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Certain readers' submissions may be awarded a green star if I think they are significantly better than the average. There is no specific criteria here and it simply means a submission that was a bit more touching, moving, informative, incisive, or persuasive than most, in my opinion.
The first green star was awarded to “Why I Never Married A Thai” written by Arthur, which was run in July 2005. At the time I thought that particular submission was so good that I had to come up with some sort of system to recognise exceptional submissions, and hence the green star was born.
It should be noted that before that point in time, there was no green star award in place so exceptional submissions published before then may not have been recognised. Two submissions stick in my mind as worthy, “You Saved My Marriage” and “For Jiraporn” and have been awarded green stars retrospectively.