I like the tags. I am going to float the idea that I previously discussed with you in private .
Instead of grading Members from New Member to Grand Contributor based solely on the number of posts, I would like to propose additional tags based on numbers of self learning courses. Those courses would still have to be formally created and could be:
1) Understands and accepts the basics ASR Rules of Engagement (i.e avoid opinions and demonstrate claims with blind listening and measurements, be friendly, avoid "I am not an expert, but..." etc.)
2) Understands and accepts the basics of psycho acoustics and all the trick the brain plays on us
3) Understands basics of math and acronym used in measurements (S/N, SINAD, dB, dbfs, etc..)
4) Understands basics of Kippel measurements, can interpret graphs and draw conclusions from them
5) Understands basics of room interaction, REW, measurement mics etc.
6) Understands basics of analog signal processing (cables, microphone, amplifier etc.)
7) Understands basics of digital signal processing (AD/DA conversion, Shannon, USB etc.)
8) Understands basics of controlled experiments (some statistics, blind testing etc.)
9) Understands basics of common audio industry manipulations
Most of the above information is curated in various posts on this forum or with links to external videos and could be pulled together easily. After working thru a section, we could administer a short test which will allow the member to prove he/she understands the information and to display an additional tag/badge. The depth of the course should be such that it does not require a science degree to follow, so some simplification should be granted.
Many new (and old) members would clearly benefit from an induction. As the site grows, each month we end up with endless back and forth on topics that have been beaten to death before. Thus the overall noise goes up (as the most controversial post gets most attention) and some rather interesting ones go missing.
I know that you like the "rule of engagement" and that you support having a section on the site that pulls together the "knowledge base". Curious to know what other members think of such an idea. Maybe it could also be Wiki based.