- the crown means you're an area manager, so that people in the area know who to scream at if they happen to find you on the road
- gold/silver/bronze are for the highest ranks between all users
- the profile error means that they need to renew the beta-tester profiles.
Obviously if you simply delete the custom profile you can keep using the official releases as everyone else, but to keep testing the new betas we'll need a new profile. Actually, this could be a good chance for the staff to get rid of a few old testers who don't help the project anymore, and free some spots for new people.