Enhancement Request: FAQ Help - Explain what an experienced contributor is

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I noticed that I was locked out of all FAQs for shows/films and went to find out why. Apparently, people who rarely contribute have been locked out from editing certain areas such as FAQs. The FAQ Help tells me that I need to be an "experienced contributor". What it does not tell me is who qualifies for "experienced contributor" status, and neither does the General FAQ. I don't often contribute, but I try to give correct and well researed info. I liked to add info about stuff I know to the FAQs, and helping others with their question, but if I need to be a power contributor to write FAQs, then I sadly won't have time for that anymore... But I'd like to know.

So my request is: Explain in the FAQ Help what an experienced contributor is and what one needs to do to become one or link to a place where it is explained.
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LookinGood

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danaaki_99

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By saying experienced contributor do you mean "top contributor"? 
In order to become a top contributor you have to contribute to plot summaries, mini-bios etc lots of times over the years 

I add a link that leads to top contributors in order to see if we are talking about the same thing...https://contribute.imdb.com/updates/guide/top_contributors
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LookinGood

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Hi danaaki-99,

I don't think top and experienced contributors are the same. I am not interested in top editor status. My guess is that to be classed as an experienced contributor you need to make X accepted edits a month, or have Y accepted edits all together. Since I have around 6-8 edits a year, I am obviously not considered an experienced editor. So I am not allowed to edit even those FAQs I helped set up or wrote large parts of... *snif*
And while the help page for the FAQs mentions experienced editor status under the question "Why can't I edit the FAQ?", there is no info to be found anywhere on what the rules for the status are. I would simply expect a link or bubble help defining the term and rules.

L'G
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danaaki_99

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I totally see what you mean. I'm a new contributor so unfortunately I don't think that I can help you. Your request is really interesting by the way!
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Hi there LookinGood,

thanks for your message - and for your previous FAQ updates. Essentially Edit access was restricted to those users who have a proven track record of adding good data, the most prolific of whom were granted access first. Having reviewed your submissions I'm pleased to confirm that you certainly meet that criteria and so we have reinstated that functionality for you.

Give me a shout if you experience any further difficulties and we look forward to seeing more of your updates!

Jay
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LookinGood

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Hello Jay,

that was quick! Thank you for looking into it and granting me access.
I'll try and keep updating, even if not "prolific" :-).

L'G
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danaaki_99

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Hey Jay Blyth,

Could you send me the criteria that someone should meet, in order to have edit access ?
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LookinGood

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Hi danaaki,

I think it's not a numbers game (I don't have many edits), but rather the quality of data you add. Meaning that you try and support each edit with a credible source. A link to the production company, a Variety article or an article in one or more of the quality newspapers (The Times rather than The Sun), or in the case of the "Master and Commander" FAQ, actual scholarly books (eeek! :-O ).

If I understood correctly, they decide manually rather than by numbers. I got just lucky when I complained. The issue has been set to "solved", I don't know if someone from support is still reading the answers...
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danaaki_99

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I see what you mean. Thank you!