are improving every day. A little youthful enthusiasm is to be expected. Keep up the fine work ;-)

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@mayer Thank you! When is the ablation going to be happening? Status update?

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Spent all day in Drs offices, waiting room, lab & x-ray. Now they want to go over it all and work out a plan to treatment. So, maybe they will tell me when they do.

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@mayer Sounds like a plan! When they do decide a date to do the procedure tell me and I’ll plan ahead to be very active on that day of the procedure and days after.

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@ajcooke01

I know you caught some flack for this post, but I actually remember when I was 14 years old, over five decades ago. Know that your efforts are recognized by similar giving spirits (the old men around here). You will get very little thanks in this world for the giving you do. Almost no strokes, no trophies, no medals. But you have earned the respect of those of us who do the same and of your Heavenly Father. May it be sufficient.

I think Christ said it best:

Matthew 6:2-4 King James Version (KJV)

2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

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@mayer Thanks so much for supporting me thru all of this! You are my top supporter on this site when it comes to post upvotes, having the person that is the most reputable on the site be my top upvoter is pretty sweet!

My parents always told me that if I were to grow up doing things that helped people, instead of being lazy and video gaming, that people will take notice and come together to thank you in the end. I felt that this site was the best way in my skill set to help other people with their electronics.

The only flack that I really felt that I caught is from OT03 switching this entire topic to me only caring about reputation points and badges. I’ll give him some slack, he probably just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. No need to panic.

Next major milestone on this site for me would he hitting 10k rep, it’s gonna happen soon!

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Congrats! Maybe not the first but that’s not important, you’re doing an awesome job!

Thanks for your contributions, I know I wasn’t nearly as helpful on the internet in my day!

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@cdcline Thanks Chris! Helping people with their devices is my kinda thing. iFixit is my favorite place to geek out and assist people with their problems. :-)

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