Futurology Verified User Program
/r/futurology has a system of verifying accounts for posting and commenting, enabling users who may have qualifications and/or expertise in an area of science, technology, industry, innovation or futurology to be recognized for their background, expertise and experience, so that they can post or make comments in /r/futurology with more credibility. The intent of this program is to enable the general public to distinguish between an educated opinion based on experience and knowledge, and a random comment without a background related to the topic.
What flair is available?
All of the standard science and technology disciplines can be represented. We can show the level of education/ qualification, as well as the area of expertise or industry as well. If the qualification is self-evident, for example, MD - then that may be enough. However, if the qualification is generic, for example, PhD, then the area of expertise or industry may be helpful - for example, PhD - Biotechnology. Alternatively, a Professor of Biology can be tagged as such (Professor- Biology), while a graduate student of biology is tagged as "Grad Student - Biology." Users who work in areas of industry may have a flair like "Consultant in 3D Printing" or "AI Engineer".
In the end, it's your flair, and if you finished a degree, or is an expert in something, and you can offer some proof, we'll consider it.
The general format is:
Level of education - Field - Speciality or Subfield (optional)
When applying for a flair, please inform us on what you want it to say.
How does one obtain flair?
First, EITHER have a college degree or higher in a field that has flair available OR have some expertise or experience in an industry relevant to science, technology and/or futurology.
Next, send an email with your information to email@example.com with information that establishes your claim - this can be a photo of your diploma or course registration, a business card, a verifiable email address, or some other identification.
This email address is restricted access, and only mods which actively assign user flair may log in. All information will be kept in confidence and not released to the public under any circumstances. Your email will then be deleted after verification, leaving no record. For added security, you may submit an imgur link and then delete it after verification.
Remember, that within the proof, you must tie your account name to the information in the picture.
Thanks for making /r/futurology a better place!
What is expected of a verified account?
We expect a higher level of conduct from users with a verified account compared to users with a non-verified account.
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