<<A person who posts on the Asterisk* board is immediately considered to be a (virtual) asternaut, as opposed to an astronaut. Asternaut is not misspelled -- it is the diminutive of the word astronaut. Although only a few are selected to become astronauts, anyone with a web browser can become an asternaut.
After 10 posts, an asternaut is elevated to become (also) an Ensign, and after 100 posts, a Science Officer.
At 500 posts, an asternaut is judged to be legally insane, and is therefore allowed to choose their own rank (within reason).>>