After reading some of the posts on Jim’s (Off Centre’s) thread I am wondering if there is some confusion arising from the info posted by our avatars. Basing our rank on the number of posts made can lead one to assume a greater level of competence / knowledge than might necessarily be the case.
If the number of posts we have made is already shown then why the Newbie, Member or Advanced Member designation? Neither is representative of our knowledge / skill set. Posting photos of our work in the gallery is one way of quickly showing our ability, though not everyone is comfortable doing that and I’m guessing many people don’t take the time to look at gallery photos before posting a reply.
Perhaps something along the lines of a self imposed designation of where you feel your skill level is on a scale of 1 - 10 plus how many years you have been working with clay, in place of the Newbie etc designation, would allow respondents to tailor their answers to better suit the posters question / comment.