If you go to the Fiction tab (or Poetry or Essay I assume) you will see that some people are WRITERS. I Have the word ASSOCIATE next to my name. What's that deal? Does it mean I've been here longer than some people? Does it mean I'm a better writer? (Would not have guessed that one.)
Does it mean I've been denied a request for writership and given a consolation position? (I actually haven't requested writership that I can remember.)
I don't have the answers to these questions. Sorry.
Comment with your theories (or conspiracies, or actual answers.)