According to what I was told, old criteria for promotion from the old process was all contribution and activity. You had to engage enough and be active on the forums. Sometimes you would not get noticed but many people can actually think of it as a “popularity contest”, I guess, considering you had to be noticed for the criteria in hopes of promotion. Oh, and good with moderation, as it can hold you back from being a full member. So with these being the old criteria, it is was extremely hard being promoted in the past and not all contributors could be promoted, only those noticed a lot. With that said, no doubt this is the best change to a process of DevForum promotion to being a full member. I guess we can see why a lot of people support this change entirely. A part of it wanting veterans standing out more, but hey, they eventually will.