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Dec-20-2003, 13:47
not offended... but ehm... - your title is all wrong... tsktsk... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/icons/tongue.gif personal "titles" - tsktsk... then I want to be "Commander of Notes, Dots and at times also Slurs"... hehe https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif

Frederik Magle
Dec-20-2003, 13:53
All wrong?!! Not in this navy!... I mean on this board https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif

Anyway, when you reach 50 posts, you will be entitled "Commander of Notes, Dots and at times also Slurs"

(btw, if you wish I can also give you a custom title now, but it will have to follow the regular ranks https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/icons/tongue.gif )

Dec-20-2003, 13:59
oh you just watch it!!! - or I will make you walk the plank https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif

Frederik Magle
Dec-20-2003, 14:01
That's mutiny!!! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/icons/mad.gif

Dec-20-2003, 14:06
aye... you catch on fast... matey... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif

Frederik Magle
Dec-20-2003, 14:07
anyways, got me thinking (no jokes please!):

These "naval ranks" should maybe be "musicalised" a little...

Dec-20-2003, 14:15
hmm... well... - maybe with some "decorative" italian musical expressions... "Captain non troppo" - hmm... ok... or... "Appassionata Admiral" - there's also the "lame" "Colonel Boogie" hehe https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif

yeah yeah... it's saturday afternoon... :-p

Dec-20-2003, 15:04
Not Offended at All. I was in the Australian Navy.(Bandy) LOL.....
Could Think of a Few Good "Musical" add ons,but May get Thrown out of Forum...lol. Any Way Frederik & Corno...Hang On.!!!!!! Don't "Walk the Plank Just Yet".....We are Going to "Splice the Main Brace.... First".......Have a Happy Christmas and May All Wishes come True for 2004....Cheers. Pamadu/Paul. That is to ALL Members as WELL.!!!!!! Save Me Postage in Sending to All Personally....lol.

Dec-20-2003, 15:13
A Seaman.....Thats Great....Hope I can Swim.....But a Hornpiper.!!!!!! Learn to Play The Horn or Not the Bagpipes....
OH.....That's That "Dance".!!!!!!! LOL. Can Play a Few on the Keyboard,but "Practice" will be Needed to Dance..... Sorry Being Silly....It's ALL Good.Better "Shut Up Though"....... Paul/Pamadu

Frederik Magle
Dec-20-2003, 15:18
Glad you're not offended! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif

anyway, don't worry too much about being a hornpiper, you will soon become an officer and then you will no longer have to play the horn! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif

Dec-20-2003, 15:21
OK.....Last One!!!! .Commodore of The "Water Music" Like That.
Rear Admiral......"APPASSIONATA".......mmmmmmmm
I have to Be Careful here.....Of The "Senior Oficers". lol.
Sleep...Then Music to Do......Paul/Pamadu.

Frederik Magle
Dec-20-2003, 15:32
Former Subject Title for this thread: New titles! Anyone offended? Then shu...speak up ;-)

The title system is based on your post count: The more posts you make the higher your "rank". Furthermore as you progress you will get access to closed and even hidden forums (eg. the "Officer's Mess" and the "Flag Officers' Council & Lounge"). The titles are ranging from Recruit (seaman) and all the way up to Music Admiral!!!

Based on No. of posts:

0 = Skulker https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif
1 = Recruit
3 = Apprentice, baby violin
6 = Seaman, 2nd violin
10 = Seaman, 1st violin
15 = Midshipman, 2nd Assistant Concertmaster

Officers (with access to the "Officers' Mess"):
25 = Ensign, Principal Trumpet
35 = Lieutenant, Associate Concertmaster
50 = Lieutenant, Concertmaster
75 = Lieutenant Commander, Principal Concertmaster
100 = Commander, Assistant Conductor
150 = Captain of the Orchestra

Flag Officers (with access to the "Flag Officers' Council & Lounge"):
250 = Commodore [of Water Music*]
500 = Rear Admiral [Appassionata*]
1000 = Vice Admiral [con Forza*]
2500 = Admiral [+always custom title*]
5000 = 5 Star Music Admiral [+always custom title*] (+ personal forum **)

* Everyone reaching the "rank" of "Commodore" (250 posts) and above can get a [custom title] of their own choice!
** Aside from the title, every 5 Star Admiral gets a personal sub-forum (open or closed ad libitum) on Magle International Music Forums which he/she can moderate at will.

If anyone dislikes the notion of being entitled with a "naval rank", but would still like to post actively on this forum, there is now the option of renouncing your "rank" and get the title Civilian instead. Contact me with the request (PM, email or a post in this thread). You can become "Civilian" regardless of your post-count. The only disadvantage for a "Civilian" is lack of access to the "Officers' Mess" and "Flag Officer's Council" forums. In every other regard a "Civilian" has the full posting privileges of other members of equal post-count.

If you would like to go back to the "naval rank" titles (perhaps to check out what's going on in the "Officers' Mess"), you can do that as well if you have a post-count of minimum 100 posts - though only three switches can happen a year (per member) at max. Also, if you go from "Civilian" to "Navy" you will get a "rank" one step lower than the current norm for your post-count.

other suggestions are also welcomed.

[EDIT: OK, the titles have been "musicalised" a little]
[EDIT2: spiced up the lower ranks a bit, split "seaman" rank in "2nd & 1st violin"]
[EDIT3: introducing landlubbers...eh...I mean "civilians" https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif]
[EDIT4: added "Midshipman" rank]
[EDIT5: more "orchestral" ranks]
[EDIT6: Added personal forums for 5 Star Admirals]
[EDIT7: Minor changes]

Frederik Magle
Dec-20-2003, 15:32
almost forgot:

A merry christmas to you pamadu and Corno!! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif

Frederik Magle
Dec-20-2003, 23:18
Well, after very careful consideration I have decided to change my own title back to the neutral and more serious "Administrator" - not because of Corno's mutiny! (Let's just say he now knows what it feels like to be keelhauled... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif). The reason is that people who visit this site for the first time might get the wrong impression. When there are a lot more users here one day I might change my title to "Admiral of the Musical Fleet" again, but for now only you - the users - have the interesting titles!

Dec-20-2003, 23:45
OK.....I Now Have "One Stripe".....Thanks.
Christmas Blessings to ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
CYA in the New Year 2004.!!!!!!!!!!! WOW Time Flies.!!!!!!

Dec-27-2003, 02:46
heyheyhey... what's wrong with being a hornplayer/piper? - tsktsk... manners gentlemen manners!!!...

hmm... I've been away for what... a week... and the whole thing looks different... - tsktsk...

Dec-27-2003, 08:30
Nothing Wrong with being a HORN Player Corno...I could never handle The "Emboucher"...Now The Flute,I can Handle.
Anyway...Good Luck With Your Exams Mate. YEP.. Frederik has "Jazzed the Site up"..amaing what Happens in a Weel.lol.
Hope You Had a Good Xmas & May All Your Wishes come True in 2004. Cheers. pamadu/Paul

Dec-27-2003, 13:15
hehe https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
well the embouchure is also the weakest "link" in the hornplayer equation - it's not working perfectly for me either... especially when I haven't had time to practise for a long time and have to take part in a concert... - but well... it usually works https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif hehe...

what's with this capitalization of every word now and then? - it's a little confusing... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

thanks... balancing exams and x-mas AND playing one of the two computer games I've gotten for x-mas is really hard https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif hehe...

cheers to you to.


Dec-31-2003, 02:33
hey... tsktsk... you've raised my "commander" limit... you... bad admin you... hehe https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

Jan-04-2004, 05:15
written in lower case.hehe. never noticed it before. ANYWAY. lol.
would love to know what new puter games you got.??????????
that's after you pass those exams. cheers for 2004 thomas.
from paul.

Jan-06-2004, 13:15
hehe... it's just that it's a bit confusing to look at those "quasi-nouns" with a capital letter... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
the exam went ok - but since it was a written exam I don't know yet if I passed or not, but I would guess that I did.

The computergames? https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif hehe... - well... I'm a sort of strategy/simulations gaming type - so these two games I got certainly struck home with me https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif - "Railroad Tycoon 3" and "Civilization 3" https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif - they are a bit intoxicating at times https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif hehe

Jan-18-2004, 01:54
https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gifat 75 posts the admin says that as a commander,we can call ourselves,or get a "custom title" of our own choice.
now......a little way to go, but i do have to be careful & fair with my fellow "fortissimo" lieutentant commanders here as i am only a newbie and also half a day ahead of you danish guys....mmmmmmmmmm https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif bet you guys could come up with a few names for me. hehehe. it's all good fun. cheers.(meaning in english goodbye/see you later etc with a little wave etc.) skaal pamadu/Paul. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Jan-22-2004, 00:06
https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ooo.gif OK.....well i could see it coming. i am about to reach another level in rank. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif will try to hold off. hehehehe wonder what admin has in mind for me.?????. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif i hope my fellow officers are not upset.??? what about commander of "down under" hehehe or perhaps that is where i may be put "down underneath" if i creep up too fast. hehehehehe https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif pamadu/Paul. p.s. but it will take yearssssssssss to reach admiral. 5000 posts. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Jan-22-2004, 00:11
https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif hehehehehe admin. now go think about a "musicalized down under". Thanks to You and all https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
fun, and met some nice people...Cheers/skaal. Pamadu/Paul. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Frederik Magle
Jan-22-2004, 00:31
Congratulations on your promotion Commander Pamadu!!! You are now the highest ranking officer in the MIMF Navy!! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
For now, you shall be known as "Commander of the Music, Down Under". If you would like that changed to something different, I can do that, though.

btw, It won't take years to advance...remember you become 4 star Admiral "already" at 1000 posts https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Jan-22-2004, 10:38
https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif Tak Sir Admin. it is a privilege to serve under you and along side my fellow officers & shipmates of The MIMF. The title of "Commander of the Music,Down Under" sits with me well.
tak again.i am honoured. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif blessings/cheers pamadu/Paul.

Jan-22-2004, 19:08
MIMF ??? https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Jan-22-2004, 20:56
https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif Trebbien. MIMF = Magle International Music Forum https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gifpamadu/Paul P.S. See 1st page of this thread/topic to see names that each of us get for posts https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gifyou too will be a commander soon https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif it's all good fun....Paul. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Jan-22-2004, 21:46
https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gifTrebbien. I notice that you will soon be an Officer of the MIMF (magle international music forum) 6 more posts. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gifyou will then be an ensign & allowed in the officers mess ( a place where you learn some of the secrets of the craft....joke.) it is a way of giving us all "incentive" to keep the replies/suggestons/comments/topics etc. going on the main board. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif MIMF., to keep this thread going, is only,the initials of the Magle Music Navy (MMN) https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif getting involved now. hehehehehehe https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif just keep posts coming in Trebbien,we r all shipmates (music mates). cheers/skaal
pamadu/Paul. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif

Jan-23-2004, 00:34
Thanks for the explanation, pamadu.... It was only the shortening, MIMF, that "teased" me, the rest I knew, but thanks anyway https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif Yes, I'm upgrading, slow but sure! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif Looking forward to play 1st violin, not much fun about playing 2nd violin https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Frederik Magle
Jan-23-2004, 15:32
As you can see from the edit I made to the first post in this thread, I have introduced a new option: "Civilian". I doubt that there are anyone truly offended by my use of naval ranks, but anyway: Now you can (for whatever reason) chose the be entitled "Civilian" instead of a naval rank.

Civilians are of course "full" members, just like all others, but their title remains the same no matter how many posts they make (one or one hundred posts, a "civilian" stays a "civilian"). Also civilians don't have access to the "Officers' mess" (special part of the forum visible only to members with more than 15 posts and rank of Ensign or higher). Besides from that there are no limitations. Always remember (as Cmdr. Pamadu said so well) this is all in good fun! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Frederik Magle
Jan-23-2004, 18:50
[Additional, and unnecessarily complicated, "laws" removed]

Frederik Magle
Jan-23-2004, 18:52
he...I really should be working right now but got stuck and needed a small break. Turns out "lawmaking" is actually quite relaxing https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

[EDIT: turns out a good nights sleep is even better https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif]

Feb-12-2004, 15:21
You may add "Principal Trumpet" to my title, as far as I can read in your edited "lawmaking" .... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Kindly requested by Trebbien https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif

Frederik Magle
Feb-12-2004, 15:41
I'm sorry that I cannot accommodate your request, Ensign Trebbien. The reason for that is that whenever I edit a title manually (which I would have to do in your case), the title will no longer automatically be upgraded in the future (unless I reset the entire system including all custom titles), and I will have to do that manually every time (one of the reasons that "custom titles" are only introduced after 100 posts).
But don't despair, just five more posts and you will become "Lieutenant, Associate Concertmaster"!! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Feb-12-2004, 16:10
Oh, I see....
I just thought you forgot to change my title! But now I see; you edited the title after I got it https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif hm hm

Well, as you said, I'll soon achieve a new title... so I won't despair!
https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif Ensign Trebbien

Pollux Chung
May-19-2004, 23:22
Administrator should be changed to "Dictator"

Oct-14-2005, 02:31
I really like the naval/musician theme you used with the forum titles. I can't wait until I reach Commodore, so I can make my own custom one. Should be "Official Forum Guitarist", or something along those lines. Are there any specific rules (besides the obvious) that apply when choosing your custom forum name?

Frederik Magle
Oct-15-2005, 15:12
Besides the obvious (no offensive language, etc.) there is a rule that the title must start with the "standard" naval rank (e.g. Commodore, Read Admiral, etc.) - or "Civilian" (if you have selected to be titled that). Also, "official" forum guitarist would probably not be possible, but "Commodore, Forum Guitarist" (or something like that) would be fine https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Frederik Magle
Oct-15-2005, 16:22
Here's an advance notice about a major change to the title/rank system that will take place beginning on December 15th, 2005 (2 months from today). This has been planned for a while, and I'm announcing it now to give people time to prepare and to allow for suggestions and feedback from you https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

The upcoming "title-ladder" will look like this:

0 = Skulker
1 = Recruit, Pianissimo
5 = Apprentice, Piano
10 = Seaman, Mezzoforte
25 = Midshipman, Forte

Officers (with access to the "Officers' Mess"):
50 = Ensign, 2nd Assistant Concertmaster
75 = Lieutenant, Associate Concertmaster
100 = Lieutenant Commander, Concertmaster
150 = Commander, Principal Concertmaster
250 = Captain [of the Orchestra*]

Flag Officers (with access to the "Flag Officers' Council & Lounge"):
500 = Commodore [of Water Music**]
1000 = Rear Admiral [Appassionata**]
2500 = Vice Admiral [con Forza**]
5000 = Admiral [+always custom title**]
10000 = 5 Star Music Admiral [+always custom title**]

(* = can get custom title until February 1st, 2006 but will keep it permanently)
(** = can have custom title)

Important Note: NO ONE who has reached "Ensign" or higher will "lose" rank when the change happens on December 15th - You will keep whatever rank you have at the time, but it will just take a little longer to advance after that

Oct-17-2005, 04:42
In British and U.S. Navies (and the U.S. Coast Guard, where I served) you have Petty Officers (NCOs) and Chief Petty Officers (senior NCOs) following Seamen https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Dunno if that's of interest or not https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Frederik Magle
Oct-17-2005, 21:35
Indeed it is of interest.

I did do a little research before making the titles, and I'm aware of the Petty Officers, but it was my impression that the being petty officer is not a requisite before becoming an officer, but I maybe wrong about that?

I thought that "Petty Officers" was like a line in itself with many petty officer ranks or "classes". In the US there are also: "Senior Chief Petty Officers", "Master Chief Petty Officers", "Command Master Chief Petty Officers" and even a "Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy". So my impression was that after being a seaman, one could either become petty officer or officer?

Even though the titles are all just in good fun https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif, I'm very interested in getting the ranks "correct", so help pointing out errors is welcomed!

Oct-17-2005, 22:46
Petty Officers are enlisted, they are the equivelent of Corporals and Sergeants in land units.

CPOs are congressionally approved (in the U.S.) to be senior NCOs.

In the U.S. the ratings are thus (for Enlisted)

Seaman Recruit
Seaman Apprentice
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Petty Officer 1st Class
Chief Petty Officer
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Master Chief Petty Officer
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (only one holds this rate).

Officers Ranks (very Rank indeed...)

Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Commander
Rear Admiral
Vice Admiral

Frederik Magle
Oct-18-2005, 14:50
Thanks. Overall I think I'll leave the "ranks" mostly as they are for now - as the mix between "US Navy" and British "Royal Navy" they are. (comparision chart here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_and_U.S._military_ranks_compared)).

The idea being that before becoming officer "candidate/cadet" (or Midshipman) one must have taken time "enlisted" as "Seaman" for 25 posts... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif Adding Petty Officers as well would make the system too complex, and potentially confusing, I think.

Oct-18-2005, 18:10
https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif I'm not asking you to change your system https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

I just figured you'd be interested... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Bud Fields
Nov-26-2005, 21:32
That's the trouble with ranks--someone feeling inferior/superior to someone else. It's fun, and it's friendly, and it's an efficient way to evaluate the significance of the forums. Any rank beyond "Friend" is superfluous.

I think it's great fun, personally. And, as a retired officer from the United States Army, it's a hoot.

Frederik Magle
Dec-05-2005, 16:21
Just a reminder that the titles will be updated on December 15th*. Since everybody will keep the ranks they have "earned" up until that point, I recommend posting a little extra to get the rank you want before the change takes place (after that it will take somewhat longer to reach the different ranks).

After the 15th, the titles will look like this:

0 = Skulker
1 = Recruit, Pianissimo
5 = Apprentice, Piano
10 = Seaman, Mezzoforte
25 = Midshipman, Forte

Officers (with access to the "Officers' Mess"):
50 = Ensign, Principal
75 = Lieutenant, Associate Concertmaster
100 = Lieutenant Commander, Concertmaster
150 = Commander, Assistant Conductor
250 = Captain [of Water Music*]

Flag Officers (with access to the "Flag Officers' Council & Lounge"):
500 = Commodore [con Forza**]
1000 = Rear Admiral [Appassionata**]
2500 = Vice Admiral [Virtuoso**]
5000 = Admiral [Maestoso**]
10000 = 5 Star Music Admiral [+always custom title**]

* Note: I may pospone the change a few days because the software switch is getting closer and for technical reasons it will be best to do the title-change after switching the software.

Dec-17-2005, 08:49
Dear KBOC,

You forgot Admiral of the Fleet(5-stars) - yes, it's only a wartime rank, but still, fair is fair. According to my source at Navy BUPERS, the U.S. Congress re-authorized that rank after 9/11.

No offense, eh?

Giovanni https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cheers444.gif

Bud Fields
Dec-20-2005, 03:06
I have a rank!!

I have a rank!!

So, thus the infamy begins!! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Congratulations on the hard work on the site, guys. It's looking better all the time!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Dec-20-2005, 05:04
Why Navy and not air force?? eh?? The air force also play a part https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif flying planes is so much more dangerous, is that why they chose the Navy???? Coz less people get killed???

Dec-20-2005, 10:09
Hi Gareth,

Remember - Starfleet Command uses Naval Rank https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif



Btw - A *few* planes and Naval Aviators perish at sea during Carrier Operations - not because they are bad aviators - because their mission is inherently dangerous - when one *shoots* and traps aircraft day in and day out, you quickly get alot of respect for the guys who fly for the navy and those manning the catapults and arresting cables - Don't ever *dial in* the weight of an F-14 Tomcat for an F-18 Hornet - what happens? You'll rip the tail-end off the aircraft and the plane goes into the sea - conversely, F-18 weight for an F-14 and the aircraft goes directly into the sea, although new appurtenances are coming on-line to catch aircraft in trouble.

Dec-20-2005, 14:30
lol okay then, I see what you mean. Just some of my sarcastic thoughts once in a while!!! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Dec-21-2005, 18:33
Well, I guess we danes have a soft spot for the Navy https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Dec-23-2005, 01:38
Please, let me become a proud deserter from this unpleasant, americanized sea beast https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smash.gif - a true civilian and anti-war activist, I must take issue with luring innocent people into your military hierarchy. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shake.gif No doubt, this board could use some anarchist chaos in this preposterous naval circus! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/whistling2.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/banana.gif

Dec-23-2005, 03:36
Hi acciaccatura,

This is not an american forum - it's International! The Danes have a wonderful seafaring tradition of which they are justifiably proud of. If one works as a sailor in the Merchant Marine there is always someone who will have a greater rank than you do. You have your basic seaman and all other ranks leading to the top as captain or in some other firms as admiral.

I think Mr. Magle is not intentionally *militarising* this site - he is the owner and he sets the rules - on the sea the captain's word is law. In the Merchant Marine if a deckhand does not obey the captain, that deckhand is put into the brig. Let me put it in another way: take part in the myriad discussions on this site - work up through the ranks and you too might make captain or above.

Above all, this is a fun site - the rank designations can be viewed as an indicator of how much you contribute - not of your military prowess - lighten up - life's too short to get bogged down in minutiae.

Peace and Blessings Aplenty,

Giovanni https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cheers444.gif

ps. Hey, I bet this site could use Russian or Chinese military ranks (ready to learn a foreign language and it's peoples traditions?) I, myself speak read and write Russian and Chinese so no problems there or we can use Starfleet ranks - maybe Klingon ranks or Romulan ranks or... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/nut.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/whistling2.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/out.gif

pps. Denmark has Maersk - International Reach - someone is deckhand, someone is captain... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

Dec-23-2005, 10:44
lighten up

If you take a closer look, you will find a few smileys in my post... which was supposed to exercise a modicum of sarcasm... I regret if said sarcasm has been lost on readers... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/banghead3.gif

Well, the truth is that I DO dislike military ranks, and for that reason I shall ask to be relieved from service... and I find it commendable that the forum leader has provided this opportunity https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cheers444.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/trump.gif

Dec-23-2005, 13:04
Ranks show who has had the most posts, and probably just for the fun of it, givin it names of the navy https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

Cheers https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cheers444.gif

And merry Christmas to you all have a good one https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Dec-23-2005, 16:17
Hi acciaccatura,

No sarcasm has been lost on this reader https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Do keep up your posting however - are you playing any interesting piano compositions?

Peace And Blessings,

Giovanni https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cheers444.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wave.gif

Frederik Magle
Dec-23-2005, 21:47
Please, let me become a proud deserter from this unpleasant, americanized sea beast https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smash.gif - a true civilian and anti-war activist, I must take issue with luring innocent people into your military hierarchy. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shake.gif No doubt, this board could use some anarchist chaos in this preposterous naval circus! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/whistling2.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/banana.gif

As you wish, you are now a civilian https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Dec-25-2005, 22:03
Ah, cool - and now on to blowing up stuff!!! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/banana.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/alc.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/trump.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/trump.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/trump.gif

Colorful Mage
Dec-29-2005, 21:33
I personally like this system, as it encourages members to participate. Too many forums I've seen have just died due to inactivity, although I doubt that's a problem here. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Dec-30-2005, 01:20
Lol, the system is just fine - now if we could just have some substitution for navy ranks... i was thinking, starting off as a lowly violist and ending up the CEO of the amusement park... wouldn't that be something to strive for? https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/devil.gif

Hmm, I noticed that I have no access to the "Officer's Mess" which I should have according to my post count. But I guess that passengers are a no-no at the captain's table? https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif

Colorful Mage
Dec-30-2005, 04:10
You aren't allowed to visit the Officers' Mess if you're a Civilian. Sorry.

Frederik Magle
Dec-30-2005, 16:18
Well, this does somewhat make for a slight dilemma. As you, acciaccatura, are the first member that has chosen to become "Civilian" I must admit I have not really considered the obivious problem arising about access to the Officers' Mess until now. The way I see I have three choices on what to do (ah, the magic number https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif):

A. Let things be as they are now, "discriminating" against Civilians https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

B. Change the name and character of the "Officers' Mess" thus allowing "civilians" access (but honestly, a majority of the activity going on in there at the moment is congratulating each other on "promotions" - just as in real life I suppose https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif)

C. Making a "Mess" for the "civilian" members:
The "Civilian Hippie Lefties Pinko Liberal Green Pacifist Activist Commie-Anarchist Squatter's Quarters" (kiddin! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif)

I need to ponder this a little. "B" would destroy some of the fun of the current system. "C" could make a fun alternative choice, but the potential disadvantage would be a segregation of members that I would certainly not want, and - if implemented - it would be for a trial period at first (probably of a couple of months to begin with).

I'n the meantime, here's a little addenum to the rules about titles:

• Anyone can at any time request to get the title of "civilian" instead of a "naval rank". The change will happpen as soon as I have the time to edit the user's profile (it must be done manually).

• If you would like to go back to the "naval rank" titles (perhaps to check out what's going on in the "Officers' Mess"), you can do that as well if you have made minimum 100 posts - though only three switches can happen a year (per member) at max. Also, if you go from "Civilian" to "Navy" you will get a "rank" one step lower than the current norm for your post-count.

Colorful Mage
Dec-30-2005, 17:11
We could just raise the post count for civilians to enter the Officers' Mess to 75 or 100. If it is changed to 100, then the civilians still have a goal to reach by posting (which was the original purpose of ranks, n'est-ce pas?), while still penalizing them slightly for being civilians.

Frederik Magle
Jan-02-2006, 12:05
That's a good suggestion Colorful Mage! (Damn, so much for the three magic choices... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif). And for now, that's the way it will be. with the current titles it will require 50 posts, after the upcoming change (with has been postponed a little, I'm sorry) it will be 100 posts.

I'm possibly also going to make some additional "ranks" for Civilians, but - like the access to the Officers' Mess - they will require more posts and also be fewer in number (the first will probably start at 100 posts, the next at 250, and then 500, 1000, and so on). The reason for this is that after a user's title has been changed to "Civilian" any further changes must be done manually by me. The automated system is based on the "naval ranks".

Jan-02-2006, 13:37
How do you become a civilian?

Frederik Magle
Jan-02-2006, 18:08
You simply send a request (by Private Message or mail) to me or post in this thread.

Frederik Magle
Jan-02-2006, 18:22
Anyhow, I've finalized the system and "ranks" for "Civilians" now (though note that I may change this again later)...

First the upcoming Naval "ranks":

0 = Skulker
1 = Recruit, Pianissimo
5 = Apprentice, Piano
10 = Seaman, Mezzoforte
25 = Midshipman, Forte

Officers (with access to the "Officers' Mess"):
50 = Ensign, Principal
75 = Lieutenant, Associate Concertmaster
100 = Lieutenant Commander, Concertmaster
150 = Commander, Assistant Conductor
250 = Captain of Water Music

Flag Officers (with access to the "Flag Officers' Council & Lounge"):
500 = Commodore [con Forza*]
1000 = Rear Admiral [Appassionata*]
2500 = Vice Admiral [Virtuoso*]
5000 = Admiral [Maestoso*]
10000 = 5 Star Music Admiral [+always custom title*]

Next, the Civilian "hierarchy":

1 = Civilian
100 (currently 50) = Associate in Music (+Access to the "Officers' Mess")
250 = Bachelor of Music
1000 = Musicae Magister [+custom title*] (+Access to the "Flag Officers' Council & Lounge")
2500 = Reader, Mus.D, MA [+custom title*]
5000 = Professor, Mus.D, MA [+custom title*]

* = can have custom title besides the regular title

Frederik Magle
Mar-27-2006, 20:22
Somehow this thread has been messed up during the transfer from the old forum, so I've moved it here and changed it to a discussion thread while making a new "sticky" thread about the user titles in the information forum.

Some of you may have noticed that your user title has been changed. This is a change that has been planned for a while (see the previous post), but I had hoped that all current users could have kept their current titles instead of being "demoted". Unfortunately that was not technically possible. Instead I have have manually edited all users with a current "rank" of "Flag Officer", so they may keep the current rank. (It's simply impossible for me to manually edit all users, so I decided to set the limit at users who can already have a custom title - "flag officers")

But to all that has not kept their ranks; don't worry, you can easily catch up to the flag officers. Current Flag Officers will not be "promoted" further until they have reached a post count by the new standard, so go ahead and post and catch up! ;)

Dec-31-2006, 13:47
Sorry to dig up this old thread, but just wondering... why the naval titles in the first place? The music titles (concertmaster etc.) are nice and intuitive, but why naval titles on a music site?

This is not criticism, I'm just wondering.

Frederik Magle
Jan-03-2007, 01:19
Ah, that is a good question. It's been so many years I hardly remember what made me chose the naval ranks in the first place :D I do believe the inspiration came in part from working with the Royal Danish Naval Band and a general interest in seafaring. It may not be the most obvious choice for a music forum but it has become a MIMF tradition now - reminding us of the good old days. This forum has actually gone through many changes through time (and in "internet time" it's actually a quite old forum).

My advice to all members is to only take it for what it is: a fun, quirky touch.