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I don't think people consider experience to be pointless; I think you're thinking of XP. :-) At any rate, there is a monk in the Monastery whose signature reads, "Examine what is said, not who speaks." I think this is generally a good policy, and color-coding usernames would introduce in blazing color some information that is not necessarily relevant (the poster's XP level).

Now, occasionally I will click on a username when I read something on a topic I'm unfamiliar with and I'm not sure what to think about it, just to see some of the other things that monk has posted. But mostly, both bad and good posts get appropriate responses from other monks, so even if you're unfamiliar with what's being discussed, you can get a lot from context.

I like the idea of having information about a post's author available. However, all that information is available just by clicking on the author's username. I'm not sure of the exact benefit color-coding would bring, but I think for me anyway, it might be more distracting than helpful.

-- Mike


In reply to Re: Option to indicate user level? by thelenm
in thread Option to indicate user level? by antirice

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