Thank you for all your efforts to help others struggling with technical issues or seeking knowledge. Since I took on the responsibility of managing the community's needs in October of 2016, I have reviewed a lot of user feedback regarding the point requirement increase. For those who don't know in September of 2016 we increased the requirement to gain Premium membership via Qualified Expert status from 3k/month or 50k in the last 12 months to 10k/month or 100k in the last 12 months.
I have been monitoring a lot of metrics on how this has affected the site in addition to the feedback given through various channels. Looking at the recent months of August, September and October almost 900 experts would have gained Qualified Expert status with the old requirements but fell short due to the increase.
After careful analysis we have decided to revert the previous point requirement increase. In December the Qualified Expert point requirement will be back at 3k/month or 50k in the last 12 months. We really appreciate all that you do and want to ensure we recognize your efforts.
In the upcoming year we aim to show you we are focusing on the professional contributors that make this service great. We are involving community members in the early development stages of new features and updates. We are going to expand the volunteer program and empower our contributors to try out new concepts to improve this service. We will focus on improving the system to recognize the efforts put forth.
On behalf of Experts Exchange I would like to express our deepest gratitude for your efforts to help others.