Re: Gold Star Critiquers
Here's how the system works: the user points next to the user name are the sum of useful points and photo points. You get 2 photo points when someone gives you a green smiley - these points are unrelated to the gold symbols.
You get 1 useful point if someone marks your note/workshop/critique useful. If your accumulated useful points in any of the those categories is over 10, you get a silver icon; over 50, it becomes gold-coloured.
Most TE members will agree that the point system is only for encouraging: some even find it distracting... I think it helps introducing new TE members to the TE system...