This has been brought up plenty of times and one dev (@Muninn I believe…?) said they would look into it; but I want to bring attention to it with an actual post this time because it’s causing a lot of confusion for newer forum users (and some experienced forum users as well).
For those that are unaware, certain forum badges can be used as a ‘title’ once you’ve unlocked them. The most common is the Editor title, but there are others that are usable as well - Poobgloob’s ‘Community Star’ for example.
My complaint with the current title system is twofold.
First, why in the world is Editor a title?? It isn’t valuable at all and doesn’t convey any useful information about a user - only that they’ve edited a post/reply at some point. Community Star is very understandable. It suggests that this user is a good contributor and likely knows a lot about the game and how it works. But why Editor?? It has zero relevance and furthermore - it confuses people. In any sort of publication, an editor is someone with a degree of power over what is getting written. There is a strong implication that an editor has some relation to the devs, whether that’s through employment or as a volunteer.
Second, why can’t every badge be a title? Surely if Editor is an option then everything else should be as well. If not every badge, then at least add some to the list of usable titles. How come I can’t display my “Great Topic” badge? It’s a distinct source of pride for me since I’m the only one on the forums that has it and I’m proud that I had a 50-like topic in the past. How come others can’t wear their badges that show they contribute? It would lend some credence to their comments/posts and help newer users identify those who have a little more experience with the game.
I believe that the forum service is hosted by a third party (Discourse), but I’m sure that the HHG devs have a lot of control over how it operates. If the title system isn’t changeable, then just let us know so we can have some peace of mind about it. But as it stands, it’s a very misleading and poorly implemented system. It has a lot of potential to bring clarity to what people are saying here, but it’s extremely under-utilized.
Bonus: Here’s a collection of some of the confusion that the Editor title brings:
And here is the result of last time this was brought up:
(Special shoutout to finally getting the answer to my last sentence in the screenshot.)