Bring back the headphones! I want my 5th headphone!
Yes back in the early days of CB there was a 5 headphone rating system. The headphones were located under your user name. You earned headphones based on how many times you posted. Along with the headphone there was a title for the level you were at. I remember it took 10 posts to earn your second headphone. Most people did this as quickly as possible because the one headphone level title was "Actor".
The veteran members will recall a time when the first rank of "Newbie" was instead known as "Actor"Newbie: 0-9
Junior Techie: 10-49
Assistant TD: 200-499
I feel the headphone system has to go. Maybe not the headphones themselves (as I enjoy that there's a sixth level that is unattainable) but the names associated with them. I can't think of any progression that will work for all departments so perhaps just an elimination of the titles. And maybe change the headphones to headsets (B-D DT108 FTW!). A cartoon of a single muff headset would be a more appropriate icon, but doesn't encompass costumes or shop work.
You are the Resident Curmudgeon.Thanks for that, @Chris15 . The above is one of the primary reasons, upon first visiting ControlBooth, that I dismissed the site as intended for amateur high school "techies." I stayed away for maybe five years, and once I did join in 2007, made it my mission to convince Dave to kill off the headphone system.
If anyone wants/needs to blame someone, please blame me. I earned it.
Just like coal and manufacturing jobs--they're gone, and they ain't never comin' back!
Posted to the private staff forum Oct. 14, 2008: