I have set up the ranking system and to put it simply it is based on the number of posts for the most part. Everyone with at least one post is considered a New User.. once you gain 30 posts you get promomoted automatically to the rank of Fire Starter At 75 Posts you get promoted to Smoke Blower At 150 posts you get promoted to Meat Mopper And at 300 posts you get promoted to Smoking Fanatic If you think these are too cheesy then feel free to make better suggestions.. it is all I could come up with at the time :roll: I also have 2 other ranks which are only given by me and it is merit based.. i.e. I notice how knowledeable and helpful you are over a given period of time and I think it deserves some acknowledgement. These 2 ranks are Smoking Guru and Trusted Source and anyone can gain that rank if you try really hard to be helpful and show good attitude etc.. I think the ranks are good and it gives you some status within the forum as well as gives you something to work towards... a reason to post and be helpful. I also plan to have lots of contests and such in order to keep it all really fun :) Like I said... If you have suggestions I am all ears right now.