Simsi - 10:59 pm on Sep 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
Lucy24 has a valid point: this obviously wouldn't work for every post and might lead to confusion. A thanks system would be more apt but while those are at times useful (I like thanking people that are genuinely helpful), I am not sure that would fit WebmasterWorld.
In these authority-resistant times...
Good luck to those people with ranking in Google then :-) But I like the Expert thing myself. It's helpful to new members too. Then again, the more I think about it and read the comments above, the more I think the whole idea wouldn't really flow here.
Thanks for the input anyway...but let's ditch that idea then :-)
Just as a side-note: personally I don't believe such things as "cliques" exist - I regard it as a derogatory term used by those who don't follow the same thought paterns as some others and are frustrated they can't get them to change how they think. But I understand that it is inevitably an issue that will raise it's head at some point with any voting or thanks system.