Thanks sundialsvc4. I agree on all points. I couldn't care less about the XP as well, but because XP comes with responsibility, I wanted to know what my responsibilities were. Even if I decide(d) not to use the new powers, I wanted to know what they were and how to use them wisely.
Regarding up/down voting, I'm on the same page. I'm sure I've only downvoted two or three times since I've been here. I'm a firm believer in rewarding positive behaviour/actions/etc with my votes. I'd sooner have extra votes at the end of the day after only upvoting than having no votes left to upvote with on a good post if I used some of them for downvoting.
ps. I thoroughly enjoy your posts and hold you in a high regard, but I appreciate and understand your modesty :)
Update: Fixed a mistake in my wording that reversed what I meant, thanks to jdporter's keen eye. Thanks!