I just want to point out that there might be some people that are completely settled in their headphones and are maybe coming here to focus their time and contributions in source gear (DACs, amps, etc.). Maybe that first point could be changed to be more general to allow for a complete review of ANY headphone related gear.
Similarly, I’m wondering if this second point about a percentage based requirement might get tricky if/when this forum grows to a large size. Particularly, I could see this unintentionally favoring certain people over others. For instance, it is already clear that headphone focused threads far outnumber source gear threads by like a 10x factor. Again, if a member here is settled in headphones and isn’t looking for upgrades, but instead has a lot of DAC and amp experience and focuses their contributions and time spent here in those threads, the 25% of ALL topics requirement could make that more challenging for that user. So let’s say in a 100 day period 1000 topics get created, and only 100 of those are source gear related, that user would have to find 150 additional non-source gear threads (and seemingly uninteresting to that user) in order to meet the qualifications.
And I don’t think this potential issue is just related to users focused on source gear. I know from my time on head-fi, SBAF, and reddit, that there is a ton of variety of threads that get generated daily and a lot of it might not interest me just because it might have to do with gear that I am not really thinking about like IEMs, budget headphones, vinyl, etc. So even though I might not visit a large proportion of the threads available on those other forums, I still spend just as much time and contribute on very specific ones than most users. So it would be nice to find a way of adjusting this requirement such that it encourages core team members to be very active overall, but also allow for people that might have a more narrow interest in a subset of topics.