MGillespie wrote:Wasn't there a reward offered for reaching gold status a couple of years ago? I seem to recall some members mentioning when I first joined the forum that they received a year's subscription...
Yes, but that was indeed before the precious-metal inflation Nick refers to. There was the choice of a year's sub or a couple of Glencairn glasses. Matt mentioned here once that the office supply of glasses ran out a long time ago, and the reward was quietly dropped. I look on it as an incentive program to try to encourage people to make this a lively place. The program was successful beyond anyone's dreams, and is obviously no longer necessary. I don't think anyone envisioned what these forums would eventually become! Had they known, they might have scotched the whole idea (pardon the expression). Midget ponies indeed.
This would be a propitious moment to thank the magazine for making all of this amazing glorious fascinating absurd infuriating folderol possible. Among other things, the great weekend I spent in Victoria a couple weeks ago would never have happened without it, at least not for me. I have made some great friends here, hopefully lifelong ones, and I am very grateful. Next to that, the monetary value of a year's sub is insignificant.
As for reclassifying memberships, I'm not sure there's any real point. Perhaps the upper echelons could be redone on a basis other than precious metals, without disturbing the existing gold-silver-bronze levels. I have no specific suggestions at the moment, except that the number one poster perhaps ought to be identified as "Mr Tattie Heid His Own Self".