Everyone has seen the sudden influx of new members and the outstanding number of guests over the last day or two. Some are just interested parties and some may be like our old friend Jake the Jerno, fishing for stories and trying to make the members inadverantly provide stuff for a story. There are many regular members out there who are in or have been, many of which know other members in person. Is there a way of allocating some members a 'Trusted' tag or medal, a bit like the ones for member who've donated to the site, but only given to members who are personally known or authenticated by the CO's? Then the members that are authenticated and 'Trusted' can then authenticate members that they know. The end result would be a web of members who are not Walts, not Jernos but serving or ex members of the army that may even be given access to 'Trusted Only' forums where more delicate thoughts can be aired. Don't worry if you dismiss the idea out of hand because it's technicaly not practical, too much hard work.... or even that it's just crap. It's just a suggestion. I hate the idea of Eliteism, but sometimes you don't even know if people posting have even looked at a recruiting poster..... let alone done any real service.