A Staff Veteran is someone who was either a moderator or administrator. Their current rank signifies they were previously in the staff team and it is a way of acknowledging their contribution in helping to maintain this website. They have no moderating or administrative responsibility.
Founding Members are those who created and launched this website along with the owner. They can and do continue to advise the staff team occasionally but do not moderate the forums.
A Global Moderator is part of the current staff team.
It's not a competition. It's a choice.