Today I'm also working on a new Beer Karma system in order to better acknowledge contributions from our members. It'll more or less replace, but still use portions of, the existing system. Beer Karma (BK) Is basically a milestone award system based on your contributions to the various sections of the site (your profile, Beers, Places, Events, Trading, etc.). When members are eligible (meet the criteria) for Beer Karma the system will award them on regular intervals based on the last time they were logged in. Once awarded, the member will get an Alert. Beer Karma may also assign Beer Karma Points (points). Once the new system is applied, we'll apply BK to all accounts. If you're active member, expect a slew of initial Alerts. You can also disable these Alerts under your Alert Preferences. We're working on over 100 BK items to kick things off based on existing member stats, but you can expect more member stats and BK to follow. Beer Karma Points (points) Currently exists as a simple point system. You contribute, you get a point. However, under the new system members will only be awarded points upon meeting a BK criteria. This should help take the "mystery" and "taboo" that has surrounded BK (read more) in the past, and at the same time make it more fun and interactive. Once the new system is applied, everyone's points will be reset. The point system will be lower, but relative to your current contributions. And as we add more BK to the system, many of you can expect more points. Core member stats will be untouched. What's Next? We plan to eventually extend this to the BeerAdvocate app, as well as other portions of the site, in order to provide a more rewarding and robust experience. But more on that later. I've got a bit more testing to do, but hope to roll this out within the next 24 hours. And thanks to @Mike and @Jason for their input. Cheers!