I know I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but I've gone through and worked out the kinks, and got it the way I want, so I'm going to roll out what we're doing with it. The new feature is called VHL Life. It is basically an awards system that gives you points based on criteria pulled from the database.

This is just something for fun, it's not meant to be a big deal. I am just looking for new things to throw out to you guys for a little competition and to pass the time here, since we know the band is pretty much caput...at least for now. It also gives you a points-driven idea how you rank on the site with all the different areas around here.

The biggest part of this is we will be giving actual prizes away at the end of the year to the four leaders in the Top Shelf Award category (link below). Those awards are calculated automatically by the system based on adding together a set of criteria that I set up. The system checks every couple hours and refreshes the list in case there are changes. Jeff at the VH Store has generously agreed to donate some prizes at the end of the year to the winners! I would like to be able to get the winners prizes before Christmas, so whoever is leading the four categories in early in December will be the winners. I will figure out a good date with Jeff where he can guarantee Christmas delivery, and update this then.

There are also Achievements icons that everyone can earn, and they show up in different places on the board. You can see the list of available ones below, and you'll see a green check mark next to your name for the ones you have already qualified for.

I've also created a FAQ for VHL Life to give you an idea how points are accumulated and calculated, where they are displayed on the forum, how they awarded, etc. The link is below.

I know most people won't have any interest in this, and that's totally fine. If you are leading one of the award categories, but don't want anything from the VH Store for whatever reason, just let me know and I will take your name out of the system for an award. The system will then drop down to the next highest person for the award. It's no big deal to do.

FYI I am not eligible for any award, and neither is anyone who is banned, not that they would be leading a category anyway. Obviously I will lead in many categories unfairly.

And that's it. You can easily find this thread in the brand new "Important Threads" table I created on the front of the site, as well as of course in the Announcements forum. Any questions, feel free to post them here.

Have fun!