This feature now replaces the Special Forum Titles. It's basically the same thing, only with a less silly implementation, better look, more customization options and with more room for growth.
What is it exactly?
Another type of reward (together with reputation) for those that have meaningful and positive contributions to the forum.
As pictured below (and of course to the left under my avatar), the awards will appear in the "User's Awards" category, in the form of icons. Mousing over an icon provides more details on what it represents and the reason it was awarded.
Also, clicking on "User's Awards" takes you to a special page on the profile of that certain member which gives a more detailed description on all the awards he / she has.
!!! Together with the award, you also get access to the forever delayed Backstage section of the forum and also a spot on the Moderator Shortlist (you can't be chosen as a moderator if you don't have any awards).
What are the titles and how does one obtain them? [official Awards page - all the info below + icons + who has received awards]
- Game Expert - given to those that start and are currently maintaining a Main Thread for a single-player game or an MMO. Multiple main threads = multiple Game Expert awards.
- eSports Reporter - given to those that start and are currently maintaining at least 2 Main Threads for a player, personality or event. 4 main threads = 2 eSports Reporter awards and so on.
- Guide Manager - given to those that created and are currently maintaining a guide in the Guides section. Multiple guides = multiple Guide Manager awards. (not active yet)
- Special Merit - Given for important contributions to the forum content / community. There are no requirements set in stone for this title, it's solely up to the admin / mods. Starting an outstanding thread or making a truly special post (no matter the subject) can get you this award. The exact reason will be mentioned in the note attached to each award.
- Euph Done Well - Awarded to any member of the forums who successfully predicts any part of Titan prior to launch. (Why is Euph relevant? Predicting something successfully is as mystical as his puns, that's why.)
- Fan Fiction Writer - Awarded for writing stories related to the game and posting them on our forums.
- Fan Art Creator - Awarded for creating and posting images, songs or videos (machinima) related to the game.
- Wiki Contributor - Awarded to those that have made an account on Titanpedia.info and have edited or created at least one page. There are more levels to this award, depending on the number of edits you've made on the wiki (Level 1 - under 50 edits, Level 2 - 50 to 99 edits, Level 3 - 100 to 149 edits and so on). Check this page to see how many you have.
- Wiki Admin - Awarded to those that are also admins on Titanpedia.
- Frontpage Contributor - Awarded to those that have written articles for the frontpage.
- More will be added.
Improving this feature with your help!
- Right now the icons for each award are not very customized. My photoshop skills are almost non-existent so I need your help here! Create a new icon for any of the current awards and it will almost surely replace the current standard one. Here you can get the award model template to get you started.
- The number of awards right now is quite small. I'm hoping you guys can suggest new ones! Just keep in mind that they should encourage positive and constructive forum behavior.
- Let me know if you have any other suggestions or if you've encountered any bugs etc.