I can see the merits of either way. It does seem easy to lose, but it’s also not too hard to regain. Last month I didn’t realize that I had lost regular status until I received a notification telling me I had just earned regular status.
It does take a good bit of time, reading, posting, and dedication to the forum to attain regular status. It also takes a good bit of those things to keep the status. So yeah, it kinda sucks when it goes away due to slightly less than normal activity here.
On the other hand, if a regular goes away for months, or still visits but no longer posts, it would diminish the meaning of the status for those who are more active and continually earning and re-earning their regular status.
It would be cool to see it maybe have a more lenient grace period once attained before losing it. I think one would have to do some extra special stuff to attain immortal regular status, but then again, if they aren’t really here, are they really regular? I guess I think in extremely literal terms sometimes. Even the immortal Beaker, rest his soul, is unfortunately no longer a regular, but still deserves our respect.
It can be annoying, but honestly, if you want that regular on the regular, hit up the classifieds and quick scroll through to get your stats up, start a new thread once in a while, and make some posts. I hate to encourage thumping, but if you have nothing to say, just remember, having nothing to say doesn’t prevent one from saying something.
Bottom line: I vote no.