Our forum software has a very robust 'reputation system' built in. I've always had it disabled, but I never stop pondering it.... The potential benefits, I believe would be huge. Here's how it works: Admins and mods have the initial power to grant 'reputation points' to worthy users. All users would have a progress-bar-like icon next to their post count etc. that would display their reputation status. If a user gathers enough positive reputation points, he/she is given the power to award a limited number of points to other users, etc etc. I know there are some disadvantages to having such a user ranking system in place... but would the benefits outweigh them? Hmm.