Dear all, For a while now, we have implemented a new medal system on the forum. A lot of you have already received medals but we have also noticed that many of you have questions about them and are confused about criteria for obtaining them. Well, good news: this thread is specifically meant to explain all that you ever wanted to know about these medals. Let's round up the medals that are available: Most "Liked" This medal is award to anyone who has received at least 1.000 likes. Highly Ranked This medal is awarded to anyone who has reached Rank 500. This medal is quite accessible as rank 500 has become easier to reach with all the Extreme King Metal Tamadra events and the new Monday dungeon. Still, we also want at least one medal to be accessible to newer members as well, so that everyone has perspective on gaining a medal. Event Winner This medal is awarded to anyone who was won an official event on this forum, that is, an event that was officially approved and posted by any of the Event Managers. Guide Author This medal is awarded to forum members who have created an approved guide. In other words: those who have compiled a guide that has been approved by the mod team and has been placed to the regular Team Guide Section (i.e., not the Under Evaluation section). In order to obtain either of these four medals, please notify me and/or any of the other staff members. We cannot possibly track each and every member's progress towards these medals so we need your help in pointing this out. So, if you have written an approved guide or won an event, let me know. If you have passed rank 500 and/or 1.000 likes, let me know. In case of reaching Rank 500, please either send a PM with a screen shot of your rank OR post that screenshot in any Win thread here on the forum and then tag me or any of the other mods in that post so that we are alerted to it. This leaves one final medal. This is a special one that cannot be obtained in any predefined way but which is handed out regularly by the staff team. Of course we are talking about the medal for being a...... VIP Member This medal is handed by the mod team to members who have shown that they have been a significant contributor who has helped the forum move forward. Every now and then, we - the mod team - talk about potential candidates for receiving this medal and then we nominate members. Based on the nominations, we come up with anywhere between 1-3 nominated members that will receive the VIP medal. Each time this happens, we will add those members to this thread so that everyone on the forum knows who the "lucky ones" are. Below, I will compile a list of those who have received this medal. NEW VIP MEMBERS MAY 2016 (1) @Seb Seb has been a valuable and active member primarily in the EU section of the forum for a long time now. His most notable accomplishment has been the excellent guide to writing signatures, which has been used by MANY members ever since it was published here. With his help, many of us have improved our signatures, which, quite honestly, has made the forum look a lot better than before! (2) @sunglassesmichael Quantity does not always say much but the incredible postcount of over 31.000 (!) messages shows how commited SGM is to our community. Especially combined with his impressive 3.300+ Like count. Moreover, the Google spreadsheets for recording rolls have been very helpful to a lot of members here. (3) @Reni Another longtime member of our forum who has been contributing in all kinds of different sections of the forum. Her art emoticons have been a true improvement to the forum. In addition, the ratio of having almost 3.000 Likes in 1.300 posts shows how much appreciation we all have for her contributions. Congratulations to you three for being the first group - outside of the mod team because we DO like to abuse our power for our own purposes of course - to receive the VIP medal!