When I joined the forum I was pleasantly surprised to be immediately promoted to start as a 2nd Lieutenant. Subsequently I then found that all new members start at that level. I'd like to put it to the management that all newbies start as privates and actually don't achieve 2nd Lieutenant or a commission until 100 posts. At a 100 you know you have a serious member and a commission is given as a reward for that. Full Lieutenant wouldn't be until 200. After that it would step up in groups of several hundreds to the top in whatever increments the staff feels is appropriate. But it is the lower in that is important to any forum. To get the newbies interested to post and give them an incentive. Rank at the lower end should come fast. ie. 0-5 Private. 5-10 Corporal 10- 25 Sergeant. 25-50 Warrant officer class 2 50-100 Warrant officer class 1 By doing it this way, rank becomes a reward for work on the forum.