"Elite" is guaranteed to put me off exploring that person's hubs. I prefer to use my own judgement to find people of worth, regardless of whether they have x years standing and hundreds of hubs or a couple of weeks and one hub.
The title elite or the letter 'e' does not bother me they are merely the people who also assist the wonderful staff with making this an even better place. I already have an 'E' in my name for EXTRAORDINARY! hehehehhehe just kidding.
Seriously don't concern yourself with a title it always takes the worker-bees to create a company and all of us are a TEAM which stands for " Together Everyone Achieves More" without us HP could not exist so hang in there, keep writing and have fun! forget the title.
Umm, yeah, volunteers definitely need to be recognized and thanked, just don't think "elite" is the right word for the job, but could be just my ESL of course
But this one for example does not make a tiny bit of sense to me http://hubpages.com/profile/NotRush . Elite? In 2 hours 1 hub and no followers? With a score of 29? Gimme a break... It sounds really offensive to people like Mark or Hal or Isabella, and quite a few others who are really HP elite..
Change is great and it shows that the staff are working hard behind the scenes.
However like Misha I do have to say WTF on the latest elite member. I am certain someone somewhere had to screwup. if not i think we are owed an explanation because i can think of many other hubbers who should have the e and they dont.
I was thinking along the same lines. Nevertheless, I don't know. And I think Misha is right when he says that Elite might be the wrong word. Another thing, those who are new to HubPages, or don't know what we know, will probably assume the Elite Hubbers are literally better than the rest of us, or considered so in the eyes of HubPages Staff.
elite, élite [ɪˈliːt eɪ-] n 1. (sometimes functioning as plural) the most powerful, rich, gifted, or educated members of a group, community, etc. 2. (Communication Arts / Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) Also called twelve pitch a typewriter typesize having 12 characters to the inch adj of, relating to, or suitable for an elite; exclusive
Those don't sound much better, then people will automatically run to them for help or assistance.
So, how is it a win-win for everyone?
Remember, you cannot please everyone all of the time. At best, you can only please a portion, because no matter what...someone is going to say something, just to create separation or make things look negatively.
Didn't we have something like that before with Fans and Followers? Yes, Cagsil, now they've done it ... Perhaps a 'V' for 'volunteer'. Okay, people would ask, 'Volunteer for what?' But now they're asking, 'Elite for what?'
What saddens me the most is the fact that some take it personal! Aren`t we supposed to be a community? Well, let`s be a Joyful, Grateful one. It is impossible to please each end every one of us... If it is for the betterment of the community, right on!
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