Not too sure if the post count thing applies.
Before I was an EE. I was a Distinguished Mentor, and I've only got 754 posts since 2004
The folks in blue are more actively connected as a group and we all tap each other to bring experience and knowledge to help a user posting here. We are networked together and talk frequently, share ideas, share solutions, and seek help between us.
'cause we all need lots of help!!
I was so hoping that getting an idea "implemented" (1 of only 9 last I looked) via the Idea station would bump me up, but alas it was not to be. I don't even know if an "Implemented" idea is worth anything. I think I also have a few as "accepted", that should be worth something as well, I hope. Not trying to sound whiney here...just wondering.
Currently you are kind of stuck with post count. Though many have asked for a more merit based as opposed to a numbers based system.
Maybe sometime soon there will be more wieght to contributions ouside of the total post count.