I have never understood the "Member Rank" of the members that are listed in the Times Daily Forum but one thing is for sure with the exception of "Direstraits" the first 14 ranked members have either all but disappeared or have left the forum for one reason or another. Jennifer or Bestworking (one in the same) is hopefully doing okay and is in good health but has been missing since January of this year. If you are still around Best, I hope you are doing well and are not in ill health. These days I find that I' often don't feel like signing on at times myself due to the way my health has affected me. Bill Gray was one of the most frequent posters but was banned and most likely will not be back and others on the list seem to be missing with speculation that some have possibly died.
What I'm trying to say is it seems that Community Rank is more an arbitrary thing than reflecting actual activity on the Forum or those who are current versus those who no longer appear on the forum. Although controversial in many ways, I do miss Bill Gray's contributions as well as I do Semi, Oh No and Joy as well as others. Other than the date of their last activity/visit there is really no really good way to know what's happened to one of the members or if they even check in anymore. I very much doubt that the members who have passed will be notifying the Times Daily of their death but hopefully many of those who have been absent or inactive will find a way to come back in and contribute to the forum as we are all stronger with a greater diversity of opinions.