Doctor Who The Doctor fights for his life in the Matrix, thanks to Artron Energy

Published on August 14th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

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What The Heck is Artron?

The Doctor fights for his life in the Matrix, thanks to Artron EnergyThe eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that a new box has appeared on the right-hand side of Kasterborous, headed “Your Artron Energy”.

Fans of classic Doctor Who will know that Artron Energy is a key aspect of a Time Lord’s existence; the more he has, the stronger he will be in certain life and death situations, such as, well, fighting Chancellor Goth in the Matrix.

If we cast our minds back a couple of years to when the Kasterborous Doctor Who Forum was last regularly used, we had a point scoring tool which we called Artron. Posters could award or subtract Artron from other members, resulting in an interesting inter-forum measure of respect.

What we’ve done today is bring it back, in a slightly modified form, across the entire website.

On the right of this news item you’ll spot the the box in question, which will either read:

  • You need to be logged in to view your points.

or

  • Artron: [followed by a value]

All registered commenters and Forum members at Kasterborous will have the opportunity to increase their Artron when carrying out the following actions:

Points for new members: 100
Visiting daily: 1
Points for each news or reviews page comment: 5
Points for new topic: 10
Points for new post: 5
Points for rating a post: 2
Points for user have posted rated: 1
Points for creating a poll: 5
Points for voting in a poll: 3
Points for users poll getting a vote: 1

As you can imagine, regular readers and commenters are likely to generate quite high levels of Artron! We’re currently considering just what a high amount of points will mean to our readers. Ideas currently under consideration are branded Kasterborous merchandise, but we’ll iron those details out later on.

In the meantime, get commenting, post in the Forum and don’t forget to visit regularly to boost your Artron Energy!

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




10 Responses to What The Heck is Artron?


  1. You should get 100 for writing stuff for the site ;)

    • avatar TonyS says:

      It does appear that simply visiting the site daily (which I am not underrating) scores more points than actually contributing. Please don’t think I’m carping: I can do with all the artron energy I can get. But can this be reviewed?

  2. avatar TonyS says:

    And you beat me to it :)

  3. avatar January Lost says:

    I like the idea quite a bit actually. I can see how it helps the site and is fun for us.

    As a suggestion for user convenience:

    Would love to see a login button where is says “You have no Artron Energy, Login to…”

    It actually took me a minute to realize I had to click on forum to log in.

    Perhaps even a Login / register might do well for you and we both?


    • Thanks January Lost, great ideas :)


  4. So if I write an article, and then comment on it 75 times to rack up my own artron, do I get to kick Chancellor Goth, or do I get kicked off the site? ;)


    • Guess :)

  5. avatar Philip Bates says:

    I think I should get 100 Artron just for revisiting this page so long after the initial event…


    • You have LOADS of Artron.

      • avatar Philip Bates says:

        Many have complimented me on my Artron.

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