This could use a degree scale of 1 to 10 (what else :-)
calculated dynamically by looking at the average reputation
of all users above level 1. If the worst avg rep was 3 and
the best 33 the scale would look like this:
Now imagine an extreme example of a friar with avg rep of
33 and a saint with avg rep of 3 illustrated by ranking
them as a 10th degree Friar and 1st degree Saint. This
would tell you something useful. Since both the degree
scale and each user's avg rep vary, they could
change in interesting ways.
Update:MeowChow suggested in cb that avg rep might
not be the best measure. Maybe total reputation would be more
accurate? I don't know. I'm just suggesting another
dimension somehow based on reputation. The rest is
I must say that I like this proposal more than anything I've read in this thread yet. I just don't see the point of more than 10 levels. It's a scalability thing; sure there is gonna be some level bloat soon, but tack on another 10 levels, and there's gonna be more level bloat in ~6m-1y. I think you're just mitigating the problem rather than solving it.
On that note, is it a problem that we have level bloat? It just goes to prove that we have people that are either a) long timers, indicating a stable community, or b) intelligent, indicating a good community. I think it's both, IMNSHO.
the "lower" levels make it interesting, help establish crediblily and, if you will, help Monks get establised within the Monestary community... once you've been around enough to reach the higher levels, and posted for that umpteenth time, it's obvious your not here for that extra five votes...
i think your idea is a good one footpad... besides half the fun will be in sheding the ol' one word titles for the more exotic formations of Perl Guru-ism...