I guess the critera I use for apprentice certification are pretty much: shows willing and occasionally posts diary entries. Certified jooon to apprentice after receiving a comment from him about using one's `Notes' section to record the justifications for one's certifications. I don't like this because (i) it is messy and (ii) certifications change and I like to keep a historical record of this kind of activity. Also certified ClimbNorth to apprentice: I'm interested generally in games programming, and I'd like to encourage free software games developers.
I hardly read slashdot anymore, but one thing I've noticed is they've stopped acknowledging `ping' requests. I think is unfriendly behaviour (yes -they take a tiny amount of time, yes -slashdot has problems with DOSers, but even so ping is important network glue, and one should eventually acknowledge at least the first few ping queries), so one thing I do when I remember is have a few processes constantly sending them messages. Maybe I'll make put this on my cron scheduler...
Postscript #1: I found this essay on trust and the media at Dan Gillmour's weblog (this year's Reith Lecture, I don't suppose many folks here know what that is). The author's argument is basically that currently the big media companies have a `licence to deceive' that is normally defended by appeals to John Stuart Mill's arguments that are based on an outmoded view of the press. Good stuff. Dave Winer's idea about weblogs being a way to improve the quality of information is one well-known idea, but I wonder if a system based on (attack-resistant) certification could do better? What would such a system need to do?
Postscript #2: Certified Grit to journeyer: has good skills, does interesting research, has an interesting free software project and writes interesting diary entries.