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IPUMS User Forum is a community-driven question-and-answer (Q&A) site that allows users to both submit questions to be answered and answer questions asked by other users. The site gives members the chance to earn points as a way to encourage participation.


Ask

Ask a question that matters to you, so that other people can give you answers. When asking a question, you categorize it in a topic, making it easier for others to find and answer it. Once your question is answered, select the best answer, or have the community vote for the best answer.


Answer

Have an answer to a question? Help other users out and earn points while doing so. Use the category list on the left side of each page to find open questions related to the topic you know about. You can also use the search box on the left side of each page to find questions and answers related to specific words and phrases. Your answer may be chosen as the best one, earning you extra points and prestige.


The Point System

ACTION

POINTS

Begin participating on system

500

Daily participation

5

Asking a question

10

Answering a question

25

Voting on an answer

10

Your answer received a 'thumbs up' vote

15

Your answer voted as best answer by question's author

50

Posting an article

25

Your article receives a ‘thumbs up’ vote

25

Uploading a new document

10

Uploading a new document version

10

Downloading a document

1


Badges

You are also able to earn badges based on your activity on the site. Some badges are automatic and you will receive them once you reach certain point levels, other badges are awarded by the site to you based on specific criteria. Below is a list of the badges available and a description of how you can achieve them.

  
Bronze

Type: Automatically awarded

Point Threshhold: 750


Awarded for earning more than 750 points, the user has shown to be knowledgeable and willing to help his/her peers.

Silver

Type: Automatically awarded

Point Threshhold: 1000


Awarded for earning more than a 1000 points, the user has shown to be a great and helpful expert.

Gold

Type: Automatically awarded

Point Threshhold: 1500


This user has achieved the highest honour by getting more than 1500 points sharing his/her expertise.


Guidelines

Only question are allowed on IPUMS User Forum that do not violate the community guidelines.


We encourage you to:

  • Share what you know.
  • Be courteous.
  • Be a good citizen. When you see a great question or answer, give it a thumbs-up. If you see abuse, report it.
  • Cite your sources. Give credit where it is due.
  • Ask clearly. Keep your questions precise, but be descriptive enough to help people understand what you're asking.
  • Categorize correctly. Placing your question in the right category ensures that it is seen by people who can give you better information and more accurate answers.

Please do not:

  • Vent, rant or use hate speech
  • Be mean or obscene
  • Cheat
  • Violate the law
  • Behave maliciously
  • Do harm
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