The thing is I wanted to make one regardless of whether I was private or not. It doesn't seem like a perk. Perks are bonuses. Needing to be something is a requirement. It just doesn't sound right. I don't care weather I can make one now or not, it is just the wording that gets to me. Just being honest. Not a "dead horse". I haven't called anyone else names during this debaucle. Way to be disrespectful towards someone just bringing it up.
You can. Emily's explanation seemed ignored.
The award said: "Awarded to those whose award design was implemented into the system. "
The description does not say anything about submitting an award idea or hosting a contest that yields an award or anything related to Private. The award is given for purely making an award design and it happens to be put into the system. You can be at the Member level and still get this award.
Just for an additional side information, I submitted an award idea with an award design within private (I didn't make the award design itself) and non of the staff implemented it. Even if you do make an award design and it isn't implemented, don't feel hard on yourself. It was the staff's decision.