I am assuming that there would be a profile picture next to each post. Maybe to show the status of the user, different coloured bands that look as if they are wrapped around one of the corners. This would easily show the status of a user in posts and within a profile the band could be somewhere else on the profile. I included a quick graphic just as an example. Obviously something on a forum would be of a much higher quality and might have writing on it showing what the band means.