Registered: Feb 2000
Location: Bowie, MD USA
Step right up! Claim yer rank!
With the demise of the Coffee House Archive went the rules for assigning ranks in the TiVo Army. See, there used to be another post called “Step right up! Claim yer rank!” that I would point folks to when they asked about how they, too, could join the TiVo Army.
However, since they were my rules to begin with, I am going to try to recreate them from memory, and if I get it a little wrong, well, hey—they were my rules, after all!
First, some background. A while back (a W H I L E back), Richard told a story about how the folks at TiVo used to tease him about us, calling us “Bullwinkle’s Army”. I thought that that was great and used it as a jumping off point for the “TiVo Army” concept here.
What the TiVo Army is is a group of hardcore volunteer evangelists. We are the folks that do not miss an opportunity, ever, to tell someone about the way that TiVo has changed our lives. We testify at the drop of a hat. Our friends and family think we’re nuts, our coworkers call us things like “TiVo Girl” or “Mr. TiVo”. We hang out in electronics stores, waiting for someone to ask a question so that we can tell them why, exactly, that UTV isn’t as good a deal as it seems or what, exactly, Macrovision will mean to them in the VERY near future if they don’t put down the Showstopper.
We love TiVo.
We aren’t a bunch of sycophantic, boot-licking toadies, though. When TiVo is off the mark, we’ll raise the roof. We are quick to ask for improvement and to demand that something that’s broken get fixed. We want the company to succeed, yes, but we want it to be a good company even more.
Now, there are some folks that are sycophantic, boot-licking toadies. They troll other boards blindly extolling TiVo’s virtues and trolling for olives…er, fights. They are not we. We are not they. Those that confuse the toadies with the “TiVo Army” do us a disservice.
Now, on to the ranks! Ranks have always been based on post count, with a couple of exceptions. I know that it’s not the most scientific way of doing things, especially since a good “test” thread can get you promoted, but it’s all we have.
First, there is only one Admiral in this man’s Army and that’s the Bullwinkle himself. And yes, we know—if this were a real army, there wouldn’t be admirals. But it’s not and he is and that’s all.
JAB is our other ranking officer. We made him a General out of the gate. ‘nuff said.
I’m not sure what rank I gave them, but mschwab and dmaneyapanda got some sort of honorary rank, too, cause they were, at the time, the posters with the mosters. And mshhwab did the tivofaq.
For the rest of us, I think it goes something like this (or, at least, it does now ):
1000+ Lt. Colonel
That is all.
Lt. Colonel, TiVo Army
"It is not the size of our army that shall lead us to victory. It is the undeniable righteousness of our cause... "--JAB
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