I'm starting this topic to give suggestions to JavaRanch, about level increment of some ranchers. Because I found that some folks in JavaRanch, still have the "Ranch Hand" title, even though they are very much helpful to the community!
If you found someone like that and if you wish to suggest JavaRanch to upgrade his/her title, please mention his/her display name with a short description of why.
Ok, I'm starting
1. Ankit Garg : to Bartender or Rancher. He is very much helpful to the SCJP forum, by providing great explanations for questions. Also, he has a good knowledge about JavaRanch.
2. Mikalai Zaikin: to Author. He provides a very-very good free study notes for the EJB certification exam. It seems, everyone in that forum used his notes. I think everyone know about 'Mikalai Zaikin's notes".
3. Devaka Cooray: to Author. He provides the most best free mock exam software, named ExamLab for SCJP, which seems very good and very popular in the SCJP forum.
4. Treimin Clark: to 'Most Idiot Guy'. Who have started this nonsense topic [ December 19, 2008: Message edited by: Treimin Clark ]
We're glad you're enjoying our community enough to want to contribute ideas. However, note that
1) "Authors" are folks who have written books. It's not an honorary title, it's a statement of fact. We use the "Amazon test" to determine who is an author: if your book is listed on Amazon, we could make you an author. Notes, exam simulators, software, Lulu, web sites, blogs, Xeroxing in your garage, etc, don't count.
2) We don't take nominations for the "Rancher" title. I wouldn't go so far as to say that public discussion about who should be a Rancher might actually hurt the person's chances, but... well, that's probably true. So please let's not. It's not supposed to be a popularity contest.
Somewhat related to Ernest's second point, that's also the reason why we don't encourage topics about "who's your favorite moderator". Every so often a well-meaning member of the community has the idea of starting a topic like that, and just as often we try to make it go away quietly.
While we're all humans (yes, really!), and naturally appreciate any positive feedback, it makes us kind of uncomfortable to see certain names, and maybe not others, in lights. Many people -moderators and non-moderators alike- make this place what it is, some in more visible ways than others. If you really can't hold back, an occasional "I think you're all doing a super job" in this forum might be the way to go, or maybe a private message to your favorite moderator.