Member Rara Avis
The UBB software, which is the foundation for our forums, is pretty popular across the Internet. A bit over a year ago, I visited a LOT of similar boards in the course of making a decision on which software we'd use. Later, when I was customizing the UBB code, I wanted a Level above standard Member and added the Senior Member level. In visiting all those other forums, you see, I had determined that getting 500 posts was a pretty major achievement, something I felt should be recognized and applauded. Very few of the boards I visited had Members with that many posts, and the few Members that had exceeded that number had been posting at the same boards for at least two or three years. Adding Emeritus was almost a joke, certainly an after-thought. I never thought for a moment that any one would ever get 2,000 posts - at least within the first few years of our existence.
Little did I know.
The new Elite level replaces the old Emeritus level, which was at best a misnomer (we don't allow anyone to retire around here). The other new levels were added just for fun, just because we really do have some VERY enthusiastic and dedicated Members deserving of some small recognition. All of the levels, except Patricius, can be found in any good dictionary. Patricius is Latin, of course, and most closely translates to "patrician," which again can be found in any good dictionary. Here, for example, is a good on-line dictionary that (I believe) lists all of the new levels: http://www.dictionary.com/
And, yes, as Sharon indicated, there is at least one level more than those you've listed, which Denise discovered when she broke the 14,000-posts mark. Is it possible there are others that have yet to be reached? You know, I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised.