Senior member is a member recognized by staff as a positive contributor to the DA community, awarded with some, but not all subscriber privileges. Senior membership may be revoked, reassigning the member to a normal member or subscriber, depending on the last paid subscription. Also, former staff typically retain senior membership. Senior members have a special medal symbol before their names. Before the symbol change they had a tick.
Senior Members of DA are selected by the staff, after reviewing suggestions made by the community. Announcements are usually made on a quarterly basis and during special, celebratory events such as DeviantArt's birthday.