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Coffee Credit Info (Updated 17/05/2018)
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You may have noticed something called "Coffee Credits" underneath your user details. What are they, and what do I do with them?

These are a sort of forum currency, which can be used to purchase things like banners, customised icons, and custom themes through the various Shops. They're earned in a variety of ways - primarily, by making posts on the forums. The standard rate is 5 Coffee Credits per post and 50 Coffee Credits per topic - but, there are a few variations, as follows:

Coffee Credits per post
Standard rate5 Coffee Credits per post; 50 Coffee Credits per topic
Posting in Forum Games2 Coffee Credits per post; 20 Coffee Credits per topic
Posting in Counting Corner1 Coffee Credit per post; 10 Coffee Credits per topic
Making a long post (more than 1,000 characters)*+1 Coffee Credit per 1,000 characters
Holiday season (December)All Coffee Credits from posts doubled

* - Do note that anything in 'quote' tags does not count towards your characters for long posts; after all, this will usually be something you copied and pasted, or some other person's post you quoted :P . Furthermore, if I get the sense that people are trying to abuse this (e.g. by posting large amounts of filler), then I reserve the right to dock Coffee Credits from these people!

Of course, posting isn't the only way to earn Coffee Credits. There are others too: 

Current ways to earn Coffee Credits
MethodCoffee Credits earned
Sign-up bonus1000 Coffee Credits
Posting(See above table)
Winning contestsVaries (usually 300-2500 Coffee Credits for the contest winner; lower prizes for other entrants)
Reporting spam/inappropriate posts250 Coffee Credits per incident reported
Birthday bonus500 Coffee Credits
Referral bonus250 Coffee Credits per member referred

Of course, the contests vary considerably - so, these require some elaboration. Here's a guide to the different types of contests that exist here, and the prizes that you can expect to win from them. In short, the community-voted awards carry the highest prizes; followed by the more involved creative contests (like in Minecraft); with the simple word games being the lowest: 

Contest prizes, before and after changes
Type of contestCurrent prize
[Image: rosettelightblue.png] Word gamesUp to 750CC for winning (usually around 250CC)
[Image: rosetteyellow.png] Caption contests500CC for winning
200CC for 2nd place
100CC for 3rd place
[Image: rosetteorange.png] Mad Libs500CC for winning
200CC for 2nd place
100CC for 3rd place
[Image: rosettered.png] Prediction contestsUp to 2000CC for winning
(Anything more than 500CC is unusual in practice)
[Image: rosettepink.png] Creative contests2500CC for winning
1500CC for 2nd place
1000CC for 3rd place
500CC for 4th place
250CC for anyone else receiving at least 2 votes
[Image: award-controller.png] Forum Contributions awards
(quarterly)
2500CC for winning
1500CC for 2nd place
1000CC for 3rd place
500CC for 4th place
250CC for anyone else receiving at least 2 votes
[Image: goldrmedalgreen.png] Newcomer of the Year2500CC for winning
1500CC for 2nd place
1000CC for 3rd place
500CC for 4th place
250CC for anyone else receiving at least 2 votes
[Image: goldmedal2.png] Member of the Year5000CC for winning
2500CC for 2nd place
1500CC for 3rd place
1000CC for 4th place
500CC for 5th place
250CC for anyone else receiving at least 2 votes
 

In general, hosts will be expected to provide their own contest prizes. However, there will be cases where a host enters their own contest (this is common with prediction contests, for example). In this case, the prize will come from the central "Coffee Credit Bank" account (that is, the account from which I have posted this :P ). 


So, once you have these Coffee Credits, what do you do with them?

Well, as indicated above, you can use them to purchase items in a variety of shops. You can also use them to purchase tickets in our periodic lotteries, in the hope of winning bigger prizes. Or, finally, you can donate them to the central bank account (by clicking the 'Send' link on the left of this post). Anyone who donates the following amounts will receive a Donor's Medal, to go in their signature: 

[Image: goldmedalblue.png] - For donating 60,000 Coffee Credits or more
[Image: silvermedalblue2.png] - For donating 30,000 Coffee Credits or more
[Image: bronzemedalblue2.png] - For donating 10,000 Coffee Credits or more

Just to be clear: in order to be eligible for a medal, all of the money would need to be donated in one lump sum. I'm afraid I won't be able to award a medal for a series of small donations which adds up to 10,000 Coffee Credits over time: such a system would be very error-prone, and would be too much hassle to keep track of :( . However, you can win multiple Donor's Medals by making multiple large donations: these aren't like the Special Contributions trophies, which can only be won once!

So, if anybody has any questions, ask away, and I'll do my best to answer them (from my regular account :lol: ).
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Since I have no real use for my CCs, I just have to ask... in order to get the medal I just have to donate them 10K to the account that made this topic, right?
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Yes, that's correct. :)
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Danke :)

Done :)
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Thanks, @ Pyrite and @ Dust Bowl !

Your medals should be showing up in your signature now (like Pyrite needs any more Rofl ), and they should also be in the Award Gallery :) .
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