As I got tired of listening people complaining, whining and generally being childish about the old system where Senior Member and AfterDawn Addict levels were based on hand-picks by admins, we changed the "promotion system" to be based solely on number of forum posts. However, if user got promoted to Addict or Senior level before this change, they wont get de-promoted even if they have posted less than the new limits require. Summary: people complained to us (admins) about not picking people to higher ranks "when they obviously should have one" or "why this user has rank X and I don't" -- simply: we have 180,000+ members and got only couple of admins and handful of mods to take care of this, so the time is normally spent better by writing news, guides and moderating conversations rather than promoting anyone, etc. But now, the new limits: Newbie to Junior Member -- 25 posts Junior Member to Member -- 100 posts Member to Senior Member -- 500 posts Senior Member to Addict -- 2500 posts anyone to Moderator -- determination and bribes to admins anyone to Admin -- decent six-figure (euros or dollars, we are not picky) lump sum to AfterDawn's Swiss bank account [bold]Update:[/bold] Posts made in the Safety valve are not taken into account when calculating member levels. Frivilous, repeated posts with the obvious intention of merely increasing the post count will lead to a temporary or permanent suspension of the account. [bold]Update 2:[/bold] News comments do not count towards the member level either.