These folks have received the first award of Sonic Retro's new achievements program. The Hacking Utility Programmer achievement is for anyone who releases a Sonic hacking utility to the public. I emphasize both of those phrases because they encompass what achievements are all about: something public that helps other people.
Oh, great. So this is going to be more lavish praise for technical people, and us non-technical people are going to look like even bigger losers.
Far from it. The idea of Achievements came up after a discussion where Tweaker and I realized there was no way to reward people for positive contributions to the site and community aside from giving Tech Member or staff positions out. However, there are a ton of different ways to be a great, valuable member—and this system is meant to reward that. Make a helpful guide? Upload x number of images? Write a really insightful post that sparks Sonic-related discussion? Make a commit to the SVN? Donate to Sonic Retro or Hidden Palace?
All are a few examples of things that will be getting achievements rolled out.
Additionally, I'll be adding winners of either a general trophy or the overall winner of the past Hacking Contests as achievements (and obviously anyone who wins anything after judging comes back for this year.) It's a little memento that lasts longer than a topic.
Hopefully this will encourage you to get more involved with Sonic Retro and create positive change for the Sonic community overall. If nothing else, it gives you more forum cred.