With the recently announced respected members being created in forum, I'd like to say a little something about this. The time before when new respected members were announced I along with the other newly created respected users had our forum name a different colour. This was changed soon after with all respected members reverting back to green, fair enough there was a vote on it, and it wasn't a big thing to anybody, and as far as I'm concerned all members of forum are valued pretty much equally.
This is what I was coming to.. I'd like to suggest respected members be awarded, a little bit of bling, personally I think it would be encouraging, the same as the other awards mark different amounts of interaction within the forum.