Ta Da! Drum Roll, please!
I'm very excited to announce the start of the brand-new BGT EXPRESS PASS
Briefly put, the Express Pass will allow any BGTer to cut to the head of the
line for any called test item for which they qualify geographically and by
Express Passes are awarded via the Brownie Point (BP) system already in
place for ORs submitted, approved and uploaded based on the monthly OR calls
and (THIS IS HUGE AND NEW) by recruiting new BGT members!
Twenty (20) BPs are needed to claim the Express Pass. One (1) BP is earned
with each qualifying OR and TEN (10) BPs are awarded for each person you
recruit who completes their required two (2) ORS, applies and is selected
for a test and completes their first IR. Any combination of ORs or recruits
totaling twenty (20) BPs will earn the Express Pass.
You will be able to track your BPs via a file to be uploaded and updated
monthly on the Yahoo Groups BackpackGearTesters site.
The Express Pass program will start as of January 1, 2013. HOWEVER, any BP
OR and/or any eligible recruit in November and December will be counted.
Below is a preliminary copy of the EXPRESS PASS program's fine print. I
welcome questions if clarification is needed. Shortly, a finalized document
will be uploaded to the files section of both BGT Yahoo Groups for
So, get busy! Winter is a great time to chat with friends and help them get
involved with BGT and on those nasty nights you are not out testing gear -
write about gear!
The Express Pass is awarded to any BackpackGearTest.org (BGT) member in good
standing when he or she attain 20 Brownie Points (BP).
The Express Pass will permit the BGTer to "jump to the head of the line"
when applying for any one desired test for which he/she would be
geographically, seasonally and gender-qualified.
Brownie Points are earned by writing Owner Reviews (OR) in response to the
Monthly OR Calls categories posted each month, by recruiting new BGT members
or a combination of ORs and recruitments.
One (1) BP will be awarded for each eligible OR when it is approved and
uploaded. Ten (10) BPs will be awarded for each new recruit who completes
their required two (2) ORs, applies and is selected for a test, and then
completes their first. These ten (10) BPs will be awarded as soon as the
recruit uploads his/her first test's final (LTR) report.
Twenty (20) BP points will be subtracted from the BGTer's total when an
Express Pass is redeemed on a test call.
BPs will be tabulated monthly and the running totals will be reported in the
BackpackGearTest Yahoo Groups Files section.
1.) An Express Pass can only be used once.
2.) The Express Pass allows the owner to be automatically selected for a
test provided he/she would have qualified for the test. See paragraph 7
3.) Only one Express Pass can be used per test (first qualified
4.) Only one Express Pass can be used by a tester during any 4-month
period. For example: You may continue to earn BPs during this period. For
example: You earn 20 BPs on February 1 and claim a spot on a test March 1.
A prior recruit completes her first IR on February 15, and another of your
recruits completes his first IR March 15. On March 15 you will have twenty
BPs, but cannot claim another Express Pass until July 1, four months from
5.) You AND your recruit must identify yourselves PRIOR to the posting of
the recruit's first OR. This notice should be a posting in the Yahoo
Group - BackpackGearTesters - with a copy sent to
. The subject should be in this format: BP
RECRUIT - BGTer name and Recruit's name.
6.) Each recruit may have only one sponsor, the tester identified when the
notice in the preceding paragraph is sent. A tester may sponsor more than
one recruit at the same time.
7.) Occasionally a manufacturer will specify special conditions for a test
call, such as testers in a particular country or those who will use the
product under particular conditions. Any manufacturer-dictated limitations
are part of the qualifications referred to in paragraph 2.
8.) An Express Pass may not be transferred to another BGT tester or anyone
else. It must be used by the tester who earns it.
9.) The Senior Director will be the final arbiter of any disputes that may
arise and the Senior Director's decision is final.