Earning Community Points


  1. What are Community Points?
  2. What purpose do Community Points serve?
  3. Are Community Points a measure of the quality of a member's reviews?
  4. How can I earn Community Points?
  5. How can I find out the number of Community Points I have at the moment?
  6. What do the coloured dots mean?
  7. What does "Community Point Level" mean?
  8. What advantages does my Community Point Level have?
  9. Can I earn money for collecting Community Points?
  10. Can I exchange the Community Points for anything?

  1. What are Community Points?
    Community Points are awarded for performing actions which are particularly useful to other members of the Ciao Community and other users of the website. Included in these actions are: writing helpful reviews, writing comments and rating other members' reviews, inviting friends to join Ciao and earning the trust of other Ciao members. The number of Community Points you have determines the amount of exposure you will gain on the Ciao site: only members who have attained a certain point level will figure as "Featured Members", and thereby gain more publicity for their reviews.

  2. What purpose do Community Points serve?
    The number of Community Points you have earned allows you, and your readers, to gauge how helpful your contributions to the Ciao community have been for other members: the higher the number of points you have earned, the more helpful your input. And the more Community Points you have, the more weight will be lent to your review ratings.

  3. Are Community Points a measure of the quality of a member's reviews?
    The quality of a member's reviews is one factor for which Community Points are awarded, but it is not the only one. In fact, the majority of a member's Community Points may have been derived from activities entirely unrelated to review writing, such as inviting new members to join Ciao. A better measure of the quality of a member's reviews are the individual ratings that these have received from other members. To get an overview of how well received a member's reviews have been overall, please visit his/her personal member area and consult the "Reviews" tab.

  4. How can I earn Community Points?
    You can earn Community Points for: writing reviews and comments, rating other members' reviews, receiving reads and ratings for your own reviews from other members, gaining another member's trust, and inviting new members to join Ciao. The number of points awarded for each activity varies and you can see how the points are calculated on the "Statistics" page in your "My Ciao" area.

  5. How can I find out the number of Community Points I have at the moment?
    Simply log in, go to your personal member area "My Ciao" and consult your Community Points summary on the "Statistics" tab.

  6. What do the coloured dots mean?
    The coloured dot next to your name shows the Community Level that you have attained.
    Level 1: white white: 1-1000 points (1 Exceptional rating per day)
    Level 2: green green: 1 000-4 999 points (3 Exceptional ratings per day)
    Level 3: blue blue: 5 000-9 999 points (5 Exceptional ratings per day)
    Level 4: violet violet: 10 000-19 999 points (6 Exceptional ratings per day)
    Level 5: red red: 20 000-49 999 points (7 Exceptional ratings per day)
    Level 6: orange orange: 50 000-99 999 points (8 Exceptional ratings per day)
    Level 7: bronze bronze: 100 000-250 000 points (9 Exceptional ratings per day)
    Level 8: silver silver: 250 000-499 999 points (10 Exceptional ratings per day)
    Level 9: gold gold: 500 000-4 999 999 points (11 Exceptional ratings per day)
    Level 10: black black: over 5 000 000 points (12 Exceptional ratings per day)

  7. What does "Community Point Level" mean?
    Depending on the total number of points you have accumulated, you will attain a certain Community Level, represented by a coloured dot next to your name. Authors with a higher status are likely to become better-known on Ciao; this system therefore gives ALL members the opportunity to increase their recognition in the community via high-quality participation.

  8. What advantages does my Community Point Level have?
    A member's Community Level is a rough indicator of how experienced a member (s)he is. Members with a high Community Level are, therefore, more likely to have their reviews read and rated and to be invited to join other members' Circles of Trust. You must have attained a certain Community Level before your picture can be displayed in the "Featured Member" box on logged in Ciao pages. This extra exposure is good publicity for you and can lead to your reviews receiving more reads and ratings.

  9. Can I earn money for collecting Community Points?
    No, your Community Points do not translate into money and your Community Points balance does not have any direct relation with your monetary earnings on Ciao. However, if you are an active member, then your earnings are likely to increase in parallel with your Community Points as you earn money for reads, for inviting friends, participating in surveys etc.

  10. Can I exchange the Community Points for anything?
    It is not possible to do so at this time.

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