As everyone is no doubt aware, we've been slowly putting together our new ranking system over the past week. The idea is that members who contribute more on the site, are recognised as such and given more permissions/freedoms within the community. This has been a long-time coming, one of the big benefits is that it stops abuse from new members, and encourages people to participate to become regular "Club Members", whom are also eligible for discounts with our sponsors (more info soon), and then of course beyond that to the top ranks. The biggest change with the new ranking system is "Premium Members", we're in a position right now of needing to invest in new merchandise, stickers and start other more long-term plans that require capital in getting the club where we want it to be. Hopefully over time we'll be able to slowly roll out new features based on whatever money we get in as a club. Without further adieu, below we've listed the new permissions per rank, these may be adjusted over time. We've done our best to test out all of the permissions, but please speak up if you run into any issues: Standard Member Ranks These ranks are automatically applied based on your current amount of posts, to stop people from abusing this feature and from spamming to try and achieve a new rank, we've also added time constraints before new ranks can be obtained. Special Ranks Special Ranks are automatically eligible for all the previous benefits given to the highest standard rank and require manual application by the staff, or for a Supporter/Trader rank, a payment to help support the club. Traders are never able to edit their posts in the interest of transparency. Advised to be extra wary of typos before posting. Traders are not allowed to advertise to members using the message system, they are allowed to discuss deals once approached. Traders are allowed to use discreet branded images, but are not allowed to use giant fonts sizes, bold and bright invasive text or link directly to off-site stores. We will pull you up if we believe you've stepped over a line. The Evangelists We also have a special awarded VIP medal known as the "Evangelists". Member's with this award have access to a special hidden section with insider Honda gossip and a lax rule set. Only moderators, admins and club affiliates (such as Holdcroft Honda) have access to this without being manually granted access. It's where many of us discuss privately about things we may not want on the open board, or insider information that isn't allowed to be made public. The award is given to long-time members who have consistantly gone above and beyond for the club and its members.