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What is a merit?
A merit is just a 25 AP reward. You cannot trade them in for anything. The 25 AP is added on top of the 2 AP for the comment, so if you write a great comment, you can get up to 27 AP for a great comment. Only Moderators and Administrators can give merits.

How do I get a merit?
Merits are not easy to get. They are given to very good game comments. Very good game comments take time to write. These comments are helpful, original, and thoughtful. They have good grammar and are easy to read. They show that you played the game and have ideas on what you liked, didn't like, and what could be improved. If a moderator or administrator sees your comments and thinks it deserves a merit, he/she will give your comment a merit. This can take a few minutes to a few years, so be patient! Do not bother moderators and administrators about merits or beg for merits. They may ignore your comment!

What is a very good game comment?
Here are some things that make a very good game comment. It is...

Readable. It has good grammar. Other people can easily understand what you say. If no one knows what you are saying then it is not very helpful.
Helpful. It says why you liked or did not like the game and what can be improved or removed. If you just say "good" or "bad" or "I liked this" it does not tell the game maker what is good or bad about the game. If you don't say why, your comment is not very thoughtful.
Thoughtful. It shows you really thought about the game. Your ideas about the game go together because you spent time to write a good comment about it. If you only list your ideas about different parts of the game, it does not look very original.
Original. It shows you wrote it yourself. Your comment contains unique ideas. You did not copy someone else's good comment. Your ideas cover important parts of the game and might be comprehensive.
Comprehensive. It shows you played the game. You did not just play for a few minutes and stop. Your comment shows you really know what the game is about and you have ideas about different parts of the game.

You will have a better chance of getting a merit if you have all of these.

How long does it take?
It can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few years. The moderators take time to read through the comments of new games and old games. They cannot read everything at once. If you keep writing good comments, you may get one. Merits are not guaranteed.

What else is there?
Don't worry if you do not get a merit. Be patient. Don't beg or bother moderators. Write good comments!

Thank you for reading this. Now you understand what a merit is and what it takes to get one.

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nichodemus
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Are "king" merits the best? And is there any way to know who gave a merit to you?


No such things as ''king'' merits. Merits are all egalitarian and stuff, each is worth 25 AP, no distinctions made.
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thank you i'm started with better comments

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Thank you for making this outline of merits. It has made me strive to be a better writer and commenter.

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thanks, just what I came here for

KhaoticSniper
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Thanks, very good explanation and easy to understand, bet u got a merit for writing that? LOL

nichodemus
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bet u got a merit for writing that? LOL


You can't get merits for Forum posts, unless of course the Forum post is a winning entry in an art contest.
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You can't get merits for Forum posts, unless of course the Forum post is a winning entry in an art contest.


If u could tell by the way i said it i was joking around.
nichodemus
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No I can't, this being the Internet and all.

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Is there a list of posts that earned a merit? It would be nice to have easy access to the best rated comments

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Well, if you feel like it, you can go check the games. Usually the last couple of pages of game comments. You can't miss the merits, they are big and bold, and there are very, very few of them.
But otherwise, no, there is currently no page of that, even though it would be a little cool somehow. I think the closest thing there is to such a thing is if the people who earned the merits had merit notification enabled and saved the emails with the notification, so they have links to the merited comments, instead of having to search for them... And they then decide to share those links.

nichodemus
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No there isn't, but I can possibly link you a few if you want to learn examples. Just don't copy them, cause that's an infraction, and could lead to a temp ban after a few times. Just post on my profile if you want a few samples.

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Oh, my god. I really hope that the moderators see my comments because then I'll have a chance to get a merit. THANK YOU SO MUCH Gantic!!!! I really appreciate your help ;D

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thanks this helped out a lot

TheGodZlo
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It's really hard to get a merit! I have made 3-4 comments worth a merit but nothing yet! :@ xD

nichodemus
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That doesn't mean you automatically get one, because it depends on how well crafted said comment is.

Also, you know, a merit is not instantaneous, and can take months before a mod finds it. All in good time. Don't give up!

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