A: The user ranking system is essentially an online reputation system that ensures quality is maintained throughout all network activity. POSCON determines pilot and air traffic controller ranks by analyzing a variety of sources, including feedback from other members. These rankings are based on POSCON Points, which are categorized into Quality and Reliability.
Quality Points are those points that are earned by demonstrating excellent operating procedures and professionalism while connected to POSCON.
Reliability Points are those points that are earned by being an active participant in online activities such as showing up for scheduled flights, being on time, etc.
Each category is averaged to form the user’s total ranking and a user’s rank on the network enables eligibility for various benefits such as eligibility to apply for staff positions and eligibility to participate in special network sanctioned events. Points can be accrued while connected to POSCON in both the live and ghost modes. Points can be lost in any mode. An exception to this is you cannot lose points until you connect at least once in the live mode. Periodically, POSCON will reset all users' points in order to level the playing field. After these resets, all users’ ranks remain in place, but since all point spreads have been cleared, users’ must defend their ranks by flying and earning points once again.
You can view your score by visiting the Leaderboard (use the User Experience button to toggle between Pilot and ATC) or you can view your score on your user profile page.