OP said:Monthly Requirements Check
Each month a forum staff member will check the requirements for each existing ZD Legend and ZD Champion and then make a post in this thread to confirm that the checking has been completed. Other members wishing to become a ZD Champion who believe they have met the above requirements may "like" the staff member's post to be considered. Unfortunately this is not an automatic process so this will generally happen in the first few days of the month unless in exceptional circumstances. If you feel a mistake has been made in judging the criteria please contact an Administrator or Community Coordinator 7 days after leaving a 'like' on their post or after having lost your ZD Champion or ZD Legend status.
You have the right idea. The forum staff keep inventory of these tallies in private staff places, though.I don't know how you keep track, but it seems to me like the best way to do it would be to have a list of all the Champions and Legends somewhere with the number of posts they had last time you updated. Then, every month, just compare their current post count to last month's to see if they qualify again. And for Champions, put the month in which they become eligible for Legend.