It's a bit frustrating seeing these people comment on how easy it is to do blank or blank or how anyone can get SS in a few months. Every hobby has people who excel at it and people who work for it with little results. The difference is most often MONEY and TIME. People who have little must work much harder than those who don't.
If you are arguing that the award is too easy to achieve, then the problem isn't the award, the problem is you have too much time and money, plain and simple. If you want a challenge, chase SOTA summits with my station, see if you can get 1,000 points "easily'. While working a full time job, planning a wedding, and running a fire department unpaid.
I like SOTA because I can go out and do it when I have free time, and enjoy the radio outdoors. The awards are nice because they are REACHABLE, OBTAINABLE, FAIR goals for the AVERAGE person, or even the slightly below average person. ANYONE WHO TRIED AND PUTS IN AN EFFORT, REGARDLESS OF FINANCIAL SITUATION OR CIRCUMSTANCES, CAN PARTICIPATE AND EARN AN AWARD.
It amazes me that the SOTA community rejects the idea of contesting within the program, yet try to turn it into a competition.
MT, please maintain the current levels for awards. They were created intelligently and fairly, and require no adjustments.