And no I don't mean implement the user rep system, but something akin to it - though a little more complex to setup I feel it would be worth trying at least. The idea is that when a person makes a post there is the option to vote that post (and thus that person) with a single vote. This vote does not get enabled automatically - its flagged to the mods who then review the post and thread and - if the post is deemed truly useful/good then the award is given - where I have seen this before the post is also marked with a green highlight as well. The removes the spamming option - as each vote requires moderating - and further means that only those in the community who constantly give good advice will end up with a high rep count - something that new members look to and more accurate than either post counts or start date. Of course two problems instantly come to mind - the first being setting the standard for a post to be deemed worthy, I won't try to second guess this if the idea is taken up then those who are to make the final decision should decide amongst themselves as to the overall quality of post needed. The second is that of time and the mods - this could take time for them to get through and place an added burden upon them - the only idea I have had with dealing with this problem would be a subdivision of the mods - lesser mods who are not mods, but critic assesses as it were - with the job of vetting the daily flagged posts. Anyone think this idea has any worth to it - ?