I pretty much agree with everything everyone said in this node. I myself am @ level 7 now and can't remember what it is half the time, like now. Why am I at this level is not because of my 'perl' knowledge or my contribution to the monastery. I am an abbot(i looked it up) because i'm here everyday, i read a lot of posts, try to spend all my votes, and i occasionally have a good(1 on the + side) post.
Do i deserve it, yes i do.
in reply to time for new highs?
My suggestion is, instead of adding a +2 option or new levels, is to add a 'user settings' options which will allow anyone visiting your home node to view a breakdown of xp -2- posts ratio for each of the 'frontpage nodes' excluding of course 'newest nodes', 'the monastary gates', 'library' and maybe 'perl news'. This will give 'everybody' a better of idea, if a monk chooses so, of what that monk is capable of.
IMHO This should be a monk+ feature, seeing how it's the first big level, at which you have 'considerable' xp.
Kon-gra-chu-la-sh-ions ev'ree-bo-Dy %!)
"cRaZy is co01, but sometimes cRaZy is cRaZy".