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Oh, that reminds me of the other idea that I had that I was going to put in that post: Titles. One of the reasons, I'm given to understand, that there are powers associated by level (and thus the different systems that have evolved), is that otherwise the XP levels are somewhat useless.
Therefore, I've got an idea that might make them somewhat more meaningful. (I'm not sure that's a good thing, though, for the same reason (more or less) that I'm not sure that having hidden node reps is a good thing.)
Simply make one's rank displayed before their name. For example, instead of this node displaying as "by theorbtwo", have it display as "by scribe theorbtwo". That'd at least instill a sense of respect by those who pay attention to titles, and knowledge of the respect that others pay to them to those who don't.
OTOH, the fact that someone’s experience and respectability doesn't necessarily match their XP is made more important to this scheme.
Like I said, I don't know if this is a good idea or a bad one, just an idea.
Oh, and BTW, this would also add to the anachronistic air of the place, which I think would be a Good Thing.
Thanks for your consideration,