You can now choose to contribute to the forum's development as well as community-wide events like giveaways and competitions directly.
This also grants you access to multiple benefits as a thankyou, including:
For transparency's sake: these contributions will go to Gangleider as he's done the web development work and most subsequent re-investment in the forums. Funds will be used to better the community one way or another, be it through events or expanded functionality of the website.
This added functionality will usually be available to all users, not just those that contribute.
Abuse of any of these features will not be tolerated and you will continue to be held to the same standards as before by any and all moderators. You do not get immunity from the rules, and you do not get a free pass to spam ratings or abuse any of the privileges you're given. You will be warned once if it can be considered a minor transgression, after that you can expect your privileges to be revoked.