What does gold star on my HELPFUL stats mean ?
It means, Keep it up PaulAH, you're doing fabulous! :)
It means your answer has been marked as helpful that many times, the star is to make it look good and make you feel good.
those are votes you get if your answers are helpful. it used to be green thumbs and there was no fun option. people still star the answer if its funny though, and you should do the same.
It means your answer was good !!!
Helpful good answer!!